Exploring Western Canada

In July I took a trip over to western Canada and visited some parts of Alberta and British Columbia. (I even made it to the Calgary Stampede!) It is spectacular there, with the different mountain ranges (including the majestic Rocky Mountains), and the beautiful blue/teal coloured lakes. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit jealous of the people that live nearby and can experience the beauty that the landscape offers year-round.

In the 2 weeks that I spent there I did get a little taste of the area and all the outdoor activities the area has to offer. I always imagined that one visit would be enough to see the “top sights”, but boy was I wrong. There are so many national parks and hiking trails in the area, it would take multipleĀ trips to be able to visit even a fraction of the places!

View of the mountains from a lookout on the side of the highway.

View of a mountain range from a lookout on the side of the highway.

With these beautiful landscapes, could any drive through the mountains ever become boring? There are plenty of lookout spots on the side of the highway where you can stop for picturesque views. It was definitely a nice break from the drive to stop at the lookouts.

More mountains

More mountains.

There are lots of wildlife in the area as well, so it’s not uncommon to see some animals such as deer on the side of the highway. However, I have yet to see the elusive Canadian moose. Hopefully next time!

Spotted: big horned sheep.

Spotted: big horned sheep.

PS. I’ve got a few more things I’d like to share from my trip, so stay tuned!

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Lemoine Point Conservation Area

This summer I have been trying to get outside more to enjoy the warm weather and to explore nature. So I visitedĀ a couple of trails and conservation areas nearby that I haven’t been to yet. One of them was Lemoine Point Conservation Area in Kingston.

Lemoine Point is a 15 minute drive from downtown Kingston, located between the Kingston Airport and Collins Bay. It is made up of 136 hectares of land, and has about 11km of hiking trails. Lemoine Point is a quiet and relaxing place, considering that it is located in the middle of the city.

Map of Lemoine Point Conservation Area

Map of Lemoine Point Conservation Area

Lemoine Point is open year-round, from 7:30am until sunset. Summer activities include hiking, cycling, swimming and fishing, while in the winter it is possible to go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Overlooking Collins Bay on a beautiful summer day.

Overlooking Collins Bay on a beautiful summer day.

A beautiful place for a picnic.

A beautiful place for a picnic.

You will also encounter some wildlife in the area, such as ducks, squirrels and chipmunks (the usual).

Duck swimming in Collins Bay

Duck swimming in Collins Bay

There's an abundance of chipmunks and squirrels in the area.

There’s an abundance of chipmunks and squirrels in the area.

View from one of the lookout platforms.

View from one of the lookout platforms.