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Lightning Lakes Chain Trail

Lightning Lakes Chain Trail

The Lightning Lakes Chain Trail in E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC is an easy 20km backpack. Our initial plan was to backpack the Heather Trail, but on this early June morning there was still too much snow and the trail was not open for the season (even though the...

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Whale Lake

Whale Lake

Whale Lake (named for its distinctive shape) sits just outside the southwestern edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park, in between Canim Lake and Mahood Lake. There is a forest recreation site on the eastern edge of the lake that can be accessed by a short backpack of 3.8...

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Exploring San Diego’s parks

Exploring San Diego’s parks

In the spring of 2015, I had the opportunity to spend a week in San Diego to attend a training course. With the course running from 7am to 3pm each day, I found that I had plenty of time afterwards to get out and explore the city a bit. Being that I'm more inclined to...

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Porcupine Creek Canyon Trail

Porcupine Creek Canyon Trail

On a hot and sunny June weekend in 2015, we made our way north of Clinton BC to spend a couple of nights camping, canoeing, and fishing at Big Bar Lake Provincial Park. I had spent a night there on a previous trip while heading for Mount Kerr but that was a quick...

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Tsintsunko Lakes Provincial Park

Tsintsunko Lakes Provincial Park

Tsintsunko Lakes Provincial Park is located on the Bonaparte Plateau north of Kamloops. It is accessed from Kamloops by following Westsyde Road to the Jamieson Creek Forest Service Road, then turning left at the Beaverhut/Home Cabin junction. We arrived at the...

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Helinox Chair One Review

Helinox Chair One Review

In the summer of 2014 I did it. I actually bought a chair to take backpacking. After many years of planting myself on logs, rocks, stumps, and a variety of other surfaces, I decided it was time to step up to something a bit more comfortable. I hate to admit it, but as...

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Kenna Cartwright Park

Kenna Cartwright Park

Here in Kamloops, we are lucky to have some of the best places in the province to run and bike in. One of our favourite places to do both activities, as well as walking or light hiking, is in Kenna Cartwright Park on the western side of the city. With approximately 40...

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Estekwalan Mountain

Estekwalan Mountain

Estekwalan Mountain had been on our list of local areas to explore but we just hadn't gotten around to it until our first attempt in November 2014. However, due to lots of snow blocking the road, we ended up parking several kilometers from the trailhead. Throw in -25...

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