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Hiking St Mark’s Summit near downtown Vancouver

St Mark's Summit is one of the best Vancouver hikes. In fact, I like it so much that I've done it twice in the space of just a few weeks. If it weren't for Panorama Ridge I might even say that it's one of the top BC hikes. The best things about the St Marks trail is that it's super close to downtown Vancouver! If you're hoping to hike to St Mark's Summit this summer, ...

Rocky Gore Tex Waterproof Socks Review

I know what you're thinking. "Waterproof socks? Why on earth would I need them? My shoes are waterproof thanks very much." Well, yeah I get it and that's what I thought too. But that's until I moved to Vancouver and discovered what real rain was. And, while we're on that point if one more Canadian tells me that I "must be used to the rain coming from London" I'm going to...I don't know...but I will ...

Ancient towns in China you won’t believe are real!

China has an extraordinarily long history so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that with that there are a lot of very, very ancient towns in China. As emperors came and went so did towns either being forgotten of transforming into some of China’s bustling cities. Fortunately, there are still some places you can go to experience the old way of Chinese life. China’s ancient towns make very interesting places to explore and we visited ...

The best Glencoe walks and hikes

One of the best ways to see Glencoe is to try one of the many beautiful Glencoe walks and hikes available. This way you get away from the roads and out into the beautiful Scottish countryside, with mountain views, lochs, streams and maybe even spot some deer. The beauty of hiking in Glencoe is that there are so many Glencoe walks to chose from that you can find something no matter how experienced a hiker ...

Weekend in Hay on Wye where to stay, what to do and when to go

Have you ever heard of Hay on Wye? If you're literary-minded the chances that you've heard of this town are pretty high. It's known as a book town in part due to the number of amazing bookshops there, but also because it hosts the Hay Festival, a literature and art festival that runs for 10 days at the end of May and early June. A few years ago I spent some time exploring Hay and ...

9 Best hikes in Redwood National Park

With every national park in America we visited, we tried to fit in a good hike. In some national parks, we managed to fit in more than one hike (like in Arches National Park). We did one big day hike in Redwood National Park and a couple of shorter walks to see some of the more famous big trees. If you're looking for hikes in among the California Redwoods then check out the list below ...

The VERY BEST things to do on Bowen Island, BC

Despite the fact that Vancouver is a pretty green city complete with beaches and a massive park (Stanley Park), every now and again it's nice to escape this and find somewhere even greener. Enter Bowen Island, BC and my guide to the best things to do on Bowen Island. Bowen Island is covered in forest and has tonnes of little coves just waiting to be explored. There are beaches, hikes, and trails and it's a ...

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 ...

Your day hiking packing list checklist

Three years of regular hiking in BC and I've just about memorised everything I need to take with me on a day hike. However, having a hiking packing list written down is definitely useful to make sure you don't forget something important. Usually, for me, it's a headlamp and I find out when I return home I left it charging! Luckily this is something on my packing list for hiking I don't always need to ...

Elfin Lakes hike in spring

I've been talking about doing the Elfin Lakes trail since we moved to Vancouver. For one reason or another, it's never quite happened. First I was intent on staying in the Elfin Lakes shelter. Then, on another weekend it was pouring with rain and 22km in the rain with no views isn't that appealing even for someone as hiking obsessed as me. Then there was a bicycle accident that messed up my foot (which is ...