Ohhh  Canada !

For those who are familiar with Canada, knows that this country seems to be well endowed with beautiful country.  And if you are planning on a vacation, the summer time in Canada might be the time to do it.  Because, it is so far to the north, it has often been called :  The frozen chosen.  If you like winter, it is beautiful.  If you like summer, then it is near perfect.

Between historic landmarks, gorgeous waterfalls, incredible glaciers, an abundance of National Parks, and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder tourists flock to Canada year-round.

The country is full of incredible wildlife, jaw-dropping mountains and an enormous amount of recreational opportunities to choose from.


And here are 12 of the most Beautiful places in Canada as chosen by: The Active Times.


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Formed by receding glaciers, Niagara Falls links the international border between the U.S. and Canada. It consists of three waterfalls: The Horseshoe Falls (the most powerful waterfall in North America), the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are located on the Niagara River and they have a combined fall with the highest flow rate of all of the world’s waterfalls.

The Athabasca Glacier

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This gorgeous glacier is part of the Rocky Mountains Columbia Icefield located in Jasper National Park. You will want to visit this glacier soon. It has been shrinking for about 150 years and is losing more than five meters of ice every year. A review on TripAdvisor says: “It a beautiful and very interesting place to go. Amazing pictures after a small hike up to the glacier. It has markers all the way up the walk so you can see where the glacier used to be years before as it recedes further and further up the mountain.”

Thousand Islands National Park

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Thousand Islands was the first National Park east of the Canadian Rockies. It consists of more than 20 islands between Kingston and Brockville. The park is like heaven on earth for people who love all sorts of water activities. Visit the scenic granite islands; explore secluded bays by kayak or powerboat; enjoy a day by the river; discover rare species of turtles and birdlife alongside undulating hiking trails; and experience the magic of this captivating and historic wilderness, just a few hours from Toronto or Montreal, according to Parks Canada.


The View From the CN Tower, Toronto

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Located in Toronto is the famous CN observation tower. It is one of the tallest free-standing structures in the Western Hemisphere. Look straight out from the towers Glass Floor and capture views of Lake Ontario and Toronto’s beautiful skyline.


Abraham Lake

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The view of Abraham Lake is surreal, especially during the winter months. Frozen bubbles fill the water and create a stunning icy landscape.


Banff National Park

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Banff National Park was Canada’s first national park. Visitors enjoy relishing in its gorgeous scenery; the park contains valleys, mountains, glaciers, meadows, rivers, and forests. Go camping, hiking, and view incredible wildlife. It is also home to one of The Planets Best Hotsprings.

Icefields Parkway

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For some of the most spectacular scenery and gorgeous views of Canada’s national treasures, drive Icefields Parkway. It’s a 144-mile drive through the Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks World Heritage Site. Views tons of wildlife, mountain lakes, and glaciers. Bonus: You can travel by car, bus, bike, or on foot.

The Canadian Rockies

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You can’t visit Canada without going to the famous Canadian Rockies. View the spectacular Lake Louise, take a drive along Icefields Parkway, visit the beautiful Athabasca Falls, go on a Canmore Cave Tour, walk along the Johnson Canyon, and hike the Tunnel Mountain Trail.


Bay of Fundy

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Bay of Fundy is one of Canada’s natural wonders. It’s home to some of the world’s highest tides and contains some of the rarest whales on the planet. Explore Canada’s history in this incredible coastal environment – dinosaur fossils and sea cliffs. Also go hiking, sea kayaking, tidal rafting or enjoy a boat tour.


Jasper National Park

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Located in Alberta, Jasper National Park is home to many regal summits, an abundance of outdoor quests, pristine wilderness, a variety of wildlife, and spectacular scenery. Visitors continue to go back to Jasper for its valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, alpine meadows, more than 600 hiking trails, and whitewater rafting opportunities.


