BC Wildlife

In the Land of the Giants – Carmanah Walbran Park

In the Land of the Giants – Carmanah Walbran Park

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is one of the most incredible places I have ever been.  It is a sanctuary full of remarkable beings that humble you with their size and scale and age.  It is a place that is impossible to experience through words, or images.  You have to go and stand in the base […]

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Octopus Island Marine Park

Octopus Island Marine Park

Octopus Marine Park is just off of Quadra Island in the Discovery Islands, roughly northwest of Desolation Sound, between Vancouver Island and the mainland.  Quadra is surrounded by a series of tidal rapids that drain the huge tides running between Johnstone Strait in the north and the Strait of Georgia in the south. The small […]

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Good News for Spring

Good News for Spring

New Parks and New Agreements for BC In March of this year BC Parks announced the creation of a brand new 119 km² (about the the size of the city of Vancouver) park situated 120 kms east of Prince George. The lovely, and aptly named, Ancient Forest Park (or Chun T’oh Wudujut in the local Lheidli […]

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Outdoor Reads for April Showers (and Beyond)

Outdoor Reads for April Showers (and Beyond)

When the rain throws a plot-twist into your plans, consider seeking out these outdoors-inspired titles to keep your adventure-bug happy. Each tale is fueled by the internal drive every mountain-minded person understands: to simply get out there. Here are three or our favourites, each touching on a different North American locale. Our own Big Backyard […]

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Lone Cone Hike – Meares Island

Lone Cone Hike – Meares Island

Tofino is best known for its endless pristine beaches, and there are dozens of beach walks, trails and scenic viewpoints in which to fully enjoy all that Pacific Rim National Park has to offer.  It is more difficult to find mountains, or more strenuous hikes with the bird’s eye views that we are used to […]

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Springtime in our Big Backyard

Springtime in our Big Backyard

It’s officially spring in BC, and the metamorphosis from winter wonderful to a warmer, greener mountain playground has begun. Here are some things to watch for, celebrate and prepare for in our Big Backyard. Flora While city-dwellers have their cherry blossoms and magnolia blooms, the mountains have their own harbingers of spring. As temperatures rise, […]

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Paddling the Fraser: Hope to  Vancouver

Paddling the Fraser: Hope to Vancouver

The Fraser River is the longest river in BC running 1375kms from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains near Mt. Robson to the Pacific Ocean. On its way it will pass more than 2.5 million people and its drainage basin will involve a quarter (220,000km2) of the total area of the province.  Its scale alone […]

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Nature is awesome. Science says so.

Nature is awesome. Science says so.

Those of us that spend time in the wilderness understand that it does amazing things to us and we never really stop to wonder why. Nor should we really, its enough to just be there and let nature do its thing. For those of us that don’t spend too much time “out there”, even most […]

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The Eagles Have Landed

The Eagles Have Landed

Visitors Flock to Witness Annual Pilgrimage to BC’s Waterways “It’s like taking a hike and getting to the top and having your breath taken away by the gorgeous view. How do you describe what that feels like? It’s just a moment with nature.” This season offers a new experience to witness something truly unique – […]

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Partnership with Outdoor Vancouver and Vancouver Trails

Partnership with Outdoor Vancouver and Vancouver Trails

We love our Big Backyard and we spend every moment we can out there exploring and finding new trails and routes so that we can constantly be giving you new ideas of where to go.  So we are excited to partner with the folks at Outdoor Vancouver and Vancouver Trails to enable us to do […]

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