Traveller

Many, but not all, of my favourite travel adventures have involved hiking or observing nature. Here are five baker’s dozens of great experiences I’d recommend.

13 Great Backpacking Trips

  • The Rockwall Trail, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia
  • The Routeburn Track, New Zealand
  • The Abel Tasman Track, New Zealand
  • The East Coast Trail, Newfoundland
  • The Pukaskwa Coast Trail, Lake Superior, Ontario
  • Bright Angel-Kaibab Trail Loop, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Appalachian Trail, New Hampshire-Maine
  • Mantario Trail, Manitoba
  • Skokie Lake, Alberta
  • Berg Lake-Mount Robson, British Columbia
  • Zugspitze, Germany
  • Upper Yoho Valley, British Columbia
  • Mount Assiniboine, Alberta-British Columbia

 

13 Great Day Hikes – International

  • Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand
  • The Pinnacles, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
  • Mount Harney and Little Devil’s Tower, Black Hills, South Dakota
  • Beas de Granada, Spain
  • Kilauea Iki Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize
  • Skogarfoss, Iceland
  • Jokulsargljufur, Iceland
  • Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park, Utah
  • The Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Ihlara Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Grand Balcon du Sud, Chamonix, France

 

13 Great Day Hikes – Canada

  • Mount Rae, Kananaskis Country, Alberta (more of a scramble than a hike)
  • King’s Throne, Kluane National Park, Yukon
  • Goldensides Mountain, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon
  • Horse Lake-Marr Lake, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario
  • Gorge Creek Trail, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
  • Sprit Sands-Devil’s Punchbowl, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba
  • The Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
  • Mist Ridge, Kananaskis Country, Alberta
  • Crypt Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
  • Opabin Plateau-Wiwaxy Gap Circuit, Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park, British Columbia
  • Avalanche Crest Trail, Glacier National Park, British Columbia
  • Smuts Creek, Kananaskis Country, Alberta
  • Bluerock Creek, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 

13 Great Nature and Wildlife Experiences

  • Spotting whooping cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
  • Little Blue Penguins, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand
  • Kauri forests, North Island, New Zealand
  • Seals and sea lions fighting, New Zealand
  • Musk Ox, East Arm of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories
  • Swimming with sea turtles, Hawaii
  • Sea Lion Rocks, Kyuquot Sound, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • Grizzly bears feeding, Haines, Alaska
  • Snorkeling Belize’s Great Barrier Reef
  • An off-season polar bear encounter, Churchill, Manitoba
  • Watching a deer swim across a lake, Mantario Trail, Manitoba
  • The Wave rock formation, Arizona
  • Seeing a pod of orcas at sunset, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

13 Enriching City Experiences

  • Lapping up the Diego Riveras, the Freda Kahlos and the street food, Mexico City
  • Watching a play of mine open on Broadway (Okay, a staged reading at New York University, but still…)
  • Singing Takin’ Care of Business on stage with an Austin, Texas, bar band
  • Getting locked in a carpet shop by a very determined Instanbul carpet seller
  • Biking to see Gaudi’s architectural marvels in Barcelona
  • Touring Steampunk HQ in Omauru, New Zealand
  • Getting jostled by crowds during the Edinburgh Fringe
  • Wandering through Spitalfields, in East London, to explore the world of my abandoned MA in history
  • Eschewing the hotels of Union Square to stay in The Mission in San Francisco
  • Exploring Minneapolis by bike, one of the greatest biking cities anywhere
  • Comparing the St. Viatur and Fairmont bagel shops in Montreal
  • Quebec City during the medieval festival
  • Producing shows and living on adrenalin at the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals