Golden Moments

My past two summers have been spent living  a scenic forty-minute drive away from Golden, BC. It was a place to stock up on snacks and forage for mushrooms; two things that just can’t happen when you live in a tiny town with no grocery store in a National Park. Last week I learned that I had been greatly overlooking Golden and that a wealth of activities and adventure await within the valley and surrounding mountains. With skis strapped to my roof and a bag of warm winter clothes, I bid adieu to the mild West Coast that I have …

Explore BC by Bus

Too often public transit is overlooked as a means of getting to and from summer activities. This past weekend I partnered with BC Transit as part of their new campaign to seek adventure across the province. My friend Alex and I made our way to Revelstoke to take advantage of all the amazing adventure opportunities that are accessible via transit. First stop upon arriving in Revelstoke was to rent some bicycles then head to the bus stop which is conveniently located directly across the street in Grizzly Plaza. After latching our bikes to the front of the bus we took …

Molson Moments

In preparation for Canada Day long weekend, Molson Canadian and I teamed up for an adventurous weekend filled with friends, fun activities and of course some ciders. I love the outdoors and certainly enjoy indulging in an adult beverage while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Our initial plan was to head for the mountains for a hike and a summit camp; however, the weather had other plans. With thunderstorms rolling in and out all evening we scrapped our plans, opting for a group dinner at the house. Come morning the rain still persisted but we were determined not to let that …

Cayoosh Cabin

I have a bit of a dog obsession…okay it’s a BIG one! One day I will have a northern breed adventure dog of my own, but currently I am just not in the right position to adopt a furry friend. Until the time is right, I swoon at every passing dog, scan adoption sites, daydream and if I am lucky, get to borrow a dog for the day! Well the other day my friend Valerie mentioned that I could take her dog Jax out if I ever wanted.  I of course pounced at the opportunity and invited him to join …

Icy Adventures

Last spring I visited a crevasse that had opened up on Blackcomb Glacier and had the most glorious day. So when I heard a huge cave had become accessible at the base of the glacier, I just had to go! My friend Joel was more than willing to join in on the adventure so off we went. Unfortunately not far from Whistler we were halted due to a fatal accident which ultimately closed the highway for six hours. It was disappointing but that’s life and we were just thankful to head home alive. Fast forward five days…yesterday our icy adventure …

Golden Larches

In all honesty, I actively avoided doing the Larch Valley hike all summer. I had to fervently promote the hike to guests at the Lodge looking for an afternoon activity, yet I had never done it. I opted to avoid the busy hike during the summer months, but I really wanted to experience it in its Autumn glory. Each fall these deciduous trees loose their needles, but not before turning stunning gold. Jacqueline, who also had never done the hike, and I met in Lake Louise before carpooling up to Moraine Lake. We waited at the trailhead for a few …

Sunset Summit

When you have a long summer day with beautiful weather, and your shift that ends at 3:00, the opportunity for a post-work sunset summit arises. It can be a bit exhausting to work an 8 hour shift then head off hiking but sometimes you just have to seize the opportunity. I headed out to Kananaskis Country to meet up with my friend Stevin. After hopping in his car we made our way up winding roads surrounded by stunning peaks; having never been out that way before it was very exciting and new for me. We hustled uphill through the tight …

Adventuring with tentree

Robin and I teamed up with tentree to help highlight some of our favourite summer activities we partake in on our days off in the unbelievably beautiful, Canadian Rockies. From nature walks through the forest, and canoeing on vibrant glacially-fed lakes, to chasing waterfalls and sitting around a campfire after a day of exploring before crawling into a tent for the night; these are the moments that make summer oh so wonderful.   I have casually been a film assistant to Robin from time to time; doing everything from chauffeuring, lugging heavy equipment around, to swapping lenses and setting up …

Dancing Skies

“Get up, the Aurora is out!” the most exciting thing to hear and probably the only thing that would drag me from a cozy bed in the middle of the night. In no time we were bundled up in warm clothes and making our way, camera in hand, to the end of  the street to get a better view. One perfect thing about living in a small town nestled in the mountains is there is very little light pollution. We stood in awe, staring up at the vibrant skies as they danced the night away in all their magnificence. After …

Bushwhacking & Boulders

The low lying bushes scraped and smacked against our legs and the occasional cobwebs caught us by surprise, filling our faces as we frantically attempted to remove the silvery strands. Our route-finding ascent was straight uphill to the tree line and less than ideal, especially in the humidity, but on we trudged. There were definitely a few “what am I doing here” moments, as well as “I think we are almost their” only to come atop a mound to find more forest stretching out ahead awaiting us. A few days prior Jacalyn had called inviting me to join herself and …