Have you ever postponed travel dreams because you have a pet?
It might be time to rethink that with a little advice from Mark and Mya.
Mark, whose last name is being withheld due to safety concerns associated with his previous job in law enforcement, played hockey as a kid and has wanted to visit Canada ever since.
But it was never the right time. He had to save and invest for the future. He had a dog. He had a girlfriend.
And then in the fall of 2014 everything changed.
While out celebrating his birthday with his family, Mark’s father had a heart attack and died.
“He’d been planning this trip around Australia for 15 years,” Mark said. “He was 63 years old. He’d planned to do it when he retired at 65. He was two years off doing it, hadn’t really done any big travels, this was his dream and he just kept putting it off until his retirement and he never got to do it.”
So Mark decided he had better get to Canada to skate on some lakes and go on other winter adventures. However, he had to figure out what to do with Mya.
“I chose to bring her into my family, she didn’t have a choice about that,” Mark said. “I chose to take on that responsibility. So for me it was a choice of bringing her along with me or not doing it at all.”
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So yesterday we made our way to the Halfway Hotsprings, just outside of Nakusp. I had a really nice time, relaxing and having a soak in the pool. … The area is public lands so Mya was able to join us, but decided she didn't want to go for a soak. … The springs were still accesible via vehicle, but I would suggest that will be changing very shortly and to get there over winter, you will need to hike or snowmobile. I would also suggest taking a head torch for your hike back and using a set of Yaktraks or similar as the trail heading to and from the springs was very icy. … Note: I am told the springs at St Leon are now on private property and the new owner doesn't want people visiting them. … Out of curiosity do you prefer natural hot springs or pools? … @Elude_Snow #NoPawGetsLeftBehind #Nakusp #EludeSnow
|Mya’s travel crate.|
Luckily it isn’t impossible to travel with your pet.
Mark came to Canada for a month on a scouting expedition before packing up Mya, and decided Revelstoke was the place to be.
On the flight over he figures he was more comfortable than him.
“She was in a crate that was twice the length of her,” he said. “She was easily able to get up and move around.”
Mark and Mya spent the season in Revelstoke where Mark had to look for activities beyond resort skiing.
“If you had spoken to me about back country touring, three years ago I would have said ‘that’s why we’ve got ski lifts’,” he said.
But he can bring Mya with when he goes touring.
“I think she loves the mountain biking and probably the skiing as well,” he said. “She really loves just being able to run behind me at full speed.”
Once summer rolled around the duo headed to the U.S. to travel. The more places they visit the more their social media presence grew.
“We definitely started trying to, instead of just posting cute photos of Mya playing in the snow in Revelstoke, to start actually providing some useful information and different travels tips,” he said.
Now they share not only hotel recommendations but also winter adventure tips and alternative dog friendly activities.
Mark and Mya are planning to spend the rest of the season in Revelstoke again this year, popping by Alaska in the spring before heading home.
For both of them it has been a learning experience.
Mya has faced her fear of deep water, and recently even did some Grade 1 and 2 white water rapids, and Mark has completely changed the way he travels.
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So today I want to tell you about our trip to Banff a couple of weeks ago. We decided we would head to Banff a little early, as I new some of the things I wanted to experience would be shutting down over winter and I really wanted to be able to tell you about them. … First up Mya and I got to go paddling out on Lake Louise. It was a great experience to be able to head back when the lake wasn't frozen, like it had been when we visited last winter. You can hire canoes from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and go for a paddle. Just be sure that you and your pup are comfortable in the canoe, as the water is pretty cold. … Next up I visited the Columbia Icefields and went on a Glacier Ice Explorer tour. Unfortunately the tour isn't dog friendly, so Mya had to stay with a friend for a couple hours. The tour involves taking a purpose built Ice Explore to the below the glacier and taking a look around. … Afterwards I visited the Skywalk, which is just up the road and offers amazing views of the area and entry can be purchased on the same ticket as the Ice Explorer. … Later that evening Mya and I visited Lake Minnewanka and got to see the Northern Lights for the first time. We also visited Lake Vermilion and I managed to take my first night photos that I was happy with. … Is Kayaking your thing? Whats your favorite activity to do with your pup? Doesnt have to be adventurous, could simply be checking out Instagram together? … @Banff_LakeLouise @Banff.Lodging.Co @PursuitBanffJasper @FairmontCLL #MyBanff #BanffLove #BestofBanff #LakeLouise #PursuitLife #NoPawGetsLeftBehind #Sponsored
“It’s definitely been quite the experience,” he said.