2015 opening weekend at Whistler Blackcomb (I’m on the planks again!)

I’m not one of those people who’s naturally incredible at everything they do. However, I do find myself to be average at most things. Except golf. There’s just no winning there. Being average in a town like Whistler is tricky, though. I was really excited about moving here and getting better at winter sports. Mind…

backyard bliss: Skywalk trail in Whistler

I have never understood the saying “take a hike.” That’s meant to be mean, right? I have only ever found the most epic, awe-inspiring moments while I’ve “taken a hike.” And maybe a few blisters and sore getaway sticks… Anyhow, we moved to the top of Alpine – a neighbourhood in Whistler, and of course…

finding 4WD backroads to fishing spots in Pemberton, British Columbia

I grew up falling out of canoes, watching my dad build make-shift sails from branches, rope and sleeping bags as we cruised through the lakes of Northern Ontario. Sometimes when I close my eyes, I remember lying in the canoe and looking up at the sky, water moving underneath my back, and my dad patiently…

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…

snowshoeing to paradise at Elfin Lakes in British Columbia

Great things are passed along through word of mouth. Grandma’s recipes, secret home remedies, and the best places to see. It started with my friend Alicia. “Have you heard of Elfin Lakes?” She piped up as she did her usual morning walk by on the way to her desk. After about 10 minutes of talking…

the edge | finding a ledge & hovering over

I have a problem with limits. I always have. I don’t understand why someone would ever tell me I can’t do something, or that it would possibly be “going too far.” What do you mean? If it feels good do it…no? Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to climb the biggest tree,…

having a bucket list and fighting hibernation in Canada

Wake me up in the summer now. It’s that time of year. When things get cold and I stay in bed just a little bit longer every day. I look out my window instead of opening my door, and I count down the days until the sun’s warmth will heat me up again. Why do…

hiking to the lions, british columbia

“This view is one hundred percent insane.” We were speechless, completely in awe of where the trail had led us. I’ve driven by the lions peaks dozens of times and it wasn’t until the edge of fall that I found myself meandering up the evolving terrain with two other beauties. The trail twisted and turned…