Nature in All Its Glory

Ooh, Canada! Cracking the Mysteries of the Wilderness

by James Sturz
A bear's silken tongue unfurls from his mouth, smelling of salmon if he's lucky. Photo by Émilie Folie-Boivin.

Earlier this summer, Popupla contributing koan editor James Sturz flew to Edmonton, Canada, and drove to in the Canadian Rockies, and then took an overnight train to Vancouver, before exploring 's partnership with Yukon-based . Along the way, he saw a beguiling amount of life — although not all of it, strictly speaking, was living.

While on his Canadian Odyssey, James stayed at the , , , , , , and .

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