Carol Patterson

Author Bio:

Carol Patterson is an award-winning freelance travel writer based in Calgary who roams Canada’s back roads looking for wildlife. She has contributed to many national and international publications including CanGeoTravel, WestJet and BBCTravel. She’s written several books on ecotourism and how to balance commercial success with space for critters. Carol was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2017 for spreading the word about Canada and it’s landscapes.


Posts by Carol Patterson:

Where the Wild Things are in Southern Alberta

Posted on: August 6, 2021

Where can you take your nature-loving youngster once they’ve devoured all the animal videos and picture books in your library? When children express an interest in nature, the next step might be to take them outdoors where they can encounter animals in their natural habitat. That can be intimidating if
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The Many Flowers of Many Springs Trail

Posted on: June 29, 2021

Many people are familiar with Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park’s wildflowers but there’s plenty of blooms on Many Springs Trail in Kananaskis Country. The flat, short(1.6km), family-friendly trail in Bow Valley Provincial Park loops around Many Springs Basin offering easy access to a colourful display of spring flowers, a dock
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Stargazing at Yoho National Park’s Emerald Lake Lodge

Posted on: April 2, 2021

Yoho National Park at night. Photo Carol Patterson As if you needed another reason to visit Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, it’s also a wonderful place to stargaze or indulge in night photography. It’s not a Dark Sky Preserve like Jasper National Park to the north, but it
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Getting Spoiled at Costa Rica’s Finca 360 in off-the-Grid Family Luxury

Posted on: November 4, 2020

Editors note: COVID-19 has imposed travel restrictions of varying types in almost every country. This article was written Pre-Covid and gives us a chance to dream of new adventures when the world is open again.  If Kim Kardashian decided to become a bird watcher and live off the grid she
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Long Time Dreaming and Road Tripping in Southeast Alberta

Posted on: September 1, 2020

The last few months of COVID-19 lockdowns may seem a nightmare but as travel restrictions ease, southeast Alberta is a perfect place for dreaming of late summer fun. Road trips along Canada’s back roads can introduce you to lesser-known but globally significant attractions and reignite your imagination. At the Alberta
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Sandy Beaches, Wildlife Watching and Northern Adventure in Alberta’s Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

Posted on: August 12, 2020

As a bird lover, I’d heard legendary tales of bird sightings at Alberta’s Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park (LSLPP). As a travel writer, I’d had my wings clipped by the pandemic so it seemed this was the year to dust off travel dreams I’d put aside in favour of long-haul
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Rock(ing) Tourism in Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula

Posted on: June 23, 2020

The quiet town of Percé on Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula is best known for the large rock jutting out of the Gulf of St. Laurence that’s graced a million Instagram feeds, but there’s a new geologic attraction in town. In 2018 Géoparc de Percé – the first UNESCO Geopark in French-speaking
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Picking an Eco-Lodge That Gets You Closer to Nature, Not the Hospital

Posted on: April 28, 2020

When I asked where the gooey stains on my bed came from, my eco-lodge host explained they were animal droppings from the roof above, and the sheets would be changed immediately. As my gaze swept the room, I realized clean bedding wouldn’t solve my problems. There were holes in window
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Bird Watching 101 – In Any City, Town or Country

Posted on: March 27, 2020

Is it time to switch from the news channel to the bird channel? Watching birds can be done anywhere – even in urban environments and has big health benefits. Researchers in England revealed people living in neighbourhoods with more birds and trees experienced less depression, stress, and anxiety. You can
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Why the Irish Don’t Talk About Leprechauns (and Other Surprising Things to Discover in Northwest Ireland)

Posted on: March 5, 2020

When you dream of Ireland do you think of leprechauns? The Irish secretly hate it when visitors ask about them (it’s akin to asking Canadians how many dogs you have in your dog sled team). Instead, plan a trip that reveals things locals are proud of. After a day acclimatizing
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