After a 7 week cruise through 20 states back in the autumn I came to realize how much more difficult it is to find landscape shots sans the 'hand of man' in the US than it is here in Canada. I have taken my semi-wilderness existence for granted for 30 years. Here I can walk and hike with my dog at my side on any given day for hours and hours without encountering another person or evidence thereof. I was really uncomfortable a lot of the time down there especially in the National Parks. Far too much company for my tastes. Tour busses, huge motorhomes and 30'+ fifth wheel trailers at virtually every turn. The line-up to access Arches NP had me doing a U-turn 10 minutes in and seeking solitude somewhere further down the road. I was also put out at being told over and over that my dog was not welcome even on a leash at so many venues and trails. He is my constant companion and can't be left alone all the time. The US has a population of 350 million, give or take. Canada, a larger land mass, has a population one tenth that amount. It is only logical there would be 10 times the traffic, etc., but I wasn't really prepared for the commercialism I found in places. This year is Canada's 150th birthday and our National Parks are throwing open the doors for all. Every National Park and tourist site is free to access. I would invite any of you to pack your gear and come experience what this country has to offer photographers. From sea to sea to sea. Yes, the Arctic Ocean is scheduled to be accessible by road by September for the first time. I'm looking forward to that sometime in the near future. And, you will be happy with the USD to CDN dollar exchange rate! I'm still charting my course but I'm leaning toward returning to Newfoundland this summer. The people are by far the happiest and friendliest I've ever encountered anywhere on the planet I've visited with a photo-op at nearly every turn. (It is pronounced 'newfundland' with the emphasis on the first syllable if you want to appear 'local' - this will be very difficult for Texans and New Yorkers, to sound local, I mean) Here is a shot taken 15 years ago and scanned, from the top of Gros Morne National Park. You can't drive up, and in truth, can't take your dog either, but the view will stun you the first time.