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We watched in dismay, the dark clouds massing at an alarming rate above the granite peaks of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park. An afternoon rain shower was brewing, and it was going to start pouring before we could return to our campsite on the Kicking Horse River. Fortunately, Canada's western parks have a strict bare camp policy due to the presence of grizzly bears, meaning that almost everything has to be stowed away before leaving camp. There was nothing laying around our site that could be damaged by rain, so we decided not to worry about the change in weather. We drove back from our day's sight seeing and other adventures, scheming for a way to wait out the storm without getting wet and found ourselves sipping gin-tonics at Truffle Pig, a quirky cafe in a little mountain town named Field. With Irish fiddle music playing in the background, we sat on benches by the open door and smelled the cooling rain turn dust into mud. The challenges of dealing with bears and rain are among the reasons people generally either love or abhor camping. It's an entirely different sort of vacation from staying in resorts and hotels. And we did a little bit of both on a recent vacation in Canada. But aside from the question of lodging, all of the visitors to Jasper, Yoho, and Banff National Parks have one thing in common: an appreciation for the dramatic natural beauty of the high and rugged Canadian Rockies. Tourists from around the world flock to Canada's western national parks for good reason. Protecting a huge area that spans into two provinces, (Alberta and British Columbia), the Canadian tourism industry is well aware of the value of keeping this large region pristine, maintaining the natural beauty of the high mountains, clean rivers, and old-growth forests. The park system has established an infrastructure that allows travelers access while keeping the impact to a minimum. Abundant Visitor Centers are manned with friendly Canadian park service staff who help direct tourists by giving excellent information on everything from white water rafting outfitters to fine restaurants. Just about any amusement you want for your Canadian Parks vacation is available. Here is one you won't want to miss: The Icefields Parkway. Billed as, "The Most Beautiful Road in The World," the Icefields Parkway has a right to make the claim. It is 230 kilometers of continuous World Heritage Site scenery completely protected by Jasper and Banff Parks. The white glaciers against the dark granite slopes with clear blue mountain lakes at their bases make for one breath-taking vista after another. The Icefield Parkway is a must-see for any visitor to the region. Where -- Northern access to the Parkway is from the city of Jasper, and southern access is near the town of Lake Louise on the Trans-Canada Highway. When -- The road is open most of the year, except during severe weather. But summer and fall are the best times to visit because snow obscures the beautiful contrast of glacier, granite, and mountain lakes. What -- There are frequent picnic areas and some lodges for dining along the Parkway. Also, several of the roadside parks have trailheads for visitors to explore in a more personal and focused way than merely passing through by car. How -- Tour buses allow the visitor to completely focus on the scenery. Individually operated vehicles offer more flexibility; the Parkway fee is 17 dollars for the vehicle. The Icefields Parkway is only one of the many attractions in the area of Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks. Visit Canadian National Parks web sites to start planning your trip, and supplement your plans once you've arrived by stopping at one of the many Visitor Centers. They'll help you locate whatever you need to make your visit the perfect vacation.
