Living in Canmore, I do most of my outdoor adventuring in the Banff/Canmore/Kananaskis region. However, I have long realized that there is much more to Alberta than the Rockies! Indeed, a nature lover could spend a lifetime exploring it and only scratch the surface. That is why I will find the just released guidebook, 200 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta, an indispensable resource to help me experience the best of the best. I can't wait to get out to visit the many hot spots I have flagged in this lively and informative guide that is so beautifully organized and illustrated. Indeed, I have been inspired to not waste any more time and get started on broadening my Alberta horizons. After 10 years of wanting to go there, we are finally booked to visit Writing-on-Stone Provincial park next month. The book is organized by region for easy reading, planning and navigation. Each hot spot entry includes a detailed destination profile, photographs and a sidebar featuring additional activities to enjoy. The book provides fresh insights on popular spots and valuable information on lesser-known destinations that could be especially important for the remainder of 2022! My favourite section is the last one: Special Interests. I have many that are listed in this section, some of which are .....
It will be great to refer to this section when I have a particular hankering to cater to one of my special nature interests!
As many of you may know, I am mid-way through completing the 52 Hike Challenge for the fourth year in a row. I have set myself the goal of recording hikes only once for this challenge. No repeats. I was beginning to wonder if I would be able to go a fifth year recording another 52 hikes that I have never logged for the challenge before. But after reading the 200 Nature Hot Spots, I have come up with so many new hiking ideas that I know a fifth year will not be a problem.
What nature hot spots am I most excited about visiting after reading this book? It would be a toss up between Writing-on-Stone, Dinosaur and Kinbrook Provincial Parks and the badlands in the Drumheller region. While Whitehorse Wildland, William A. Switzer Provincial Park and the Willmore Wilderness Park in the North Rockies have also caught my attention. Having purchased a NuCamp T@B400 tear drop trailer for comfortable camping last year, we are keen to venture further afield to camp, hike, bike and paddle. So many possibilities to choose from.... thanks Leigh and Debbie!
About the Authors:
Leigh McAdam found her way to her home in Calgary after living in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Colorado and British Columbia. She is the author of Discover Canada - 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures, another book that I find a fantastic resource, having visited all 10 provinces and planning to get to the Territories over the next few years. She is the creator of the popular blog hikebiketravel.com. I have had the pleasure of hiking and paddling with Leigh a few times and hope to add another epic hike next month.
Debbie Olson is an award-winning Alberta-based writer who loves to travel and explore natural areas around the world. She has contributed to Fodor's guidebooks about Alberta and writs a regular travel column for the Calgary Herald.
Order your copy here: 200 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta
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