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10 Late Summer & Fall Picnic Spots in Vancouver, Coast & Mountains, BC

This time of year, with summer soon to become a memory, we find ourselves wanting to be outside as much as possible and we’re constantly on the lookout for great spots to throw down our picnic blanket and enjoy our meals al fresco! The evenings may be getting a little cooler, and the leaves may be starting to change colour, but we think that first hint of fall foliage makes our picnic spots even more special. And, whether it’s a simple sandwich, a multi-course takeout meal, or a basket full of fresh, local goodies, a picnic is a wonderful way to experience the region. Read more…

A Weekend Adventure in the Fraser Canyon, British Columbia

Last summer we spent a glorious extended weekend exploring the Fraser Canyon from Hope to Lytton where the rock formations along the mighty Fraser River push against the rushing waters that tumble through the narrow canyons. Cliffs rise from the edge of the canyon and one can glimpse trains making their way on what seems to be a perilous journey on rail lines seemingly hanging on to the cliff and diving into periodic tunnels through the rock. Read more…

Three Family-Friendly Snowshoe Trips in Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia

Snowshoeing is a great way to get out and get active with your family. Manning Provincial Park, 45 minutes beyond Hope, provides numerous trails to explore. One weekend this winter, grab your family and friends, cross your fingers for clear skies, and get going! Read more…

Taking a Break Along the Coquihalla Highway 5, British Columbia, Canada

Named for the Coquihalla River that it parallels near Hope and traversing the daunting Coquihalla Pass, the Coquihalla Highway undoubtedly provides the quickest route between Vancouver and Kamloops.  This timesaving freeway varies between four to six lanes with a speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour (75 miles per hour), guiding you via the picturesque Cascade Mountains. 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…

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…

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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The Lower Fraser Canyon, British Columbia

According to Wikipedia the Fraser Canyon is “an 84 km landform of the Fraser River where it descends rapidly through narrow rock gorges in the Coast Mountains en route from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley.”  For Suzan and I it is a beautiful place to drive through enroute to the interior of BC. Read more…