The Best Things to See in Glacier National Park

The northwestern corner of North America holds some of the most indescribable natural wonders on the continent. The one million acre park is located in the state of Montana and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Glacier National Park was established in 1910 to preserve the natural beauty of the wild lands for future generations. While the whole park offers dramatically breathtaking vistas, these ten locations stand out from the rest.

1. Cracker Lake

The clear blue waters of Cracker Lake are set off by the towering Mount Siyeh that rises up majestically in the background. The view is simply stunning. Rock flour silt, combined with the constant low temperatures of the lake, make it a crystal clear aqua blue.
Cracker Lake Glacier National Park

2. Chief Mountain

The unique appearance of this mountain is due to the lack of sloping as a result of the way it formed. The mountain rises 5,000 feet into the air giving the appearance of a rectangular formation from a distance. The sheer faces make this one of the most difficult mountaineering locations in the area.
Chief Mountain - Glacier National Park

3. Endangered Wildlife

Glacier National Park is filled with many different species of wildlife. Due to the lack of development, it is a haven for rare and endangered species. Visitors may catch a rare glimpse of the majestic bald eagles that soar near the mountains. The two endangered species that are rarely sighted are grizzly bears and Canadian lynx. This park holds the largest populations of these animals outside of Alaska.
Canadian Lynx - Glacier National Park

4. Grinnell Glacier

The six-mile hike that leads to Grinnell Glacier begins at Swiftcurrent Lake. The hike provides a beautiful view of the glacier carved land. The hiking path is well maintained and winds through wildflower meadows and past waterfalls. Wildlife sightings are very common for hikers on this trail. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep and grizzly bears occupy this part of the park.
Grinnell Glacier - Glacier National Park

5. Triple Divide Peak

This 8,000-foot peak is a unique landmark in Glacier National Park because of its status as a hydrological apex. This means that water shed from the peak of the mountain eventually drains into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Hikes around this mountain are multiday affairs but well worth the amazing scenery.
Triple Divide Peak - Glacier National Park

6. Rogers Pass

Directly in the center of Glacier National Park, Rogers Pass was the first area of the park open to the public. Consequently, it contains some of the most developed areas. A scenic train ride allows visitors to see the pass from the comfort of a rail car. The more adventurous visitors will love the amazing ski trails in the pass.
Rogers Pass - Glacier National Park

7. Bird Woman Falls

Water flowing from a glacier remnant creates this nearly 600-foot waterfall that flows down Mount Oberlin. The large falls can be seen from nearly two miles away. Most visitors view the falls from a nearby highway, but some choose to climb Mount Oberlin. It is ranked as the second easiest peak to climb in the entire park.
Cascade Glacier National Park

8. Illecillewaet Glacier

The fast melting Illecillewaet Glacier is a good example of the type of glacier that carved the geography of Glacier National Park. The glacier is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Several trails allow short day long hikes from the nearby campgrounds.
Glacier National Park

9. Nakimu Caves

A spectacular reward awaits any adventurous caver who makes the four hour advanced hike to the Nakimu Caves. There are nearly four miles of underground caverns and tunnels to explore. The cave walls are covered with soft calcium deposits called moon milk, and there are many breathtaking examples of crystal clear tubular stalactites.
Cave

10. Two Medicine Lake

The deep blue waters of Two Medicine Lake perfectly captures the beauty of the far northwest. Stunning snow capped mountains provide a backdrop to the rippling lake. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes or rowboats or take a guided boat tour and witness the natural beauties from the center of the lake.
Two Medicine Lake - Glacier National Park

Canada’s 10 Most Scenic Road Trips

Canada has some of the most beautiful roadways in the world. Grab your car keys, rent an RV or hop on a motorcycle to explore the beautiful scenery of the Canadian wilderness, the cities, and the coastline. Here are the top ten scenic road trips in Canada.

1. Pelee Island, Ontario

A road trip that will have you mesmerized is a visit to Pelee Island, Ontario. Located on the southern tip of Canada, it’s the perfect place for nature lovers to congregate and enjoy the beauty of the wildlife of the area. As the seasons change, the wildlife fluctuates and the island plays host to different types of birds and butterflies.

Canada Road Trips - Pelee Island

2. Chatham-Kent Corridor

You may have never heard of the Chatham-Kent Corridor, but you’ll soon fall in love with this scenic region. Comprised of more than twenty-three small towns along the coastlines of the Thames River, Lake St. Clair and Lake Eerie, it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular places for cruisers and motorcyclists alike to visit. Highway 3 extends all the way down the multiple lake shorelines, weaving through the many historical sights in the area, such as the route for the famous historical Underground Railroad and the pathways used by British loyalists during the War of 1812.

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3. Edmonton

Edmonton is probably one of the better-known scenic spots in Canada, but that doesn’t mean it’s overrated. Far from it! Edmonton offers some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Parks to visit in Edmonton, as well as Jasper National Park and the National Park from Calgary. You can glimpse special sneak peeks of glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, forests, wildlife and so much more. Just a few hours away, you can visit the urban landscaping of the city, reached after a drive across a wide, open highway through golden prairie lands.

