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This is My Canada – and It’s a Wild One

When I think of My Canada – I think in terms of the wild places I’ve come to love.

I’ve lived almost entirely in cities – except for short stints in Wolfville and Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia as well as Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. I am definitely happiest when I am out of them – despite appreciating the benefits of what they offer. I am always happy to explore the wild Canada – via a kayak or canoe, on foot, skis or via a bike. I’m not fussy; I just want to be outside and away from the trappings of modern day life.

"Kayaking along Valdes Island - one of BC's Gulf Islands"

Kayaking along Valdes Island – one of BC’s Gulf Islands

I thought I’d take you on a photo journey of some of the wild places I’ve been to on Canada over the past few years.

"Abandoned fishing village on Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior"

Abandoned fishing village on Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior

A 10 day canoe trip on the Thelon River up to the Northwest Territories is the most remote I’ve ever been in Canada. It took us at least three hours by float plane from Fort Smith – which itself is in the middle of nowhere – to get up to our put in.

"Canoeing the remote Thelon River in the Northwest Territories"

Scouting the rapids of the remote Thelon River in the Northwest Territories

A four day backpacking trip of the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park took my friend Sarah and I deep into grizzly country though fortunately we never saw one. The trail is tough but rewards with scenic vistas and the drop dead gorgeous Floe Lake in the photo below.

"Floe Lake on the Rockwall Trail"

Floe Lake on the Rockwall Trail

Boating to the end of Princess Louisa Inlet off of the Sunshine Coast transports you to another world; it feels very far removed from Vancouver – yet it’s possible to visit the area as a long day trip.

"The far end of Princess Louisa Inlet"

The far end of Princess Louisa Inlet

Yoho National Park’s Iceline Trail can take you past the crowds and the Takkakaw Falls view into the remote President Range where the glaciers and mountains render you insignificant.

"Feeling dwarfed by the glaciers in the President Range, Yoho National Park"

Feeling dwarfed by the glaciers in the President Range, Yoho National Park

You can’t beat the Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park for its hiking and the beauty of the area. This is grizzly country too – but fortunately we didn’t even see bear scat.

"Looking at the Rainbow Range of mountains in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park"

Looking at the Rainbow Range of mountains in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

And close to Calgary though it feels like you’re in a different world is the kayaking that’s possible on Maligne Lake near Jasper. The area is world renowned for its beauty. Allow three days to appreciate the lake and the remote hike on the Henry MacLeod Trail at the far end of Maligne Lake.

"Kayaking Maligne Lake"

Kayaking Maligne Lake

Do you share my version of a wild Canada or are you more cities oriented?

Leigh McAdam

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Avid world traveler. Craves adventure – & the odd wildly epic day. Gardener. Reader. Wine lover. Next big project – a book on 100 Canadian outdoor adventures.

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