Hi there.


I’m a traveler, hiker, canoeist and backcountry skier.  Home is Calgary, near the Canadian Rockies and the Alberta prairies.  I’m lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

I’m the author of Prairie Paddling – Exploring Alberta’s Badlands by Canoe.  Get your copy at MEC or other fine outdoor equipment retailers.

I’m a keen traveler: 54 countries so far.  I prefer slow travel and off-season travel.  Often the best way to see and experience a foreign country is on foot.  The world is a wonderful and diverse place, and we have only one lifetime to see it.  I have a lot of travel stories, and even more photos.  I’m slowly trying to get more posts up on this site.

I’m a geoscientist by trade.

I’m married to Diana.  I’m a lucky guy.

You can contact me at: arie (at) arievandervelden (dot) com.


Pembrokeshire, Wales. Photo by Diana Vandervelden


Canoeing the South Saskatchewan River. Photo by Diana Vandervelden.


Telemark skiing on the Wapta Icefield. Photo (C) Darren Foltinek.


Exploring the temples of Bagan, Burma. Photo Diana Vandervelden.


Scuba diving on the west coast of British Columbia.