October 3, 2018

After two wonderful days in Kelowna we hit the road for a long day of driving before arriving in the town of Nelson in the West Kootenay area of southern BC.  This small town is best know for its historic buildings from the silver rush era.  Nelson is also situated on a lake which made for more fun for the kids with some kayaking.  We celebrated Indi’s 9th birthday while staying in Nelson and after looking around the town spent some fun downtime by the lake at our hotel Nelson Prestige Lakeside Hotel. 

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We have had another amazing summer of travel which kicked off with a wonderful two week road trip of the beautiful British Columbia interior and Canadian Rockies!

Part one of our trip took us to the city of Kelowna, a 4 hour drive east of Vancouver.  We drove through Kelowna at Christmas time on our way to Silverstar Ski Resort and it was a winter wonderland.  On our second trip to Kelowna however we discovered the delights of this amazing city on the lake in the middle of the Okanagan Valley.   Well know for being a wonderful wine region, Kelowna really is a fabulous place with a funky downtown area filled with great restaurants and great shops.  We stayed at the lovely Manteo Resort which had the perfect patio for adults to enjoy drinks by the lake and a great pool and recreation area that kept the kids entertained for hours!  

We enjoyed a great day boating on the lake with friends and a bike ride along the fabulous Kettle Rail Trail which is the old Canadian Pacific Railway line that has since been abandoned!  Definitely add these two items to your list of must do’s when visiting BC!

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September 26, 2018

Looking for a lovely day out while visiting Vancouver then a trip along the Sea to Sky Highway to the Sea to Sky Gondola at Squamish is just perfect.   The Sea to Sky Gondola is approximately an hours drive from Downtown Vancouver along one of the most scenic drives in British Columbia.

We visited on a beautiful sunny June day when the skies were clear making the views just perfect!  If you are feeling extra energetic and looking for a great hike you can head up the mountain on foot but we chose the easy option via the gondola!  

One up top there is plenty to do with shorter easy hikes, a lovely lunch in the cafe with the stunning views or a walk across the suspension bridge. 

We spent a good hour or so wandering and enjoying the sights before our trip back down the mountain.  It was then on to Whistler for another walk around the beautiful and bustling village, a delicious lunch, treats at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate shop and a trip to Lost Lake which looks oh so different in summer!

Another great day out in Canada!

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August 25, 2018

With so many fabulous places to visit on our doorstep here in Vancouver we headed out to Vancouver Island for another long weekend in June while my mum was visiting from Australia.  This time our destination was the seaside village of Torfino which is on the south western side of the island!  In summer it is a big surf town, while in winter it is where the storm watchers head to see the wild weather that batters this side of the island.

We stayed in a great little place called Duffin Cove Resort which was right at the far end of town as you drive through.  We had one of the cute waterfront villas that was super cute with a loft bedroom for the kids and a king bed and mini kitchen downstairs!  We were right on the water so the kids could play on the rocks while we sat on the deck and watched the sun set.  

We also did a bear watching tour which was loads of fun.  We jumped on a zodiac with just 8 others and were wicked up the inlet to see the bears coming out of the forest to feed on the rocks at the waters edge as the tide went out.  It is always so fabulous to learn more about these animals and the way they live.

We ate at some fabulous restaurants the favourite being The Wolf in the Fog.  We finished the weekend with a quick trip back through Victoria so we could show mum the capital of British Columbia.  We visited last year so we stopped at our favourite asian restaurant in Chinatown for a quick meal before doing a driving tour of this little city.

It was then back on the ferry homeward bound after a fun 3 days away.

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August 23, 2018

The festival of 50 continued with a relaxing and fun weekend away with my gorgeous Vancouver girlfriends!  We decided to head out to the beautiful Gulf Islands which are off the coast of Vancouver between the mainland and Vancouver Island.  There are so many beautiful islands to visit here in British Columbia but as our request was for somewhere that we could go for just the weekend with a spa and accomodation of 8 of us we found the perfect place was Poets Cove on Pender Island.

We caught an early morning ferry from Tswassen which is 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver and after a quick ferry change at one of the other outlying islands we arrived on Pender 90 minutes later.  The Gulf Islands are scarcely populated and have beautiful countryside so it really does feel like you are escaping thing city.  

Once we arrived at Poets Cove we had a quick lunch before it was time for us all to hit the spa for the afternoon where we enjoyed facials, massages and a soak in the hot tub!  Bliss.

We had rented two, 2 bedroom villas for the night so we had loads of room to spread out.  On day 2 we took off for a short hike after breakfast and then it was back to relax for lunch before heading back to our afternoon ferry back to the mainland!  Such a lovely escape with my gorgeous girlfriends!

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