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The incredible Skookumchuck Narrows on the Sunshine Coast BC!

If there's one thing you should do when visiting BC's Sunshine Coast it's to visit the Skookumchuck Narrows. Twice a day the waters become rapids which people kayak on. The rapids are huge and seriously impressive. You get to the rapid area after an easy hike through the forest. About the Skookumchuck Narrows The narrows form part of the Sechelt Provincial forest which covers over 123 hectares and has plenty of trails to explore. The ...

Hiking up Soames Hill on the Sunshine Coast, BC

When you get off the ferry at Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast one of the closest hikes is Soames Hill. This 2.6km loop, located in Shirley Macey Park, gives you great views across to the mainland and of Keats Island. It's pretty easy to begin with but finishes with a lot of stairs. The hike up to the top of Soames Hill is pretty similar to hiking Pender Hill in terms of difficulty. But, since ...

Hiking up Pender Hill

If you're travelling up the Sunshine Coast make sure you leave time for a couple of hikes. Pender Hill will only take about an hour in total and the views of Hotel Lake and beyond are well worth it. Hiking to Pender Hill From the parking area you'll see a small trail and a sign which points you off up into the forest. The trail quickly begins to climb and becomes steeper and steeper. There ...

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 ...