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Jasper’s Stars Shine Brighter in October

Jasper’s Stars Shine Brighter in October

When the sun sets on Jasper National Park’s stunning lakes and mountains, another side of this Park’s beauty reveals itself: millions of stars that light up the night sky in what is the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. But those stars seem to sparkle even brighter come October, when this mountain town hosts its annual celebration of the night skies: the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.

Art, History and a Mystery at Onaping Falls

Art, History and a Mystery at Onaping Falls

This is the story of a waterfall, a famous painter, an unsolved art theft and an amateur artist who rediscovers her craft on the edge of a two billion-year old meteor crater. That description may read a bit like the plot of an Agatha Christie novel, but it’s all based on real places and real events. What may surprise you, however, is the location where this story takes place: Onaping Falls in Sudbury, Ontario.

Jasper’s Valley of the 5 Lakes Trail: 5 Glacier Lakes, 1 Easy Hike

Jasper’s Valley of the 5 Lakes Trail: 5 Glacier Lakes, 1 Easy Hike

When it comes to hiking, I’m all about bang for your buck. Meaning it’s more about the scenic rewards that await than it is about the challenge of the journey to get to them. Which is why the Valley of the 5 Lakes Trail in Jasper National Park, Alberta was one of my favourites: this one hike brought us to not one but five jewel-coloured lakes, and it wasn’t even that difficult, which is my idea of a perfect trail. Here’s what you can expect if you go.

Land Reclamation: a Tale of Two Sudburys

Land Reclamation: a Tale of Two Sudburys

It was the best of jobs, it was the worst of jobs.

What am I saying? My ‘land reclamation’ job in Sudbury, Ontario during the summer of 1980 was the worst. Perhaps if I could have envisioned Sudbury now, and the global environmental success story it has become, instead of just suffering in the Sudbury ‘then’, it might have been different…

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