Backpacker Blog: Bear & barefoot in the snow

Backpacker Blog: Every end is a new beginning (traveler lesson #3) I don’t know how to feel. I hate this feeling. I’ve got no idea how to avoid feeling how I feel. How to turn off the emotions. Another goodbye – and like every other, it makes me cry. Australia- New Zealand – Fiji. Leaving […]

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Backpacker Blog – Back at the ranch

Back at the ranch – a road into the Canadian backcountry The number of travellers heading off on seasonal gap years and volunteer programs has become a growing trend. In November, I embarked on a short-term work-travel visa to Canada, to experience this growing trend first hand. After a whirlwind trip and what felt like […]

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A tale of Tails – Backpacker Blog

  A Tale of Tails by Matthew Oliver Yarsley I heard a story today, a petrifying recount of one man’s dance with death. Not only did this story leave me unsettled, it also reiterated the cunning abilities of the animal kingdom. The protagonist in this ordeal is Mark Chantaj, a valued member of the Samesun […]

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Backpacker Blog – DRY ISLAND BUFFALO JUMP, ALBERTA

Thanks to Jessica, a passionate writer from Alberta,  for contributing to our backpacker blogs & sharing her love of the Canadian landscape. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– There is a narrow road off highway 21, near a Hutterite colony that sells the best chickens. Drive down that road around 20 kilometers and then look to the right—keep looking; don’t […]

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The Elk are Getting Frisky

One of our prestigious Vancouver alumni is visiting Banff at the moment (some of you will know him as Loky, activities coordinator and night watchman extraordinaire), and a couple of us had the day off so we decided to take the afternoon to check out Lake Minnewanka. It was the first rainy day in weeks so […]

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