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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 ...

45 Things to do in Vancouver in the summer

It's my third summer in Vancouver, BC and boy, oh boy am I looking forward to it. It's not even like the winter in Vancouver was that rainy this year! But Vancouver in the summer is something special. The city truly comes alive, everyone's out of hibernation and the seawall is bustling with people skating, cycling, rollerblading and hanging out on the beach. The mountains begin to thaw out and those long summer days mean ...

Mount Seymour camping [Free camping near Vancouver]

One of the many great things about living in Vancouver is that there are mountains right on our doorstep. In 1.5 hours you can go from downtown to backcountry wilderness! This Easter weekend Thom and I headed up to do some Mount Seymour camping and were treated to the most incredible sunset and views with absolutely no one else around. If you're looking for awesome camping near Vancouver then consider camping at Mt Seymour. There ...

How to find the Cypress Mountain cabins

Tucked away in amongst the trees near Cypress Mountain ski resort are around 100 Cypress cabins. If you've skied or snowshoed up at Cypress it's unlikely you'll have seem them as they're pretty well hidden. They're privately owned but there are trails in the forest which will take you passed some of the gorgeous Hollyburn cabins on Cypress Mountain, Vancouver.  We recently hired some snowshoes and went on a cabin hunt. Because everyone knows cabins ...

Artist Point Snowshoe, Mt Baker

On a clear day you can see Mt Baker in Washington State from Vancouver. That sight still blows my mind. Since we've recently got some new Canadian visas, we decided to head down on a weekend road trip to the US to get a bit closer to Mt Baker. On the itinerary: do an artist point snowshoe hike and then spend the following day skiing at Mt Baker ski resort. The Artist Point snowshoe trail ...

What to pack for Bryce Canyon National Park

  Are you planning a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park and wondering what to pack? It can be tricky knowing what to take with you when you visit a National Park. This is especially true when it comes to knowing what to pack for Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is at a high elevation and so it can get pretty chilly no matter what time of the year. You should also expect snow ...