Category Archives: nature

Overlander Falls

Overlander Falls is on the Fraser River in Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia. Mount Robson shares a boundary with Jasper National Park and is part of the chain of parks, both provincial and national, that covers much of the Rocky Mountains and straddles the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia.

While travelling between Northwest Territories and our home in Penticton, British Columbia, we stopped at the Overlander Falls Trail head to rest and stretch our legs.

The trail to the falls takes about an hour, round trip.

When doing a long drive, it’s pretty wonderful to do a walk surrounded by such beauty.

Canada Jay

The Canada Jay should probably be one of our national symbols. Found everywhere, from coast to coast and north to south, they are extremely prolific.

Many people love them while others find them extremely annoying. They are very opportunistic omnivores (basically, they will eat almost anything), but I have never found them to be particularly aggressive. In my experience, they will sit at the end of the picnic table, patiently waiting for leftovers or handouts, and quietly chirping to remind you not to forget them.

Smart and adaptive, they are one of the few examples of Canadian wildlife to retain their original indigenous name: Wisakedjàk (Algonquin) which then became “whiskey jack,” as they are often called. Indigenous peoples consider Wisakedjàk to be a trickster, which considering the jay’s behaviour, is very appropriate! Although they are related to crows and ravens, they are also categorised as songbirds, an interesting distinction.

Here is an example of their song. https://youtu.be/zEvBatYBwbo

Happy Tuesday.

Wood Buffalo National Park

The correct name for the animals is “bison,” but the park’s official name hasn’t been changed yet.

This park was established in 1922 to protect the seriously dwindling bison herds but also became invaluable to protecting the whooping cranes, as well.

At just under 45,000 km², Wood Buffalo is the largest national park in Canada and the second largest in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2013, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designated it as the world’s largest dark sky preserve to protect the habitat of bats and other night-time animals and also to ensure the visibility of the Aurora Borealis.

There’s lots of hiking and camping, including back country camping sites and many kilometres of day hiking trails available.

Happy Sunday.

Clover Time

Although not universally loved, clover is an essential part of our ecosystem. If you have it in your lawn, it will actually push out weeds, and of course, it’s an important food source for butterflies, some birds, cows, deer, rabbits, horses, and many other animals.

And let’s not forget how important clover is to our bee friends. They love it, and if you love honey, much of it results from the hard work of clover bees.

This clover patch was very busy with bees and butterflies until I disrupted them with my picture-taking, but I noticed that they were back as soon as I stepped away.

Naturopathy counsels that there are many health benefits to consuming clover, and of course, don’t forget that it’s good luck! ☘️

Happy Thursday.