Canada’s national parks: secret memories, ‘sacred place.’

June 29, 2010

Welcome to the Canada tour. Our treasured wild spaces are so plentiful, good luck seeing ‘em all. Best get started now.

Early morning, New Year’s Eve day. I’m hiking across a clearing in Alberta’s Banff National Park. In summer it’s a campground. Right now, it belongs to me. High on the wall of a valley just east, I stare out at a view that would make a stoic cry. A curious coyote approaches from behind, wags his tail, disappears. Off to my left, caribou forage in the snow. It becomes a memory for me, a birthright of sorts.

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