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A Sea Kayaking Trip in the Broken Group of Islands

For the better part of a week three of us - my friend Judy and husband John spent a lot of time checking the weather forecast for Ucluelet and Bamfield, two small towns on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We were trying to decide if it was worth making the day long drive to Vancouver from Calgary, then hopping a ferry to Nanaimo and continuing for another three hours to Salmon Beach - all…

Top 5 Outdoor Adventures In and Around Penticton

Penticton is the perfect playground for outdoor adventure enthusiasts with rugged hills, a multitude of lakes and usually great weather. Whether your preference is paddles or pedals, you’ll be spoilt for choice for weekend activities in Penticton. Here are my current favourite outdoor adventures in and around this beautiful southern Okanagan town. Paddling to Rattlesnake Island A tiny dot of land in the vast waters of Okanagan Lake, Rattlesnake Island has far more personality than…

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

With 135 trails covering the full gamut from perfect corduroy groomers to long cruisers, glades, bumps and powder, Sun Peaks Resort earns the title as Canada's second largest ski resort. Along with its three mountains and a cute, colourful European style village its got Nancy Greene, a gold medal Olympic athlete, Canadian senator and mountain host extraordinaire. Sun Peaks is about a 50 minute drive from Kamloops and its airport. Take a shuttle to keep life simple as you won't need…

20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Big White in Winter

Not only is Big White Ski Resort one of Canada's top family friendly ski destinations, it's been recognized by Vogue as being "Whistler's smaller and less popular but (just as pretty) sister." Big White is located in the Okanagan and easily reached from the Kelowna Airport via a 45 minute shuttle. This winter if you fly in on West Jet in the morning you can get your first afternoon of skiing free by showing your boarding pass…

5 Awesome Hikes With a View Near Penticton

For the best views in the Okanagan Valley, take a hike. At town level, it can sometimes be difficult to fully appreciate the size and beauty of the sparkling lakes, rugged hills and endless vineyards of this area. Here are five great hikes in and around Penticton that showcase the best of the Okanagan Valley. Giant's Head, Summerland One of the most distinctive landmarks around Okanagan Lake is Giant’s Head, an extinct 845m volcano looming…

Backpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail: Sarah Point to Powell River

I completed two sections of the Sunshine Coast Trail with my friend Judy (who was a very good sport) during the third week in September. The first section from Mount Troubridge to Saltery Bay was a complete delight so we were both looking forward to the next four days which in theory would take us from Sarah Point to Powell River - with an overnight break in a cabin with hot showers at SunLund by the Sea. In…

Backpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail: Mt. Troubridge to Saltery Bay

I spent a week backpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail with a friend - Judy - one of the few people I know that would actually agree to long days of hiking with a pack followed by sleeping on a hard, wooden floor in a hut in the forest. Without wine. Most of my friends have chosen luxury now over roughing it and real adventure. I chose two sections of the Sunshine Coast Trail to hike, based on…

The Sunshine Coast Trail: What You Need to Know Before You Go

The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180 kilometre hut to hut hiking and backpacking trail that runs from Sarah Point overlooking Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay where the ferries come in from Earl's Cove. As the brainchild of Eagle Walz, the trail was built, starting in 1992, to link sections of old growth forest before they disappeared. Eagle continues to play a major role in expanding and upgrading the trail though countless volunteers are also to be…

What You’ll Want to do if you Have 24 Hours in Nelson, BC

For a small city of 10,000 perched on the side of mountain, Nelson, British Columbia delivers an amazing range of activities – from outdoor adventures through to the arts, galleries, culture and dining. Starting as a camp providing services to miners involved in the silver rush, the city grew quickly and by the early 1900’s was home to several hotels, many beautiful public buildings, churches and homes – lots of which can be seen on…

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