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Osoyoos here we come… Circle Tour Day 2 and 3

Leaving Sunshine Valley Resort, we headed east along Highway 3 towards Osoyoos and quickly entered Manning Park. This was day 2 or our circle tour looping up to Nakusp Hot Springs taking Highway 3 and then Highway 6 to Nakusp and Hwy 6 back to Vernon before running down Highway 5 to Merritt and home on the Trans Canada Hwy1 to Port Moody. Read more…

Sunshine Valley RV Resort, British Columbia – Circle Tour Day 1

Every year we take a one week camping circle tour road trip vacation to explore different parts of British Columbia in our 1989 Get-Away 350 Ford Econoline van we affectionately call Esmerelda. This trip we set off on a sunny day in August with the first destination Sunshine Valley RV Resort near Hope and just west of Manning Park. Read more…

Exploring the Kelowna Area, British Columbia – Wining, Dining & RVing

The first spring getaway jaunt to Kelowna from the Lower Mainland included a mix of business, pleasure, sipping a variety of wines, becoming a food critic and having an educational experience with RVing. What a combination. Read more…

Visiting the Kermode Bear, BC Wildlife Centre, Kamloops, British Columbia

The long weekend in May, affectionately known as Victoria Day Weekend, we decided to take a pleasure trip into the Thompson region of British Columbia to visit Kamloops. The motivation for the trip was that we had seen many news stories about the Kermode bear that had been taken to the BC Wildlife Park and the May long weekend in 2015 was the unveiling of the new home that had been built for Clover the Kermode bear. Read more…

Setting up Camp with Toddlers

Let me begin by stating the obvious: camping with a toddler is challenging. It is not for the faint of heart, although it is highly rewarding if you are up for it. Here are some of my recent findings: Read more…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Campground Road Trip to Penticton, BC, Canada

On the crisp sunny morning of April 23rd I picked up my rental car in Coquitlam and headed to the Okanagan. The purpose of my journey was to attend the Interior RV Consumer Show, being held that weekend in Penticton, to distribute camping packages with tourism directories listing places to camp.  Along the way I had the opportunity to tour a few campgrounds and stay overnight in a cabin. Read more…

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