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Ooh, Canada! Cracking the Mysteries of the Wilderness

by James Sturz

View Slideshow Ooh, Canada! Cracking the Mysteries of the Wilderness

That's one happy bear. Photo by Émilie Folie-Boivin.

Earlier this summer, Fathom contributing koan editor James Sturz flew to Edmonton, Canada, and drove to Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies, and then took an overnight train to Vancouver, before exploring VIA Rail Canada's partnership with Yukon-based Air North. Along the way, he saw a beguiling amount of life — although not all of it, strictly speaking, was living.

While on his Canadian Odyssey, James stayed at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Overlander Mountain Lodge, VIA Rail Canada, Edgewater Hotel, Eldorado Hotel, Inn on the Lake, and Fairmont Pacific Rim.

BEAVERS, MOUNTAINS, AND GNARLY TOES

Escape into the wild. (Slideshow)

WHAT ARE KOANS ANYWAY?

They're the paradoxes that Zen Buddhist monks ponder to achieve enlightenment. 


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James, Fathom's contributing koan editor, is author of the novel Sasso. His travel journalism, short fiction, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Afar, Men's Journal, Travel + Leisure, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and the anthology Italy: The Best Travel Writing from the New York Times. He travels for the jet lag. And the pretzels. And other stuff.

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