Where the Wild Things are: Rafting Canada’s Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers

The grizzly bear emerges from the bush on the banks of Melt Creek, its low-slung head swinging side to side as it lumbers toward the swift-moving water. Two cubs follow, as oblivious as their mother to the fact that 15 slightly freaked out river rafters are watching from the opposite shore.

Moments earlier Brad, lead guide on this 11-day Canadian River Expeditions rafting trip down the spectacularly remote Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers—from Dalton Post in southern Yukon, across the northwestern tip of British Columbia to Dry Bay, Alaska—interrupts a lazy afternoon around camp with a clarion call.

Photographer: Ann Britton Campbell

“Everyone together. Here. Now!”

We drop our books and campfire-side conversations and double-time it to where Brad and fellow guide Tyler stand overlooking the creek. We’re thrilled to see the bears and slightly crushed when we realize only Edna has a camera, and it’s a modest point-and-shoot. Tyler reads our wildlife-photo-obsessed minds and gives the order: “No one goes to their tents to get their cameras.”

Continue reading in this month’s issue of Just For Canadian Dentists magazine.

Wintery Wine, Dine and Dash in Kelowna

Tucked between bottles of wine, candles and jelly jars in The View Winery gift shop is a wooden sign that captures the optimism many Kelowna winemakers are embracing this winter: “If you pour it, they will come.”

Friday fondue at The View Winery, Kelowna. Photographer: Ann Britton Campbell

This snowy season over half of Kelowna’s 40-plus wineries are open for wine tasting, offering a more intimate, in-depth, and—dare I say it—chill experience compared to the hectic summer months. And it’s not just elbow room at the wine bar I discover on a recent visit, but loads of culinary and outdoorsy offerings that have me wining, dining and dashing from …

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The Bear that Disappears

Of all the very good reasons to take a trip down the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers, which run from Yukon through British Columbia and Alaska to the Pacific Coast, surely the most compelling is the chance to see one of the rarest animals on Earth. It’s a bear so uncommon, and about which so little scientific knowledge exists, that researchers are only now unravelling the mysteries around it.

View a video of this elusive bear, and continue reading in the January/February 2019 issue of Canadian Geographic.

Canadian Geographic January/February 2019

P is for Pangea Pod Hotel

Whistler’s Pangea Pod Hotel Photo credit: Ann Britton Campbell

With its effortlessly stylish vibe and small-scale sleep compartments, the Pangea Pod Hotel is the first of its kind in Canada, deliverying an affordable stay in the heart of British Columbia’s Whistler Village…

Continue reading in January 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine.

Living it Up in Death Valley

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park. Photo credit: Ann Britton Campbell

“I’m allowed to eat dirt?” my son asks, an incredulous look on his face. I nod and explain that the white ground we’re standing on is not dirt but, rather, salt, and the friendly park ranger said a wee taste was fine. With that my son pops a pinch in his mouth and the rest of us follow suit. The family consensus? That is some salty salt.

Such is the wonder (and the fun) to be found on a family getaway in Death Valley National Park. Because …. Continue reading in L.A. Parent.

Big Love in Death Valley

Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Photo credit: Ann Britton Campbell

There will come a moment on your getaway in Death Valley National Park–while hiking between walls of polished marble or standing on a blinding-white salt flat or floating in a spring-fed pool under an ink-black skies awash with stars–when you realize you are falling in love.

Because despite its morbid name, arid landscapes, and well deserved rep for extreme heat, as park ranger Jess Kavanagh points out, “Death Valley slowly creeps in to everyone’s heart.”

To kindle that romance, pay attention to …. Continue reading in Just for Canadian Dentists.

Pender Island Surprises

Kye Nahanni Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions
Kye Nahanni, Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions Photo credit: Ann Britton Campbell

There is a disco on Pender Island. At least I think that’s what islander Curtis Redel just told me.

“Heart Trail is a great morning walk,” says Redel when I ask about hiking on the island. “And if you keep following it, you’ll reach the disco.”

I imagine flashing lights, disco balls and Donna Summer shaking her groove thing on this laid-back Gulf Island in the Salish Sea between Vancouver and Victoria. And then it hits me: He said “disc golf.”

Which is a head-scratcher in its own right. Pender Island, just 36 sq km in size, with 2300 permanent residents, is home to …

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10 Ways Canada’s Yukon Territory is Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Can-can Dancers at Diamond Tooth Gerties, Dawson City Credit: Ann Britton Campbell

The call of the wild emanates from just about everywhere in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Some locations are expected (evergreen forests, rugged mountain peaks, remote lakes) while others might surprise (a former brothel-now-bar, a wild-west-esque can-can show, a divey saloon). Looming large over this vast frontier north of the 60th parallel and east of Alaska are the stories and storied remains of the Klondike gold rush. Beginning in 1887, when word of gold in them tar (northern) hills reached souther cities, a stampede of 100,000 dreamers and schemers sailed …

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Happy in Halifax: That’s an order

Alexander Keith’s Brewery Tour  Photo credit: Destination Halifax

Halifax has long known how to have a good time. In 1606, explorer Samuel de Champlain kicked off centuries of Nova Scotia merrymaking when he established L’Ordre de Bon Temps, the Order of the Good Time, to raise the spirits of his men wintering 200 km north of Halifax. The Order is still in existence today, celebrating food, drink and entertainment—all of which Halifax offers in abundance. Focus your quest for good cheer in …

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Colonnade Hotel for baseball fans in Boston

Colette is a welcome amenity at The Colonnade Hotel Credit: Ann Britton Campbell

On game days, bell staff sport Red Sox caps at this friendly 285-room hotel located a 15-minute walk from Fenway Park and adjacent to some of Boston’s best shopping. Stylish guest rooms feature earth-tone furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and, beside every bathtub, a souvenir rubber ducky. Take in a ball game or entertaining ballpark tour, or go shopping at the neighbouring …

Continue reading in WestJet Magazine‘s April issue.