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5 Places to Sea Kayak Within 90 Minutes of Vancouver

Vancouver is lucky to be close to so much excellent sea kayaking. In fact within 90 minutes of downtown Vancouver there is plenty of sea kayaking to keep both novice and expert kayakers happy. Take your own or rent a sea kayak; if you're a bit nervous take advantage of a short lesson offered by most of the rental companies. Here's where you can sea kayak close to Vancouver Granville Island's Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre offers lessons,…

Hiking Tips for England & Scotland

I've just returned from 2 weeks of hiking in England and Scotland- including 6 days hiking the Cumbria Way in England's Lake District and 7 days hiking Scotland's West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William. I've done loads of hiking and backpacking but every trip teaches me something new. Here's my list of tips that will likely make your hike more enjoyable, especially in rainy, windy Great Britain. Don't leave home without the following: If you have a choice…

Bike or Drive BC’s Gorgeous Sea to Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Highway, aka Highway 99, is an incredibly scenic, cliff hugging road that takes you from West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay to Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. After three plus years of highway improvements including the addition of lanes and wider shoulders, bikers can now cycle this road with some degree of safety all the way through to Whistler. Before the improvements it was unthinkable - in fact it was a death defying feat. You…

Packing List for a Long Distance Walk

I'm off to Great Britain tomorrow with a girlfriend to hike the 70 mile Cumbria Way which bisects the Lake District in England and the 95 mile West Highland Way in western Scotland. I'm a bit smarter than last year when I hiked the Dingle Way and the Kerry Way in Ireland with a fully loaded backpack. This time I've organized a baggage service to move my big backpack every night at a cost of £7 per bag.…

Eight Reasons to Visit Quebec’s Eastern Townships

If you've never been to Quebec's Eastern Townships then you're in for a treat. The area lies south of the St. Lawrence River and roughly one hour east of Montreal by car. To the south, is the United States, specifically the State of Vermont. There are lots of small towns including some of Quebec's Most Beautiful Villages. The Eastern Townships are a year round vacation destination with lots of outdoor activities for both summer and…

Five Incredible Irish Islands

The west coast of Ireland is dotted with islands - incredibly beautiful, romantic islands. Take time to visit; you may find that they end up being the highlight of your visit. They were for me. Here are five incredible Irish Islands - on the west coast of Ireland. The Aran Islands The Aran Islands are perhaps the best known of the Irish islands, probably because of their famous Aran knit sweater, a useful water repellent piece…

Sightseeing in Vancouver: 30 Great Things To Do

If you're planning on visiting Vancouver then these 30 great things to do will keep you busy for days. How often have you had visitors and wondered what in the world you were going to do with them short of sitting staring at each other across the living room?? Fortunately in Vancouver there's a great deal to do to keep even the most jaded visitor and host happy, especially in the summer. Impressing Your Visitor…

5 of the Best Kayak Trips in British Columbia

Summer has finally arrived in British Columbia. To me that means it's time to dust off my sea kayak and head for the ocean. It's one of THE reasons I moved to British Columbia. I absolutely love the beauty of the places I visit, the wildlife, the birds, the moodiness of the ocean, the sunsets, the campfires and the time to fully disconnect from the world. If you have never done your own self supported sea kayak…

Rafting one of the World’s Most Scenic Rivers – The Tatshenshini

If you want to raft one of the world's most scenic rivers you'd have to include the Tatshenshini River. You'll find the Tatshenshini River (the Tat) in the northwest corner of British Columbia. It flows north to the Yukon, then back to BC where it joins the Alsek River and flows into the Pacific Ocean in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Considered to be one of the top 10 river trips in the world, it's…

Papua New Guinea – 700 Languages and Proud Cannibals

I am a geologist; highly educated and trained to bang rocks with a hammer. This skill is in short supply in many places around the globe and so I am lucky. Lucky to travel to some very interesting, out of the way places. Also lucky to be married to an intrepid traveler who started a website called HikeBikeTravel who has threatened to make me sleep in the garage if I don't write a blog. I…

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