Exploring My Magical Backyard

As you guys know, Laura and I spend most of our time traveling in tropical destinations in Southeast Asia and we seldom have the opportunity to appreciate our own beautiful country. Laura and I grew up in British Columbia and for the past couple of years now we had talked about taking a road trip through the Rockies to our scenic next door neighbor. When we were approached with the opportunity to travel to Alberta with Travel Alberta, it was just too perfect.

Today I wanted to give you my 3 top picks if you're looking to experience a great Canadian Roadtrip through Alberta.

 If you're doing the scenic Rocky Mountain drive, you will surely be driving through Canmore. This brings me to my first MUST-DO activity, and that is getting pulled across the snow in a sled behind a group of howling husky dogs. Ok, most people would call it dog sledding, but when you try it for yourself you will see why it is every bit as thrilling as a wooden roller coaster. The huskies live to run and the moment you set them free, they work as a team to pull you, your +1 and the trainer. There is nothing that quite compares to it. I went with a company called Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions and the trainers we're so much fun and they even let my girlfriend and I handle the sled. Another really cool part of it was stopping for a snack at a hut where we roasted marshmallows and drank hot cocoa. This was a Canadian Winter activity if I ever saw one.

Dog Sledding Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PxqLVgcznA

My second MUST-DO activity was actually done on the same day as the dog sledding because it was also just outside of Canmore, Alberta. Our next adventure will take us to the skies as we fly over the Rocky Mountains in a helicopter! This wasn't my first time flying in a helicopter but it was just exciting as the first because of the impressive mountains that surrounded us on all sides. Travel Alberta organized us a special tour and the helicopter ended up flying us in between a set of mountains and landing where no man had been in quite some time. When we landed the helicopter skids sunk 3-4 feet in the fresh powder. The chopper had to re-adjust a couple times to make sure we didn't get stuck! Once safely landed, we got out and put on some snow shoes and hiked to a look out point. The feeling of being in such a beautiful and vast environment is one of my favourites and this was a day I'll never forget.

Heli video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW2Qi3tvWg4

As you head up north to the magical city of Jasper, you will likely pass by deer, moose, bears, wolves and even chipmunks. Do not get distracted by this because the prize is just ahead. The third pick of my MUST-DO activity list is ice climbing in Maligne Canyon. But first step to getting there is to rappel down ice walls into the canyon! Definitely was a little terrifying at first but our guide Mark gave us enough faith to let our body dangle over the side of a cliff. Once we lowered ourselves to the bottom, that is when the action really began. Mark showed us a frozen over waterfall that we would climb using our ice picks and crampons (a series of knives tied to your feet). After our briefing, we began to climb. It was honestly really exhausting and at points, a little scary but the feeling once you reach the summit makes it all worth it. I felt a great sense of accomplishment after reaching the top and I would definitely do it again.

Ice Climb Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQHcbb9TIyg

If you want to see how you can travel Alberta like a pro, check out these top picks and many more in my video "How To Travel Alberta". 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtaVwcSitCo 

Enjoy Canada's Winter Wonderland!