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Canadian Rockies

From Vancouver, you can drive out to Calgary in about 13 hours. Even with meal and washroom stops along the way, you can get there in a day. Of course, if you’re wanting to sightsee and you haven’t gone before, then taking several days may be a better course for you.

You can also take the Greyhound Bus which does stop at various pickup/drop off points which does delay the time, resulting in 16 hours. But the stops are short, so this is NOT for a sightseeing option other than seeing the scenery through the window.

Best time of year to go is between June and August. I remember still in May, the lakes can be still frozen (like at Morraine Lake) and weather can be pretty unpredictable outside of those summer months. Depending on the season, you’re bound to see some wildlife such as Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain goats, eagles, porcupine, coyotes and if you’re lucky, some bears. I have yet to see a cougar, fox or a wolf. (see my post on a guidebook on the animals and birds of the Canadian Rockies that I illustrated and my dad published)


Wild Bighorn Sheep! :D idearabbit-banff2 idearabbit-banff3 idearabbit-banff4

Greyhound Busidearabbit-banff5

Vermillion Lakes with Mount Rundle in the backgroundidearabbit-banff6 idearabbit-banff7

Streets of Banff in summeridearabbit-banff8 idearabbit-banff9 idearabbit-banff10 idearabbit-banff11One of my favourite mountain – Castle Mountain

For me, I grew up in Calgary (1 hour and 30 minutes from Banff) and my dad ran a tourism company, so I went to the Banff National Park often. I also lived in Banff over a summer when I was a student, so the Rockies are like my backyard. I’m not the nature-camper-hiker-snowboarder type, but I do enjoy the serenity and peacefulness. It’s especially nice after living in congested, loud downtown of Vancouver to go somewhere that is the complete opposite.

Canadian Rockies Guidebook

Finally, I have some time to sell books on eBay!

So this one is a guidebook on the Canadian Rockies (in Japanese only). My father took the photographs and wrote all of the copy. He worked as a tour guide so he knows the area really well.

In this third edition, I got the opportunity to redo the layout from scratch. Although the layout didn’t change that much from edition 1 and 2, it was still a bit of a challenge since I used InDesign and and prior to that, I had learned Quark Express instead of InDesign. Also, it was before the IDEA program, so I wasn’t all too familiar using design programs in the first place.

This book was previously only available for purchase at gift shops in the Rockies, but you can now purchase the book from eBay at this link here for $20+shipping.

(please note that this book is written in Japanese only!)

*Unfortunately, the books are no longer sold on ebay*

Morraine Lake Painting

Since I’ve been posting all old projects (just so that I can get a portfolio going first), I’d thought I’d post something I’m working on recently. Plus!! thought I’d show my face since it’s been awhile! LOL.


So this is a painting of Morraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies. It’s quite small, and I actually painted over a Morraine Lake that I had done a decade ago. It was pretty dark overall, and the colours were dull. Not a painting you’d like to put up on your wall. So I added some colours and painted with the ‘impressionist’ style that I’m really into right now :D

It’s too bad I don’t have a pic of what it looked before. Can’t compare now, but let me assure you that it’s waaaaaay better! :D Selling it for $40 (does not come with framing. – price does not include shipping and handling) I’m hoping to set up an etsy shop soon…
If I do, I’ll for sure posted on here!!! :D