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How to Experience the Canadian Rockies Like a Local

Canadian Rockies, British Columbia and Alberta

Since I was a child, I have been exploring the lush wild valleys, emerald blue lakes and craggy peaks of the Canadian Rockies. More specifically the parks of Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis, and Yoho. After countless years bushwhacking through rough trails, camping and photographing wildlife I feel I might just be able to say “I know” a bit about these epic mountains and can call myself a local to the region. Although there is so much more to see outside of the words I write in this post, this can be a definitive guide for those who are new to the Canadian Rockies and want to experience as much as they can. So, get ready for one of my most favorite places on earth, my home, the Canadian Rockies!

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Travels Final Frontier – Uummannaq, Greenland

Traveling to the furthest corner of the planet and living amongst Greenlandic Inuit hunters was one of the greatest adventures I have accomplished to date. Traversing the Arctic ice by dogsled I joined a hunting dogsled group into the wilds of Greenland to fish. hunt and experience this absolutely raw natural environment. Teaming up with Guide to Greenland we experienced something I can profoundly say might just be travels final frontier. Here is my video for this epic adventure! if you want to join along with the next expedition you can see it on Guide to Greenland website HERE

Orkhon Island and Lake Baikal, Siberia – Russia

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

As far as the eye can see is frozen dark blue ice. It’s hard to believe that I am standing on a freshwater lake and not the ocean. Below my feet is some of the most attractive shades of blue I have ever seen and below that over 1km deep of lake. Nearby is Orkhon Island, an island wrapped in mystery and is said to be the heart of Baikal. The worlds deepest and oldest lake is home to 1/3rd of the worlds fresh water, it is also the spiritual home to the Buryat people. Descendants of Mongols, the Buryats are believers in Shamanistic traditions and are the protectors of Baikal. Only with their help were we able to venture this deep into the wilds of Siberia. The first day on the ice highways of Siberia’s, Lake Baikal and I couldn’t be more excited to see what lays ahead on this epic Russian adventure!

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Living Amongst Inuit Hunters, Uummannaq, Greenland

Uummannaq, Greenland

We all look for something special when we travel. An experience that no one else has had, something we can hold close to our heart for the rest of our lives. The crack of the whip erases my train of thought and I realize where I am. Gliding across the Arctic ocean of ice with my troop of dogs and Inuit hunter friends. Every so often we pass by bright blue glaciers the size of skyscrapers and mountains reminiscing a fairy tale scene. Being this remote, so far from the civilized world in a place that most will never even know exists is the kind of destination I have always dreamt of. This is travel, in its purest most special form. It’s a transformative experience that you will leave from as a new person. Welcome to Uummannaq, Greenland, the last true adventure!

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