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Rattlesnakes indigenous to Canada?! Cool!

Rattlesnakes indigenous to Canada?! Cool!

Savona BC – When I pulled over into a rest stop in Savona BC, this was the picturesque view…

However, off to the side, it came with a warning sign, “Rattlesnakes in the Area.”, watch your step, etc…Rattlesnakes in Canada?!  Cool, I had to go looking because I had no idea or I had completed missed that particular class in school years ago.  I went looking, but no luck. 

When I did a little research, Canada has the 3 types of rattlesnake: the western rattlesnake in arid western grasslands, the timber rattlesnake and the massasauga rattlesnake in southern Ontario.  Cool!  

No rattlesnakes, just this beautiful view in Savona BC

Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

This is one the super easiest and most accessible trails you’ll ever come across! It guides you through a forest of giant trees, some of which are older than 800 years!


The Big Tree


This was pretty interesting…

Living Tree Stump. The bark has covered it completely while its roots have grafted onto a living tree, where it soaks in the nutrients to survive.

Petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park – Vancouver Island

Petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park – Vancouver Island

After a short 7-10 min walk from the parking lot, you’ll come to the end of the trail, which leads you onto a dock outstretched onto the water where you will face a small rock cliff with the petroglyphs, named K’ak’awinon.  There are 9 designs in total and  historically, it was the Hupacasath First Nations that occupied this region.

Its hard to date petroglyphs due to erosion, but its accepted by the professionals that these particular designs could be as old as 10000 – 14000 years old.  

Could you imagine being the person that discovered these and the excitement it would have brought?! …  Meanwhile a few hundred feet away, some guy with hand tools is walking away….. 😉 

Red Columbine & Marble Canyon Provincial Park

Red Columbine & Marble Canyon Provincial Park

I was out at Marble Canyon Provincial Park BC located on Vancouver Island taking on an incredible 1 1/2 hour hike of lush greens, huge trees and the fresh air. Beautiful hiking area!

The trail starts at the old campground, which is covered in greenery.

1 1/2 hours later, at the end of this section of trail is the fast flowing rapids where Black Bears, Wolves and other wild life come to feast. I had not encountered any today, but was very watchful of my surroundings just in case.

What I did come across was a dozen of these delicate beautiful flowers growing from the cracks of the rocks, right beside the rapids.

I later learned that this flower is called the Red Columbine and is used for medical purposes, such as the treatment of sore throats, headaches, fever, and stomach aches. It can also be used to treat certain types of skin rashes, such as poison ivy. Some gastrointestinal issues, urinary problems, and kidney problems may also be treated with red columbine.

If you want to know more about this flower, I suggest you do your own research to acquire the proper information, as well as consulting a professional in this type of natural remedies.

More photos from this hike – A Visual Experience


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Port Hardy BC – A Playground of Wilderness Activities (Part 1)

Port Hardy BC – A Playground of Wilderness Activities (Part 1)

Port Hardy – A Playground of Wilderness Activities
Northern East Side of Vancouver Island BC

Although there are only 2 ways you can get to the island, Airplane or Boat, there are several routes to choose from.

After traveling by ferry to Nanaimo, you can take Highway 19 north to Port Hardy, which is the fastest way by vehicle, approx. 4 1/2 hour drive.

However, the more scenic route is following Highway 19a north as far as it will go, which is to Campbell River. From there, you’ll end up on Hwy 19 and continue on your way to Port Hardy. I prefer this route for its scenic drive and the small communities to explore along the way. It’s a much slower paced drive, but worth it. Have your camera handy!

Located on the most Northern East side of Vancouver Island BC, the community of Port Hardy sits along the ocean’s edge. It’s a population of approx. 4000 people which more than doubles during the summer months with tourists who want to experience the island’s many outdoor activities, i.e. Hiking, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Diving, Camping, Wild Life and much more.

One of the first things you should do is head to the Visitor Information Centre, located on the main road. You’ll discover a vast array of information that will guide you during your stay. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and get their opinions, its well worth it.

Port Hardy is also represented by the nearby community of Fort Rupert & Kwakiutl First Nation. The Kwakiutl are known for their carvings, especially their magnificent totem poles.  I’ll be writing more on the Kwakiutl shortly, however check out the photos I captured so farKwakiutl: A Visual Experience

There are hiking trails in the immediate and surrounding area, but one of the most rugged and challenging hiking trails that attracts people from All Over the World to Port Hardy is the Cape Scott Trail / North Coast Trail – it will ultimately test your skill, endurance and exploration for days on end.   In order to get to the start of the trail, a boat will shuttle you to Cape Scott and from there…. you’re on your own.

During the early spring when the ice and snow is melting, there are sections of the trail that are very hazardous and it should not be attempted due to the flooding and impassible sections. For example…

I met Gabriel, a solo hiker from Paris France, who survived 2 days on the trail and had to turn back for safety reasons. He had been hiking in a section that is not recommended during the spring thaw because of the waist deep freezing water that floods part the trail on the most northern east section. He was completely drenched from the waist down, cold, and would have been stuck for several days in this environment. Lucky for him he was able to get out and return safely.

