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The Beautiful Petain Basin

The Elk Lakes – Petain Basin Hike in British Columbia

For a magnificent but long day hike or an outstanding 3 - 4-day backpacking trip that offers waterfalls, gorgeous mountain lakes, wildflowers, glaciers, and the enchanting Petain Basin, visit Elk Lakes Provincial Park in British Columbia. Specifically do the hike to Lower and Upper Elk Lake and the Petain Waterfall. If you've got the time and the stamina continue up the very steep trail to explore the spectacular Petain Basin after the snow has melted…

Looking Out To The Mitchell Range In Kootenay National Park

What to Do in Kootenay National Park in Winter

Kootenay National Park, located in southeast British Columbia, is one of four national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. When you drive Highway 93 - the only major highway through the park you get the feeling that much of the park remains untrampled and unexplored. Steep mountains, waterfalls galore, canyons, beautiful rivers and even a hot spring are all here waiting to be discovered. Kootenay National Park is a…

Beautiful Upper Elk Lake Near Sparwood, BC

21 of the Best Hikes in BC to Add to Your Bucket List

British Columbia is a dream destination for hikers and backpackers. The geography of the province is diverse with landscapes that include rocky coastlines, ancient forests, lakes, sandy beaches, mountains and even an inland desert. Deciding what part of the province you want to focus on is important - not just from the perspective of what landscape you like to hike in but because distances are huge. Did you know that British Columbia is the size…

Mt Hewitt Bostock Hike

Two Standout Hikes in Merritt, British Columbia

This post from writer Sylvia Dekker takes you on a couple of hikes near Merritt British Columbia - a community you might have stopped in for gas or coffee while driving the Coquihalla Highway between Vancouver and Kamloops or on the way to the Okanagan via Kelowna. If you're like me, you probably didn't know about the great hiking and backpacking opportunities in the region. Now you will! The area surrounding the Merritt, British Columbia…

Looking For Fossils At The Walcott Quarry

The Burgess Shale Hike in Yoho National Park

The Burgess Shale hike in Yoho National Park has been on my radar for years. Most of the appeal - before I actually did it, was the fact that the Walcott Quarry where the Burgess Shale fossils are located, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I love checking out UNESCO sites. However, despite the fact that I have a degree in geology, I confess that I am not overly interested in fossils, mildly interested…

Thanksgiving Ranch Near Golden, BC

Road Trips From Calgary to Places That Will Stir Your Soul

Maybe you had traditional late summer travel destinations you frequented each year, or you had to cancel plans for new locations to explore - but your adventures aren’t completely lost this year. We’ve got you covered with 11 road trips from Calgary you can do in a day (sometimes a long day!) that will stir your soul. These 11 adventures will have you socially distant, enjoying fresh air, lake-time, sand play, challenging yourself, filling your…

Can't Beat The Backdrop On Top Of Paget Peak

Paget Lookout – Paget Peak Hike in Yoho National Park

The Paget Lookout - Paget Peak hike in British Columbia's Yoho National Park was not our first choice on a summer weekend. But our plans to hike to the summit of Mt. Saint Piran were thwarted when we arrived at Lake Louise - the starting point, to find the parking lot full. In these COVID times it's always a good idea to have a Plan B as many trails and parking lots have been unbelievably…

Spectacular Vineyard Views From Summerhill Pyramid Winery

10 Things to Do to Make the Most of a Kelowna Winter

The best way I know of to get through a Canadian winter, and have fun at the same time, is to plan loads of activities and short getaways. From Alberta and British Columbia, one of the easy options is a trip to Kelowna - the largest city in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.  In the summer Kelowna is a very popular recreational area with loads of sandy beaches and opportunities for boating, swimming, SUP & wind…

Little Engine Winery In Winter

The Best Things to Do in Penticton, BC in Winter

Penticton, a town that's perfect for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, beer aficionados and wine lovers alike, is located in the south Okanagan Valley. Home to about 35,000 full-time residents, it has plenty to offer both locals and visitors on a year-round basis. Even though winter is a quieter time to visit, there are still lots of things to do in Penticton, as you'll see below. Bike a section of the Kettle Valley Railway, visit wineries, go…

A Winter Hike To The Plain Of Six Glaciers

What to Do in Winter in Lake Louise

Winter in Lake Louise may be cold but it sure is pretty. There's loads to do for skiers and non-skiers alike. A frozen lake with the most beautiful skating rink in the world set against a backdrop of truly stunning mountain scenery may be the first thing people think of when they think winter in Lake Louise. But within 25 - 30 minutes of Lake Louise Village there are an incredible number of outstanding outdoor…

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