Friday, July 23, 2010

Beautiful British Columbia




British Columbia is the furthest point west in Canada and includes one of the largest islands in the world - Vancouver Island. One of ten Canadian provinces, it has loads to offer in the way of outdoor activities. If you're a hiker, biker, rock climber, camper, kayaker, bird watcher, swimmer, star gazer, snorkeler, diver or just an ordinary bloke who likes to take a walk in the woods, this is the place for you. Canada is all about having the 'great outdoor experience.' If you want to see old buildings and crumbling archeological sites, you'll have to go to Europe.

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I love skiing and 20 kms from where I lived is Mt. Washington. It's expanding every year and it's been a few years since I've been up there skiing or cross-country skiing, but it's worth checking out.

My daughter waiting to go skiing with the kids.



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Mt. Washington, Comox Valley, CanadaSkiing at Mt. Washington, Comox Valley, Canada
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If you want to go camping and swimming there's Comox Lake, five minutes from my house in Cumberland. You can bring a trailer and camp out or bring your boat and go fishing. The first time I ever came to the valley I camped out here, and brought my cat, which immediately climbed one of the trees and wouldn't come down for two days. How much fun was that. The place is beautiful, as you can see by the pictures.




Cumberland, B.C. Canada country road

Comox Lake in B.C. Canada



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You can head to Strathcona Park and go hiking.

Strathcona Park in B.C.

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Do not run after the bear. This is no.

walking next to big horn sheep Alberta


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Goose Spit.

Goose Spit in Comox Valley, Canada
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Horseback riding at Forbidden Plateau

on two horses in Courtenay, B.C.


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Cathedral Grove


Cathedral Grove in B.C.



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Port Alberni

Port Alberni harbour in B.C.


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Two of my favorite places on the island - Tofino and Long Beach.


harbour in Tofino, B.C. Canada

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A misty day on Long Beach


mist on the beach in Long Beach, B.C.

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Kennedy Lake

Lake Kennedy, B.C. Canada
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Victoria is a beautiful city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

view from a balcony in Victoria, B.C.







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And then there's the interior of B.C. which I love, particularly the Kootenays. These pictures were taken around the Okanagan Valley - Pentiction and then further around Trail, B.C. There are beautiful lakes and rivers everywhere to go swimming and camping.

sunset in the Okanagan Valley, B.C.










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Some gorgeous shots Pawel Gut, from Poland, took as he hiked and kayaked around Vancouver Island.














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To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley