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Relaxing at Nakusp Hot Springs, British Columbia – Circle Tour day 6 and 7

After a picturesque drive on Highway 6 from Christina Lake we arrived at Nakusp Hot Springs Chalets and Campground around 5:00 pm on a sunny August evening. Just outside the town of Nakusp is the turn off for the springs and after the12 km drive, seemingly mostly uphill, and at the end of the road, is Nakusp Hot Springs. 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…

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…

Fraser Canyon adventures, British Columbia

I have recently become newly enamored of the Fraser Canyon region in British Columbia. Growing up in the Lower Mainland, my family often camped in the Canyon when I was a kid, but it wasn’t until more recently that I began to appreciate the history and natural features of the area. Here are my top recommendations for a weekend getaway to the Fraser Canyon and beyond.

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Baby and Me Hikes: A fresh perspective for a bleary-eyed new parent

When I had my baby, I had only just moved from my social mecca of Vancouver to the quiet suburb of Port Coquitlam with my partner. I found myself truly lost in the social landscape of my new town, without local friends, colleagues or baristas who knew me by name.  After a couple of months of new-family bliss, my partner returned to work, and I took a long, hard look at the community I had adopted.  I needed to get outside, and I needed to get comfortable spending a lot of time close to home. Read more…

International Peace Arch Park, Metro Vancouver

In the southernmost section of Surrey, near the shores of Semiahmoo Bay, a 67’ white monument known as the Peace Arch watches over travellers between the United States and Canada. This is one of Canada’s major border crossings and joins Highway 99 with Interstate 5 in Washington.

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50 Shades of Green – Redwood Park, Surrey, British Columbia

In 1893, on their 21st birthday, twin brothers David and Peter Brown received a recently logged piece of land from their father in the southeast corner of Surrey, British Columbia. They decided to create their perfect forest and began by planting Giant Sequoia saplings. Over the years the twins ordered exotic tree seeds from Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. They added a mix of trees native to British Columbia – firs, cedars, and maples – and even built a tree house in their forest where they lived for many years.

Today this 80 acre plot of land is known as Redwood Park, named after the original Giant Sequoia grove, and there are over 50 species of trees from around the world waiting to be discovered by nature lovers. Read more…

Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park Near Victoria

Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is a great area for a day-hike near Victoria and is located in the Metchosin region along the southern coast of Vancouver Island. Sitting Lady Falls is one of the main attractions in the park, offering scenic views of the waterfall as it cascades over the cliff and down into the canyon below.

The Beach Trail is the best route to follow as it passes the waterfall and continues downhill out toward the beach looking southeast towards Washington State and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. From the main entrance, walk down the trail as it descends into the forest. Almost immediately, you begin to hear the rushing water of Sitting Lady Falls. At the first junction, go right onto the wooden overpass and enjoy several of the views of the waterfall. Continue along this trail as it descends down towards the lagoon and eventually crosses a wooden bridge. Read more…