Hands up if you wish you could take a hike during school hours. Our hands are raised, and so are the youth’s enrolled in Take a Hike Foundation, a full-time, alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement in the lower mainland.
Road trip tunes, our favourite Instagram account, cozy fall camp-wear, and local food; some companies are doing some neat things in and around Vancouver. Here are our favourite October finds to get you through the autumn season.
With the summer heat gone and the BC wildfires under control, we’re getting stoked for autumn adventures. The fresh, crispness in the air and the bright colours of the changing leaves make us eager to explore during a season with less tourists, less cars on the road and less people to compete with in finding that backroad camp spot. Here are our top picks on where to experience fall in BC.
We’re a big fan of supporting aligning local businesses that produce quality-made goods, and folks who fully embrace the PNW lifestyle. Here’s a few items (and people) that we’re crushing on this month.
If you’re in need of a change of scenery, Oregon is an ideal destination to put on your summer bucket list. While the I5 is a quicker route from Vancouver to Oregon, we’d rather take the scenic journey along Highway 101.
If you’re not into long-haul driving and would rather an easier city escape, Upper Squamish is an ideal region. Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet, adrenaline, or both, the Squamish River is one of our favourite spots close to home.
Vancouver Island is a sparsely populated nature haven. With plentiful wildlife, surrounding ocean, mountains peaks, rivers, lakes and old-growth rainforests, the diverse environment creates an ideal playground for us to enjoy, especially in the summertime.
The summer heat has brought with it a multitude of wildfires. The good news? There are still plenty of areas that haven’t been affected. The coastal regions in BC and mountainous parks near the Alberta border are unaffected, and Alberta has a good handle on their fire situation. The local fires also provides a good excuse to cross the border into the United States and check out neighbouring Washington and Oregon.
There aren’t many places that hit our core quite like Well’s Gray Provincial Park. Located in east-central British Columbia, Well’s Gray protects most of the southern Cariboo Mountains and is nestled just three and a half hours from iconic Jasper, Alberta.
Overlanding means embracing the adventure that lies in the process of getting to remote and unpopulated destinations where you can watch the stars hearing only crickets in the background and lie amidst the mountains with no sight of light pollution.
Although we provide the essentials to create a wicked camping experience, there are a few extra things we recommend bringing to enhance your trip. With just a bit of planning, you’ll be able to fit the following into the vehicle to amplify your getaway:
Who says you have to only eat hot dogs and Kraft Dinner on a camping trip? We've upped the anti and have compiled a few easy-to-make camping meals using the Hastings Overland tailgate kitchen gear. With a bit of advanced preparation, you'll soon be eating delicious and nourishing meals around the fire.
While it may require more planning to get outside mid-week, there are more pros than cons to creating an alternative 'weekend.'