Hut to hut trekking in Canada

We usually associate hut to hut trekking with Europe, or New Zealand. But in a recent article, National Geographic Adventure magazine did highlight two such treks in Canada. In BC, Wells Gray Adventures organizes multi day hut to hut treks – in summer on foot, and in winter on ski.

Meanwhile, Quebec offers the self guided grande traversée in the Chic Choc mountains. You’ll find well-appointed huts along the way, with shuttles available to ferry goods back and forth. Aside from that, the new Chic Choc mountain lodge offers luxury in the middle of the mountain range.

Next step in protection of Nahanni watershed

Last year I reported on the planned expansion of Nahanni National Park, one of Canada’s great national parks, and a World Heritage site. Recently, the federal government took one more step, temporarily protecting the headwaters of the Nahanni for the creation of a new national park, to be called Nááts’ihch’oh [pronounced naah-tseen-CHO]. The last outstanding (but very important) step is finalizing the borders of the park. Without final borders, park protection is not yet guaranteed. Visit the CPAWS website for additional information.

Spring in the city, winter in the mountains

Lonely treeWhat I love about Vancouver is the mountains just outside the city. Especially this spring, the contrast between the city is amazing. While here the cherries are in full bloom, 20 minutes away, on the north shore mountains there is a foot of fresh powder, adding to the 6 m of snow they have already. A brewing storm this weekend made for some great pictures.