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Garibaldi Lake
One of the most spectacular lakes in southwestern British Columbia, the turquoise coloured lake features a scenic glacier backdrop. The nine kilometre uphill hike is long and gruelling at times, but the reward makes the effort worthwhile. The best time to hike this trail is mid to late July when you can go through Taylor Meadows to see the colourful wildflowers in bloom before looping down to the lake. — Vancouver Trails

Located 37 km (23 mi) north of Squamish and 19 km (12 mi) south of Whistler. The lake lies within Garibaldi Provincial Park, which features mountains, glaciers, trails, forests, flowers, meadows, waterfalls. The park is a wildlife protected area. The trails in the area are promoted as being among the most beautiful on earth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garibaldi_Lake

 

It’s a beautiful volcanic lake hiding out in Canada:

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More pictures at Vancouver Trails – Garibaldi Lake

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Book a cabin at nearby Elfin Lake Campgrounds and bask in the beautiful mountain views at nighttime, or wander over to Taylor Meadow to see the alpine flowers in full bloom during summertime

Camping at Elfin Lakes
http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/elfin-lakes/camping/
Taylor Meadows near Black Tusk
http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/black-tusk/camping/

 
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A video that was focused on a “rubbing tree” visited by a variety of wildlife through day and night

It provides incredible insight into animal activity when humans weren’t around.

 

 
It looks like some kind of dance. I guess their itch just got un-bearable!

Despite their reputation as territorial hot-heads, bears in the wild actually possess a complex social structure that can make them seem downright charming. Meeting around a prized scratching post for some much-needed itch relief offers the animals an opportunity to familiarize themselves, easing tension while forming important kinship bonds

Sometimes, bears will even help each other out with those hard-to-reach places.

 

 
Among group animals, building a healthy social network means grooming. Though it can take on many forms, these kindly gestures of camaraderie serve an important role in the building of relationships, maintenance of good hygiene, and easing of tensions between members of a pack — and when done properly, it can be downright adorable.

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/bear-cubs-licking-each-others-ears.html
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The Montreal Botanical Garden (French: Jardin botanique de Montréal) is a large botanical garden in Montreal, Quebec, Canada comprising 75 hectares (190 acres) of thematic gardens and greenhouses. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008 as it is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in the world due to the extent of its collections and facilities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Botanical_Garden
http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/botanical-garden

 
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Orphaned bear cub gets the gift of life

A tiny orphaned bear cub in the Kootenays got the gift of life for Christmas. The malnourished bruin had likely been wandering alone for months, scavenging just enough to survive, but with the winter snow, death was fast approaching. For a black bear cub about 10 months old, it should have weighed about 70 pounds.

 
The bear, nicknamed “Tinsel,” shared food with the chickens for five days.
 

 

When it slipped under a chain-link fence and into a chicken coop in the Kootenay town of Midway last week, it weighed about 20 pounds.

Midway resident Miranda Charles found the cub coexisting with her chickens, which seemed to be in a giving mood. For five days the bear shared the chickens’ feed.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Before dawn, a brilliant full moon illuminates the snowy landscape of Churchill, Manitoba, home to an arctic fox. The fox’s coat changes colour with the seasons; as the snow melts it begins to turn greyish brown.

 
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A glowing North Vancouver view last night

 
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Sunrise at Niagara Falls

 
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