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The Art of Eating Outdoors

The Art of Eating Outdoors

We’ve all had epic fails when it comes to backcountry meals. One of my most memorable was bringing a dozen tins of curry mackerel on a trekking trip. I didn’t particularly like mackerel (and still don’t), and the combination of it swimming in curry sauce didn’t make it any more palatable. Apart from being the […]

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Type 2 Fun to the Gates of Shangri-La

Type 2 Fun to the Gates of Shangri-La

Hiking in the Stein Valley Sometimes good things need to be earned, and the Stein Valley is one of those things. Its access is a double-edged sword that dissuades crowds, and forces those who persevere to give blood and sweat, and maybe even a tear or two. And in these high summer days where every […]

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Exploring Harrison Hot Springs

Exploring Harrison Hot Springs

Looking for a weekend getaway that’s close enough to escape to for a quick jaunt, but far enough away to feel you’ve put some distance between you and the city? At under two hours away by car, Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser Valley offers an idyllic west coast setting for your adventure, with plenty […]

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Magical Marine Campsites of Nelson Island

Magical Marine Campsites of Nelson Island

Nelson Island sits on the western shoulder of the BC Ferries route as it crosses from Earl’s Cove to Saltery Bay.  It is a big steep, wild place bordered by Agamemnon Channel, Malaspina Strait and Jervis Inlet.  On a somewhat rainy, but glassy weekend in June we circumnavigated the island and found some incredible corners […]

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Sea to Sky Views for Every Adventurer

Sea to Sky Views for Every Adventurer

From sea to sky, and everywhere in between, Vancouver provides some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world. Whether you’re adventuring on foot, by bike, or by kayak, Vancouverites know you always need to budget a little extra time to account for photo stops, whether traveling on the road more or less traveled. […]

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Stories from the Road – Biking inner Mongolia

Stories from the Road – Biking inner Mongolia

Part 1: Beijing to Ulaanbaatar and beyond A couple of weeks ago Liz Ferris and her dad set out from Beijing to ride through Mongolia and into Siberia. Here are a couple of photos and highlights from their journey so far: May 17 Here’s what the next weeks look like!       May 18 […]

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Get Down to Your Roots – Mountain Biking for Beginners

Get Down to Your Roots – Mountain Biking for Beginners

The spring song of the mountains is back. Take a momentary pause in the forest and you can hear its melody – the rush of fast-flowing creeks and rivers from the steady upper mountain melt, the chirping birdsong of returning migratory birds, and the whirring of mountain bike chains as riders fly through the silence […]

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Early season day trip: Gambier’s Mount Artaban

Early season day trip: Gambier’s Mount Artaban

Tackling Mount Artaban makes a great day trip from Vancouver.  You get a boat ride, a summit, views of Howe Sound and the peace and quiet that only leaving the mainland can give you.  Gambier is a world away.  There is no BC Ferry.  There are no amenities, no store or pub, ATM or even […]

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Making A Bucket-List Trip a Reality

Making A Bucket-List Trip a Reality

Over May and June we will be reporting from the road in Mongolia as one of our adventurers, Liz Ferris takes the trip of a lifetime, cycling  3,400kms across Mongolia. This is the first installment.  Stay tuned for more. After years of Dreaming, Making A Bucket-List Trip a Reality For about 10 years, I’ve had […]

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Going Solo

Going Solo

It was quite a few years ago now. Cramped in a poky tent, I awoke one morning to find my hiking mate, still asleep, drooling into my earhole. From that moment on, I resolved that going outdoors was best done alone. I haven’t looked back since. Just think of the pros: the bliss of silence […]

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