Having spent the entire summer volunteering for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Visitor Center at Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River, just east of its confluence with the mighty Columbia, I took the opportunity during my free time to go exploring throughout the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest. I kept my…


Bob Hoelscher

Public gardens in Halifax

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Canada on October 18, 2013


If you are heading to Atlantic Canada, don’t even think about missing the Halifax Public Gardens, which in my humble opinion constitute one of the most beautiful small parks anywhere in the world. Open free of charge, these are among the best remaining Victorian Gardens in the Americas. The gardens are a comfortable walk from…


Bob Hoelscher

Victoria via the Black Ball Ferry

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Canada on October 12, 2012


Victoria is well known as a beautiful city with a distinctly English flavor, including red, double-decker buses and lovely gardens everywhere. Since (unlike Vancouver itself) it is located on Vancouver Island, some type of water transportation from the mainland is generally required for groups to get there. Ferries, the high-speed Victoria Clipper and Victoria/San Juan…

Bob Hoelscher

Victoria’s Craigdarroch Castle

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Canada on October 12, 2012


Just about everybody who visits Victoria, British Columbia, to see the sights is sure to head for the magnificent, world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Having toured the gardens many times in the past, however, I decided to seek out a different Victoria attraction to explore on my most recent trip there in September. Just a short distance…

Eliza Myers

Canadian cowboys

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 20, 2011


After saying goodbye to the mountains this morning, I experienced a totally new side of Canada at Calgary. The growing city is in the midst of prairie country, so the region has long depended on ranching as one of its main economic staples.   To celebrate this, the city holds an annual Calgary Stampede rodeo…

Eliza Myers

Ascending to the Heavens

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011


On my fifth day of touring with Collette Vacations, I feel as though I saw the entire Canadian Rocky Mountain range from above. The vistas from the top of the Sulfur Mountain didn’t just make me feel as though heaven was close, but that I was in heaven itself.   The Sulfur Mountain Gondola is…

Eliza Myers

From Switzerland to Scotland

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011


This morning I awoke inside a 1920s hotel designed after a Swiss chalet and tonight I am about to go to sleep in a 1911 hotel built like a Scottish castle. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Swiss design originated from the influence of Swiss mountaineers the hotel hired to ensure their mountain climbing guests would…

Eliza Myers

Remnants of the Ice Age

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 18, 2011


Today, I stood on an icefield composed of snow and layers of ice that have been in the Canadian Rockies since the last Ice Age. Weird, unearthly blue glaciers seemed to be slowly pushing their way through the enormous, sheer mountains all around me on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper.   The color white was…

Eliza Myers

Winter Wonderland by Train

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 17, 2011


When I heard I was riding an overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper on my tour of the Canadian Rockies, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had ridden an overnight in economy class before when I was in college where you sleep on one of six tiny pull out beds with random other travelers…

Brian Jewell

Whistler in photographs

Posted by Brian Jewell in Canada on August 09, 2010


Back at my Kentucky office, where the humid air seems to boil underneath the 95-degree southern sun, looking through photos is a great way to remember the wonderful, cool freshness of the British Columbia mountains. It’s also a great reminder of the many meals, attractions and activities that haven’t appeared yet in this blog.  Here…