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What to do on the Sunshine Coast BC

The Sunshine Coast is surprisingly close to downtown Vancouver. Just a 40 minute ferry across from Horseshoe Bay and you’re on the Sunshine Coast where everything moves a little slower and there are lakes and provincial parks all over the place. We spent our Easter weekend exploring the Sunshine Coast and I’m sure we’ll be back for more exploring since it’s so easy to get to from Vancouver. Another bonus is that it’s not only ...

How to stay bear safe while adventuring

The bears are waking up from hibernation as we speak. And, after months of sleeping they're pretty skinny and hungry. The Grouse Mountain bears woke up a few weeks ago and those in the wild are beginning to be seen out and about too. Whilst most bears stay away from humans, it's a good idea to be prepared and know what to do should you encounter a bear in the wild. Here are a few ...

Sunday spring road trip in BC’s Fraser Valley

Getaway from Vancouver for a day with this spring road trip itinerary. This is the rote I followed on a Sunday road trip with a friend. There are additional ideas at the bottom of this post for more things to do in the Fraser Valley if you'd like to spend a little longer there. About the Fraser Valley The Fraser Valley is just one hour east of Vancouver. The valley encompasses the towns of Langley, ...

Exploring the Othello Tunnels near Hope, BC

Another place on my BC bucket list that exists solely in my head and grows everyday, were the Othello Tunnels. The Othello Tunnels are just north of Hope (about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver) and combined perfectly with the Chilliwack Tulip Festival and the Ladner Creek Trestle. Thom and I had driven past them before. First in October on our way to Penticton and the Okanagan, and then again over Christmas on our way to ...

A great rainy day hike: Big Cedar & Kennedy Falls in North Vancouver

Just because it's raining doesn't mean you shouldn't get outside. Sure, it can be harder to motivate yourself but there are some great hikes in and around Vancouver that are perfect for rainy days. One of these rainy day hikes is the hike out to the Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls in North Vancouver. Since you're in amongst the trees you stay relatively dry and it doesn't matter if it's misty as you'll still be ...

How to find the Ladner Creek Trestle

In May 2018 someone carelessly started a fire by dropping their cigarette butt. Whilst the steel frame of the bridge remains, most of the wood is likely to have burnt away. PLEASE remember to take out everything you pack in. NEVER leave rubbish or carelessly drop cigarettes as it ruins beautiful sites like this for everyone else. Since moving to Vancouver last June I’ve been desperate to visit a trestle; old railway bridges no longer ...

A guide to the Tulips of the Valley tulip festival in Chilliwack, BC

If you’re a fan of flowers and are visiting Vancouver in the spring then you’re in luck. Not only do we have the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival but there are several tulip festivals all in close proximity. The Tulips of the Valley festival is the longest running, and largest, tulip festival in BC. It’s not just about the tulips either as there are also hyacinths and daffodils in their hundreds. If you’re planning of visiting ...

A few of the best things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s coolest cities. It’s got art, culture, beauty (and a great nightlife if that’s what you’re there for!). There’s the tulips, the canals, the bicycles and you’ll never know what you find when you weave your way through it’s streets. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a couple of times and yet there’s still so much waiting to be discovered. If you’re planning a trip to this Dutch city then here ...

How to make overnight bus journeys more enjoyable

If you love travelling chances are you'll come across an overnight bus journey at some point. I love them because they're usually cheap and I'm a bit of a budget traveller in case you hadn't guessed! Family holidays abroad usually involved an overnight car journey when we were younger. Because of that I guess I never got to that stage where you have difficulty sleeping while on the road. Myself, brother and sister all used ...

High Knoll Viewpoint in Minnekhada Regional Park

When we go hiking we tend to head over to the north shore or out towards Squamish and Whistler. However, there’s also tonnes of hiking to be done in easy reach out towards Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. One of these places is Minnekhada Regional Park. It’s not somewhere I’ve seen talked about often but it’s well worth visiting! About Minnekhada Regional Park Minnekhada Regional Park is near the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Area in Coquitlam. There ...