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Far & Wide: Guide To Vancouver

So much to explore in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Photo: Destination British Columbia

With a showstopping location between the ocean and mountains, ample public transit options, and some of the best restaurants in Canada, there is a reason Vancouver tops many of the most prestigious ‘best cities in the world’ lists.

Don’t be fooled by its laid-back attitude: Vancouver has some of the best culinary and nightlife culture in the country.

Since Vancouver is such a dynamic city, your best bet is to prioritize what you want to do on your visit. Outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, urban exploring, or sightseeing can each provide at least a week’s worth of activity. To better help you plan your trip, check out some of our favourite places to stay, things to do and places to eat in the #FWGUIDE below.

Where To Stay

Gastown

Gastown, Downtown and Kitsilano are all vibrant community-driven neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Each offers incredible restaurants, shopping, parks and bars.

Gastown – Gastown is a historic district in Vancouver, complete with cobblestone streets and original facades. The area is rough around the edges but paradoxically home to some of the best restaurants and shops in the city. Want to stay close to all the action? Check out the L’Hermitage Hotel located a short cab or walk to Gastown.

Kitsilano – Kitsilano encapsulates what people think of when imagining Vancouver’s West Coast lifestyle: gorgeous beaches, boutique outdoor shopping, coffee shops, and sushi. If you’d prefer to remain a touch removed from the urban core while fully absorbing the mountain and ocean views, opt for this neighbourhood. If you’re looking for somewhere cost-effective check out the HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach hostel. Want something a little more cozy? Why not try one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area.

Downtown – If you want to be right in the mix you should stay in the downtown core. Here you will find department store shopping, high-end restaurants and popular nightclubs all at your front door. If you are looking for a boutique hotel try The Burrard. If you want something more glamorous, try The Fairmont Pacific Rim. On more of a shoestring budget? Check out HI-Vancouver Central hostel.

 

Where To Eat

Vancouver is the epicentre for fresh local cuisine with a fusion twist. Come to this city to experience fresh flavours crafted in a way you have never experienced. From Japanese-Italian to Canadiana fare, Vancouver has something for every palate.

Breakfast:

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ChambarThis might just be considered the breakfast of all breakfasts in Vancouver. Chambar, which was once connected to Medina Cafe (also very very good), still has a similar menu but sees less of a line on the weekends, so your chances of getting in on a Saturday are a little better (still we suggest you get there around 8 am when they open). You gotta try: Start your meal off with a lavender latte and a waffle with one or two of their dipping sauces. We love the dark chocolate and the berry compote.

Nelson The Seagull – Just two blocks off the main strip of Gastown lays Nelson The Seagull. This hidden gem features fresh-made bread and pour-over coffee and an eclectic collection of vintage furniture, all which attracts Vancouver’s finest freelancers. You gotta try: The avocado toast and their house-made almond milk in a latte.

Belgard KitchenA comfy eatery serving warm plates of creative local food, brunch and house-crafted beer and wine. You gotta try: The breakfast wrap with a side of Belgard bacon and a spicy beer caesar.

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Tacofino – If you love west coast-inspired Mexican bites and aesthetically pleasing interior design, then this is your spot. With several locations, Tacofino has everything from fresh fish tacos to unique vegetarian tostadas to tasty burritos. The menu is different at each location, so you can get something new each time you visit.  You gotta try: The albacore tuna taco, which features soy, sesame, salsa fresca, wakame, ginger, and a wasabi mayo that packs a serious punch.

Meat and Bread – The name says it all. This lunch spot is the go-to for a good fresh sandwich and a delicious selection of sides. You gotta try: Any of their specials, which change daily, so don’t feel bad when you go back the next day for seconds.

Downtown Food Trucks – Food trucks are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to try Vancouver’s myriad cuisines. Our favourite carts are JAPADOGVij’s Railway Express and The Reef Runner. Find out where the food carts are parked with the Street Food AppYou gotta try: JAPADOG’s signature hot dog, the Terimayo, which has teriyaki sauce, mayo, and nori seaweed.

Dinner:

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Bao Bei – A modern take on Chinese food. Ask the server for recommendations as this sharing plate-style restaurant has some of the most unique dishes you will find in Vancouver. You gotta try: Chinese pickles, pork and prawn wontons, beef tartare, and mantou dumplings alongside a chino margarita or two.

Guu GarlicGreat high-end Japanese izakaya restaurant with some of the best fresh sashimi. Come here with a group and share everything. You gotta try: The deep-fried brie, tuna tataki and one of their unique cocktails.