Vivian, a solo hiker of the Netherlands, decided not to try the trail, due to the flooding.

As you can tell, If you’re going to test yourself on this amazingly beautiful trail that is world renown, plan accordingly. Also note that you are in bear country, don’t take the warning lightly. Be aware and be safe.

Where to Stay – There are a couple hotels in Port Hardy, but the more popular places to stay is either the local hostel – North Coast Trail Hostel, or the many camping sites. Book ahead of time!

Although I happen to know the owners of the North Coast Trail Hostel , I promise to give you my unbiased opinion. The owners are super friendly! The hostel is very clean, comfortable and very well maintained. Its also much bigger than any pictures I’ve seen of it. You won’t be disappointed. There is a coffee / tea shop to get to know other travellers of all ages, share your stories, ideas, and a few laughs. 

A couple interesting facts …..

According to www.tourismvi.ca & www.visitporthardy.com – The “First currently known site of human habitation on Vancouver Island as discovered in an archeological dig in Port Hardy, dates back to circa 5850 BC”

The Carrot Campaign – Historical Site

Located right beside the Visitor Information Centre, a huge wooden carrot with a sign describing how the Government made a promise is 1897, but didn’t follow through until the late 1970’s.  The community felt that the government was dangling a carrot in front of them for all those years.


…. Part 2 coming soon …

Frozen Waterfalls in the Rockies

Frozen Waterfalls in the Rockies

As you travel through the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia during the winter months, one of the most common sights you’ll come across are the frozen waterfalls along the cliffs.

But not everything is frozen in the Rockies, just pretty darn cold if you decided to go for a polar bear swim in one of the many clear, turquoise or emerald green lakes …

and of course, there is always the trains in the distance which look like miniature toys…

Among the beautiful scenery….

… you might even come across an Inukshuk…

More Photos from this Adventure – A Visual Experience

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Take on every adventure: Your future-self will thank-you!

Take on every adventure: Your future-self will thank-you!

The other day I received an email with a few questions, one of which I wanted to share with you.

The reader asked the following:  (Regarding over night or longer trips)

Q: “Of all the equipment and gear you have used, what are a couple things you consistently take with you that others may not even consider?”

Besides the general stuff of a backpack, camera, water and a granola bar, there are 2 other things that I always make sure to pack:

The First is my hand-written journal. While out on an adventure, I try to write in it every night or every other night recapping the days events. I don’t want to forget some of the amazing experiences or details that I wish to share with you.

The Second item I consistently take with me is my emergency blanket, you know the silver one that sounds like tinfoil when you wrap yourself with it. I’ve used it more than a few times. I actually had to use during my kayaking adventure one night. It made for a great barrier between my water logged air mattress and my sleeping bag.

Whether you’re a day-tripper or an over night adventurer, I encourage you to journal about your day. You’re future self will thank you for it!


I located some great deals on Journals & Emergency Blankets
through Amazon to get you started:

Click here: Coleman Emergency Space Blanket

Journals:


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15,202km to go: I’m at “Mile 0” in Lund BC

15,202km to go: I’m at “Mile 0” in Lund BC

Lund, BC, 101, hwy, Marker 0Marker “Mile 0” – Lund BC

Ok, this wasn’t planned. I knew absolutely nothing about Lund. In fact, I was in Powell River for the weekend to explore and do a little hiking. It wasn’t until I was near the marker that I had discovered where & what it all meant.

“Mile 0” marker is the beginning or end, depending where you start, of highway 101, of the Pacific Coastal Hwy, which is one of the longest highways in the world! It takes you directly south, 15,202km, to Quellon Chile.

hmmm… 15,200km? … Pacicfic Coastal hwy?…. Canada to Chile?…. this certainly screams “Adventure!” … That would be so awesome! Before I get carried way… ugh… too late, my mind is racing with ideas! Who wants to join me!?!

The marker also contains a Time Capsule, which won’t be revealed until, if the marker is ever disassembled.

Back in Powell River…

This is so cool!

These ships are all concrete ships that were built during WWI and II, and the only 10 that are known to still be afloat! Yes, these things are floating, forming a massive floating breakwater on the Malaspina Strait in the city of Powell River, BC. There is only one WWI concrete floating ship and its here somewhere, I just don’t know which one it is. But very cool!

Hiking Trail… I had to snicker and give myself a slap 1/2 way through this hike.

While going through this trail, I was a little ticked that there was all this old / new logging equipment littered throughout the trail. It kinda ruins the “nature hike”.   But then I realized…. it wasn’t littered construction equipment after all, it was placed there as part of Powell River’s Logging History….. ugh! I could have taken so many more photos of this unique trail and the history here!

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