Over the last two years, the longest I’ve lived in any one place is four months.
You could say I’m flighty, and you wouldn’t be wrong. I’m also curious, restless and keen to seek out new places rather than settle into an old routine.
My move to Burnaby is the most serious one I’ve made yet. I’ve traded in my Alberta license to become a permanent B.C. resident. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon (except on press trips, vacation to South Africa and educational leave for my Master’s program, of course).
As I wrote about a couple months ago, I came here for work (and I still love my job). Luckily for me, my role blends the lines of work and fun, so I’ve had the opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful spots in B.C.—and maybe the entire world.
From the Fraser Valley to Whistler to Haida Gwaii, here are some pictures to prove it (and perhaps entice you to come visit):
The 3.4 km hike to Lindeman Lake is short and steep. The trailhead is located along the way to Chilliwack Lake, southeast of Abbotsford. The milky green water is well-worth the climb, especially if you’re lucky enough to have the views all to yourself.
We hiked the 8-km trail of seemingly endless switchbacks to Taylor Meadows and set up camp. Then, we trekked the extra kilometre to Garibaldi Lake. Next time, I plan to continue up to Panorama Ridge or Black Tusk for views from above. Still, I certainly wasn’t complaining about the lakeside view.
A few months ago, I was lucky enough to be invited on a press trip with Buick for a three-day adventure in Tofino. Located on the west side of Vancouver Island, the winding drive through the rainforest was even more epic in a brand-new sports car. Have a bonfire on the beach, go surfing at sunset or just watch the fog roll in on the marina—time feels like it slows down in Tuff, and that’s a big part of why I like it so much.
My latest press trip took me aboard Ocean House, a floating luxury eco-lodge on the Peel Inlet in Haida Gwaii. This area had been on my bucketlist ever since I first heard about it, and I can confidently say it didn’t disappoint.
Have you been to these gorgeous spots in Beautiful B.C.?
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