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Ultimate guide to cycling the Myra Canyon Trestles in Kelowna

When I moved to BC my obsession with trestles began. So far I've ticked off the Ladner Creek trestle and now the Myra Canyon trestles. I'd tried to visit these last November but the snow had already fallen and the road was closed so we had to postpone it. This summer I returned with some friends and we cycled the Myra Canyon bike trail before indulging at some of Kelowna's best wineries. If you're also ...

The best Kelowna wineries to visit on a long weekend

We've been to the Okanagan before but never done any wine tasting. That's strange since the Okanagan valley BC is famed for its wine. The best BC wines, and indeed some of the best Canadian wine, come from the Okanagan. This past Labour Day weekend we decided to go on a road trip with some friends to the Okanagan for some cycling and wine drinking. We based ourselves in Kelowna and so visited Kelowna vineyards ...

Where to stop on the Icefields Parkway

To drive the Icefields Parkway is to be in a state of near constant awe. It's beyond beautiful and absolutely has to be on your list of things to do in the Canadian Rockies. It's without a doubt one of the most scenic highways in the world. The Icefields Parkway connects Lake Louise in Banff National Park with Jasper in Jasper National Park. The route is 232km long and goes through the heart of the ...

The best day hikes in Jasper National Park

If you're heading to Jasper National Park and want to see what the fuss is really all about then make sure you do some day hikes in Jasper. Hiking in Jasper is the best way to escape the crowds. I read some crazy statistic before our visit that showed just how few people went 30 minutes away from their car. This is great for you reading this since I'm guessing you're planning some day hikes, but ...

Where to camp in Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks

If there's one thing that I've learnt about camping in Canada, it's that you can't expect to rock up at a campsite in the summer and expect there to be a space. This is especially true when you try and camp in Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks in the summer. Securing a camping spot at Banff, Jasper and Yoho requires some advance planning. I used to be pretty good at this, but now I ...

The best things to do in Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park in Alberta has a magical feel to it. It's still not quite as busy as Banff which feels like a big city in comparison. Somehow Jasper is managing to feel a bit more wild and you know what? I loved that about it. There are so many things to do in Jasper National Park from hiking to wildlife spotting, chilling in the hot springs, biking, kayaking... If you're planning a road trip ...

7 Day road trip to Banff and Jasper from Vancouver

Since we moved to Vancouver last summer I've been desperate to take a road trip to Banff and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. How could you not be when you see how beautiful they are? This August we took a week long road trip to Banff and Jasper from Vancouver and (despite the smoke in Banff) absolutely loved it! If you live in Vancouver or are visiting Canada and are planning a road trip to ...

What to do on Grouse Mountain in Summer

Visitors to Vancouver will notice our city is flanked by mountains to the north. One of these mountains is Grouse Mountain (you can usually make out the wind turbine on the top!). Grouse sits between Cypress to the west and Seymour to the east and is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Whilst it’s a popular local skiing destination in the winter, there’s just as many things to do on Grouse Mountain in Summer: if ...

How to spend a long weekend in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Harrison Hot Springs is a popular weekend getaway from Vancouver. Whilst you can easily go for just a normal, two-day weekend, you'll have even more fun on a long weekend in Harrison Hot Springs. We spent the May long weekend in Harrison Hot Springs. Although it wasn't exactly the weekend I'd planned (our plans were foiled by tricky dirt roads), we still had a great time exploring. If you're planning a long weekend in Harrison ...

How to repair Intex challenger k2 inflatable kayak holes in the seam

Earlier on in the year Thom and I purchased two Intex Challenger k2 inflatable kayaks. We've used these kayaks a number of times and they've saved us a lot of money on kayak rentals around Canada! However on a weekend away in Harrison Hot Springs we noticed that one of the kayaks seemed to have a leak. The hole was in the seam and therefore not the easiest place to patch over. Luckily we've figured ...