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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. The trail goes all the way from China Beach to Botanical Beach just outside of Port Renfrew.…

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 to do in Sooke, British Columbia

Looking for suggestions on things to do in Sooke, British Columbia? The municipality is only 38 kilometres from Victoria - or about an hour's drive, unless you try and get there during rush hour. For a smallish centre there sure is plenty to keep outdoorsy people busy. And at the end of the day, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining.  Take a hike in East Sooke Regional Park With 50 kilometres…

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…

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 Things to Do 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 things to do in Penticton - a beautiful southern Okanagan town. Paddle to Rattlesnake Island A tiny dot of land in the vast waters of Okanagan Lake, Rattlesnake Island has far more…

Sun Peaks – A Kamloops Ski Resort in 21 Photos

With 135 trails covering the full gamut from perfect corduroy groomers to long cruisers, glades, bumps and powder, Sun Peaks, a Kamloops ski 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. She's 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…

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