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I had always wanted to see the Larch Valley in Banff National Park in its golden splendor. Although I had been to the Larch Valley previously, it was in August and you don’t realize what you’re missing in the Autumn. I’m glad I went as it would be among my best ever visits to the Canadian Rockies. Amazing and beautiful! And crowded too!

Whenever you visit the Canadian Rockies at the end of September, you could have early Winter conditions or warm, Spring-like days. There was snow and cold the week before our visit but we was lucky to arrive to sunny skies. The Moraine Lake parking lot was full early so we had to take the shuttle from the Lake Louise overflow campground along the Trans Canada Highway. Make sure you give yourself time as there may be a wait for the shuttle both ways.

We’ll start here, on the edge of Moraine Lake facing the Tower of Babel.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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I usually don’t get outdoors too much in November and this past one was no exception. Typically, it’s stormy in Vancouver and I’m a fair weather walker and hiker. I’m grateful that I had many photos that I had never posted before. This is a selection of my photos posted to social media in November.

 

I love these Autumn colours 🙂
From my visit earlier in the Autumn to the Canadian Rockies, facing the Sundance Range from the edge of Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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October was highlighted by my visit to the Canadian Rockies. It was perfect timing because I was finally able to see the golden larches in the Larch Valley sparkling under the Autumn sun. You’ll see many photos from the Rockies trip here as well as more Autumn colours. Let’s get to it now. This is a selection of my photos posted to social media in October.

Originally, there was a snowstorm in the forecast but it turned out to be a fine day at Yoho National Park, Canada. This is Wapta Peak on the left from the shores of Emerald Lake.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Except for the smoke in early August, the Summer 2017 weather in Vancouver was perfect for getting outside. It was also the worst season for forest fires in British Columbia which proved devastating to the people affected, the environment, and economy. The heat lingered in Vancouver through Labour Day, but afterwards, fall was definitely in the air. After a postponement, I was able to visit the Canadian Rockies for three days of hiking and exploring in the beautiful Autumn landscape. You’ll see a few of those photos here and on upcoming posts. Now, please join me on a selection of my photos posted to social media in September.

 

Dahlia Raspberry Sky and a very happy bee, taken at Ferncliff Gardens in Mission, Canada.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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With all the forest fires burning in the interior of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, for eleven days in early August, Vancouver became engulfed in thick, disgusting smoke. I have lived in Vancouver for most of my life and have never seen it so bad. Not even close! It was really sad to hear about people being evacuated and even losing their homes. Not that it was important in comparison but I had to change my Rockies trip to somewhere with clearer skies. You’ll see some of those photos here. Now, please join me with a selection of my photos posted to social media in August.

 

A pleasant surprise on the trail. Glad she wasn’t a bear 🙂
Resting doe in the Lake of the Woods Campground in Cathedral Provincial Park, south-central British Columbia, Canada.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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The Summer solstice brought beautiful, sunny weather to Vancouver and much of the province of British Columbia. However, it didn’t take long to dry, and by mid July, many of the forests in the interior of the province were on fire. It was scary to hear about evacuations of large towns such as Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, along with numerous smaller locations. I even had to change my plans for my late July trip. I’ll get to that later but in the meantime, here is a selection of my photos posted to social media in July.

 

Roses in the sky at Tuscan Farm Gardens in Abbotsford, Canada.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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