A day in the life of: a bear watcher!

Easily one of the coolest things I have ever done: this past weekend our friend Lauren, Andy and me headed across to Vancouver Island to base ourselves in Campbell River, and catch a boat up to the Toba Inlet to see some grizzlies in their natural habitat. It was a mission of a weekend, but…

Hiking on the Sunshine Coast

  Not unlike the rest of British Columbia, the Sunshine Coast area has an abundance of good walks and hikes pretty much for all ages. There are so many Provincial Parks, all of which contain great trails, and so many we didn’t even get to because, well, we only had so many days! We did…

10 things to know before hiking Mt. Assiniboine

1. Most of the campsites have bear lockers in addition to bear hangs. We took a rope, expecting to have to construct our own but fortunately there was no need. At Magog campground there was both, which ended up being lucky as there was a current infestation of ground marmots! They have a particular fondness…

Mt. Assiniboine: a gallery

Wow. Never have I had so much trouble sorting through photos. So many of the photos were of essentially the same thing,  but with slightly different angles, different lighting and different features meaning they all offered something different. Below is a selection of some of my favourite ones – if you click on the first…

Mt. Assiniboine: hiking in the Rockies

  When the suggestion of spending five nights in the Canadian wilderness was first mentioned, I dismissed it with barely a moment’s thought. Little did I know the seed had been planted in Andy’s mind and when he brought the idea up again a few months later, I bizarrely found myself agreeing provided that a)…

How it feels to live abroad during a pandemic

December 2019: Holy smokes it felt good to touch down in Vancouver. Andy and I had been travelling for over 8 months, and ever since South America, it wasn’t exactly the smoothest ride. It was such a relief to arrive in a country where we could speak English, we had an actual apartment to sleep…

Vancouver’s local mountains

What better place to start for some local insight than by introducing Vancouver’s local mountains? Vancouver is one of the few cities I have been in the world where the city’s somewhat striking skyline is further graced by a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Enhance this vision by inserting a body of water in the foreground…

The Recollection Diaries: Dubai

My recollection Strongest memory: Catching the bus from near our hotel along the waterfront to the famous Burj Al Arab hotel (the one that looks like a giant sail). The scenery was unlike anything I’d ever ever seen before – every building was either wickedly flash or incredibly dilapidated, and the entire landscape was basically…

2021: a shift in focus

Alright friends. It is well and truly 2021 and finally 2020 can be considered a thing of the past. Done and dusted. Put to bed. Unfortunately Covid-19 is still very real and I suspect that we will all be feeling the implications for a while to come. The restrictions in Canada vary by province, and…

The Recollection Diaries: Turkey

My recollection Strongest memory: We had timed our trip to Istanbul to coincide with my friend Belinda, who was visiting from New York. We had put off booking a Gallipoli tour as we weren’t yet sure whether it was going to be an overnight trip, which was dependent on what Binz and her friend Charlotte…