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Best Places to Camp and see the Northern Lights in British Columbia, Canada

One of the most breathtaking sights on a dark night is the appearance of the northern lights, or aurora borealis. Every time I camp under clear dark skies, I try to identify constellations and the Milky Way, but I have only had the good fortune to see the northern lights once.  Staying in a cabin on northern Vancouver Island, it took me a few seconds to realize what I was seeing. Being a city dweller, I was not expecting this beautiful and ghostly apparition. Read more…

Relaxing in Ainsworth Hot Springs and Visiting Nelson, British Columbia

After packing up our camping gear for our one night-only stay at Kokanee Creek (with promises to the kids that we’d make another longer trip here next time), we hit the road for our 20-minute drive to the Ainsworth Hot Springs – famed for its hot springs (of course) and extraordinary scenery, surrounded by the Purcell Mountains and Kootenay Lake.  But, in my humble opinion, what makes Ainsworth especially unique is its dazzling caves. Read more…

Campfire Cocktails and Hot Drinks

If you are an avid camper, you probably already have a go-to drink for sharing stories around the campfire. Whether you prefer a strong cup of tea or coffee, rich hot chocolate or something a little stronger, drinks are part of the campfire experience. Read more…

8 Places to Zip Line in British Columbia

British Columbia is a huge attraction for people who love the outdoors live and everything it can offer. If you seek the thrill of adventure and love nature, catching a ride on a British Columbia zip line combines incredible views, an adrenaline rush, and the insane feeling of weightlessness while soaring over tree tops? And best of all, people with all fitness levels can participate. Catch a thrilling ride on a zip line and the worst part of the day is when the fun is over. Read more…

Adventures in Waterproofing for Camping in British Columbia

Camping in BC gives new meaning to the term ‘waterproof’. Most items sold with this claim are simply, well, not waterproof. Spend a weekend in a rainy campsite or hiking on the trail and you will know what I am talking about. There is really no way to stay 100% dry when you commit to staying outside in the wet weather. Even if it doesn’t rain on you, morning dew, condensation and even sweat can … ahem, dampen your spirits on a camping trip. So, aside from lowering your expectations, here are some of my tips for waterproofing your gear: Read more…

Where to See Totem Poles in British Columbia

Carved by First Nations people, totem poles are popular tourist attractions that can be found in many coastal communities in British Columbia. Totem poles are of spiritual significance to the First Nations people and not only do the totems preserve their art, but they capture the living spirit of the tree to tell the history of their legends and tribal families.

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A weekend at the Sunshine Coast Resort, Madeira Park, British Columbia

Early in the spring, I happened upon a great online deal for two nights at the Sunshine Coast Resort. I had never been to this particular resort, but it is near Madeira Park, a part of the coast that I love. Browsing the resort’s website, my partner and I were impressed by the location and amenities, and we opted for the deluxe accommodations. We were not disappointed. Two nights away in this beautiful spot was just what we needed to recharge our batteries in the midst of a long and stressful spring! Read more…

10 All You Can Eat Sushi Bars in the Lower Mainland

Conveniently located on the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver restaurants have a great selection of fresh seafood at their fingertips. For diners who don’t mind eating their seafood raw, there are Japanese sushi bars everywhere. Some sushi restaurants offer two types of dining options: an a la carte menu where patrons can order individual dishes at set prices off a menu; and all you can eat sushi for one price. Read more…

Running or Walking – Finding the Right Equipment in Port Moody, British Columbia

I was always the one who said “I’ll only run if something is chasing me”, turns out that there was something chasing me (my fear of running) and on May 26, 2013, I signed up for my first Run/Walk, which was for a friend who was trying to raise awareness for a rare disease that her son was diagnosed with, The first ever NMO 5K Walk/Run. Read more…

To Kayak or to Canoe?

What’s the difference between a kayak person and a canoe person? No, this is not a set-up to some kind of joke. It’s an honest question. What are the essential differences between a canoe trip and a kayak excursion, and why would you choose one over the other? Read more…

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