Author Archives: Carol Patterson

Viewing the Grouse Lek in Saskatoon: Enjoy Saskatchewan Bird Watching at Its Finest

Courtship displays of Sharp-Tailed Grouse are becoming harder to find with habitat loss

A grouse lek, for those who don’t know, is when a group of male grouses put on remarkable, striking (and very competitive) displays to woo any observing females. The sharp-tailed grouse courtship displays are extraordinary, and coming to Saskatoon to see them offers birders one of the world’s great birding opportunities. Carol Patterson did just […]

Exploring Indigenous Culture and Experiences on Manitoulin Island: The World’s Largest Island on a Freshwater Lake

At the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, Steven Fox-Radulovich talks about the island's history and culture

Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world and is located in Lake Huron. Its history is rich and spans thousands of years, with Indigenous peoples playing a significant role in shaping the island’s culture and heritage. Carol Patterson shares her experience on the island, when exploring its past, present, and future through […]

A Bird Watcher’s Guide to Alberta’s Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

A song sparrow pauses between songs next to a spider's web at Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is located nearly in the heart of the province of Alberta, about a 3 hour drive northwest from Edmonton. It’s known for its natural beauty, and the Marten Mountain Viewpoint, but it’s known best for being one of Canada’s most remarkable birdwatching locations. Our resident birdwatching expert, Carol Patterson, is […]

Exploring Armstrong, British Columbia Through Agritourism: Home of Flower Festivals and Farmers’ Markets

More than 25 tulip varietals are on display at the spring Bloom Flower Festival

Armstrong’s population is only about 5000 strong, but when it comes to agritourism, they know how to pack a punch. Carol Patterson visited to check out the Bloom Flower Festivals, farmers’ markets, as well as shops and cideries. Read all about how you can embrace this growing city, where they clearly know how to grow. […]

Driving to the Arctic Circle via The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway (and Dempster Highway)

The drive from Dawson City, Yukon to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT is one of Canada's best road trips.

Driving to the Arctic Circle is one of Canada’s great adventures (and road trips)! Carol Patterson walks us through what you need to do to prepare for the trip, and where to stop along the way. My hands grasped the steering wheel so tightly my knuckles turned white. The road was a twisting, gnarly swirl […]

Discovering the South Canadian Rockies: Small Towns and Big Mountains

South Canadian Rockies

As the South Canadian Rockies notes, “history runs deep in our Rocky Mountain towns, and our towering mountains provide a four-season playground that lets you go beyond the ordinary.” Carol Patterson visited to this region to get a pulse on how a rise in tourism has affected the region, and how you can visit, responsibly. […]

Three Days in Alberta’s Diamond Valley: New Town, Same Zany Take On Western Culture

Skijordue is an annual mash-up of horseback skijoring, fondue and seventies fashion

It was only recently that Diamond Valley became an entity, and now this relatively undiscovered gem in Alberta is ripe and ready for exploration. Carol Patterson walks us through how to get the absolute most out of a visit to Diamond Valley, Alberta. This year the citizens of Black Diamond and Turner Valley, in the […]

Road Tripping to Wood Buffalo National Park: 10 Things to Know About Canada’s Largest National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park holds the title of the largest national park in Canada, covering nearly 45,000 square kilometres. It’s actually the second largest national park on the planet. We Explore Canada contributor Carol Patterson walks you through how to make the most of your visit to this remarkable park. Is a visit to Wood […]