How to Spend a Rainy Day in Vancouver

We love Vancouver, British Columbia, and I couldn't believe it had been about six months since I'd last visited. We decided to make it one of our January adventures and booked a night in Gastown for a brief weekend getaway. As it turned out, the weather was crummy across the region so we certainly weren't …

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Exploring Hope and the Othello Tunnels

We spent the final night of my birthday motorcycle trip through the Okanogan Valley in Hope, British Columbia. We found a great AirBnB called the Evergreen Bed & Breakfast that was within walking distance of a few shops and restaurants downtown (they also cooked us a delicious breakfast before we headed home!) and a short …

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Hiking in E.C. Manning Provincial Park

One of the (many) bright spots of our motorcycle trip throughout the Okanogan Valley was hiking in E.C. Manning Provincial Park on my birthday! We had a slight adventure traveling from Penticton to Manning Park—I had several ideas for breakfast stops along the way that all ended up being closed! Thankfully at the second stop, …

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Places to Eat and Drink in Penticton

During our motorcycle trip through the Okanogan Valley, we spent a couple of nights in Penticton right in the middle of wine country. In addition to enjoying time outdoors, both downtown and in the surrounding area, we spent some time sampling regional wines, brews, and cuisine. Because we only had a day and a half, …

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A Day in Penticton, British Columbia

We purposefully staged my birthday bike trip itinerary so we would have some down time in between longer days of riding. In addition, we built in an entire day to explore Penticton because I wanted to experience Okanogan Valley’s wine country as part of my birthday celebration. We had a wonderful day in Penticton and …

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A Day in Calgary, Alberta

When we met my parents in Banff National Park, we all flew in and out of Calgary. After several incredible days exploring Banff, Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefields, the Icefields Parkway, and Jasper, we made our way back to Calgary for our final night. Waking up in the city the next morning gave us the …

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Driving the Icefields Parkway

As I was researching things to do in Banff National Park, one of the experiences that always seemed to top the lists was exploring the Icefields Parkway. If you don’t mind spending a bit of time in your car, I highly recommend driving the parkway, which runs from Lake Louise to Jasper -- a distance …

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Morning on the Columbia Icefields

I usually end up taking the lead planning our adventures. I always ask Brian’s opinion and show him early and often what I’m thinking so he can chime in (usually to tell me I’m planning too much), but primarily I come up with the destination, figure out when and how we’re going, and what we’re …

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Banff National Park: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

When we were planning our trip to Banff National Park, my mom forwarded me several articles that encouraged visitors to consider traveling to attractions somewhat off the beaten path given the increasing popularity of the sights that always make the top 10 lists. I was more than happy to include those recommendations in our itinerary, …

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