Category: OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Whiffen Spit, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Whiffen Spit, Sooke BC by Jason van der Valk

Whiffen Spit, one of Sooke’s special treasures

(Exploring this rugged and beautiful coastline). Whiffen Spit: this quiet waterfront community in Sooke, South-west Vancouver Island, is noted for its coastal ambiance, picturesque scenery, and bird watching activities. Length-wise, Whiffen Spit extends almost one mile and is a narrow tract of terra firma. It reaches into Sooke Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Since one […]

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Treetop Haven Sheila Arsenault

TreePODS accommodations (geodesic domes up in the trees) coming to Prince Edward Island

The project, which is slated to be completed by the first quarter of 2017 will feature five, fully functioning tree pod accommodations, collectively named Treetop Haven. The resort is being marketed as an all year-round wellness and adventure destination. As well, it is being depicted as a premier venue for forest bathing and weddings. Named […]

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Mustang Monument Nevada
Mustang Monument, Nevada. An eco-resort and wild horse preserve.

Mustang Monument: A Foundation for the preservation and protection of America’s wild horses

“America has been blessed to have wild horses. We have wild mustang. A hundred years ago, there were two million of them roaming the plains and today we are down to the last twenty-five thousand,” says Madeleine Pickens, owner of Mustang Monument— an eco-resort and wild horse preserve in northeast Nevada/western United States. Mustang Monument […]

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inuit fishing

What the Inuit Eats? | Traditional cuisine (series)

“The blood and flesh of walrus, seal, whale, caribou, and polar bear make up much of the Inuit diet. They also eat birds and eggs, and fish including sculpin, Arctic cod, and lake trout. And plant base foods such as seaweed, grass, roots, and berries.” Said John, a western scientist, at a recent briefing on […]

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tofino storm watching
WINTER STORM WATCHING AT WICKANINNISH INN, FOFINO, CANADA

Stormy Holiday in Tofino, Vancouver Island

The locals say it rarely snow in Tofino. But it can happen. Instead, the region is known for its storms. So much so that “Tofino Storm” watching and chasing is sought after by both vacationers and residents. The areas comprising Tofino and Ucluelet (West Coast, Vancouver Island, Canada) attract people who want to experience the […]

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elves and hidden people
Scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Icelandic Elves. “Hidden people among us”, says Icelanders

“She’s an educated woman, a scientist at that and here she is telling me that she believes in Elves“, joked the gentle man conducting the interview. “Oh, I do”, she replied laughing. “And a family of Elves live in this rock?”, she continued, pointing to the boulder behind them. This was my first time hearing […]

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Bahamas Shark Sanctuary

Bahamas Shark Sanctuary: Safeguarding Marine Life Since 2011

Commercial fishing is forbidden in the stated designated Bahamas ocean area ever since the 243, 244 square miles was converted into a haven for the sharks. Sharks and some other marine species are being over-fished and disappearing at an alarming rate from the world’s reef. But, “It’s Better in the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary” says marine researchers. Global […]

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Necker Island, BVI

Necker Island, committed to preserving the island’s ecosystem

You probably know Necker Island as a Private Island in the British Virgin Island (BVI) that is owned by Sir Richard Branson, and which caters to the elite travelers. And you would be right! But it is also so much more than that. About his luxe island villa estate, the man himself had this to […]

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The Brando

What’s serving at The Brando?

The Brando’s two restaurants serve up an array of “Polynesian-inspired dishes, East/West fusion and classic French cuisine.” All fresh and locally grown ingredients are used and “the award-winning cuisine of Guy Martin of the Michelin two star restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris is featured in both dining venues and in-room dining”, at the resort. […]

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Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
Premium Hillside (Room) w/ St.Lucia’s Pitons. Anse Chastanet.

Anse Chastanet, a GreenLeaders Resort in St. Lucia

A member of TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Gold Level, Anse Chastanet (St. Lucia, Caribbean) is owned by Architect Nick Troubetzkoy and “was created with an environmental consciousness at heart long before this became not only fashionable but a mandatory resort philosophy.” Anse Chastanet is one of those resorts that you can tell before you know for sure […]

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