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Manning Park Snowshoe trip to Windy Joe Mountain

I think if you embrace winter by still getting outdoors then it makes the short days and grey skies a lot more bearable. I'm a skier and so have always loved getting up into the mountains bust since moving to Vancouver I've enjoyed a different way of experiencing snowy landscapes: snowshoeing. I've done a couple of snowshoe trips so far this winter with hopefully a few more to come! More recently I embarked on my ...

Hiking the Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Unlike Canyonlands and Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park was a National Park that I knew I wanted to visit before our three-month road trip across America. I was pretty set on doing a hike called The Narrows. It's where you basically wade through water as you go deeper and deeper into a narrow canyon. Despite the fact you get wet, it sounded pretty cool. It turned out it was too cool. The insane amount of ...

The Scotland landscapes you need to see!

Scotland is one of those places I wish I’d visited more, simply to see the many beautiful Scotland landscapes out there. I visited twice in 2015, the first time heading out to the Highlands after a pretty spectacular Hogmanay, and the second spending more time in the west. There are just so many beautiful landscapes in Scotland no matter what part you’re in. Sure, the Isle of Skye may be renowned for its beauty, but there’s so ...

Leavenworth, WA Christmas Market

One thing that Europe does well (apart from cheese) is Christmas markets. The Gothenburg Christmas market, for example, has everything you need to get you in the Christmassy mood. Mulled wine? Check! Millions of twinkling lights? Check! Santa? Check! Luckily, if you live in Washington State or the Pacific Northwest, you can experience a great Christmas market without having to get on a plane. The town of Leavenworth, WA's Christmas lights is the perfect place ...

Floe Lake on the Rockwall Trail

Floe Lake is a gem of an alpine lake along the Rockwall trail a multi-day hiking trail in Kootenay National Park, BC. Though it doesn't receive as much attention as nearby lakes such as Moraine Lake and Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Floe Lake is well worth hiking out too. This alpine lake isn't the only attraction, the huge rock wall that acts as the backdrop to the waters are part of the attraction.  ...

Hiking Guide to the Berg Lake Trail, BC

When our friends managed to reserve campsites on BC's Berg Lake trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park, I jumped at the chance to join them. The trail, on the far side of BC near Jasper National Park, was one of those that was on my list but I never thought I'd convince Thom to join me. I think the fact that even Thom (who's not a super keen hiker) enjoyed the Berg Lake hike speaks ...

Best cabins near Vancouver, BC for cosy weekend getaways

I've lost count of the number of times I've gone on to Airbnb and searched for "cabins near Vancouver". There's just something about staying in a wooden shelter with a fireplace, blankets, a board game or a good book. Tell me I'm not the only one? I've hiked around the cute log cabins in Vancouver on Cypress Mountain and will soon be staying in this super cute cabin on Bowen Island. The list of cabins ...

How to find the Ladner Creek Trestle

Since moving to Vancouver last June I’ve been desperate to visit a trestle; old railway bridges no longer in use. There’s plenty all around BC but one of the easiest to get to from Vancouver is Ladner Creek Trestle just east of Vancouver. The old bridge is very impressive and it’s amazing to think that this was actually used by trains in the past! Visiting Ladner Trestle is ideal as a day trip from Vancouver ...

The best things to do in Gastown, Vancouver according to a local

The district of Gastown, Vancouver is the oldest part of the city and one of the top areas to visit when it comes to what to see in Vancouver. It grew from a single pub founded by John 'Gassy Jack' Deighton in 1867. There's even a statue, the Gassy Jack statue, that's dedicated to him in Gastown today. Every visitor to Vancouver should spend an afternoon or longer in Gastown. There are so many things to ...

17 Hidden gems in Vancouver, BC

Three years of living in Vancouver has flown by and just when I think I know the city well I find out about another great hidden gem in Vancouver. These Vancouver hidden gems are all over the city and coming across one always makes me smile. These places in Vancouver are also some of the best secret places in British Columbia and includes the Horseshoe Bay viewpoint. So, if you've visited Vancouver before and are ...