Kissa Tanto – New to the scene is Kissa Tanto, a restaurant that features Italian-Japanese cuisine and cocktails, served in a chic space that was inspired by 1960s Tokyo jazz cafes. You really feel like you are in the ’60s when you step into this restaurant, and that journey continues through dinner as you enjoy food from the best new restaurant in CanadaYou gotta try: The octopus salad and the house-baked bread with nori butter.

What To Do

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If you are looking for outdoor activities, Vancouver is the place to be. From biking the seawall to open-air shopping to hiking the mountains there is something to do for everyone.

The SeawallVancouver has the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path that runs right around iconic Stanley Park and beyond. You can’t go to Vancouver without biking, walking or running the seawall. Not only is it extremely beautiful, the 28-km Seaside Greenway offers a great view of the city. Stop along the way to check out traditional totem poles and beaches like the popular Third Beach. Want someone to show you around? Check out Cycle Vancouver city tours.

Quarry Rock – Drive over the Lion’s Gate bridge to beautiful Deep Cove. This neighbourhood is filled with cute shops, great coffee and a popular hike that ventures through the forest to an amazing lookout on top of Quarry Rock. Wear running shoes and be ready to navigate some rocks/roots as you hike through the beautiful temperate rainforest.

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Shop Gastown  Curated perfection is one way to describe Gastown shopping. With thought-leading stores like Haven, Neighbour, Stussy, Roden Gray, One of a Few and Old Faithful Shop, Gastown is a great way to explore the fashion and lifestyle scene in Vancouver.

Catch a Vancouver Whitecaps FC Game – You can’t come to Vancouver without experiencing a Whitecaps FC game. Head to the stadium early and watch the Southsiders march down the streets by the hundreds towards Terry Fox Plaza and the BC Place Stadium. Want to sit with this rowdy crew? Be sure to purchase your ticket in the 249–254 section to get the full experience.

Hike the Grouse Grind – If you like hiking and epic views, look no further than the Grouse Grind. This cardio-heavy hike goes from the base of Grouse Mountain right to the top where you can grab some water and a bite at the café. Best of all you get to take the tram back down.

Paddle in False CreekWant to do something memorable and unique to Vancouver? Head on down to the Ecomarine Paddlesports Centre and rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day. When you are done, you can go grab a bite and explore the Granville Island Public Market.

Go on a photo walk – Are you a photography lover? Or just want to learn more about photography while exploring a new city? This tour is for you. Join professional photographers as they show you Vancouver from a new perspective and help you better use your camera to capture the beauty of the city.

Where To Party

Looking for handcrafted cocktails, nightclubs, or classic pubs? Look no further than Vancouver. This city has much more to offer than just the outdoors and will satisfy any type of night owl in your group.

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Tag yourselves and friends!

Casual Drinks:

Craft Beer Market Restaurant & Bar – Come for the beer, stay for the food and the awesome atmosphere. This spot is one of the many new establishments forming a new ‘brewery district’ in Vancouver. Yougotta try:The fish tacos and the yam fries followed up by one of their many beers on tap.

The Bimini Public House – Want to go for a drink after a day at Kits beach? The Bimini is your spot. Come here for “just one” and stay for the night as this public house turns into the place to be at night in Kits. You gotta try:  Their large selection of beers on tap.

Clough Club – Step off the busy streets into a calm oasis of live music and well-crafted cocktails. You gotta try: Visit the hidden backroom on the weekends to experience a totally different bar.

The Diamond –  A great place to go after dinner at Mezcal to socialize, dance, and meet new people. It’s a local secret with a secret backroom. You gotta try: The 12-minute Old Fashioned. And don’t worry… they give you a beer while you wait for them to craft your cocktail.

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Clubs:

Celebrities Nightclub – This after-dark spot is for everyone who loves good music and dancing. As the LGBTQ institution of Vancouver, this space has an elaborate light show and heavy-hitting DJs to ensure you are dancing the night away any day of the week. You gotta try: Going out on a Tuesday: it’s one of the best nights.

Fortune Sound Club – Located in Chinatown, Fortune Sound Club is a hot spot that’s off the beaten path. Boasting one of the best sound systems in Canada, Fortune is the spot to see live shows and have a wild night of dancing. This club sees every type of person from hip hop enthusiasts to fashionistas. One of our favourite nights is #HappyEndingFridays. You gotta try: There are three hidden rooms that play completely different music: try and see if you can find them.

The Fox Cabaret –  This space is a two-floor venue and nightclub in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Hosting weekly events and live shows, it’s the place for artsy types to go dancing on Saturdays. You gotta try: Make sure you sneak up to the projection room to get a different taste of music and hand-crafted cocktails.

