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Train Spotting: Highway 1 Lytton to Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canada

We decided to stay at the Kumsheen Rafting Resort located a few kilometres east of Lytton in the scenic Thompson River canyon. Here we were well into BC’s semi-desert country with lofty ponderosa pines and tumbleweeds and the wonderful smell of sage. We chose the well-priced “yurt” – the best of both worlds, sleeping in a tent with comfortable bed and solid deck below. We had a fabulous meal on the patio of Cutting Board Restaurant and bonus – we could hear the westbound CPR trains just below the resort as well as the eastbound CNR trains across the canyon. Read more…

Take a Break along the Crowsnest Highway 3 to Osoyoos, British Columbia

While on any road trip, it’s always useful to know where to stop for a short rest – whether it’s for a much-needed bathroom break, to stretch your legs or to simply enjoy an impromptu snack or lunch while enjoying the fresh outdoors and some spectacular scenery. Read more…

Hollywood North: Visit the Locations of Your Favorite “Filmed in BC” Movies

If you’re a serious movie buff, you know there’s nothing better than visiting the real life locations where your favorite movies were made. Vancouver as a city and BC in general are often referred to as “Hollywood North”, with good reason. A long list of films have taken advantage of the unique natural and urban beauty that British Columbia has to offer, and chances are that every member of your family has a favorite movie that was made, at least partially, right here in BC. Read more…

Train Spotting: Highway 1 Vancouver to Lytton in British Columbia, Canada

I have been a “foamer”–that is a fanatical train buff since I was a kid in Edmonton (1950’s), and I never miss an opportunity to watch and experience trains whenever I can. Travelling east from Vancouver to the Rockies at the Alberta border has given me many wonderful opportunities to view and experience Canada’s major trains. The Canadian Pacific (CPR) is the trans-continental railway that was first built in the 1880s to secure British Columbia as part of Canada. Highway 1 parallels the CPR most of the way through the Province and there are many spots well worth stopping at to be a regular Train Spotter; and a terrific bonus is that we get to experience trains in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Read more…

Pack Light, Pack Smart, Travel Well – Five Essential Tips When Packing for Your Next Trip

So you’ve mapped out your trip, planned your route, figured out your dates. All that’s left to do as your date of departure approaches is to pack … and that’s when it can sometimes feel like the real work begins. How many pairs of shoes should I pack? Do I need one sweater or two? Is one nice outfit going to be enough? It’s almost enough to make one consider nudism! Read more…

BC’s Biggest Attractions Are Often in the Smallest Places

Most visitors to BC assume that the biggest attractions are located in and around our largest city, Vancouver, or perhaps our provincial capital, Victoria. In one sense, they would be right, but in the literal sense, they are totally wrong. It’s not Vancouver that has the world’s largest fly rod (all 60 feet and 800 lbs of it) – the town of Houston does. Read more…

“Island Girls” for the Weekend – a trip to Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Girls just wanna have a fun weekend with a sprinkle of work. I had to take a trip to Vancouver Island to visit some accommodation properties, members of the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association, to discuss marketing. I always mix in some fun so took along my besties. Read more…

Relax, Refresh & Rest Up Along the Sea to Sky Highway

Whether you’re driving alone, in pairs or with children, a successful and relaxing road trip requires regular breaks – be it for bathrooms, stretching your legs, enjoying a beautiful viewpoint or simply taking in some fresh air. Read more…

From Osoyoos to Christina Lake then onto Nakusp Hot Springs – Circle Tour day 4 and 5

Another fine sunny day for a drive along Highway 3 on our way to Christina Lake. As we pulled out from Nk’Mip campground and headed up the switchbacks (known as Anarchist Mountain), we passed where our friends Connie and Bruce live. It is there on their property that you can see a Tipi and a Tiny House from the road as you head out of the Osoyoos Valley. Read more…

5 Best Hikes Near Tofino – A Majestical Experience

Tofino is a destination that gives visitors a true feeling of the vast and wild Pacific Northwest. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, it’s about a 3-hour drive from Nanaimo along one of British Columbia’s most scenic driving routes, passing through old-growth rainforests before reaching the beaches along the Pacific Ocean. Read more…