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Views Of The Inner Harbour In Victoria

30 Fun, Weird and Interesting Facts About Victoria, BC

If you were to do a word association game and Victoria popped up what would you think of? I immediately think of tea and crumpets, The Empress Hotel, and the Butchart Gardens. But there's actually a whole lot more to the city. It's extremely popular with tourists - probably because it's such a pretty city with a lot to see and plenty going on. Restaurants are great and it's close to a number of wineries too.…

Bike Myra Canyon on the Amazing Kettle Valley Railway

If you're visiting British Columbia's Okanagan Valley and you love biking I'd recommend a full day on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR) or at the very least a bike ride over the Myra Canyon trestles. The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is an abandoned railroad track that winds across the Okanagan and Similkameen region in southern BC. All told it offers over 650 km of cycling. The 80 km section from Myra Canyon near Kelowna…

Coastal Views At The Northern End Of The Trail

A Hike on the Coast Trail in East Sooke Park, BC

The 10 kilometre Coast Trail in East Sooke Park is a standout hike if you're looking for a day hike near Victoria. The trailhead is only about a 45 minute drive from downtown Victoria. The hike along the Coast Trail is a great one from start to finish. It’s a model in contrasts: spectacular and rugged coastal scenery is broken by temperate rainforest filled with massive cedars and firs, some draped in moss. Throw in…

Beautiful Sand Beaches On Sidney Spit

Kayaking to Sidney Spit in BC’s Gulf Islands

Have you ever considered a kayaking outing to Sidney Spit in British Columbia's southern Gulf Islands? I don't know why it took me over 20 years to visit the spit in Gulf Islands National Park Preserve. It's not as though I didn't know it existed. But somehow with all our trips to Vancouver Island over the years, John and I have never taken the time to explore this strip of land. The spit is easily…

Beautiful View From Atnarko Lodge On Charlotte Lake

A Stay at Atnarko Lodge in the Chilcotin Area of BC

John and I spent four nights with Heidy and Daniel, the owners of Atnarko Lodge on gorgeous Charlotte Lake in the Chilcotin region of BC. Our stay was part of a two week holiday I'd planned to explore a region of British Columbia I knew nothing about. Where is Atnarko Lodge? Atnarko Lodge sits at the end of a quiet bay on Charlotte Lake on the Chilcotin Plateau, 290 kilometres west of Williams Lake. In otherwards you're in…

You'll Be Wowed By The Sunsets In Tofino

25 Things to Do on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is a mere 90 minute ferry ride from Vancouver or a 25 minute hopper flight away. The 460 km by 80 km island offers an incredibly diverse array of activities - but there are a lot of people who don't make it past the Victoria area. I've spent a lot of time exploring a huge swath of the island, especially by bike and kayak. I think you'll find some travel inspiration with these…

Massive Amounts Of Snow Some Years By December On Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver

With more darkness than daylight and my energy levels falling precipitously in December, I know it's time for some fresh air, mountain scenery and a dose of happy hormones. Cue a half day of snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver to make me feel happy and alive again. Snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain is something everyone can do. You can get snowshoe rentals and even snow pants and jackets from the Outpost Rental Shop, should…

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