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The Peyto Lake Snow Chase

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  19 Comments

Our drive on the Icefields Parkway from Jasper National Park back down to Banff National Park seemed interminably long. That was before the scattered snow showers lifted, revealing an absolutely stunning landscape. We stopped a couple of times for quick roadside photos (like the above), but were otherwise on a tight schedule trying to get back down […]

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To Honor America

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  29 Comments

The words “hero” and “patriot” get thrown around a lot these days, to the point that they are almost devoid of all meaning. Well, I’m about to regale you with a tale that will remind you all what it means to be a True American Heroic Patriot™. In this post, I share the exact moment […]

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Review

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  3 Comments

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is not a very nice hotel. To be fair, we knew this going in, and the accommodations were priced accordingly. This Fairmont review features my thoughts on staying here, room photos, and more. Note that this is one of three Fairmont hotels in the Canadian Rockies; we’ve already separately reviewed […]

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Yoho National Park Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Everyone knows the best time to begin a trip report is a year and a half after you started writing Part 2 of that report. In the spirit of that, today’s post is Part 1 of my trip to Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Timing-wise, this trip falls shortly after my post about […]

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Reason 1,982 to Visit Canada: BeaverTails

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  13 Comments

A review of a fast food restaurant? Really digging the bottom of the barrel to invent reasons to visit Canada, eh? Oh no, this isn’t just a fast food restaurant. BeaverTails is an institution, serving the pastries of the gods. With its signature combination of fried rodent tail and sugary goodness, BeaverTails aren’t just a […]

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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Review

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  8 Comments

Fairmont Banff Springs is a hotel in a castle. That’s right: a castle. I don’t know what more I need to write in this review. If you have a pulse, at some point in your life, you have wanted to live in a castle. Well, here’s your chance…at least for a night or two. Okay, […]

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Sunrise Surprise at Maligne Lake

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  7 Comments

Captain’s log, stardate 93337.74. Our location is Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, as we await the sunrise. It’s 6:05 a.m. (for those of you losers who can’t convert from stardate 😉 ) and the clouds are quickly rolling across the Canadian Rockies in the pre-dawn sky. Unlike our previous adventure in Yoho National Park, […]

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Yoho National Park Trip Report – Part 2

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  6 Comments

This Yoho National Park Trip Report, or rather the trip to the Canadian Rockies that led to this report, is my latest excuse for lack of posts on this blog. Sorry. We’re starting with Part 2 of the report because Part 1 will be significantly longer and I’ve been playing serious catch-up, so it’s easier to post […]

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