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Travelling Mindfully In Tofino: How To Live Like A Local

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Discovering The Comox Valley By Bike

If you want to experience a completely different side of Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley – one that engages your senses and shows off a side more familiar to locals than tourists, sign up for a bike ride with Island Joy Rides. Owner, Laurel Cronk and I spent a wonderful summer afternoon cycling a mixture of

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Hiking the Juan De Fuca with Desk To Glory

The Juan De Fuca Trail. We trekked 49.5km over three days from Port Renfew to China Beach, shared the trail with a mom and cub black bear, camped on the beach, sipped coffee while listening to the waves roll in, watched the sunrise, watched the sunset, and focused solely on putting one foot in front

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See a Blow, Go Slow – Whale Watching Safety Tips

There’s a tense excitement in the air as a boat full of travellers wait quietly on ocean waters, eyes scanning the horizon for the distinctive mist of a whale’s blow. A guide points their finger and signals to the group, heads turning to anticipate where the whale could surface next. At a safe distance from

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The Campbell River Fishing Experience

I have done my fair share of salmon fishing but chiefly from the cockpit of my 17 foot sea kayak – jigging off the west coast of Vancouver Island, a rather delicate experience at times though largely a rewarding one. Recently I had the pleasure of salmon fishing out of April Point Lodge on the

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5 Vancouver Island Captures of the Eclipse

1. Folks on the Island were resourceful in finding ways to view the eclipse, and looked good doing it! 2. A change in perspective was written in the stars for some. 3. While others were seeing double! 4. Victoria visitors were well positioned, catching the 90% coverage. 5. And to wrap it up, the eclipse

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4 Tips For First Time Hikers on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island’s outdoors are a big draw for visitors, especially those who’ve never experienced BC wilderness and super natural beauty. Many of those visitors don hiking boots and head out to BC trails—in the 2010-2011 season in BC, 19.7 million people visited provincial parks, while 2.4 million visited national parks. If you’re new to hiking,

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3 Ways To Cook During A Campfire Ban

With the sunny hot days we’ve been having across BC, the province has implemented fire restrictions, and in most cases bans. The ban includes most of Vancouver Island, and while in previous years the fog zone may have been an exception to the bans, this zone no longer exists, which means the coastal areas will

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BC Wildfires – Info About Travelling to Vancouver Island

July 14, 2017 Nanaimo, BC BC Wildfires – Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands ‘Open for Business’ For Immediate Release: Tourism Vancouver Island’s thoughts and well wishes are with the areas throughout British Columbia that are being impacted by wildfires. This is impacting residents and businesses alike and certainly has had an impact on people’s vacation

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