Rafting on the Horseshoe Canyon

Rafting on the Horseshoe Canyon

A river that really has to be experienced. It is the scene of many hollywood movies most notably Legends of the Fall. This video was made for Inside Out Experience Rafting Adventures for use on their website.

Nass River Expedition

Nass River Expedition

I’m confident in saying that we knew as much as could have been known about this river without actually going down it.  The reason I say we knew as much as we could have known was that there really wasn’t  a whole lot of information out there.  The Nass is one of three rivers making up the sacred headwaters along with the Skeena and the Stikine.  While the other two rivers are well-known it seems that the Nass is often forgotten about.

All we could collectively find were some YouTube videos and some very brief mentions in paddling books.  The best source of information turned out to be a local paddler and raft company owner.  But even he was a little shaky on details.

We don’t get many high volume rivers on the Eastern side of the Rockies and this was a high volume river.  Our main river, the Kananaskis normally runs at 30 Cubic Meters  a second.  The Nass ran at 1,200.  We heard about whirlpools that could hold an expedition raft, Boil lines that reached two feet above water level.

We knew there was a section that was possibly the best day of continuous class 4 rapids in Canada but there was also “Hans Hole” which everyone told us to stay away from.

Lake Waterton National Park

Lake Waterton National Park

Where do you go for holiday when you live in one of the most beautiful places in the world?  You go to another one!  After living in Lake Louise my standards were pretty high as far as nature goes.  Luckily Lake Waterton delivered on scenery and was a fantastic place for swimming and relaxing.

One of these photos even won a local photography competition run by the tourist agency.  I couldn’t collect as it was after I had already left the country… But it is the first photography competition that I ‘ve won.

 

Aurora on the Highwood River

Aurora on the Highwood River

 

My second attempt at capturing the allusive Northern Lights.  Considerably better than the first, but as always I feel like I could have done better.  The show started around 3:00am and went for around an hour.  At its height the lights were visible with the naked eye.  I felt like I could almost hear them.

Big Mountain skiing

Big Mountain skiing

They say British Columbia is big mountain skiing.  I would agree.  This side of the divide everything was bigger and more open.  We spent three days at Asulkan Cabin in BC.  With good stability and hardly any tracks on the last day we were like children in a candy store.  It’s easy to push yourself for one more run when you are skiing runs like this.