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January 22, 2010

Lake Lovely Water, British Columbia: Mountain Flying with Glacier Air

By Peggy Gordon

The pilot circles above the snowy peaks of the Tantalus Range and suddenly Lake Lovely Water comes into view. This pristine, alpine lake lies at an altitude of 3,800 feet in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, about 40 miles northwest of the 2010 Olympics city of Vancouver. Lake Lovely Water is a renowned hiking and rock-climbing area which can be reached by float helicopter or by foot. The Alpine Club of Canada has a two-story hut on the lake which sleeps 20 people. Other activities include swimming, fishing, and canoeing.

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Mountains, Music and Menus: Switzerland for Non-Skiers

By John and Sandra Nowlan

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to snap on skis to get the adrenaline flowing in Switzerland. Even non-skiers like us will discover a country of high adventure, world-class music and cuisine that ranks among the best on the planet.

Skiers and snowboarders were certainly in abundance as we left Lucerne by train for the mountain village of Engleberg. But skiers were outnumbered by tourists seeking the adventure of climbing 10,000 feet above sea level and viewing the magnificent snow-capped Alps of central Switzerland piercing low-lying clouds as far as the eye could see. At the top, five restaurants (including one with outstanding pizza) as well as a glacier cave (a 500-foot tunnel scooped through ice 60 feet below the surface) welcomed us.

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Going Up North: Camping Adventure at Cape Tribulation

By Anya Weimann

Sliding over a faultless emerald lagoon, smooth coral sand pushes ashore onto a sheltered haven rimmed by lush green palm fronds and tropical plant life, forming what is claimed to be one of the world’s most scenic playgrounds. Welcome to Cape Tribulation in the Daintree rainforest, far North Queensland, a patch of land “where the rainforest meets the reef” -- literally.

Without doubt, this is one of the most picturesque arrivals of my life, a spot that some people call heaven on earth, while others simply refer to it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. One of the most breathtaking coastal areas in the world is at my disposal -- tropical paradise, here I am.

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The Best-Kept Secret of Mindo, Ecuador: The Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve

By Marianne Graff

As you step carefully down the slick red earth path, the sound of deep booming drums and crashing cymbals grows louder with each turn, drowning out the chorus of frogs, insects, birds and animals singing all around. Tiny bursts of colour flit across peaceful sunlit spaces between thick mossy trunks, as butterflies as big as your hand and hummingbirds as tiny as your thumb find a flowery meal in the nests of orchids or the trailing blooms in branches overhead.

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