Riding B.C.’s hidden motorcycle paradise

The Canadian experience doesn’t get any better than this

Riding B.C.’s hidden motorcycle paradiseParadise, Canadian style, is uniquely rugged: long summer days travelling endless twisty roads surrounded by jagged mountain beauty, ice-cold deep blue lakes and evergreen trees. The magically isolated Kootenay Region of south-central British Columbia does Canadian paradise particularly well. The tiny, laid-back City of Nelson is the natural home base for cyclists and motorcyclists who…

Taking the anxiety out of long crossings in a kayak

Go early, be prepared for any eventuality, plan well, concentrate on strong paddle strokes and keep your destination dead off your bow

Taking the anxiety out of long crossings in a kayakIt’s the classic ocean kayaker’s dilemma: should I wait or go now? You’re all loaded up. It’s probably early in the morning and you don’t want to delay others as your trip unfolds before you. Some or all of your trip-mates may have taken kayak water rescue courses and have at least some confidence in…

Geared up for another kayak adventure on the B.C. coast

The equipment has improved and been refined over the years, but the thrill of the backcountry remains the same

Geared up for another kayak adventure on the B.C. coastIt all started in 1978 when we decided to fly to Haida Gwaii and borrow our friends’ kayaks for trip into Gwaii Haanas (then known as the South Moresby wilderness area). We were just married and finishing grad school, with plans to move to Alberta in the fall. Our pals in Queen Charlotte City offered…

Small cities like Duncan, B.C., steward great artists

Reflecting on Canadian culture at the Dog House Restaurant and small businesses dedicated to local artisans

Small cities like Duncan, B.C., steward great artistsAs cities go, Duncan, B.C., is pretty small. In fact, it’s the smallest city by area (2.07 square km) in Canada. In 2016, it had 4,994 citizens. It was incorporated in 1912, as the star of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, an agricultural, mining and logging centre first visited by Vancouver Island Gov. James Douglas and…

Once in a blue moon: scaling B.C.’s Fisher Peak

Climbing Fisher requires no mountaineering equipment, no technical skills. But the steady steepness makes for a long, hard day

Once in a blue moon: scaling B.C.’s Fisher PeakOnce in a blue moon something improbable occurs. A goal beyond expectations and beyond the capacity of aging knees is accomplished. The view of Fisher Peak from our Kimberley, B.C., condo is mesmerizing. For years I’ve gazed across the Rocky Mountain Trench at that daunting, taunting pinnacle. Fisher dominates the skyline in this range of…

On the edge at otherworldly Mount Assiniboine

The wonder of Assiniboine’s infinite blanket of brilliant white snow is like a dream you can’t wait to return to

On the edge at otherworldly Mount AssiniboineMT. ASSINIBOINE, B.C. – We have always been told that silence is golden. It turns out, it is not. Silence is pure, blinding white. It surrounds you with countless tiny crystals of powder-dry snow, trillions and trillions of little sound baffles that snuff out any sound other than the crunch of your own footsteps, the…

Off-season in Tofino: Surreal scenery, adventures, culinary treats

No need to rush south of the border for sandy beaches, sipping cocktails and freshly caught seafood. We have it all right here in Canada in Tofino, B.C.

Off-season in Tofino: Surreal scenery, adventures, culinary treatsPaddling in smooth, grey waters of Clayoquot Sound on a February afternoon, eagles, cormorants and blue herons soaring above in the moody, sun streaked sky, I felt an incredible sense of peace. That kind you get when you feel you’re getting away with something and all is right with the world. Affectionately known as the…
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