Hiking Trip Ideas

Nurturing the Wild Within

Nurturing the Wild Within

Recently I have been reflecting on my outdoor life. It’s been that rare thing: a sustained love affair. One that has transcended and outlasted all my other interests, jobs, and, dare I say it, personal relationships. But for a long time, the only thing that counted for me was long trips into the wilderness. Once […]

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Surviving the Shoulder Season (Without Flying South)

Surviving the Shoulder Season (Without Flying South)

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this is the time of year we like least. With the darkest days of winter approaching, but still insufficient snow to liberate our skis and snowboards from the storage room, November until January sees many of us retreat indoors. It’s time for binging on TV series, getting […]

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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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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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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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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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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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#cabinporn (and how to make it work for you)

#cabinporn (and how to make it work for you)

Looking to get inspired for your next off-the-grid adventure? We’ve got just the thing for you: cabin porn. Yes, it’s totally a thing. 29,936 (and counting) posts on Instagram currently use the hashtag #cabinporn – from remote mountain locales around the world, straight to your phone, this is stuff that mountain dreams are made of. […]

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