Category Archives: Canada

Revisiting Lake Agnes: “No Bears, Just Some Greyhounds”

I hiked up to Lake Agnes just a month ago, and decided to return to experience it again, this time with fall colours. While hiking up, I suddenly heard someone say “That guy is from Saint John”. I was confused initially, thinking I was wearing some piece of clothing that revealed my hometown.

Instead, I looked over and saw my high school french teacher Ms. Kristoffersen!

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Lake Louise and the Lake Agnes Tea House

A few weeks ago, I hiked near Lake Louise to the Lake Agnes Tea House. This 2 hour hike takes you high above Lake Louise and offers stunning views, as you can see below.

The Lake Agnes Tea House itself was one of the highlights of the hike, due to its history. The tea house has been operating since 1905, and does not have any electricity. The staff live at the tea house when it is open from June to October. A helicopter brings in some of the dry goods at the start of the season, while staff hike fresh supplies up 2-4 times per week! Continue reading

Barrier Lake and the Kananaskis River

Barrier Lake is a beautiful and easily accessible man-made lake, created by the damming of the Kannanaskis River. The Rocky Mountains offer many beautiful vistas outside of Calgary, but Barrier Lake is particularly close, and easily accessible at all times of the year.

The river is quite active with kayakers and boaters. I was fortunate to see some of them during one of my visits. Even when the lake is frozen over during winter, the snow and the mountains are still worth seeing. I hope you enjoy a few of my favourite photos from this location. Continue reading

Tunnel Mountain Hike

A couple months ago, a hiked up Banff’s very popular Tunnel Mountain. Although originally known as Sleeping Buffalo due to its appearance, the mountain received its current name during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The surveyors assumed the easiest path would be to follow the Bow River, and in this case, constructing a tunnel through this mountain which was beside the river. CPR was furious at the idea, and instead found a route north of the mountain that actually shortened the overall railway and saved CPR millions of dollars. Continue reading

Calgary Zoo

Last year, I visited the Calgary Zoo which is most known in the negativity-centric media for its unfortunate animal deaths. In person, the zoo is a worth while destination for viewing over 1,000 animals.

A couple caterpillars make the rounds in the Botanical Gardens.

In the Butterfly Garden, there are many different butterflies fluttering around. I was quite captivated by this butterfly and pattern in its eyes.

A fruit bat’s body is structured to hang upside down without exerting any energy. Their legs are surprisingly weak, and cannot support their weight while standing upright for a long period of time. But this isn’t a problem when hanging upside down.


This chimpanzee looks from the outside into a cage. Unlike the monkey above, chimpanzees and apes do not actually have tails at all. I never noticed the difference until now!

Numerous flamingos quench their thirst and clean themselves.

Meerkats like this are native to South Africa. They eat many kinds of insects and even small birds, and are immune to many kinds of venom. They don’t have excess fat stores, so finding food is a daily need, which I’m sure is an easier process inside the zoo environment. Sadly, their lifespan in captivity is only 12-14 years, half of what it would be in the wild.

The zoo does a good job of copying the natural terrain especially outdoors inside a major Canadian city like here in the Canadian Wilds section.

After a day in the zoo, it is relaxing to sit down and enjoy the scenery.