Remembering My Grandfather’s Great War

"Your grandfather never fought at Vimy," says our battlefield tour guide. "He was wounded in 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. That's probably what saved his life."

Braving the Glacier Skywalk

 Even though I’m afraid of heights, there’s plenty of places to pose and ponder along the Glacier Skywalk   "Come on, you can do it," coaxes the woman in uniform when she sees me falter. She is standing two feet away and 280 m (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley, on the glass-floored platform of the... Continue Reading →

The Imperial City of St. Petersburg

A Marquee Port on the Baltic Sea If this city hadn’t changed its name back to what it was two centuries ago, I don’t think it would have made my bucket list. Born and raised in Canada during the Cold War, I remember the Soviet Union as a threatening world superpower, and Leningrad as a... Continue Reading →

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