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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…

Female Bear Seen On A Boat Ride From Great Bear Lodge

A Spectacular Long Weekend at Great Bear Lodge

Great Bear Lodge, a top place for grizzly bear viewing, is accessed via a 30 minute float plane out of Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. You land on Smith Inlet, then maneuver up to a floating dock adjacent to Great Bear Lodge smack dab in the middle of true Canadian wilderness. Visit Great Bear Lodge if you want to be immersed in nature for days on end. And if you've never…

The Famous Sunken Gardens In Spring

3 of the Best Gardens in Victoria, BC to Visit

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 in Victoria, BC 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 in Victoria to visit include The…

The Beautiful Hike Up Lone Tree Hill In Victoria

Hiking in Victoria BC – A Couple of the Must Do Trails

Hiking in Victoria BC is a year round activity locals and visitors alike can enjoy. While I've done one standout hike in the area - the Coastal Trail in East Sooke Regional Park - I hadn't spent any time in the regional parks closer to Victoria. That all changed when I hooked up with guide Ryan Leblanc from The Natural Connection. According to my trip notes I was going to spend some time practicing Shinrin-yoku,…

Views Of The Inner Harbour In Victoria

Cycling in Victoria BC: The Harbour to Farm Tour

April is an awesome time for cycling in Victoria. While the rest of Canada is under snow advisories (at least some years) or even worse, still buried under many feet of snow, you can head off for a bike ride on an extensive network of flower-lined trails around the city and the surrounding area. Cycling Victoria BC is a superb way to intimately visit the city as you get to experience it with all your…

Scenery Along The Chilkoot Trail

25 of the Best Outdoor Adventures in British Columbia

If you're traveling to British Columbia in search of adventure, I've got you covered. Check out these 25 adventures in British Columbia that include everything from hiking to backpacking, and biking to canoeing and kayaking. I've done 23 of the adventures in British Columbia and the two I haven't - Mt Edziza and the Rim Trail are at the top of my wish list.  Backpacking in British Columbia Backpack the Juan de Fuca trail  Not…

Cross-country Skiing In Kimberley In The Kootenay Rockies

A 3 Day Winter Getaway in BC’s Kootenay Rockies

What can you do and where can you go if you have three delicious days to spend on a winter getaway? If you've never been to the Kootenay Rockies, put this area on your must-visit list. In particular, plan stops in Kimberley, Invermere and Panorama along British Columbia's famous Powder Highway. Here's what to do on a 3 day winter getaway in the Kootenay Rockies (starting in Calgary) Updated January 2020. This post includes some affiliate…

Pacific Ocean Views From Cape Scott Beach

The Cape Scott Trail – Muddy but Fabulous

There are few places in the world as remote, muddy and wet as the north-western tip of Vancouver Island. Torrential rain for days on end is not unusual here. For this reason, the 47 km return hike to the Cape Scott lighthouse via the Cape Scott Trail can be difficult. There might not be any mountains to ascend or ladders to climb here; these are replaced by giant fallen trees, huge swathes of mud and…

The Elk Falls Suspension Bridge

The Top 10 Things to do Within One Hour of Campbell River

Within one hour of the city of Campbell River there's enough to do to keep you happily busy for over a week. The city and surrounding area are a snap to reach, especially with lots of direct flights on major airlines to Comox, a short 45 minute drive away. And even Victoria is just over a three hour drive away.  From a trip I did in the summer I would suggest these 10 things to…

The Trail System Is Well Signed Throughout Courtenay

Discovering the Comox Valley by Bike

If you want to experience a completely different side of Vancouver Island's Comox Valley - one that engages your senses and shows off a side more familiar to locals than tourists, sign up for a bike ride with Island Joy Rides. Owner, Laurel Cronk and I spent a wonderful summer afternoon cycling the Comox Valley on a mixture of off-road trails and quiet backroads before trying out various culinary delights in the Courtenay area. This…

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