Nature in All Its Glory

Ooh, Canada! Cracking the Mysteries of the Wilderness

by James Sturz
A bear's silken tongue unfurls from his mouth, smelling of salmon if he's lucky. 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.


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

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