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The best things to do in Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park in Alberta has a magical feel to it. It's still not quite as busy as Banff which feels like a big city in comparison. Somehow Jasper is managing to feel a bit wilder and you know what? I loved that about it. There are so many things to do in Jasper National Park from hiking to wildlife spotting, chilling in the hot springs, biking, kayaking... If you're planning a road trip in ...

7 Day road trip to Banff and Jasper from Vancouver

  Since we moved to Vancouver last summer I've been desperate to take a road trip to Banff and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. How could you not be when you see how beautiful they are? This August we took a week-long road trip to Banff and Jasper from Vancouver and (despite the smoke in Banff) absolutely loved it! If you live in Vancouver or are visiting Canada and are planning a road trip to ...

What to do on Grouse Mountain in Summer

Visitors to Vancouver will notice our city is flanked by mountains to the north. One of these mountains is Grouse Mountain (you can usually make out the wind turbine on the top!). Grouse sits between Cypress to the west and Seymour to the east and is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Whilst it’s a popular local skiing destination in the winter, there’s just as many things to do on Grouse Mountain in Summer: if ...

How to spend a long weekend in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Harrison Hot Springs is a popular weekend getaway from Vancouver. Whilst you can easily go for just a normal, two-day weekend, you'll have even more fun on a long weekend in Harrison Hot Springs. We spent the May long weekend in Harrison Hot Springs. Although it wasn't exactly the weekend I'd planned (our plans were foiled by tricky dirt roads), we still had a great time exploring. If you're planning a long weekend in Harrison ...

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 ...

Hiking St Mark’s Summit near downtown Vancouver

St Mark's Summit has quickly become one of my favourite 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. You get to the trailhead by heading up to ...

An island guide & things to do on Salt Spring Island, BC

Salt Spring Island is one of the Gulf Islands just off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It's perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway from Vancouver and is a nature lover's paradise. There are rugged, rocky shorelines, forests and more. Take a hike and get views of the Salish Sea and the other Gulf Islands, or discover the delicious local produce. If you're looking for your next weekend getaway then check out this ...

How to choose hiking boots that are right for your feet!

When it comes to hiking, there’s one piece of equipment that can make or break your trip: hiking boots. You don’t want to be suffering from blisters 30 minutes into your hike, or be able to feel the rocks through the soles of your shoes or worry about getting wet feet on wetter hikes. Choosing a pair of hiking boots can be difficult since there are so many different styles and brands. What works well ...

7 Awesome things to do on the water in Vancouver

Vancouverites love to cool down on the water in the summer. It's not surprising since the city is surrounded by it. And, even though I've heard a dozen times that the water in the city is super dirty, I can assure you it's far, far cleaner than The Thames and the beaches downtown pass water quality tests. If you're looking for a way to cool off in Vancouver (now that summer is finally here!!), here are ...