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Way Out There: Cycling Northern Vancouver Island

The North Island has a hold on me, and I keep going back. Northern Vancouver Island is vast, sparsely populated, and you’re more likely to meet a bear than a tourism spot. A super destination if you like the great outdoors. This article shares three favourite spots. Two are rough and remote (don’t expect pavement!), while the third is a mellower cluster of tourist gems. I’m a cycle tourist and bikepacker (a rare breed up…

Top Things to do in Fernie, BC in Winter

Fernie, BC is a true mountain town with a laid-back vibe and great community spirit. Most of the 5,000 plus residents live here because they want to. They like what the town has to offer, not just in winter but on a year-round basis; things like great recreation out the back door, excellent dining, loads of locally owned shops to visit and most of the services of a far larger town. If you're a visitor…

What its Like to Heli Hike in the Cariboos

You don't hear much about the Cariboo's - a group of rugged, remote mountains in east-central British Columbia at the northern end of the Columbia Mountains, about 100 kilometres due west of Mount Robson Provincial Park. There's a reason for that. Unless you have a helicopter or you're exceptionally skilled in the backcountry, the area is basically off-limits.  But as a guest of CMH, owners and operators of the Cariboo Lodge, I am one of…

7 of the Best Places to go Kayaking in BC

British Columbia, Canada is one of the most popular kayaking destinations in the world. With 25,725 kilometres of coastline to be explored it can be a bit confusing as to where you may want to go. Luckily I have some suggestions. Here are seven of the best places to go kayaking in BC. Some are merely weekend trips while others like Haida Gwaii deserve a minimum of a week.  Haida Gwaii kayaking It's no surprise…

Long Beach Lodge – The Perfect Base for Tofino’s Outdoor Paradise

With temperatures generally above 10° C through November, and with the bulk of the tourists gone, fall is a beautiful time to plan an adventure from Long Beach Lodge in Tofino's outdoor paradise. Throw on one of their complimentary rain jackets and get outside! This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase or booking through one of these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra…

A Tiny Room with Big Value at Whistler’s First Pod Hotel

Whistler's Pangea Pod Hotel is the first pod hotel in Canada to open. Its tiny pods are chic, well designed and big on value. The Pangea Pod Hotel is about half the price of a conventional hotel in Whistler and a giant step up from what you'd get in a hostel. With its prime location in Whistler Village just minutes away from the gondola, it's likely that the pod hotel will cause some commotion in the hotel…

An Unforgettable Weekend at Purcell Mountain Lodge

"We call it the Purcell stair climber" exclaims Kevin Blades, a veteran mountain hiking guide at Purcell Mountain Lodge. The approach to Porcupine Ridge, our goal for the day, is certainly steep at times but with high alpine scenery that's in the world-class category, it's not a hardship to be hiking here, even if it means I'm sucking wind at times. In fact John and I reveled in the fact that we were able to…

Long Beach Lodge in Tofino: A Coastal Paradise Rain or Shine

How do you know a stay away from home is memorable? When you enjoy yourself so much despite the pouring rain and incessant cloud cover that you’d go back in a heartbeat. That’s how I feel about my time at the stunning Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino, British Columbia. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase or booking through one of these links, I may receive a small percentage…

A Spectacular Long Weekend at Great Bear Lodge

Travel by float plane out of Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and in just 30 minutes you can be landing on Smith Inlet and maneuvering up to a floating dock adjacent to Great Bear Lodge - smack dab in the middle of true Canadian wilderness. How Great Bear Lodge started The remote Great Bear Lodge, owes its origin to Tom Rivest, a naturalist with a vision. In 1999 he first started…

3 of the Best Gardens to Visit in Victoria, BC

I have a love affair with gardening. Not only do I find digging in the dirt to be a very satisfying activity, I thoroughly enjoy visiting gardens for inspiration. The gardens of Victoria in spring are exceptional places to visit. They're very much alive and bursting with colour while the rest of Canada may or may not be buried under snow. I think 3 of the best gardens to visit in Victoria include The Butchart…

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