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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,…

Cycling Victoria: The Harbour to Farm Tour

April is an awesome time for cycling Victoria. While the rest of Canada is under snow advisories (at least this year) 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. Victoria Biking Harbour to Farm Tour If you are an out of town visitor to Victoria you can easily rent bikes…

25 of the Very 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 that include everything from hiking to backpacking, and biking to canoeing and kayaking. I've done 23 of them and the two I haven't are at the top of my wish list.  Backpacking in British Columbia Backpack the Juan de Fuca trail Not sure if you can handle the full West Coast Trail experience? Hike the 47…

What You Can Do on a 3 Day Winter Getaway to the 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 how a 3 day winter getaway can unfold, assuming a Calgary start. The drive from Calgary through both Banff and Kootenay National Parks…

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 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…

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