Lake Louise

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Located in Alberta’s Banff National Park is Lake Louise – one of Canada’s most iconic lakes. It is a perfect summer or winter vacation destination. In the winter, Lake Louise provides one of the most scenic skating rinks in the country, while in the summer, it provides otherworldly paddling opportunities.


Ivvavik National Park

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Ivvavik is the first national park in Canada to be created as a result of an aboriginal land claim agreement. The park protects a portion of the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd and represents the Northern Yukon and Mackenzie Delta natural regions. If you are looking for an adventure in a secluded subarctic wilderness, you’ll find it in Ivvavik. Hike the trail to Halfway to Heaven, raft down Firth River; camp out in the fall and see the aurora borealis. The best way to access the park is by charter plane.


Thanks again to :  THE ACTIVE TIMES for this article.  It is a great photo gallery and very inspirational to all photographers.

Entertainment & Learning for the Photographer




In the world of photography, there are a few really famous people, aren’t there?  Those of you who have studied photography, and the history of photography know Ansel Adams. 
An incredible photographer who, back in the days of film photography, developed the famous “zone system”.  And he was so famous for how he could create the perfect black and white photos using his “zone system” of getting the exposure perfect in every photo.
As you look at some of his photos, you are certainly mesmerized by the accuracy of his exposure in all his photos.  I can only imagine the time it took for him to take every photo, just because it was so involved:
No computer work done in any of his photos.  Everything was as naturally done in the camera as you can get it.  But, he passed away at the age of 82 in 1984.  So, I could never meet him now. 
So, who is the famous photographer that I would like to meet today?  Let me introduce you to him:
I may have mentioned that I have been in the photographic industry for some time.  Years, working in a retail store, and seeing books published and seen names and faces in the magazines. And the name that has been shown more than anyone I can think of is:
This is the photographer I would love to spend time with today.  Let me introduce you to him if you haven’t heard of him:

Art Wolfe (born 1951) is an American photographer and conservationist, best known for color images of wildlife, landscapes and native cultures.[2] His photographs document scenes from every continent and hundreds of locations, and have been noted by environmental advocacy groups for their “stunning” visual impact.[3]
Wolfe’s career has been described as “multi-faceted”, involving wildlife advocacy, art, journalism, and education. According to William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Wolfe is a “prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world.”[4] In the last 30 years, the public has viewed Wolfe’s work in more than sixty published books, including Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature.[4]  **
**   This comes from Wikipedia
I don’t know of any photographer to date that has had their own documentary show on PBS or any program that has gone longer than originally contracted.  Here is the information on that:
The public television series, Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe,[8] is a documentary project that explores environmental themes of visual interest. Art Wolfe’s perspectives on nature, cultural diversity, geography and digital photography are the focus of each episode, as he travels to new global regions.[9] The series is hosted by Art Wolfe and supported by a professional film team (Karel Bauer, Field Director/Director of Photography; Sean White, Director of Photography; John Greengo, Field Production; and Gavriel Jecan, Field Production).[10]
The program began with the making of 13 episodes released in 2007.[11] By 2009, 26 episodes were filmed in nearly as many locations, including Patagonia, Madagascar, Alaska, New Zealand, and India.[12] Some of the specific subjects addressed include glaciers of Alaska, and sacred tattoos created by Maori artists.[13] The program is produced by OPB, distributed by American Public Television and aired on Create.
In 2015, Wolfe appeared in the Australian television series Tales by Light.[14]***

***Also from Wikipedia

Now, I admit, I would like to post some photos taken by Art Wolfe. More than anything, I would like to spend a week with Mr. Wolfe, on an expedition somewhere to see and learn how this master photographer takes photos.  Of course, it may take some doing to get permission to post some of his photos here on my blog.  But, do remember that many of his books are available on 

I, am an affiliate marketer of, and so, maybe the one thing I can do is to offer all of my readers here, an opportunity to buy his books, and see what I mean.  Perhaps you too, will fall in love with this great photographer.



Article written by:  Lanny Cottrell
Entertainment & Learning for the photographer