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Fall is the Perfect Time for a Selkirk Loop Road Trip

Kootenay Lake along the Selkirk Loop route is a world-class destination in its own right. // Photo: Aaron Theisen.

I arrived at the trailhead to St. Leon Hot Springs, in British Columbia’s Arrow Lakes Valley – unsigned and accessed by a rough logging road, like many such Canadian destinations – just as a local painter and her guests were ...

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Nelson, B.C. & Ainsworth Hot Springs Road Trip

Good morning Ainsworth! Photo Courtesy of Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort.

Skiing and snowboarding may not be for everyone, but who wouldn’t love to sink shoulder deep in mineral-rich hot springs water with an amazing lake and mountain view spread out before you? A road trip to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort ...

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Hot Spring Hopping Around Idaho and Oregon

Goldbug is pure gold. Let's keep it that way. Photo: Janelle McCabe.

There are two kinds of people: those who enjoy soaking in their own and others’ grime in hot tubs, and those who don’t. I love a hot shower, but baths – chlorinated or bubbled or otherwise – just aren’t my ...

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Fall Brings Wild Times without the Crowds in Yellowstone

A large bull elk calls out a challenge to any others brave enough to move in on his harem during the wee hours before sunrise on an overcast Wyoming morning. Photo courtesy of Charlie Lansche, C.M. Lansche Images. www.charlielansche.com.

In his essay “Nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes “Nature never wears a mean appearance.”  Nowhere is this truer than in Yellowstone National Park, which is why it attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. Those who visit in the fall ...

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Surf City Montana: Give River Surfing a Try in Downtown Missoula

Drae Howell going deep on Brennan's Wave. Photo: Taylor Rogers.

2,000 cubic feet of water rushed and roiled past Drae Howell every second as he stood, poised with surfboard in hand, ready to jump into the fast current of the Clark Fork River. He leaps as he throws down his ...

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Kaslo, B.C. and Kootenay Lake Paddling

When in Kaslo, go paddling. Photo: S. Michal Bennett.

For years, friends have been telling us, “You should go to Nelson for your next vacation!” and “You would LOVE Nelson! It’s so like you guys.” Instead, my husband Young and I visited Missoula (easier), Portland (foodier) and Seattle (for ...

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Western Montana Road Trip: Art, Nature, Hot Springs and Adventure

Home sweet home at Camas Big Medicine Hot Springs. Photo: Bea Lackaff

Take a weekend to “re-boot” your life on a road trip through western Montana and the towns of Hot Springs and Arlee, both on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Discover art, nature, and hot springs across glorious landscapes and different cultures ...

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7 Wild Places — Epic Backcountry Drives & Adventures Along the Way

Back of beyond in the Scotchman Peaks. Photo: Aaron Theisen

Backcountry roads can be the necessary evil of adventure: every recreationist has his or her story of harrowing, white-knuckled mountain driving or late-night tire repair far from the nearest Les Schwab. But sometimes it’s ok to embrace the backcountry drive, ...

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