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7 of the Best Places to go Kayaking in BC

British Columbia, Canada is one of the most popular kayaking destinations in the world. With 25,725 kilometres of coastline to be explored it can be a bit confusing as to where you may want to go. Luckily I have some suggestions. Here are seven of the best places to go kayaking in BC. Some are merely weekend trips while others like Haida Gwaii deserve a minimum of a week.  Haida Gwaii kayaking It's no surprise…

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…

9 the Best Places to Paddle in Alberta

Chances are when you think of Alberta you don't think of the province in terms of a paddling destination. Yet it has its fair share of rivers and lakes in both prairie and mountain settings. All routes and experiences outlined below offer something for the beginner through to the advanced paddler. Here's a list of what I think are 9 of the best places to paddle in Alberta - whether it be in a kayak…

Why Mesa, Arizona is an Awesome City for Outdoor Lovers

Call me clueless but I didn't appreciate that Mesa, Arizona is the third largest city in the state or even a city in its own right despite more than a dozen trips to the Phoenix - Scottsdale area over the years. Mesa has in fact been named the best city for Outdoor Lovers by Money Magazine! What makes Mesa an awesome city for outdoors lovers like me? Lots as I discovered over a couple of…

The Transformer PERFORMANCE Kayak That Fits in a Backpack

Many of you may remember my review of the TRAK kayak from a couple years back. While I had very positive experience then, I was interested to learn the team had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the latest version of their performance portable kayak. The campaign has been a massive success to date. Only half-way through and they are already more than 500% above their funding goal. Check it out here. What I found…

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…

1000 Islands Kayaking: What a 3 Day Trip Looks Like

Setting out from Gananoque, there are several options for a three day kayaking trip in the 1000 Islands – primarily dependent on your experience, comfort level on the water and location of the campsite or oTENTik cabin you’ve either reserved or are hoping to snag. Camping is only permitted on islands that are part of Thousand Islands National Park. Reserve ahead where permitted (on Beau Rivage, Camelot, Cedar, Milton, McDonald, Gordon, Georgina, East and Central…

Done in a Day: Kayaking the Beautiful Bow River in Banff

If you've ever driven the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park you've seen the Bow River. It's a beautiful ribbon of turquoise-blue that you can't miss. I've wanted to paddle it since moving to Calgary. I finally did. The Bow River starts in the Rockies and flows onto the prairies to meet the Oldman River which then drains into the South Saskatchewan River. In Banff  National Park there are three sections of the Bow River that…

Why Its Time You Stopped in Red Deer

I had never given Red Deer a chance until Labour Day weekend. I thought of it as the halfway point between Calgary and Edmonton and a good place to fill up the car. I know a strip of highway shouldn't define a city but sometimes I let it. No surprise really but once you get away from Gasoline Alley, Red Deer has plenty to offer, especially for cyclists and nature lovers. Over an unusually soggy and…

Unparalleled Kayaking & Camping in the Islands of the Georgian Bay

If you're looking for an outstanding kayaking trip that delivers where it counts  - unparalleled beauty, rocky pink granite islands and gorgeous campsites on islands you have to yourself, then you should think about a kayaking (or canoeing) trip to the Georgian Bay - in particular, the area around Killarney Provincial Park. A few years ago I'd spent some time paddling around Franklin Island in the Georgian Bay, further to the south so I had some…

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