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April Explorations – Part 2: Broughton Archipelago Provincial Park

April Explorations – Part 2: Broughton Archipelago Provincial Park

Broughton Marine Park is an incredible place, and there is nothing like it on the coast anywhere.  It is an endless area of island groups and islets, pocket beaches, lonely rock outposts, deep bays and protected anchorages all criss-crossed with an endless variety of channels. You could spend a lifetime routing your way through the […]

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April Explorations – Part 1: Brown’s Bay to the Broughton’s

April Explorations – Part 1: Brown’s Bay to the Broughton’s

Sometimes you just need to get out and get lost and we decided it was time for a mini expedition.  Two weeks is just enough time to allow that to start to happen, to move at a human speed and to let life get simpler and slower.  Conditions at the end of April are a […]

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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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Happy New Year – Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year – Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year!  We kicked the New Year off much as you might expect, we went paddling.  But it is where we went paddling that is a bit unusual: we paddled up the East River right through the heart of New York City.  It was an absolutely bluebird day, the city was still asleep, there […]

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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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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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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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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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The Fun Scale – Rating your level of adventure enjoyment

The Fun Scale – Rating your level of adventure enjoyment

So We’ve just gotten talked into paddling 150kms from Hope to Vancouver along the Fraser River this coming weekend, because when someone calls and asks if you’d like to paddle in the freezing rain in January, the answer is obviously “yes.”  And to be honest, this little escapade pales in comparison to the bigger journey of […]

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Ruby Lake Circuit Adventure

Ruby Lake Circuit Adventure

Scouting this trip was a true little adventure.  We didn’t know if the route existed at all.  If we could actually get from one lake to another, if we could find camping, if we could take out near Earl’s Cove, if we could find places to park cars for the shuttle, in fact, we didn’t […]

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