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Nathalie visiting Niagara Falls, Canada

Nathalie, Canada Specialist

My love of the mountains developed from a young age from being carted up hills in my Dad's rucksack. After university in North Wales (spending most of my time up hills in Snowdonia), I worked for three years in the snowy Alps for a luxury ski company, and the same company later bought me to London. I then joined Audley and have been relishing every opportunity to be back in the mountains, this time in Canada.

Since joining Audley I've had the opportunity to explore Canada's best bits; wild Vancouver Island, the spectacular Rocky Mountains, historic eastern cities like Montreal, the phenomenal back country of the Yukon Territories and the coastal Maritime Provinces in the east. One of my recent highlights was hiking around the Cabot Trail on the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island in the off-season and coming face to face with a wild bull moose. Thankfully, I wasn't offensive to him and he carried on eating his berries.

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Whistler, British Columbia

I recommend visiting - Whistler

As much as I love exploring Canada's bustling cities, my heart really lies in its mountains. So when given the chance to go to one of the largest ski resorts in North America, I was very excited.

What I love about Whistler is that regardless of the season, there's always something to do. Whether that’s for the adrenaline types who can't think of anything better than throwing themselves off mountains by any means (I may fall into this category), or whether that's the laid-back types who would actually like to stop and see the deer, moose, grizzly bears and rare plants while ambling along the mountainside.

One of my top things to do in Whistler is a simple hike to Cheakamus Lake. It's a lesser-known lake in the area and so the trail is a little wilder, and to me that makes it all the more beautiful. You can also book a camping space here right on the lake edge: just watch out for local bears.

Lantern Hill and Hollow, Ingonish

I recommend staying at - Lantern Hill and Hollow

Simple

Lantern Hill and Hollow is a handful of beach cottages set right on the edge of Ingonish, looking out toward the vast North Atlantic Ocean. It's my favourite property as it feels like a home-from-home; once you're settled in your cottage you'll never want to leave. The last time I was here I spent the days wondering along the beaches, reading my book on the deck overlooking the ocean in the autumn sunshine, and having camp fires on the beach, toasting marshmallows with my colleague Jamie.

I'll never forget when…

Often the best memories come from moments that couldn't have been booked or prepared for. During my stay at Echo Valley Ranch, I had the opportunity to go horse riding for the day. The wranglers, Steve and Maggie, were excellent and I had a great ride around the many acres of woodland that surround the ranch. At the end I offered to help take the horses back up the valley where they graze in the evenings. Steve and Maggie were grateful for the help, and asked if I could ride bareback. So the end of my day consisted of rounding up 20 horses and riding bareback through the ranch lands, back up the valley into the sunset.

Photos of Nathalie

  • Nathalie 'floating' on ice bubbles on Abraham Lake, Alberta Nathalie 'floating' on ice bubbles on Abraham Lake, Alberta
  • Nathalie on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick Nathalie on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
  • Nathalie and Audley colleague at Lake Louise, Alberta Nathalie and Audley colleague at Lake Louise, Alberta
  • Nathalie snow shoeing on the British Columbia/Alberta border in the Rockies Nathalie snow shoeing on the British Columbia/Alberta border in the Rockies
  • Nathalie on an icewalk at Athabasca Glacier, Canada Nathalie on an icewalk at Athabasca Glacier, Canada
  • Nathalie in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada Nathalie in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada
  • Nathalie in Vancouver, Canada Nathalie in Vancouver, Canada
  • Nathalie on Mount Bowman, Echo Valley, Canada Nathalie on Mount Bowman, Echo Valley, Canada
  • Nathalie on Teacup Rock, Prince Edward Island Nathalie on Teacup Rock, Prince Edward Island

Photos taken by Nathalie

  • Louisbourg, Nova Scotia Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
  • Ingonish Island, Nova Scotia Ingonish Island, Nova Scotia
  • Cape Breton Highlands, Cape Breton Island, Novia Scotia Cape Breton Highlands, Cape Breton Island, Novia Scotia
  • Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
  • Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
  • Views from Mount Assiniboine Helicopter Glacier Tour Views from Mount Assiniboine Helicopter Glacier Tour
  • Johnston Canyon Icewalk , Banff National Park Johnston Canyon Icewalk , Banff National Park
  • Fairmont Chateau ice castle, Lake Louise Fairmont Chateau ice castle, Lake Louise
  • Horse-drawn sleigh, Lake Louise Horse-drawn sleigh, Lake Louise