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Hiking the Chilkoot Trail from Alaska to British Columbia

The Chilkoot Trail, which begins on tidewater in Alaska and climbs up over mountains in British Columbia, presents a unique backpacking opportunity, as this is a trail rich with history. It was the main trail used in the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800’s, one of the biggest rushes the world has ever seen. An international crowd of literally tens of thousands, fueled by dreams of riches, used the Chilkoot Trail to chase the gold in the Yukon. Most suffered incredible hardship, many nev...
Tags: Travel, White House, Hiking, US, Canada, United States, National Parks, Alaska, Broadway, John, Seattle, British Columbia, Edmonton, Parks Canada, Yukon, Bennett

Whistler Jeep Tour with Canadian Wildnerness Adventures

Whistler Jeep Tour on Blackcomb Mountain Looking for a fun and unique Whistler summer adventure? Consider a Whistler Jeep tour to view glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. One of the things we love about Whistler is that even after visiting multiple times per year, for over 20 years, we still find new things to do. On our most recent visit, we took our boys on a Whistler Jeep tour of Blackcomb Mountain. This was the first time we’ve taken a Jeep 4×4 tour in Whistler. Initially, we want...
Tags: Travel, Youtube, Summer, Canada, Adventures, Hilton, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Times, British Columbia, Mitch, Travel Stories, Vancouver Canada, Coast Mountains, Whistler Blackcomb

Why you should visit Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies during the winter

This post is in partnership with Ski Canada and Travel Mindset.  Why you should visit Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies during the winter When you think of winter in Canada, what images come to mind?  Do you see giant snow-capped peaks and big fluffy snowflakes falling on a frozen mountain lake? Do you see yourself sitting beside a crackling fire inside a cozy ski lodge? While some people choose to escape winter’s chill and head south, we look forward to the snow. We embrace wi...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Jasper, Vancouver, John, North America, Snowboarding, Travel Tips, Alberta, Calgary, National Park, Continental, World Heritage Site, Ski Resort, Unesco World Heritage Site, Banff

6 high-alpine ridge walks in BC

Stepping outside and soaking up a bit of nature serves a therapeutic purpose that is hard to replicate indoors. You simply can’t deny the sense of accomplishment you feel after coaxing your way across a narrow strip of rock, dangling thousands of feet above the green, stick-filled valley below. Sometimes you’ll need that pause to suck in some courage-infused oxygen, lift that foot forward, and plant it firmly into the ground — especially if you’re in British Columbia, a high-alpine ridge walk...
Tags: Travel, Whistler, British Columbia, Yoho National Park, Fernie, Coast Mountains, Garibaldi Lake, Jacob Moon, Heiko, Island Lake Lodge, Bisaro Cave, Hartley Lake, Dogtooth Range, Lara Campbell, Dogtooth Range Then, Gorman Lake

25 of the Very Best Outdoor Adventures in British Columbia

If you’re traveling to British Columbia in search of adventure, I’ve got you covered. Check out these 25 adventures that include everything from hiking to backpacking, and biking to canoeing and kayaking. I’ve done 23 of them and the two I haven’t are at the top of my wish list.  Sunset over Vancouver Island from Quadra Island Backpacking in British Columbia Backpack the Juan de Fuca trail Not sure if you can handle the full West Coast Trail experience? Hike the 47 km Juan de Fuca Trail o...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Hiking, Canada, Backpacking, Biking, Victoria, West Coast, Whistler, British Columbia, Calgary, Columbia, Rockies, Black Tusk, Kayaking, Baja California

Epic ways to explore Juneau, Alaska

JUNEAU, ALASKA is a little town of 30,000 people which is visited by over a million people a year. However, most of the visitors come via cruise ship and don’t spend any time properly exploring the Alaska Panhandle — their loss is a pretty big one. Here are 9 things to do in Juneau if you take the time to give this place the attention it deserves — and don’t mind a little rain. 1. Summit Mount Juneau. Mount Juneau looms over downtown and can be seen from pretty much everywhere around the busin...
Tags: Travel, Hike, Photography, Fish, Gallery, Alaska, Forest Service, Bike, Adventure Travel, All, Juneau, Juneau Alaska, Southeast Alaska, Sitka, Alaska Panhandle, Mendenhall

10 reasons why you should visit Vancouver Island

The moment you arrive on Vancouver Island the hectic pace of everyday life immediately melts away. Ocean waves pound the rugged shoreline; dazzling green rainforests are packed with giant moss-covered trees; and small fishing/logging communities buzz with colorful, friendly people proud of their home. Vancouver Island is located off Canada’s West Coast (less than a two-hour ferry ride from Vancouver), and stretches 4kilometersres (290 miles) in length, making it the largest island on the West ...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, Mexico, Canada, Ocean, Island, Johnny Depp, Vancouver, Victoria, West Coast, The Island, Pacific, Douglas, All, Mount Washington, Jordan River

Best hikes around Vancouver and Vancouver Island

When you feel the need to lace up your hiking boots, B.C.’s southern west coast is the place to be. There are a wide variety of scenic trails, ranging from easy day hikes to challenging multi-day treks that meander along the ocean, plunge into lush rain forests or plop hikers on top of a mountain with dramatic, mind-blowing views. Here are some of the finest hikes on Vancouver Island and around Vancouver. Coast Trail, East Sooke Park (southern Vancouver Island) Length: 10 km one way (6.2 m...
Tags: Travel, China, Canada, Vancouver, North America, Whistler, Taylor, Pacific Ocean, China Beach, Lions, Parks Canada, James Cook, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mirae Campbell, Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park

The 6 best road trips on Vancouver Island

There aren’t a lot of roads to choose from on Vancouver Island, if you don’t own a four-wheel drive. Dusty, bumpy logging roads dominate much of the Island, which stretches 460 kilometers (290 miles) in length and is located off Canada’s West Coast, with some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the country. Fortunately, the few roads that are paved make for magical road trips. Editors note. All images are authors own. Victoria to Botanical Beach West Coast Highway (South Island) Dist...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, Washington, First Nations, Canada, Driving, Island, Vancouver, Victoria, West Coast, Road Trip, Islands, China Beach, North Island, All, Ganges

Discovering Canada’s Hidden Gems

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is launching a fun contest to find the top 150 hidden travel gems in our country. IHG sponsored this post and my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are my own. Discovering Canada’s Hidden Gems There are countless reasons why we love living in Canada and being Canadian. One reason is because we’re constantly finding new hidden gems around every corner.  Narrowing down the list to just one hidden gem...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Adventures, Ihg, Vancouver, North America, Whistler, Contest, British Columbia, Beach, Columbia, Travel Stories, Howe Sound, Porteau Cove, North Vancouver, InterContinental Hotels Group IHG

Whistler BC – Tips for Visiting Whistler during the Summer, Spring or Fall

Whistler, British Columbia is a very popular resort town that is well known for its winter recreation sports. It is the largest skiable area in North America with 2 mountains, Whistler mountain and Blackcomb mountain, and over 8000 acres of skiing. The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, with numerous events taking place in Whistler, just an hour and a half north of Vancouver. However, many do not realize how much Whistler has to offer during the summer, spring and fall. It’s one of th...
Tags: Travel, Washington, US, Canada, DMV, Sky, Vancouver, North America, Whistler, Customs, Seattle, Frugality, British Columbia, Northwest, Canada Day, East

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