Category: Canada

Majestic Giants – Icebergs Around Newfoundland

Whether they come originated in Greenland or the Arctic, these 10,000- to 25,000-year old massive chunks of ice have been calved off into the North Atlantic as the edges of the glaciers move into the ocean.  Once afloat, they begin their journey south making their way to the Labrador Current.  Sadly, once this journey begins they will rarely last one year. Here are some facts about icebergs:  They float at speeds from 0.7 km/h to 3.6 km/h because they are fresh water.  The salt water of the oceans make icebergs buoyant.  The part we see is actually only 10-20...

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Newfoundland – East Coast Trail

I am very fortunate to live in Newfoundland. I’m surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with miles and miles of wilderness to discover.  One of the trail systems I have been exploring is called The East Coast Trail (ECT). This past weekend, I spent an hour exploring the Half-Moon Brook area nestled between Flatrock and Pouch Cove. The blue skies were calling me out of my condo.  The clean, crisp air and constant sounds of waves crashing soon transported me to a place of tranquility and relaxation.  Heaven on Earth! The East Coast Trail Association is a member-based, volunteer-driven non-profit...

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Canada – Bear watching in Tofino

In the summer of 2013 we travelled to Vancouver Island, where we stayed in Tofino for a few days. Tofino is well known for its great surfing spots, rugged coastline and wildlife. We went for 2 tours while staying in Tofino: the whale watching tour and the bear watching tour. I could recommend both tours, but we were truly impressed by the bear watching tour and I’ll tell you why. The bears that are living on Vancouver Island are a subspecies of the American black bear, the Vancouver Island Black Bear (Ursus americanus vancouveri). They live in the forested...

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Newfoundland – The Manuels River Trail

I decided one day last summer that it was a good day for me to explore The Manuels River Trail.  I had heard about this trail and was anxious to see it for myself.  But first, I had to find it!  Thanks to a quick Internet search and the wonderful technology of GPS, I discovered it was a 30 minute drive outside of the city of St John’s.  The drive was very relaxing as I traveled through one small section of the picturesque province of Newfoundland. I arrived at the Interpretation center and within a few minutes; I was...

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Sunrises and sunsets of Newfoundland

Dawning a new day surrounded by nature, can be one of the most pleasurable things a person can do. The quietness. The serenity. The peacefulness. The early morning rise may not be the easiest, but once you see the beauty, your senses will awaken. In Newfoundland, Canada we experience a lot of colorful shows. The sunrises are intense and the sunsets are just as vibrant. Personally, I enjoy the sunrises more. Most of the world is asleep as you witness what Mother Nature has to offer. There is a saying:  Red sky in the morning, Sailors take warning. When you know...

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Black Squirrels and Birds of Stanley Park, Vancouver

In my previous post on Stanley Park I mentioned that I’d been very fortunate to see a black squirrel but that it was too fast for me and by the time I’d got my camera out it had vanished. I was determined to try and locate them on my latest trip to Vancouver. I was not disappointed. The Herons and Canada Geese were out in force too. We had recently changed location in Vancouver so my start point was at the opposite side to my normal route. I headed down towards the bridge that takes you to Granville Park...

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