Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

Until I began my quest to visit all the national parks in the US and Canada, I had never heard of Riding Mountain. I am guessing that most people reading this haven’t heard of riding mountain either. Many national parks have some big ‘thing’ which is the main attraction. Mountains, canyons, waterfalls, volcanoes and geysers …

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Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park shares several things in common with Isle Royale National Park. Both share a similar Northwoods ecosystem. Both have water as a major component of the park. Both are the closest national park to each other. Whereas Isle Royale is mostly wilderness, Voyageurs is very much recreational park which allows motorboats and fishing. …

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2014 North American Road Trip Update – Week 1

Greetings from Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba!

I’ve been on the trip now for a full week, have driven over 1,300 miles and have visited 3 national parks:

  • Isle Royale, Michigan
  • Voyageurs, Minnesota
  • Riding Mountain, Manitoba

The theme of the first week has been water. Water in the form of Lake Superior, water in the lakes of Voyageurs, water in the flooding the region has experienced and the water in Clear Lake in Riding Mountain NP.

Where there is water in the north, mosquitoes are also not far behind. I made a stop in southern Manitoba near Lake of the Woods where I found the mosquitoes to be the worst I think I have ever experienced, both in size and quantity.

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Technically speaking, Bryce Canyon isn’t a canyon. It’s an amphitheater. That being said, whatever you call it, Bryce Canyon is incredible. It isn’t the biggest national park, but the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater is an incredible thing to experience. If you visit Bryce Canyon, I’d recommend waking up to watch the sunrise over the amphitheater. Afterward, …

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Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park seems to be a favorite of almost everyone who has visited the park. The heart of the park is Zion Canyon which was cut by the Virgin River. The result is a stunning landscape created by the combination of mountain, valley, and river. One of the things which makes Zion so popular …

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Kluane National Park, Yukon

Kluane National Park, Yukon

When I tell people about Kluane National Park, I often get a quizzical look. Kluane isn’t well known, even amongst Canadians. I’m guessing this is due to it being in the Yukon which doesn’t have a very large population. Kluane is located in the southwestern most corner of the Yukon, bordering Wrangle-St. Elias National Park …

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