Category: Canada

Parks Canada’s Gift to the Earth

Parks Canada turned 100 on May 19, 2011. In recognition of its conservation efforts it received the WWF Gift to the Earth Award. Watch the video below to learn more about Parks Canada’s recent conservation successes. The addition of Lancaster Sound as a National Marine Conservation Area is fantastic news – it is home to millions of seabirds, like these thick-billed murres on Prince Leopold Island.

 

Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary video:

 

The city limits timelapse

Another cool timelapse video, showing the contrast between cities and nature.

Timelapse – The City Limits from Dominic on Vimeo.

Arctic photography by Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is probably the world’s top Arctic and Antarctic photographer. His photos are unequaled, as is his zeal to get THE shot. This excellent TED talk gives a taste of the lengths he goes to to get his award-winning photos. Enjoy.

Jasper Dark Sky Preserve featured in Canadian Geographic

The recently announced Jasper Dark Sky Preserve is featured in the April 2011 Canadian Geographic with a 12 page spread. Read Preserving the night skies, Jasper takes the lead, on the Canadian Geographic website.

 

Tips on taking night photographs

Leading star and northern lights photographer Yuichi Takasaka gives some great tips on how to take successful night photos. Yuichi was the photographer for the recent Canadian Geographic article on Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve.

Canadian Geographic issue on Parks Canada

Canadian Geographic is dedicating their April issue to Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary. Jasper is featured in one of the cover stories. Don’t miss the issue!

New photos of Jasper online

I have uploaded some images of Jasper and Mount Robson to a new Photoshelter account. Check out the Jasper National Park and Mt. Robson galleries on the new site.


Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park


Mt. Robson from Hargreaves Shelter

Nordic skates

These skates are the cat’s meow for going out onto natural ice. They consists of a skate blade with a skate-ski binding. Click in your skate-ski or classic ski boots and off you go. These are bar-none the most comfortable skates I have ever used, because the boots are so comfy, and provide lots of support. The blades are curved up at the front so they handle bumpy ice and snow better than regular speedskates. You can supposedly skate through several inches of snow.

For added speed and stability, add some nordic skate poles. And best of all, you can put on the boots in the comfort of your home, and just clip on the blades once you get to the ice. If you are skating in Holland, they are also great for kl√Ľnen. Once you have tried a pair of these, you’ll never go back to regular speedskates again. There is an importer in Vermont, nordicskater.com, who sells all the equipment, or if you are in the Canadian Rockies, Wild Mountain in Jasper sells them as well!

Sacred Headwaters in northern BC

Sacred Headwaters in northern BC

Sacred Headwaters in northern BC

Check out the slideshow of the Sacred Headwaters in northern BC.

In northern British Columbia, three of the province’s greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed in the subalpine basin known as the Sacred Headwaters. The land has one of the largest intact predator-prey systems in North America, earning it the nickname, “Serengeti of the North,” and is the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation.

The Headwaters is at the centre of a dispute between the Tahltan, resource industries, government and environmental groups. Competing interests concerning land use, mining and hunting have created divides and put the future health of the Sacred Headwaters at risk.

Stunning photos of an amazing landscape. They are worthy of support through The Big Wild’s Big Wild Bucks campaign.

Banff Film Festival World Tour trailer

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour trailer for 2010/11 has been posted. As usual, it is action-packed and inspiring. The eagle at 0:12 was shot in Mongolia’s Bayan Olgii region in a segment on Mongolia’s eagle hunters as part of a film on mountain peoples. Jasper National Park’s Maligne Lake made it into the clip as well, at 2:05.