Go Hiking to the Bomber Plane Crash in Tofino

I’ve wanted to do this hike for years and just never made it there… Either it was too rainy when I got to Tofino or I was in Tofino to go to the beach or another event.  If I’m being honest, I also thought this hike was in Ucluelet (not Tofino like it actually is!) so it was probably best I waited for a friend to suggest we go and tag along with them so I actually got where I planned to go!

I’m talking about the hike to the famous Canso Bomber plane crash site in Tofino.  Starting near Radar Hill, you walk through some dense West Coast rain forest, a genuine muddy bog, an absolute maze of tree roots, and around a crater lake left by bomb detonations after the crash.  In total, the hike was only about 4.9km rountrip, but it was certainly one of the more interesting short hikes I’ve ever done!   Continue reading “Go Hiking to the Bomber Plane Crash in Tofino”

Park Guide: Stotan Falls

We had heard about Stotan Falls near Courtenay a few years ago. People who have been here before say it’s a perfect place to swim and explore so we were already motivated to find this spot, but then a promotional video in September 2017 from the Matador Network (check it out on Youtube HERE) made us even more googley-eyed and excited to check it out! Fast-forward to this summer and our friend posted pictures of it on Facebook and we knew it was finally time to just go!

Stotan Falls has been a bit of a secret for many years, though locals know it and love it as a great summer spot to cool down and relax. Continue reading “Park Guide: Stotan Falls”

Try This: Go on a North Island Adventure

Recently, we packed up the Jeep and ventured north, paddleboards and all! Since we started the blog, we’ve heard from a lot of people that we should go check out the Mount Waddington area of the island, in and around Port McNeill and Port Hardy. Turns out we know quite a few people who grew up in the area and they all gave us a bucket list of places to check out!

As a kid, I used to venture through Port Hardy in the summer as I caught the ferry to Prince Rupert with my family. Other than passing through in those times, I can’t remember spending much time in the North Island area otherwise.

Since we had limited experience with what to see and do in the North Island area, all the recommendations we got from our friends helped us discover that the area is FULL of stuff to do and things to see.

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Try This: Go Glamping on Hornby!

This year, I seem to have inadvertently taken on a mission to find and stay in the most unique places we have on the island.  Earlier this year, I made a long-time dream come true and finally stayed at Free Spirit Spheres in Qualicum.  The whole experience there was relaxing but exciting at the same time and incredibly unique.  During my stay here, I couldn’t stop smiling and, since then, I think I’ve told just about everyone I know to go stay here!  (For more about that experience, click here)

Staying at Free Spirit Spheres got me wondering about other unique accommodations in and around the island, hence the inadvertent mission.  Our little piece of paradise never ceases to surprise me with the amazing and incredible things we can do and see right here in our own backyard.  I’ve since discovered there are plenty of fun and unique places to go check out, like the yurts at Wya Point in Ucluelet and a cob cottage on Mayne Island but what caught my eye immediately were the newly opened glamping tents at Fossil Beach Farms on Hornby Island.  I saw this awesome little clip in my newsfeed one day and immediately emailed to book a stay!

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Golden hour from Lanta tent ❤️ #wherefarmmeetssea

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Try This: Run in a Race on a Weekend Getaway!

Celebrating Mother’s Day today with my Mom and my family, I couldn’t help but think about everything Moms do for their families.  I’m quite certain everyone describes their Mom as a super hero and we’re all right about that!  Moms really do hold so many different job titles, like Counsellor, Chauffeur, Banker, Hair Stylist, Referee, Chef, Mentor, Event Coordinator, Teacher, and Nurse (and I don’t believe for a second that is all of them!).

While I’m not a mom myself, I’m surrounded by some of the most amazing Moms ever.  My family, my friends, and my coworkers all have the best, funniest, craziest, and ridiculous stories about their kids.  I love hearing all of them!  I also love being there for all the Moms in my life when they need to get away 😉

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Go Hiking at Cameron Lake Trestles & Wesley Ridge

Every time I’ve driven to Port Alberni and beyond, I pass Cameron Lake and have looked longingly across the lake at the old trestle on the other side.  I always wondered how you got there and imagined you’d be privy to a pretty spectacular view from that spot.

Fast forward to a day a couple weeks ago where it was too beautiful to stay inside and I wanted to get out and play.  My friend suggested the trails around Cameron Lake and I readily agreed if it meant finally getting to go see the trestle!

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