Jonathon ReedExplorer

Adventure-based photographer and videographer. Sunriser.

Definitely a long hike to do in a single day. I'm pretty fit (bicycled across Canada to get to Vancouver Island) but hadn't done any alpine hikes in about a year; it took me 12.5 hours and I couldn't walk right for a few days afterwards. Don't let that dissuade you, though, just be prepared for a push if you're going to try to summit in a single day, or do some training beforehand. Keep your eyes out for the trail after the first couple waterfalls—it's marked with flagging tape and cairns that are sometimes hard to follow. Beautiful view of Elkhorn and the surrounding mountain range. Highly recommend this hike as (in my opinion) one of the best on Vancouver Island!

5 months ago
5 months ago

One of the best ways to experience the largest tide in the world is to hike and explore below the massive rock formations of Hopewell Rocks. Pretty stunning visual experience and great way to spend a day. Watch out for the waves coming back in.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Visited in the off-season and found it pleasantly deserted, just the river, the cliffs and the impossibly hewn tunnels cutting through the landscape. Definitely a spot you have to see to believe. Can't imagine what it was like to build, and now it's just a small track in an abandoned river canyon. Worth the stop.

11 months ago
11 months ago

I was there I think on a holiday weekend and it was quite, quite crowded. But because of the undeveloped nature of the spot there was still a lot of empty space. Hope it doesn't get overdeveloped in the future because it was a great spot to pull up and spend a night.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Hiked Delicate Arch in midday and as everyone else has said, there was a crowd. Had to wait our turn to grab a photo, for example. Nevertheless, it's an amazing spot, nice mid-length hike and the arch is just massive. Way bigger than I expected. Great viewpoint above a bunch of sandstone valleys as well. Get out there!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Walking on top of a glacier, feeling the ice, drinking the water. There's nothing quite like it. See any glacier you can! Athabasca is pretty accessible, which makes it a good place to go if you've got young kids or don't feel like walking too far. Pack warm clothing! The ice regulates the air temperature so it can feel cool on any day.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

My least favourite thing about Niagara Falls is the city that's built up around it, so this short walk along the gorge is a good way to get out into nature beside the river and do your best to forget the urban sprawl that is right next door. The current and whirlpools are really stunning and worth seeing to broaden your experience of the actual falls.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

It's true that Niagara Falls is a must-see, but do so knowing that the falls are surrounded by some of the most appalling urbanization I've ever seen—casinos and arcades and hotels and everything you can imagine that could ruin a geological wonder. Still worth seeing, especially if you turn your back to the city and just walk along the river beside the falls, but every time I visit it gives me a melancholy. Just imagine if it had been made a national park instead.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

If you're in the urban sprawl of western Lake Ontario and you're feeling the need for a break immersed in nature, head to the escarpment and get lost in the trees. You won't regret it. If you can, though, get farther away from the city!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Definitely worth visiting if you're on the Lake Superior coast! The rugged wilderness will be sure to make you want to linger. Visit the cliffs of the southwest section for incredible views over the lake and surrounding landscape. Recommend that someone in your group learns the Ojibwa legend of the Sleeping Giant and tells it over a campfire.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Great little part of Montréal, if you're in the city and have some free time you should definitely do some exploring on the mountain. Don't just stick to the paved viewpoint, go check out the other trails and views all around. Not wild by any means, the hum of the city is always present; but a good bit of nature that is easily accessible.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Visited on a rainy, unbelievably windy day in the late fall so it was completely deserted. Absolutely breathtaking, a must-see on the coast of Ireland. Walk along the cliff trail to the north to get a full experience of the ocean!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

From what I heard this is the most popular destination in all of Scandinavia, and for good reason. The landscape of the fjords, the forest and wetlands along the trail and of course the stunning sheer drop of the cliff make this a truly exceptional spot. Go in the off-season if you can, but be well-aware of weather conditions because it can be much more dangerous in the winter.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Really nice stretch of shoreline on Lake Huron. Never been there in the winter but if you go I recommend checking out the skating oval! It looks very unique.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

The Grotto is a stunning destination—but unfortunately lots of other people think so too. This isn't a hidden getaway, it's a well-known destination on the peninsula. Still that doesn't change the clear water, the rocky cliffs and of course the mesmerizing grotto. Aim to be there at sunrise or sunset, if you can. Although it also makes for a great lunch destination!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

When I was there the water was too cold to swim, but it was a beautiful, stony shoreline with white cliffs at both ends. Absolutely great spot for an overnight on Georgian Bay.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

If you're staying at the lodge Bright Angel Point is perfect, otherwise it's a bit unnecessarily developed compared to other trails and viewpoints on the rim. Pretty nice sunrise spot, but other viewpoints on Point Imperial Road would definitely have less people.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Made for a fun afternoon hike, nothing difficult or mind-blowing, but beautiful in a calm and intimate kind of way. The kilns are pretty amazing to see in the middle of the forest. The creek is reassuring and cheerful. If you're in the area, stop by.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Loved this little campground nestled among the trees beside the little creek—made for a great juxtaposition to the vast powerful ocean beside us. Great base camp for exploring Big Sur. Quiet and intimate.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I guess I found it less exciting because the beach isn't accessible and the view from the trail looks exactly like photos that I'd seen online. Still, beautiful and a remarkable spot on Highway 1. Worth stopping and spending some time at.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Got to Glacier Point at 5 AM in September and there was no one around. Watched the sun come up over the iconic Sierra with just my sister and a few quiet deer. My recommendation? See it from Glacier Point, then climb it from Little Yosemite Valley. Just catching a glimpse from the parking lot won't do this landscape justice.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The Joint Trail is a must-see in Canyonlands National Park, and Chesler Park is no less interesting. Highly recommend making these destinations if you're in or nearby the Needles District.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Squaw Flat is a great little campground that only gives you a tiny taste of the Needles District. If it's the farthest you can go I definitely recommend it, but if you can go into the heart of the Needles, I think you'll find that to be a more immersive, wild way to experience the desert.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

It's good if you want to stand around and take a predictable photo, but Zion has way more to offer. Get out and do some of the high-elevation hikes and you'll have a much more unforgettable experience.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago