Category Archives: Canada

It seems like forever ago. I was working in tourism and was slightly overwhelmed with my travel schedule, only being home about 50% of the time. How times have changed… Since my brilliant 6 weeks in Portugal I haven’t even visited another city! It’s been one year and almost 2 months since I flew to Canada for an exciting meeting with all my former colleagues. This was my last visit outside of Europe. In Canada I met all the other tour leader managers from all over the world. We were a great, happy bunch and I met many of them for the first time. Despite jetlags it was a week with a full program, starting with meetings and ending with dinner and fun in the evenings. We discussed a range of topics, sang karaoke, prepared activities aimed for children, shared best practices and had the time of our lives. We…

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Because I travel, I meet so many people. Most of the time it means I have a great time, say goodbye and never see those people again. But sometimes, very rarely, I get to see them again. And it’s so much fun! In September I ended up going to Toronto for work. I added a few days to the trip and when I asked people what I should absolutely not miss while I was in the city, I immediately got an invitation from someone who would show me around. At the start of summer I ran a backpacking style trip with an unforgettable group. I still have many of them on Facebook and three of them happened to be living in Toronto when I was there. It was the perfect opportunity for the four of us to meet up and catch up. So one morning I walked to Union station…

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Instead of taking the Sea to Sky highway, you can consider walking on the Sea to Sky trail. The trail heads up north from Squamish for 180km! If you don’t feel up to tackling the whole thing, you can always try a part of it. Since I don’t have any camping equipment, I explored the track between the Cheakamus neighborhood in Whistler and the Brandywine Falls provincial park. This hike is just over 12 kilometers and the start can easily be reached by bus. Getting off the bus in Cheakamus I had to look for the trailhead. Even while I lived in Cheakamus I had never noticed it, but it turns out it is on Janes lake road, next to a dirt road used for logging. Straight from the start the trail was well signposted and surprisingly easy to walk on. It would be perfect for trail running as well.…

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Autumn is here and while the rain may not look too inviting to get out there and explore, it can be very rewarding to do it anyway. There is just something about this season. It is unpredictable. It can be stormy. The wind blows all the colored leaves around. You never know when the rain will start pouring down again. So pack an umbrella, dress warmly and just get out there. Vancouver is one of those cities where it seems to rain more often than not in autumn. It didn’t stop me from getting out there though. This was my first destination in Canada! I bought an umbrella and started walking around the sea wall. Vancouver is such a good city to just walk around in. There is a gigantic path around the sea wall which can be used for biking and walking. A big part of it goes through…

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Fall has arrived. I don’t know how I missed it. We’ve definitely had some fall weather, but the last week was a little reminder os summer, with temperatures into the twenties. Today was the end of that. The clouds had moved in, although the rain waited until later in the day. I suddenly noticed the trees were changing color and Tim Hortons has got fall specials on offer. Winter is getting closer, but there are so many hikes I haven’t done yet. Today I ticked one off the list: Iceberg Lake. It was hard to find information about the trails, so we figured it would be hard to find our way. Some of the trails are fairly new and what I did find online suggested it was a bit of a mission. However, we had no problems whatsoever and found the signage excellent. The number one bus took us to…

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Suddenly it’s the end of August and I find myself wondering where the month has gone. I feel like time goes faster than ever. In another month the mountain closes for its winter preparations, so I need to make sure I go up there as much as I can. It’s still pretty hot and what better place to find a refreshing breeze then up on the mountain? I decide to go for a short walk, so I hop in the gondola with hordes of tourists. While I try to read my book they marvel over the scenery and debate the construction and safety of the gondola. At the top I make my way onto the Harmony meadows trail. This trail is considered black, since it has some very steep paths. I reckon it would be harder to walk it the other way around, since most of my walk is downhill.…

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The High Note trail is probably my favourite hike on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. It’s meant to take 3 to 4 hours and takes you all the way to the back of Whistler mountain, with gorgeous views over Cheakamus lake. It takes a while to get to the start, going up Whistler gondola first and then on the Peak chairlift. From the peak you have an amazing views over the surrounding area. I took the chair up as soon as it opened and was the first hiker to get on the trail, accompanied by some trail runners. Immediately the path went downhill, quite steeply. Here, the rocks dominated the landscape. At this stage I was still keeping up with the trail runners. Here and there were some patches of snow and in other places a flower tried to grow. Then the path flattened out a bit and I entered a…

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Vancouver is known to be a rainy city. When I first arrrived in Canada, now nearly a year ago, it seemed like Vancouver was living up to its image every time I visited. It didn’t stop me from exploring though. I walked along the harbour towards Stanley park. The fog was so thick I couldn’t see the other side, north Vancouver with its mountains. Everything just disappeared into the clouds. More awesome weather photo’s you can find at Where’s my backpack.

It felt like the first day of summer. Sure, it was the end of July, but until now it had been more like fall. Just when we started to give up on it, the sun magically appeared and people started to post photos of it on Facebook, captioning ‘What is this unknown object in the sky?’. It happened to be on the day that a colleague of mine was driving to Joffre lakes and I decided to join. I had seen photos of the three incredible lakes, each with their own charm, and I’d wanted to visit but didn’t know how to get there. My colleague came to pick me up and her housemate joined in as well. I had never been in Pemberton even though it’s so close to Whistler. During the drive up the landscape slowly changed. The road was squished in between the mountains, but the valley…

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