Signs that spring has sprung in the Canadian Rockies: migrating birds, colourful wildflowers, foraging bears, and cyclists on roads still closed to vehicles.
Parks Canada is doing their best to lay on a few pandemic perks in Banff National Park. For example, the Bow Valley Parkway is closed to vehicles between Banff and Castle Junction. With fresh asphalt and no cars, it's a great summer of 2020 highway ride for cyclists.
After an emotional and educational excursion to Hebron, it was back to nature for two days in Torngat Mountains National Park - the only National Park in Labrador. Each year, approximately 500 visitors come by boat, charter plane or helicopter, to visit this remarkable "place of spirits". In addition to Zodiac excursions in Saglek and Nachvak fjords, we had the opportunity to take a short, guided hike at the head of the north arm of Saglek fjord. The people, scenery, geology and wildlife were some of the highlights of the cruise.
This limited access area of Yoho National Park is named for Lake O'Hara. But Lake McArthur, situated in a hanging valley surrounded on three sides by Schaffer Ridge, Mount Biddle and Park Mountain, is roughly twice the size of Lake O'Hara, and definitely worth a visit.
In both 2009 and 2010, I drove to Fort Steele when I volunteered to accompany a school trip but I didn't do any geocaching along the way. This year, after volunteering for the third (and final) time, K and I decided to drive to Canmore a day early and then leave for Fort Steele the …