Howe Sound Crest Trail

L1080690This is an absolute gem of a trail, perhaps one of the best-conceived ideas of a North-Shore trail taking you through the best that the area has to offer – the views of a sparkling ocean dotted with islands are spectacular, the trail follows a backbone of a solid granite ridge, passing immediately next to Vancouver’s icon of a mountain, The Lions, and leading you to some exquisite swimming lakes. Continue reading

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Pasley Islands

Flag over bowHere’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 kayak they are certainly within your reach. As a reward, you will have most beaches entirely to yourself, you’ll camp in a beautiful campground and you’ll have an unforgettable and wonderfully local Canada Day. Continue reading

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Mount Bishop

Views from Mt BishopMount Bishop summit has been eluding me for a few years now, but not for the lack of trying. On our last attempt we got REALLY close but had to retreat because we were running desperately out of daylight. Oh yeah, and did I mention that we were also late starting off because Chris refused to climb over a fence of a newly constructed yet officially not-yet-accessible Bear Island bridge so we had to bike aaaaall the way back to Hydraulic Connector and cross the Seymour River there? Well, no hard feelings there but it left me with an URGE to get to Mt Bishop, for real, again. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Not here

DSC_5593Aaaah, you’re wondering what happened to April and May adventures. Well, we’re not here. Here, as in BC here, and missing out on all the great weather the spring of 2015 has brought to the Pacific Northwest. Instead, we are exploring the notoriously windy land of volcanos and waterfalls that is called Iceland. Continue reading