Circumnavigation of Cortes Island

Camping on small islets and whale-spotting

Each year we try to do at least one week-long kayaking trip. Having paddled around Discovery Islands the year prior we wanted to come back to the same area for more – this time the choice was the circumnavigation of Cortes Island, a kayaking journey of 105 km with camping at some very scenic spots and free whale watching included.

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Sea to Sky Marine Trail

Kayaking and camping adventure near Vancouver

We often think of trails as a defined path on a forest floor but waters have their well-trodden routes as well. Just like a forest trail follows a logical path of least resistance, a waterway links safe harbours to best fishing spots, sources of fresh water and campsites protected from prevailing winds.

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Exodus Traverse

Ski trip from Callaghan to Squamish Valley over Pemberton Icecap

Visiting Exodus Glacier was a bit of unfinished business for us. In 2018 we were planning to do a traverse from Dipper Creek to Ring Mountain making a horseshoe around the upper Squamish River but bad weather forced us to turn around at Exodus Peak. So, in late March 2021 we put a team together again and drew another line on the map, this one extending the trip beyond Ring Mountain and into Callaghan Valley.

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Powdercap Ski Traverse

Route description and topo map download

This ski traverse west of Squamish gets a bad rep for being overrun by snowmobiles but when we went at the end of March 2019 we saw none. Granted, there were signs of motorized usage but if nothing else then the tracks allowed us to follow the route with ease. Impressive, jagged summit of Mt. Fee and Mt. Cayley provided a stunning backdrop.

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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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