Category Archives: Canada

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.

Kananaskis Country, Alberta

In July, I went hiking in Kananaskis Country with my friends.

The scenery was beautiful with large rock faces and trees in the valleys, seemingly clinging to nothing on the rock.

Even though we weren’t super high up in the sky, clean white snow was still around in patches. Thankfully, it wasn’t too cold as most of Alberta was pretty much into its summer by the end of July.

About 3/4 of the way, there was a lake with more mountains away in the distance.

The view from the top!

A clear trail marks the best way through the mountains on this long, but beautiful hike.

Near the beginning of the trail, a stream runs though. There were actually several streams. After over 6 hours of hiking, we were anxious to find the parking lot again on the way back, but this is what we kept seeing instead!

After the hike, we had dinner in Canmore before returning to Calgary. I look forward to more hikes again next year after Calgary’s 9-month winter is done for another year again!

Family Visit 2011 (Drumheller, AB)

While my family visited for my university convocation, we took a side trip to Drumheller.

Until you are near the town, it seems like a normal highway. Then, the badlands appear, and you’re there.

This is the view of Drumheller from inside the world’s largest dinosaur.

The dinosaur bones are quite fascinating to see in person at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but this display was quite large. I was only as tall as the legs, if that.

This display showed a neat little bird.

Another one of Drumheller’s attractions is Little Church. It is designated as an actual place of worship that seats six at a time. At one time, it had stained glass windows and a brass bell according to the town web site.

Family Visit 2011 (Banff & Lake Louise)

In June, I officially completed my Master of Science in Computer Science at the University of Calgary. To mark this occasion, my family came out from New Brunswick (by car) and North Carolina to Calgary.

This post is my first in a series. I haven’t had much time to update my blog yet this year, but I plan to do this more frequently since I now have quite a growing backlog of photos to go through!

Our first trip outside to Calgary was of course to Banff and Lake Louise. This beautiful vista is a popular photo spot on the way to Banff.

My parents.

Beautiful downtown Banff boasts an impressive mountain backdrop.

My mom and my uncle.

The Banff Springs Hotel.

Me with my family in front of Lake Louise. There is still some ice covering the lake, but most of it is gone.

Me and my uncle.

A bird was seemingly quite eager to pose for photos. What else can you do besides relax beside Lake Louise?