Category Archives: Canada

Kootenay National Park

Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada (© Eric Baccega/Photolibrary)One of the lesser-known parks in the Canadian Rockies, Kootenay National Park is the home of one of the most enticing visitor amenities in the region. Radium Hot Springs’ large pool allows hundreds of bathers to soak in soothing, warm, mineralized waters whose namesake trace ingredient, radon, is mildly radioactive — though safely so, less than an illuminated watch dial. Because the water is colorless and odorless here, bathers who dislike the sulfur smell at most hot springs embrace these relaxing waters.

Text by Eric Lucas; photo editing by Connie Ricca.

Auyuittuq National Park

Skier hauling gear, Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut, Canada (© Jean-Baptiste Strobel/Photolibrary)Preserving a spectacular section of Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada’s Inuit territory, Auyuittuq National Park is a remote, windswept, scenic and unpeopled preserve to which a visit is a lifetime adventure for most. Here are steep-walled fjords, forbidding mountain peaks — one was featured in “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and hiking treks only for experienced wilderness travelers. The most popular of these is the 97-kilometer journey through Akshayuk Pass. Mount Thor, near the Akshayuk Valley, has a 1.25-kilometer cliff face, the longest such uninterrupted drop in the world.

Text by Eric Lucas; photo editing by Connie Ricca.