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

Biking from 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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Pasley Islands

Here’s one for a Canada Day weekend! So close to Vancouver and so seldom visited – Pasley Islands are a group of small islands tucked away behind Bowen Island. Yet with a boat they are certainly within your reach. As a reward you’ll camp in a beautiful campground at Plumper Cove Provincial Park and you’ll have an unforgettable and wonderfully local Canada Day.

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Widgeon Lake

I like, ehm, logistically involved trips. Those which involve multiple means of transportation and complicated arrangements from water taxis (at a minimum) to scheduled float plane pick ups in order to just get to the starting point. The trip to Widgeon Lake was somewhere in the “moderate-low” range of that scale but offered great rewards for that little bit of extra effort.

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