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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

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…

Can't Beat The Backdrop On Top Of Paget Peak

Paget Lookout – Paget Peak Hike in Yoho

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

Things to Do in Penticton 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…

Drive To Deep Cove For The View - One Of The Things To Do In North Vancouver

Things to Do in North Vancouver – 12 Top Picks

It's amazing the difference eight years can make to a place. Last time I looked, North Vancouver was a sleepy spot. The waterfront was pretty but I'd never have called it vibrant. And after 8 PM there was never a whole lot to do. That's completely changed with the addition of The Shipyards District at the bottom of Lower Lonsdale. Now I'd recommend you fit in as many of these things to do in North…

Wildflowers In Abundance On The Ski Slopes In Rossland BC

Rossland BC – The Best Hotel to Sleep, Eat & Play

A visit to Rossland BC has been on my radar for years. While I didn't appreciate what a cute mountain town Rossland is until my summer visit, I did know that the town is a dream destination - albeit an out of the way one - for skiers. In fact it was at RED Mountain Resort where Nancy Greene, Canada's female athlete of the 20th century, cut her teeth skiing. The ski hill is well-known…

Repeating Mountains On The Far Side Of Spineback Ridge

Island Lake Lodge for Summer Hiking

Island Lake Lodge serves as a great base for hiking adventures. It sits on 7,000 acres of private land just minutes from Fernie, British Columbia. The lodge is surrounded by towering trees in old growth forest - with the Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains serving up a spectacular backdrop. That translates to wonderful hiking opportunities both above tree line and in the forest. And you don't have to be a guest at the lodge…

Dramatic Lighting Over Revelstoke

Things to do in Revelstoke in Summer

Looking for things to do in Revelstoke in summer? You won't have a problem filling your day(s). But what you may find is that you haven't allowed enough time to do everything you want to do.  I personally would recommend these 11 things to do in Revelstoke, based on trips to nearby hot springs and national parks over several visits. There are also several adventurous activities I wish I'd done (see below) that will have…

The Natural Halfway Hot Springs In BC

3 Nakusp Hot Springs in BC That Are Worth a Visit

Three Nakusp hot springs in BC can be visited over the course of a day if you don't mind multiple soaks in soothing, mineral rich waters. And who doesn't? Two of the hot springs (Nakusp and Halcyon) offer onsite accommodation and one (Halfway), the wild one, offers the option to camp. Each one of the three Nakusp hot springs are very different but all are worth a visit. I was happy to do the research…

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