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Five useful knots for campers and hikers enjoying British Columbia’s outdoors

If you camp and hike, chances are you have pitched a tarp, tied down your tent’s fly in a storm, or bagged up your food and hung it from a tree, out of the reach of hungry bears. You may have learned to tie a few useful knots from your days in Scouts, or from your experience sailing or climbing. If, like me, you have never learned proper knot tying techniques, you risk your safety and convenience around camp. With the right basic knowledge and some practice, a number of knots can improve safety, security and the overall outdoor experience. Read more…

10 small animals frequently encountered when camping in British Columbia

Have you ever woken in your tent in the night to the sounds of small feet scurrying just a few feet from your sleeping bag? Nighttime interruptions can cause panic, especially if your imagination is as colourful as mine. Knowing what small species you are likely hearing may help you sleep better at night… and may also give you some happier wildlife identification moments the following day! Read more…

Packing a Lightweight Backpack to go Hiking Overnight

You have identified a one-night hike in the woods. Assuming you have chosen your sleeping bag, tent, and appropriate hiking boots – and yes, those choices can be torturous! – Your next step is to fill your pack with the necessities for a short trip in the wilderness. In addition to survival basics – like a map and compass, water, food, a place to cook it, and a flashlight – how do you know what you will and won’t need? Read more…

Koko’s Activity Centre, Port Moody (Metro Vancouver) – Where Kids Have Fun!

Are you looking to banish the winter blues or beat the summer heat?  Koko’s Activity Centre located in Port Moody, British Columbia, has it all for kids between the ages of 6 months to 99 years with a fantastic indoor playground and party centre. They are ready to serve you every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Day. When the kids need a cool down, there is a movie viewing area and even a quieter comfortable seating area for adult’s weekends, including TV & Wi-Fi. Enjoy a meal at the Café. There is ample parking (yes, they can fit your RV).

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Dancing in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada

From Osoyoos, (see previous Blog) we headed westwards toward home – but not before making one last stop in Princeton for the Seventh Annual Traditional Music Festival.  Considered the gateway to the Okanagan, Princeton is a charming hamlet about 300 kilometres from Vancouver and a convergent point for the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers. Read more…

Into the British Columbia Desert, Osoyoos

For as long as I can remember, my family and I have made an informal tradition of road-tripping through beautiful British Columbia every August. This year was no different, though our route veered slightly. We kicked off our travels with a quick dip down south, then veered back up via Osoyoos. Read more…

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…