Nairn Falls Provincial Campground


If you are anything like me, in good weather, home just becomes a place to do laundry and restock the camp cooler; outside is where you really want to be. That's why as soon as I got back from my May tenting trip, I booked a weekend at Nairn Falls campground. I love the Sea-to-Sky Corridor (Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay connecting Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton). It's just curvy enough to make driving exciting without being scary. Combine that with an almost endless succession of spectacular water views on one side and mountains on the other, and it's no wonder car makers love to shoot their TV ads on this road. Besides the scenery, it offers an area that's close enough to Vancouver for a day trip yet with enough adventures to keep you engaged through a long weekend. Or even a full week. Nairn Falls is located five minutes from Pemberton and 20 minutes north of Whistler, making it an excellent overnight stop on a road trip or a ideal base for a weekend of local exploration. I Continue Reading

Pemberton: Joffre Lake Hike

Joffree Lake Hike Pemberton British Columbia

Glacier lakes, mountain views and accessible hiking — who could ask for anything more from a weekend away? Originally from Ontario, I transplanted myself to British Columbia years ago and have fallen head over heels in wanderlust with my new home. With epic beauty calling from every corner of the province, you can't help exploring. I stumbled upon the Joffre Lakes while scrolling through Instagram, and immediately put them on my bucket list. By making my basecamp at Nairn Falls Campground, just outside of Pemberton, I could complete a dayhike there during a weekend getaway from Vancouver. Shot at Joffree Lake - August 9th 2015 All three Joffre Lakes (Lower, Middle and Upper) are glacier fed and are a vivid turquoise hue. This striking colour comes from sunlight reflecting off particles of glacial silt or "rock flour" suspended in the water. The resulting blue-green hue is so deeply saturated it looks as surreal in photos as it does to the naked Continue Reading

BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival via Instagram

Picture from Comox Valley Tourism Board

Sometimes you have a weekend that is so good you don't want it to end; and you wish you could live this way all the time! At the opening weekend of the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, I ate more scrumptious seafood than I have ever eaten in a weekend, learnt more about my regions, seafood production, how to shuck an oyster, spent time in the sun, and enjoyed the company of an amazing group of people including my fellow travel blogger Henry. It was a jammed packed long weekend exploring parts of Comox Valley(Comox, Courtenay, and Campbell River). I love this part of BC and what better way to show it off then with an Instagram photo tour. June 12th, 2015: Flight to Comox on Harbour Air Off to Comox and Courtney for the #BCShellfish Festival opening weekend. I'm going to be eating a ton of seafood and a few beers in the sun. A photo posted by Megan Kennedy (@wanderlustmegan) on Jun 12, 2015 at 9:45am PDT Harbour Air Flight #141. Vancouver to Comox. Continue Reading

Shucking Oysters – BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival

Shuck an Oyster

This weekend was a happy whirlwind of food, sunshine and local beer. I hopped over the Strait Of Georgia to Comox for the annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. We had a concert with a seafood feast on the first night, and an industry lobster dinner on the next. We also attended a seafood expo where I got to try geoduck, shuck an oyster and learn more about sustainable seafood. Next, we visited an oyster, salmon and geoduck farm before ending the get-away with a spirited Caeser competition. At the BC Seafood Expo, I picked up some interesting facts during Oysters 101: Lessons from the Producers and the Oyster Bar. In British Columbia, there are only two kinds of oysters: Pacific Oysters, which were introduced from Japan in the 1900s, and Olympic Oysters, which are native to the Pacific Northwest, but are now less commonly harvested since they grow more slowly than the imported species. Like wine grapes, oysters' flavours are influenced by where they are grown; different Continue Reading

Super, Natural Summer in BC

Picture from Comox Valley Tourism Board

I'm staying home this summer, no plans to hop on a jet plane and head to a foreign country. I'm fortunate enough to call British Columbia, Canada my home. As the tag line goes, ‘Super, Natural British Columbia’! The summer is a great time to enjoy the natural beauty of this province. Life has been demanding lately with switching to a new day job, recovering from surgery, a family death, a visit back to the Toronto area and now, finding out I'm moving in July! Despite the move, which is time consuming and costly, I want to make the most of this summer. I want to enjoy the hot weather, craft beer, local food and create more memories! June 12th - 15th - BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. Comox, British Columbia On Friday morning, my travel blogging friend Henry and I are hopping over to Comox, BC. We’ll be taking a float plane before settling into our accommodation at the Old House Hotel & Spa for the BC Shell & Seafood Festival. It's a Continue Reading

Hit Me – A Night at the Blackjack Table

Angel of the Winds, blackjack

"Hit me." As I tapped my finger on the table, I wasn't sure if I was making the right call. Then the dealer flipped my card. Twenty one! I was safe and ready to play another round. On this Saturday evening I was gambling with my own hard-earned money. But converted into chips it didn’t feel like real cash — just toy markers for keeping score in a game, like Monopoly money. That made the chips all too easy to wager. Gambling isn't my usual thing. I’d tried my hand once at roulette in Vegas, won enough to pay for my trip within an hour and cashed out while I was ahead. But after being invited down to Angel of the Winds Casino & Hotel in Arlington, WA, I decided to give gaming another shot. The night before, we had learned the basics during a practice game. When we decided to go all in, we were given more chips anytime we asked the dealer. We got a feeling for when we should hit or stay, picked up tips and learned the signals so we wouldn't look like complete beginners. By the Continue Reading

Skagit Valley – Tiptoeing thru the Tulips

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Spring - The city feels fresh, the weather is warming up, the winter rains are easing off, and the days are getting longer. You can see summer on the horizon as the flowers and trees stir to life. Every year, Skagit Valley welcomes spring with fields full of tulips blooming. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs from April 1 to the 30th. The time window is wide because tulips bloom according to their own schedule. This year they were early, already in bloom during my Easter weekend visit on April 3-5th. Other years the blooming doesn't start until the second week of April. This year's bloom may only last another couple of weeks, so if you can't make it in time, put it on your calendar now for next year; you shouldn't miss the chance to stroll along the beds, admiring the incredible variety of colours and hues. We visited Tulip Town (15002 Bradshaw Rd) and RoozenGaard (15867 Beaver Marsh Rd). It's a $5 admission for each place and both are worth Continue Reading