Go Hiking up Victoria’s Mt. Doug

5 reasons I loved hiking up Victoria’s Mt. Doug:

  1. The 360 degree views that stretch on forever.
  2. The park trails connect to the beach paths at Cordova Bay so you can go directly from hiking to beachcombing!
  3. There are a bunch of different trails so you can choose your own adventure depending on how hard you want to work.
  4. How vastly green the forest is with its ferns, salal, and evergreens.
  5. Even though it is extremely popular, the park doesn’t feel crowded and vehicles in the park are restricted before noon.

My friend (of Sushi Rice Studios fame!) hikes the mountains of Victoria almost every weekend. While she is intrinsically motivated by her own goals and taking on new challenges, I think her biggest motivator is trying to tire out her tireless dog!

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Park Guide: Cable Bay Trail & Joan Point Park

Five reasons I love Cable Bay & Joan Point Park:

  1. Dogs. It’s an off leash dog trail and dogs are the happiest when they’re free to walk on a trail with their humans.
  2. It’s one of those special double-whammy forest AND ocean experiences.
  3. You can easily spend a few hours meandering.
  4. There little treasures to find along the way.
  5. The water rushing through Dodd Narrows
photo cred: thedognetwork.ca

Cable Bay has been one of my favourite trails for many years. Back when my dog was around, I took her here often. One of my favourite memories was her running and leaping into the water. Or running ahead to hide behind a large tree and jump out to surprise her dog friends. She was a character! Every dog I’ve encountered here is equally smitten with its freedom to run and play. Continue reading “Park Guide: Cable Bay Trail & Joan Point Park”

Park Guide: Wild Pacific Trail

If you’ve been to Ucluelet, you’ve likely been directed to check out the Wild Pacific Trail. More specifically, you’ve probably been given information about the Lighthouse Loop and been told that no trip to Ukee is complete without a visit there. While that advice is not wrong and the Lighthouse Loop is absolutely fabulous, the Wild Pacific Trail stretches far beyond that section and also encompasses The Artists Loop, The Ancient Cedars Loop, and the Rocky Bluffs trail. There are 8km of trails to explore where you find countless lookouts with stunning views and see relentless waves crashing into the coast all around you!   Continue reading “Park Guide: Wild Pacific Trail”

Park Guide: Nile Creek

While travelling up or down the inland highway between Horne Lake and Bowser, you drive over Nile Creek. It’s a nondescript overpass without much of a view but, if you are like me, you notice this spot because there is always a bunch of random cars parked on the side. From the highway, there is no real indication of what the car owners might be out doing or why they chose that particular spot to stop. Naturally, the mystery of it all has always made me want to go!

Nile Creek overpass on Highway 19
crossing under the overpass to get to the trailhead
The “new year, new me” mantra many of us are singing right now has inspired Rina and I to stop hibernating and keep exploring. The rain, wind, frost, etc has been keeping us inside for much of the winter thus far (read: we’re making many trips to the gym right now) but when the weather cleared for a few hours this weekend, we jumped up and headed out! Since we started the blog, Nile Creek has been on our list to check out so that’s exactly where we headed.

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Try This: Close to Home, a World Away

We always feel blessed to live on such a beautiful island. On any given evening or weekend, there is an abundance of trails, beaches, and favourite spots to take in. It’s all about finding that balance between family, work, and fun and connecting with both people and nature in these moments is  usually balancing and rejuvenating.  But sometimes… You need something a little more!  When you wanna escape all of the crazy sh*t (yeah, quoting R. Kelly here), you just need to get away. Lucky for us on Vancouver Island and the Gulfs Islands, there are an abundance of amazing resorts, cabins, campsites, and Airbnbs to take you a world away and still be close to home.

Cox Bay Beach Resort, Tofino

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Park Guide: Paradise Meadows (Strathcona Provincial Park)

In the winter, I spend a lot of time snowshoeing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort in Strathcona Provincial Park.  I go almost every weekend to walk around the trails, always marveling at the scenery and the quietness of the surroundings.  It’s one of my most favourite things to do and I look forward to when the trails open each winter so I can pull my snowshoes out of storage and get out & play in the snow!

This year though, I really wanted to go check out the park BEFORE the snow fell.  The park has beautiful boardwalks throughout, there are running creeks and small waterfalls, and wildflowers galore… I’ve just never seen any of that because it’s usually under a few feet of snow when I visit!   Continue reading “Park Guide: Paradise Meadows (Strathcona Provincial Park)”