Tag: Hiking

Gun Lake

Gun Lake is a deep and gorgeous, mountain-ringed, water-filled former volcano, nestled between the sharp peaks of BC’s coastal mountains and the rolling hills of the South Chilcotin. View of Gun Lake from Sugar Loaf Mountain The 10 km long lake is roughly 240 km north of Vancouver via the steep and winding Hurley River Forest Service Road. It can also be accessed by Highway 99 (the Duffey Lake Road) to Lillooet and Road 40 to Gold Bridge. This way is longer, adding about two hours to your journey, but is much gentler to your vehicle. Because it’s barely four […]

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5 Best kept Secrets of Harrison Hot Springs

Sonja of Harrison Heritage House & Cottages has five suggestions for your trip to Harrison Hot Springs. Check out the brand new ‘life size’ Sasquatch carving at the front entrance to Harrison Hot Springs. Check out Harrisons Festival of the Arts every July. Ten nights of music on the beach, concerts, art markets, literary cafes, art exhibits and workshops. Our lake is stocked with prehistoric sturgeon. The quest for the Sasquatch happens right here in Sasquatch Country! Harrison Hot Springs is a hot bed of Sasquatch sightings! Spirit Trail is a 1 km loop through an old cedar forest. Looking […]

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5 Travel Tips for Powell River

Desolation Resort is near Powell River and Lund on the Sunshine Coast and shares these five top tips for the Powell River area. If you go to Lund, go to Savary Island too. Its white sand beaches and warm waters are sure to attract the whole family. Relax on the beach! Lund Water Taxi departs on the hour. It’s a short trip and well worth it. A few excellent restaurants are nearby. Dining in Lund is a unique experience with incredible views. Wine and dine and behold the sunset! Kayak adventures are plentifully available in Okeover and Lund with Terra […]

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Tzoonie Outdoor Adventures

Can’t believe how long it’s been since our last blog. We continue to be one of the few authentic wilderness retreats on the Vancouver lower mainland and accordingly offer many opportunities to enjoy unspoiled nature. For example, get a fire going in the “Oyster Shack” on the beach,walk a few meters down the beach, pick a few oysters, mussels or dig a few clams, pour a glass of wine, mix your favorite sauces and ENJOY! Last season we hosted ” offshore guests” who commented that it would be much more convenient if meals were provided. This season we are offering […]

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Sprockids Mountain Bike Park

Sprockids Mountain Bike Park is a special place. Last year it celebrated its 20th anniversary sharing our amazing forests with kids through the love of mountain biking. Teaching kids to ride safely with family and friends in a sanctioned park with educational components. This system is now used across Canada. Here it is 2km from my front door and I place where I love to hike. Capilano University’s Mountain Bike Operations students have built a number of trails over the past few years as part of their coursework applications. Recently, students organized a workday to install over 30 signs throughout […]

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Galloping Goose Trail in Sooke

While on the last few hours of our trip to Sooke, we wanted to see one of the train trestles on the Galloping Goose Trail. This trail is part of the Part of the Trans Canada Trail. It begins in Leechtown (a former gold rush town), north of the Sooke Potholes Regional Park, to the Johnson Street Bridge in downtown Victoria. Our tiny 20 minute walk began after we investigated the Sooke Potholes Regional Park. A local said that the best way to see a trestle was to access the Galloping Goose Trail just north of Meota Drive, off of […]

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Botanical Beach Park in Port Renfrew

For this particular side trip, we were based in Sooke. Port Renfrew is a slow 72 km (45 mi.) east of Sooke. I say slow because Highway 14, also known as the West Coast Road, winds a lot and is comprised of a mixed quality of roadway. It’s best to leave at least 90 minutes for the trip so that you can add on a couple of minutes to reach the Botanical Beach Park parking lot. To make our trip more challenging, we did this in March and the road changes elevations and also a couple of degrees in temperature. […]

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Summer Fun at Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks isn’t called Sun Peaks for nothing you know! Along with the surrounding region, including the city of Kamloops, this is one of the sunniest places in Canada, and like the rest of British Columbia it features beautiful mountain scenery and soft, powdery snow that provides some of the world’s best skiing conditions. Sun Peaks Resort may be best known as a ski resort, but I’m here to tell you that it’s also a fabulous place to visit in the summer too! Often ski resorts are like ghost towns over the summer months – they shut down completely, leaving […]

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Top Ten Reasons why Fernie is the coolest town in North America

A small mountain town known for its mining heritage, nestled between majestic Rocky Mountain peaks? Yes. Epic skiing and snowboarding all winter long? Yes. A dozen lakes and rivers to swim, boat, raft, fish, and float on in the summer? Yes. Dozens of trails to hike and bike from dawn ’til dusk? Yes. Nightlife that rivals the best night out in any Canadian city? Yes. Welcome to Fernie. I’m not from around these parts, not by a long shot. Coming from Vancouver and having lived in international cities, I was skeptical of the list I just mentioned. But having spent […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Fernie in Winter and Summer

Fernie is for Families and for Friends. It’s for Fans of skiing and riding, for Free-stylers and Fast downhillers, for Fresh tracks throughout the day and for Fine dining and Fun in the evenings. Before you come, make sure you book accommodation, before you leave this winter you should: Take the new chair to the top of Polar Peak and experience Fernie’s epic powder for even longer vertical than before! Drive out to Island Lake Lodge and discover some of best snowshoeing in BC. Get up before the rest with a first tracks package and make the freshest lines while […]

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