Garibaldi Neve Traverse

Route description and planning guide

There are two west coast ski classics – Spearhead traverse and Garibaldi Neve traverse. Being easier of the two, Garibaldi Neve will likely be be your first touch with the glaciated landscape of the southwest British Columbia. The well established ski route is fairly mellow. The scenery, however, will be grand.

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Spearhead Traverse

A west coast classic – route description

This three day ski traverse will showcase what the Coast Mountains have to offer – a great scenery, big alpine slopes, some superb ski runs, winter camping on glaciers and a feeling of being ‘out there’ yet close enough to a major urban area. Because of extensive glacier travel this trip is best done in March / April when most crevasses are nicely filled. Carry glacier gear and know how to use it.

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The Exuma Cays

Kayaking in paradise

It’s sometimes hard to trace back and recall where our trip ideas come from but it probably started on a dreary, rainy Vancouver day in November by me asking Peter: “Where would you like to go for Christmas?” And his answer likely would have been: “I don’t know, somewhere warm?”

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Kettle Valley Railway

Kaleden to Summerland

40 km/ 5 hrs round-trip, with plenty of stops for photos

If you drove on Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt you might have noticed green point-of-interest signs by the side of the road saying Aurum Station, Portia Station, Juliet Station or Iago Station. They mark the sites of former railway stations on the Kettle Valley line from Brookmere to Hope. The railroad tracks are no longer there, but the rail bed remains and has been turned into a fantastic ~650 km bike trail spanning mountains and valleys from Vancouver to the Kootneys over a gentle 0.1% average grade.

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Yak Peak

If you have ever driven Coquihalla Highway you will recognize one of the most prominent sideway features – the east face of Yak Peak. An impressive vertical, one smooth piece of a granitic block, it rises above the highway and begs the question how does one (and that means one without a rope or climbing skills) get up there. Well, there is a trail, next to the face, that will, shockingly, take you aaaall the way. To. The. Summit.

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