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Hiking the Mt Harvey trail

This summer I tackled more of the peaks along the sea to sky highway that look out on to the Howe Sound in Vancouver. I hiked the famous Vancouver lions with friends as well as the Mount Harvey hike on my own. Despite it not being the best visibility, the hike still provided incredible views, especially along the final section of the hike. It's definitely not a hike to be taken lightly though, it's very ...

The beautiful Wedgemount Lake hike near Whistler, BC

I booked us a camping spot at Wedgemount Lake a few months in advance and had been counting down the weeks until we'd take on this hike. Wedgemount Lake is notorious for being difficult (just read any review of it on a trail website), but also for being one of the most beautiful lakes near Vancouver. While the sun wasn't exactly shining on our hike to Wedgemount Lake, it cleared enough for us to take ...

Heliotrope Ridge Trail hike

This summer we seem to have had a bit of a thing for hiking to glaciers. There was Wedgemount Lake and Wedge Glacier and the Heliotrope Ridge Trail which goes up to the Coleman Glacier on Mt Baker in Washington. This hike is one of those that gives you great views towards the end for not a huuuuge amount of effort making it one of the best day hikes in Washington. It's not super steep, ...

Port Moody Breweries along the BC Ale Trail

I usually spend my weekends hiking, camping and road-tripping but every now and again my legs need a rest (especially after a long week of dog walking!). A few weeks ago that break meant heading out to explore some of the BC Ale Trail and the Port Moody brewery scene. Heading out to the Port Moody breweries makes a great day trip from Vancouver as you can get the sky train there and back from ...

Day trip from Vancouver: What to do in Bellingham

We were recently given our Canadian Permanent Residency (hooray!) and decided that crossing the border to activate it would be the most fun way to do things. So we took a day trip to Bellingham from Vancouver and found there are so many things to do in Bellingham. It was such a nice day and I'm already hoping to go back again sometime in the not too distant future. If you're planning a trip there and ...

The Lions Hike – Lions Binkert Trail

If you've ever visited Vancouver and looked towards the north from downtown the chances are that you've seen The Lions. The two mounds that rise up are landmarks of the city of Vancouver. Lions Gate Bridge gets its name from them as does the town of Lions Bay. It's fair to say they're Vancouver (and southwestern BC) icons.  Hiking to the lions has been on my list of Vancouver hikes for a while now and ...

A complete guide to the Naadam Festival in Mongolia

Once we’d decided we were going to travel on the Trans Mongolian Railway we did a quick bit of research and saw that the Naadam games were happening around the time we were looking at going. They looked fun and very different, so we planned our entire trip around them. Before deciding on going to Mongolia, I’d never heard of Mongolia’s Naadam Festival. But, having now experienced the wonder that is these cultural games in ...

Things to do in Yoho National Park

On our road trip to Banff and Jasper from Vancouver, I knew that I also wanted to stop off in Yoho National Park on the return drive. Yoho National Park is across the provincial border from Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise and seems to receive a lot less attention than it's neighbouring national parks. I'm not quite sure why since it was probably one of my favourite areas we visited during that week. If you're ...

Our Trans Mongolian Railway 2 week itinerary!

Me: "Where do you want to go away this year? How about a Northern BC road trip? Thom: "I really want to go to Eastern Russia" Me: ... And that's how we ended up deciding to spend 2 and a half weeks travelling along the Trans Mongolian Railway.  In truth, when Thom suggested Eastern Russia I wasn't exactly ecstatic. I knew nothing about the region, what was there or why on earth Thom had decided ...