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4. Sea to Sky Highway (Squamish to Whistler, British Columbia)

Take a drive from Vancouver to Whistler and experience the beauty of the mountainous coastline of British Columbia. Make sure you stop by the many rest stops and turnouts along the road. Many of them hide true tourist treasures, such as the Tantalus Range Lookout, Shannon Falls and Watershed Grill.

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5. Kelowna, British Columbia

Looking for something outside the norm? Kelowna is known for its many wineries and upscale cuisines. A road trip through this flavorful countryside might be just what you’ve been waiting for. Visit Arlo’s Honey Farm, the Tantalus Vineyards, the famed Wild Apple Restaurant, the Okanagen Lavender and Herb Farm, and so much more!

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6. Stratford, Ontario

Entertainment is the name of the game in Stratford, Ontario. If you’re looking for a road trip with a little pizazz, check out the Stratford Summer Music Festival and the local theatre festival held in the city every year.

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7. Eastern Townships, Quebec

Seclusion, nature, and quaint French-style bed and breakfasts await travelers of the Easter Townships route. Gourmet restaurants, isolated wineries, even a Benedictine monastery can be found in this peaceful community.

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8. Calgary to Lake Louise

It will take you a few hours to travel the highway that winds from Calgary to Lake Louise, but there are plenty of places to stop and rest. The stunning views of the Columbia Ice fields and Sulphur Mountain make it all worth it.

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9. The Cabot Trail

If golfing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, camping or horseback riding sound appealing to you, check out the Cabot Trail. It winds along Cape Breton Island, giving visitors access to some of Canada’s most diverse coastline.

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10. Vancouver to Tofino

This is where you’ll find the famous Pacific Rim Highway. Everything from cold mountains to temperate rainforests can be found here. A surfing hotspot along the highway is Ucluelet, and don’t forget to visit the Coombs Country Market or Cathedral Grove.

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The Top 10 Destinations for Your Snowboarding Vacation

For some, lounging on a sandy beach with a tropical drink in hand is the ideal way to relax. But for those looking for something a little more adrenaline-fueled, we’ve compiled the top ten snowboarding destinations in the world. So strap in, chug your energy drink, and get ready for the ride of your life.

1. Hokkaido, Japan

Known by snowboarding insiders for its exceptionally light powder, the renowned Mt. Niesko Annpuri on Japan’s northernmost island gives visitors a taste of some of the world’s finest snowboarding conditions. Best of all, the mountain is host to four separate resorts that are all accessible by one lift pass. Another great feature are the local hot springs, called onsen, which make for the perfect apres ski soak.

Hokkaido, Japan

2. Breckenridge, Colorado

Fans of the pros flock to Breckenridge for a reason- on any given day, you could find yourself sharing the slopes with any number of snowboarding legends who call the picturesque town home. The mountain itself boasts an Olympic class 22 foot half pipe, 2 additional half pipes, and 5 different terrain parks. Breckenridge has played host to snowboarding competitons for two decades, and their ability to maintain the highest quality powder and parks is unequaled.

Breckenridge, Colorado

3. Chamonix, France

The name Chamonix conjures up images of jagged Alps and grizzly snowboarding veterans, and this destination certainly isn’t recommended for beginners. Well known for being rough around the edges, Chamonix’s charm lies in the lack of structure the mountain offers- everything from the antiquated lifts to the unfettered free riding it allows make a trip to Chamonix nothing if not memorable.

Chamonix, France

4. Wanaka, New Zealand

Snowboarding in New Zealand should be on every boarder’s bucket list. Instead of tree lined slopes, trails in Wanaka are actually empty snowfields that allow the rider to choose his own way down the mountain. Many are maintained by local clubs, and offer less crowded runs than the ones operated by resorts.

Wanaka, New Zealand

5. Lake Tahoe, California

Boasting 7 main resorts and some of the best backcountry riding in the world, Lake Tahoe is one of the top snowboarding destinations in North America for a reason. The intermediate rider can choose between several well-groomed parks featuring half-pipes and powder pillows, or- for the more advanced- the uncharted backcountry runs that offer breathtaking vistas of the lake below. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the infamous Donner Pass on your way out to the woods.

Lake Tahoe, California

6. Davos, Switzerland

Traveling with the family? This idyllic alpine retreat has something for everyone. Its 200 miles of snowboarding terrain feature 2 halfpipes, a boardercross circuit, and nightriding. Davos is also well known for its unequaled local transit- getting around in this town is a breeze.

Davos, Switzerland

7. St. Anton, Austria

If you’re looking for a little nightlife to go with your boarding, St. Anton is the place to be. Known as a freerider’s dream, St. Anton is also one of the only places in the world to go heli-boarding (for a steep fee, of course). The apres ski in St. Anton is legendary, with the slope-side bar crawl known as Run-1 kicking the festivities off early in the day.

