Jen’s Top Ten Canadian Lakes

Welcome to my first “Top Ten” list!

I  hope to post frequent top ten lists on various travel related topics. This one is on my favorite Canadian lakes to visit (that I have had the pleasure of traveling to so far).  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask….I would love to share more about why I love these beautiful lakes!

Enjoy….and go see them for yourself!

1. Greenwater Lake, SK – call me sentimental, but this is where I got married, so I love it…such a beautiful setting!

2. Lake Superior, ON – so many photo stops as you drive and drive and drive around this Great Lake!

3. Waterton Lake, AB – often windy, but breathtakingly beautiful, nonetheless. Plus you always see wildlife here!

4. Emerald Lake, BC – the water is the color of its name…and it is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer!

5. Barrier Lake, SK – where I spent my summers growing up and learning how to swim!

6. Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Lake Minnewanka (all in Banff National Park), AB – great hikes in the mountains at all three!

7. Maligne Lake, Pyramid Lake & Lac Beauvert (all in Jasper National Park), AB – picturesque, serene, and stunning!

8. Kluane Lake, YK – a beautiful lake to drive around as you are touring the Yukon!

9. Bras d’Or Lake, NS – lots of history here and everything about Cape Breton Island is wonderful!

10. Waskesiu Lake, SK – many family traditions and memories have been enjoyed here…I love it!

(The lake featured in the photo is Moraine Lake in Banff National Park.)


Counting the Days til Mexico…

As the ‘January blues’ set in for some people (not me…and I’ll tell you why later) people start daydreaming of warm, tropical locations to visit (now I am dreaming of that). First things first…if you don’t mind the cold and snow, then you are probably pretty content right about now. Just ask my sister, Marlene. She’d much prefer the hoar frost and frigid temperatures than humidity and heat! But, if you have been in Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Ontario this past week and have been trying to cope with the snow…and storms…and cold…and I mean bitter cold…then you might be dreaming of a tropical vacation with your butt in the sand right about now (hey, that reminds me of a certain Zac Brown Band song!) Secondly, I don’t have the ‘January blues’ because it is the 27th day of January as I type this, and every single day of 2013, my four year old son has told me I am beautiful. Now, how can someone possibly have the ‘January blues’ if you’ve been told 27 days in a row that you are beautiful? You can’t. It’s that simple. But…I am counting the days until we head to Mexico…oh yes, the beaches are calling my name and I will go…Until next week…stay warm! Signing off with a quote (author unknown). “It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me. Almost like therapy – Beach Therapy.”

Emerald Lake Lodge…Wonderful in Winter

Can’t get away this winter to a warm destination, but still want to ‘get away’ somewhere close? Consider Emerald Lake Lodge, just past Field, BC. The lake is definitely emerald in color and stunning in the summer, but you can’t rival this kind of beauty in the winter. As you can see by my photos, it is a winter wonderland. The rooms have fireplaces to keep you warm and comfy after you spend some time in the outdoor hot-tub. The lounge and restaurant offer a delicious meal…and it is something special because you are in one of the most beautiful places in the world. My husband and I spent a great weekend here and I would recommend it. We enjoyed a hike around part of the lake, but we didn’t get to go as far as we would have liked because I didn’t pack my high winter boots, only my short ones and the snow was just too deep…next time, though, as I would definitely go back. If you have any questions…just let me know.

Christmas Sights, Sounds & Smells

We are enjoying the warmth of family and friends as we are spending Christmas in Saskatchewan. At my dad’s farm in the north eastern part of the province, we are surrounded by the beauty of the hoar frost…it is everywhere and it is thick!

The sounds of my sons and nephew laughing as we listen to Louis Armstrong sing “What a Wonderful World” are music to my ears!

The logs in the woodstove, the smell of turkey roasting, and the apple cinnamon cider awaken my senses and make me happy to be enjoying this time with family!

Whether you are traveling just down the road or across the provinces this Christmas season, hopefully you take the time to enjoy the sights along the way…wildlife in the fields (seeing deer and moose get my two young sons excited every time), the festive displays of lights in farmyards that you drive by, or the beauty of the freshly fallen snow…nature is full of gifts…all you have to do is untie the ribbons!