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Muddy but Fabulous: The Cape Scott Trail

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 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 to the Courtenay - Campbell River area in the summer I…

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 a mixture of off-road trails and quiet backroads before trying out various culinary delights in the Courtenay area. Island Joy Rides is now…

Vancouver Island Hikes: The Kwai Lake Loop

If you're looking for scenic Vancouver Island hikes check out the trails in Strathcona Provincial Park, in particular the Kwai Lake Loop. The Kwai Lake loop offers hikers and backpackers access to pretty sub-alpine lakes, flower studded meadows and mountain vistas. Although the loop is about 15.6 kilometres long, there isn't a whole lot of elevation gain, perhaps 200 metres in total, so it can be done comfortably in about five hours. The hike starts…

The Campbell River Salmon Fishing Experience

I have done my fair share of salmon fishing but chiefly from the cockpit of my 17 foot sea kayak - jigging off the west coast of Vancouver Island, a rather delicate experience at times though largely a rewarding one. Recently I had the pleasure of salmon fishing out of April Point Lodge on the east coast of Vancouver Island, within sight of Campbell River, the Salmon Capital of the World. I was in for an…

Looking for the Wild Things on a Campbell River Marine Wildlife Tour

If you need a nature fix, Vancouver Island and the Discovery Islands off its east coast are an ideal destination. The ocean here is known for its wild currents, whirlpools and standing waves. It's also an area that is spectacularly good for viewing seabirds and marine life. A three hour wildlife tour run by Painter's Lodge takes you from Campbell River down the length of Quadra Island through the Penn Islands, then north to Sonora…

A Four Day Hiking Trip on the Juan de Fuca Trail

Interested in a four day hiking trip on the Juan de Fuca Trail - a cousin to the better known West Coast Trail? Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just 90 minutes from Victoria the 47 kilometre Juan de Fuca Trail runs parallel to the coast dodging and weaving through temperate rainforest and along rocky beaches. It goes all the way from China Beach to Botanical Beach just outside of Port Renfrew. It…

3 of the Best Canoe Routes in British Columbia

Transporting a canoe and gear around multiple lakes to complete a circuit or route is both exciting and a huge challenge. Slowly viewing the changing landscape from the canoe and portage trail is also immensely fascinating and the main reason why I love this type of adventure. British Columbia is home to some amazing canoe circuits; here are just three of my favourite canoe routes so far. Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit - 105.6 km paddling,…

7 Great Things You’ll Want to do in the Sooke Area

The picturesque town of Sooke, British Columbia is just an hour's drive outside of Victoria providing you don't travel during rush hour. There's plenty to keep the outdoors lover busy and at the end of the day, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining.  Here are 7 great things to do in the Sooke area. Take a hike in East Sooke Regional Park With 50 kilometres of trails in East Sooke Regional…

The Juan de Fuca Trail: What You Need to Know Before You Go

I'm just back from a four day backpacking trip on the 47 kilometre long Juan de Fuca Trail. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, a little south of its more famous cousin, the West Coast Trail, its short distance belies the difficulty of the trail. This post is meant for those who have yet to hike the trail but want to - and would like to be as prepared as possible. Here's what…

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