Just go!

Posts have been few and far between for a number of different reasons, but quietly in the background, a trip to Paris has been planned! It’s getting very close to lift off, and I hope to have many pictures to share in the weeks to come.

somewhere over Minnesota, March 2016

Everyone I’ve talked to about Paris seems to have a strong opinion. It’s beautiful! The food was amazing! Wine is cheap! Paris in the Spring! You’ll love it! People are rude! Dog poop is everywhere! I would never go back!  I’ve tried to take those opinions with a grain of salt because travel is very personal, What one person thinks is an amazing destination, is on another person’s “I would never go there!” list.  (Jamaica is on that list for me.) My only travel advice is if you want to go somewhere, just go!

I thought it would be fun to pick just one photo from each of the last few trips to capture what I liked the most about each one.

Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton Alberta, Summer 2017 (one of the best places to watch a sunset!)


Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay, March 2017


Island Lake Lodge, August 2016 for a classic Canadian wilderness scene.
Prince Albert National Park, June 2016 (another classic Canadian wilderness scene)
New Orleans, March 2016. This was a hard one because I pretty much love everything about New Orleans. But one of my favourite things was walking along Royal Street at night in the French Quarter to take pictures of the window displays. This was in the window of the Red Truck Gallery.
Jasper National Park, July 2015. I love talking animal pictures.
Watching surfers, Maui, March 2105
This is not far from home at all…near Regina, summer 2015
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, June 2014
…and still one of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken…Great Bear Rainforest, June 2013

All of these pictures make me realize I’m very lucky to be able to travel and to see and experience many different places.

Canada 150 – Island Lake Lodge

Throughout this month, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, I’m going to share photos of some of the places I’ve visited in my beautiful country.

You’ll find Island Lake Lodge up, up, up a long, winding road on the outskirts of Fernie, British Columbia.  Beautiful scenery, delicious food, hiking trails for every level of fitness and adventure – it’s a place I’d love to visit again.

2010 – National Geographic Traveler Magazine – Stay List.  “One of the most Unique and Authentic places to stay in Canada”

wildnerness Canadiana
Can’t get anymore Canadian than this view

chipmunk with an awesome view

view from Tamarack Lodge
view from the Lodge

rail trail



Island Lake Lodge

I enjoy planning trips – I like doing the research just as much as actually going on the trip.  Usually the trips are planned well in advance, but this one was planned with about two weeks notice – a look at work schedules and a desire to get out of the city for a few days on the August long weekend were the catalysts.  Oh, and I’ve been to “the mountains” every year since about 2000 and I didn’t want to break the record. So, the trip had to be in the mountains. Banff was tops on the list – but because of the long weekend and the late planning pretty much everything was booked, then checked out Waterton Lakes National Park (ran into the same problem), and then I started checking out places around Fernie, British Columbia.

And lucked out, and found Island Lake Lodge, and they weren’t fully booked. Success! The place was amazing – the view, the accommodations, the food, the walks in the woods while rarely seeing another soul, waking up and seeing all the stars in the middle of the night with the silhouette of the mountains as a backdrop.  Super nice place.  Here are some pics of this super nice place…

wildnerness Canadiana
Island Lake, a very short walk from the Lodge to this classically Canadian view…most of the time there weren’t many other people taking in this view….crazy!
late morning view
view from the Tamarack Lodge
morning view
the morning view – the Lizard Range
view from Tamarack Lodge
first pic I took upon arrival with my phone- couldn’t have been happier with the view

rail trailE.T.?

a walk in the woods  on the Rail Trail- found E.T. and an owl

And after a nice long walk in the woods….

Lunch with a view on the Bear Lodge Patio….sandwich was a smoked beet reuben – really, really good.  And the Stella was drunk after a hike on the second day….


island lake dusk
Island Lake after supper, such a beautiful spot

Can’t say enough good things about this place. As much as I love Banff, this place was uncrowded, peaceful, and so pretty. If you’re into camping, looks like there is a nice campground at the base of the mountain. (Island Lake Lodge is a 12km drive up the mountain with towering cedars on either side of the road).

I just wish the mountains were closer to Saskatchewan! And the ocean, too!  (but the prairies are pretty nice, too!)