Vancouver Island Friendship Celebration Getaway

Two adventuresome friends excited to explore the world together—clearly celebrating one year of an amazing friendship couldn't be done with just a trip to a coffee shop or an evening spent at a restaurant. Adventure was calling. And when Adventure calls—I always pick up with a smile on my face. Getting to spend three whole days together with Alex exploring was enough to make me happy. But, going to Vancouver Island–where we'd wanted to go all year–was like next-level happiness.  … [Read more...]

Top 5 Spring Break Adventures Built for Kids

When I was a kid, one of my favourite things to do was experience places related to nature or history—museums, galleries, nature parks. Luckily, my mom really liked taking my brother and I (plus our cousins) to educational and cultural institutions during spring break and summer break. From exploring the great outdoors and getting up close to wildlife, to tapping into your creative side or solving science mysteries, below are five adventures that will keep your kids entertained this Spring … [Read more...]

Sea to Sky Gondola Squamish Adventure – Vancouver Excursions

To say that experiencing the Sea to Sky Gondola was a transformative experience, would be an understatement. It's hard not to feel all the things I most love feeling: alive, free, adventurous, exploratory, and joyful, when I'm spending time in nature. Doing so in a whole new setting over 800 metres above sea level (even higher than the Stawamus Chief trail I'd hiked a few years ago, which is nearby and can be seen from the top of the gondola and a viewing platform) increases those feelings … [Read more...]

Four Ways Vancouverites Can Give Back this Holiday Season  

Giving back to those less fortunate is top of mind throughout the holiday season. Whether you’re in search of Santa, a tree-lit beach walk or a mountain-top view of Howe Sound, these activities boost Christmas spirit while offering an opportunity to give back. Here is a quick round-up of four ways Vancouverites can give back this holiday season. Do you know of others? I'd love to hear from you! Stanley Park’s Bright Nights: Find your seat on the Christmas Train and experience three million … [Read more...]

Visit Fort Langley National Historic Site – Vancouver Area Travel

When I think about the types of places I most like to visit, one that comes to mind is a small village. I’m sure you can picture, it now—one main street with little cafés, restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, maybe a hardware store, too. The façades are a little older and time-worn, benches line sidewalks, people stroll along—there’s no hustling here. The word idyllic comes to mind. That is exactly how one would describe the village of Fort Langley. After spending time wandering the main … [Read more...]

13 Photogenic West Coast Hikes

Dying to escape for a few days? These 13 hikes on the West Coast are prime with photo ops. 1. Weaver’s Needle on the Peralta Trail in Arizona The loop from Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle is a perfect day trip. It’s a 4.9 mile hike at an elevation of 2,400 feet. 2. The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah This can be a dangerous jaunt, so check with local authorities first to find out about weather conditions and water levels. Ideally, this is perfect for an overnight backpacking … [Read more...]

How to Leave Room in your Travel Plans for Spontaneity

Even booked tours leave a little room for taking in other sites, or doing whatever you want. Yet, when I come across people who plan out every single thing they're doing, they seem overwhelmed, exhausted, and generally seem like they're not having any fun. Now, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I've been on trips where I had to walk for 2 hours just to get to the place we wanted to for lunch. That just doesn't seem like a good idea! That kind of thing left me really hungry/cranky, feeling … [Read more...]

Family Camping in Ontario – I’m in, Are you?

Camping. Fresh air. Relaxation. Spending time with my family. It all sounds like perfection to me. I don't know about you, but for me, the start of spring signals to me that camping season is almost here. With family members spread throughout Canada, it can be challenging to get together throughout the year (especially given the not-so-fun weather most areas have had to deal with). Summer is all about re-connecting, unplugging and just chillin' with the family. The thought of it makes me … [Read more...]

9 Must-Visit Destinations in the Hudson Valley

Planning a trip to the Hudson Valley? Don’t miss these destinations. 1. This small, sleepy Village of Nyack is straight out of the Victorian era. Check out the cool, intriguing shops and sample local or international cuisine at one of many restaurants. Get tickets to an off-Broadway show, pop into a few galleries, and don’t miss the breathtaking view of the Hudson River. 2. Playland Amusement Park is now a historic site, but for kids growing up in the Hudson Valley, it was the best thing … [Read more...]

Have Awesome Adventures at Carefree RV Resorts

Just picture this: you wake up with the sun shining and the whole day ahead of you. What do you feel like doing? What adventures lay ahead? If you're at Carefree RV Resorts, you have so many options! Spending time at a gorgeous Florida beach is just one possibility. I love that there are so many ways to have fun, explore, relax and spend quality time with family and friends. Sounds like an ideal vacation to me! One of my favourite memories is of when my immediate family, plus some of my aunts, … [Read more...]