St. Anton, Austria

8. Mammoth Mountain, California

Located in the Eastern Sierras, Mammoth Mountain features some of the best late-season riding available. The constant snowfall leaves some runs open through June. Showcasing 150 miles of trails, it also features some of the best powder in the United States. Weekends can be crowded as city-dwellers flock to the slopes, so a midweek stay is recommended to avoid lift queues.

Mammoth Mountain, California

9. Verbier, Switzerland

Often called the “Swiss Chamonix”, Vebier calls out to those riders looking for challenging alpine terrain and unparalleled freeriding- most say it’s the best in the world. Unlike Chamonix, however, it features a modern inter-linked lift system and some of the most expensive accommodations in Europe. But, as anyone who has been boarding in Verbier will tell you, it’s well worth the price.

Verbier, Switzerland

10. Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is regularly rated one of the number one ski resorts in the world for a good reason, and hosted the 2010 Olympics alongside the city of Vancouver. It really does offer something for everyone. Featuring 37 lifts to 8000 acres of varied terrain, 5 terrain parks, an Olympic superpipe and a boardercross track, Whistler is on every rider’s short list of “must see” resorts. Blackcomb Glacier is also host to a number of snowboard camps during the summer; though pricey, they’re usually worth it for someone looking to improve their skills.

Whistler:Blackcomb, British Columbia
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Top 10 Cities to See in Canada

Canada is a beautiful country full of picturesque natural settings from the sea, magnificent mountains, and charming lakes. Along with the loveliness of nature, Canada also boasts many of the world’s most gorgeous cities:

1. Toronto, Ontario

One of the most eclectic cities in all of Canada, Toronto is full of both the bohemian and the trendy. The city has many beautiful valleys full of gardens and parks and a lively waterfront with a view of the many quaint archipelagos dotting the lake. The city also boasts many impressive structures including the Flatiron Building, the Ontario Legislature, as well as the Royal Ontario Museum.

CN Tower Toronto

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Nova Scotia is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada. Halifax is not only known for its truly impressive number of bars, pubs, live music venues, and restaurants but also for it perfect gardens and beaches. Along with the natural beauty of Nova Scotia, Halifax also offers numerous attractions including the boutiques of Granville Mall and the military re-enactments at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

Halifax Nova Scotia

3. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

This beautiful area, full of leafy trees, is located in the gorgeous South Saskatchewan River Valley. Saskatoon is particularly picturesque in the fall when the seasons change and the leaves turn orange. The city is full of parks and gardens, a lovely oasis of trees amid an otherwise treeless prairie landscape.

Saskatoon Saskatchewan

4. Victoria, BC

The retirement capital of Canada, the city lures in retirees for a reason – its beauty. Located near the mountains surrounding the Juan de Fuca Strait, the majesty of its surroundings is wonderfully paired with the mild climate to make the spot a must-see destination for any tourist who enjoys gardens and parks. Famous sites include the Fairmont Empress hotel and the B.C. Legislature.

Victoria, BC

5. Montreal, Quebec

Surrounded by the St. Lawrence River, Montreal offers countless attractions including quaint Old Montreal as well as Mont Royal, the peak for which the city was named. Tourists will be held captive by the glorious vistas of both mountain and beach.

Montreal Quebec

6. Kelowna, BC

For those looking for a Canadian version of California, Kelowna is the the spot. Known for its beaches and its vineyards, the city also has ski slopes not far away. Essentially, everything that one would want to do is within a stone’s throw making it perfect for any tourist.

Kelowna BC

7. Ottawa, Ontario

Certainly the backdrop for some of Canada’s most impressive monuments, Ottawa boasts numerous attractions including the Museum of Civilization, Parliament Hill, the War Museum, and the National Gallery. The famous Byward market is full of clubs and shops and across the river in Gatineau lies Gatineau Park as well as the popular Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Ottawa, Ontario

8. St. John’s, Newfoundland 

Located about as far east in Canada as it is possible to get, St. John’s has a dramatic scenery consisting of several ponds and lakes as well as a breathtaking natural harbor. Perhaps one of the most notable aspects of St. John’s is the number of bars the city boasts. In fact, George Street has the largest concentration of bars per square foot in all of North America. St. John’s is also known for it’s many well known structures including the Battery neighborhood of brightly colored homes, Cabot Tower, as well as Newfoundland Museum, Art Gallery, and Provincial Archives.

St. John's Newfoundland

9. Quebec City, Quebec

Largely a tourist town, Quebec City is a chip off the old French block. Full of European flair, the city is famous for the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac hotel, the Citadelle, and the National Assembly. Founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, Quebec City is perfect for any tourist who wants to see a piece of history or perhaps go cycling, attend a rock concert, or simply stroll through the beautiful streets and gardens.

Quebec City, Quebec

10. Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, perhaps one of the most visited cities in all of Canada, is renowned throughout the world as being one of the best cities both to live in as well as visit. The city has both the ocean as well as snow capped peaks making it the perfect destination for anyone who enjoys a day at the slopes as much as a day at the beach.

Vancouver, BC