The summers here in Calgary are gorgeous. Blue skies with those little cotton candy clouds, the horizon endless to the east and bordered by the Rocky Mountains to the west, being in Calgary for an Alberta summer is a great experience. The nights out here in the Prairies are actually quite cool, sometimes going right down to around 5 degrees (Celsius obviously, we are after all in Canada). This is actually a good thing because the days are scorching hot, especially when there's a heat wave. Like most of the buildings in Downtown Calgary, ours was built in the 1970s. At the time the city was undergoing a boom and office buildings were sprouting up like mushrooms after a rain. Now, maybe there is something to that whole 'Global Warming' thing and the city was a lot colder back then, or maybe it was just too expensive at the time, but our building and most, if not all, of the rest of 1970s-era Calgary was built without Air Conditioning. There are a lot of things produced by the 1970s that defy logic, and I've given up trying to find the reasoning behind denying your tenants the option to cool off in the summer. What was important in all of this is that in the first summer of its operation Nuvo did not have A/C and we were losing business because of it. In these days of online booking a good percentage of our guests were making their reservations with us through Expedia, Travelocity and the like and because of this they never really got to take a good look at our hotel before they committed to staying here. As a result we took on a lot of guests who had no idea that they had just booked into a hotel that was not equipped with air conditioning during what turned out to be a near legendary heat wave. I just want to take a second here to point out that when I say 'near legendary' I am not making use of hyperbole, the heat wave that hit Alberta in July nearly crippled the agricultural industry. Fun stuff. Our original plan for dealing with the A/C was to shop around and get the best price possible, then find a quiet week somewhere and install them all. The flaw with this plan was that it depended on us having plenty of time to pick a unit based on its price, aesthetics and efficiency. Unfortunately, we were getting complaints as early as the first week of July and walkouts barely a week later. So, instead of leisurely ordering some units and having them sent over on the slow boat from Korea, we ended up scrambling to acquire enough serviceable units from the local hardware stores. After a week or so of frenzied buying, returning and installing we now have two different styles of A/C units[1, 2] spread out over the different rooms of the hotel and the average temperature level in our rooms has gone from sweltering hot to refrigerator cold. As it turned out, getting a number of different A/C units actually worked out better than obtaining one uniform style. None of the rooms in Nuvo are exactly alike, the layouts are similar sure, but each room has different furniture and decorations than the next. Having a varied style of A/C appliances doesn't break that motif, and since the units we eventually obtained are portable we can remove or add them at the behest of our guests. We can also take them out during the other eight months of the year when Calgary becomes a city-sized Popsicle, thus reducing both our carbon footprint and our electricity bill.
Everybody loves going on vacation, but nobody likes paying for it. Just because travel costs money doesn't mean that it can't be affordable. You can book your next trip with peace of mind if you choose an affordable destination. Where should you go? This list of best cheap vacation packages includes a variety of domestic destinations and international destinations that won't hurt your wallet too much. Newport, RI Airfare from most US cities to the Newport airport is reasonable. There are several budget hotels to choose from and tons of free or inexpensive activities to do. You can explore stately mansions, like the Rose Cliff, the Marble House, and the Breakers. There is also the Newport Cliff Walk, the 3.5-mile public walkway that has been designated as a National Recreation Trail. Las Vegas, NV It might sound cliché, but Vegas really does have some of the best cheap vacation packages. As long as you're not a hardcore gambler and don't get carried away by all the games, you can spend a few days in Las Vegas without spending much money at all. Most of the hotels have cheap basic rooms and you can get entertainment just by walking down the street. Lexington, KY Get some Southern charm by spending a few days in this historic affordable city. Just grab some inexpensive airfare to the Blue Grass Airport, or fly to nearby Cincinnati or Louisville and rent a car and drive to Lexington. Since it's the birthplace of bourbon, you might want to go on a tour at Woodford Reserve Distillery. There are plenty of budget hotels and restaurants to choose from. Sofia, Bulgaria If you're looking for a cheap European vacation, Sofia is a great place to visit. There are a number of museums to check out, like the Earth and Man Museum, National Art Gallery, Museum of Natural History, Ethnographical Museum, etc. For airfare from North America, check with airlines like Air Canada, JetBlue, Iberia, and Lufthansa. Phuket, Thailand Some of the top budget lodging accommodations are located in the north beach provinces. The north beach area is also ideal if you want a laid-back setting. Public transportation in Phuket is plentiful, with choices of local bus transfers and motorbike taxis. The best vacation packages last for 7 days, so make you travel plans accordingly. La Paz, Bolivia If you want to stay in the Americas, Bolivia is an affordable and gorgeous country to visit. Some of the best cheap vacation packages are in La Paz, which is perched on a high plateau over 12,000 feet above sea level. There are natural attractions nearby like Lake Titicaca, as well as markets, shops, colonial landmarks, and a variety of other attractions.