British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast and a slower pace of life

It’s not a far jaunt from Whistler to the Sunshine Coast, but when you’re there, you feel like you’re a world away. The pace of life resembles Island life, and sure – you take a ferry to get there, but you’re actually not on an island at all… You’re just on a secluded section on…

Pacific North-West vibes: A weekend road trip in Oregon

Once in a while I get this itch to go somewhere. Not in a week from that moment, not in a month, but right then. It seems completely irrational because I live in the greatest place ever – but I love the feeling of being on a highway, the sun going down and waking up…

An island off of an island: Bruny Island, Tasmania

I saw this on Pinterest – The Neck, on Bruny Island, and it immediately became a place we had to see. The good news was that we were already planning on heading down to Bruny to visit a friend who’s an Oyster Farmer on the rural island. We followed the sign that said “Adventure Bay,” and…

four wheels of freedom: Vanlife in Australia

Some may think it’s a trend, this #vanlife thing, but I’d beg to differ. My parents travelled around the country in a van in the 70’s and hippies alike have been living the van life dream since 4 wheels could roll. The only thing that’s changed is that people are sharing about it – and…

the trouble with getting lost: A deep and meaningful thought

I got lost today. As I was standing in the forest encompassed by giant trees, for a brief moment I felt swallowed. I couldn’t make sense of which way was home because I was running a loop that I’d never done before. Standing there looking for some marker to show the trail, I couldn’t remember…

what it’s like to live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia

My whole life I’ve been uncertain of things. I’m self aware enough to know that I often look and wonder where the grass could be greener, and I’m always on the lookout for whatever is next and exciting, not giving space to the pleasure that the current moment can bring. For once in my life…

el nino in British Columbia: if you can’t ride them, climb them

It was the last weekend in November, and I had just returned from an epic backpacking adventure in Hawaii. I had barely taken a moment to breathe before Stef and I were standing on a porch in Burnaby, drinking beers with friends when we saw the little white stuff fall from the sky and accumulate…

my dad is neat | paddles by Bruce, the ultimate adventurer

I have this vivid childhood memory of hiding under an upside down canoe somewhere in northern Ontario as a violent storm pounded on the secluded raging waters. That memory is often accompanied by moments prior, paddling across the choppy water trying to get to the safety of shore from the sudden storm. I was in…