Local’s Tips

Take the Canada Line into downtown from the airport – there’s no need to rent a car.

Look out for happy hours around the city from 3 pm to 6 pm daily.

Get around faster by grabbing a bike from the Mobi bike share; it’s only $7.50 for a day pass.

Entry to the Vancouver Art Gallery is by donation on Tuesdays from 5-9 pm.

Dress in layers: the weather can change quickly throughout the day.

For the best deals and fewer crowds, hit popular restaurants at lunch rather than dinner.

With Vancouver’s mild climate, spring and fall are good times to visit. It’s not as busy as summer and you are more likely to find deals.

Far & Wide: How To Have A Clammin’ Good Time In PEI

Kayaking back from clamming GIF: Sasha Barkans
Kayaking back from clamming GIF: Sasha Barkans

Do your personal interests include outdoor activities, cooking and adventure? Do we have the perfect day trip for you! Not only is clam digging via kayak totally unique but you then get to kayak to shore and bask in your hard work over a fresh, hot cup of clam chowder made from the clams you dug up. Talk about cool. Want to know how to get in on this? Follow our two easy steps to having a clammin’ good time below.

Step One: Kayaking & Clamming

Call ahead as clamming in PEI is dependent on the tides as you want to go at low tide so you can get to the best spots. Once you know the timing of the tides head to By-The-Sea-Kayaking and sign up for the kayak n’ clamming adventure. From here you will get suited up in your waders and fitted to a kayak. The outfitter has everything you need including dry bags to keep your valuables in while you splash around on the kayak. From here you will launch your kayak and start paddling towards the middle of the Northumberland Strait. Eventually, the guide stops and gets out of the kayak into ankle deep water. Here is where the fun begins. In your bare feet walk around with your clamming gear and start looking. This experience is so exciting and relaxing as you wonder around the bay looking for signs that a clam lays below. When you get one, measure it to make sure it is fully grown and then toss it in your bag. Do this until you have enough clams to make clam chowder.

We got ourselves a clam GIF: Sasha Barkans
We got ourselves a clam GIF: Sasha Barkans

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Step Two: Cooking, Cleaning & Clam Chowderin’

Kayak back to shore with your bag of clams. From here you boil a big pot of hot sea water and dump in the clams, to cook and clean them. Your goal is to remove as much sand as possible in this process. Once you have cooked them given them a good wash and open them up to remove the ‘beard’ and put the clam meat into a bowl. Once you have shucked all your clams, give them another wash to make sure the sand has been removed to your best ability (or else your chowder will have a bit of crunch). Once you are done that, dice up one cup of carrots, celery sticks, minced onion and two cups of potatoes. Throw all your veggies into a pot, add 3/4 cup of butter, 1 quart of half-and-half, a dash of salt, a splash of red wine vinegar and ground pepper to taste. Now go and grab your clams and mince them. Throw it all together and cook till it is hot and enjoy!
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Far & Wide: Spend The Weekend In A Luxury Eco-Cabin

Spend the weekend in a luxury eco cabin on High Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba. Take a hike out to your cabin and disconnect as you enjoy the luxurious side to eco-living at Falcon Trails Resort on High Lake. With only six cabins on the lake, you will feel basically alone as you sit back and relax in nature, talk about a great way to de-stress! Enjoy stories by the fire, home-cooked dinner and a warm sauna to end the night. Learn more about these cabins at Falcon Trails Resort in the video below.

 

Everything You Need To Know To Go

Where is High Lake:

High Lake is a remote wilderness lake located 2.5 km from the Falcon Trails Resort welcome centre on Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba. There are only six outpost luxury eco-cabins on High Lake which you have to go on a short hike to get to (and don’t worry they bring your bags to the cabin). Three of the cabins were built using alternative building techniques by the daughters of the owner (and all the daughters, Emily, Caleigh and Brooke Christie, are under 30 years old) talk about #LifeGoals.

Where to stay:

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Of the High Lake cabins at Falcon Trails Resort, the Kingfisher cabin is the newest luxury eco cabin for rent, which opened in summer 2016. The structure is built around a white-pine post-and-beam frame featuring ‘live-edge’ Manitoba bur oak elements and fits four people comfortably. The cabin has a private dock, a complimentary canoe with lifejackets and paddles, a wood burning fireplace, a full kitchen and a BBQ to make sure you have the best time out in the woods.

How to rent the cabin:

The Kingfisher cabin sleeps four people and costs $215 – $245 a night depending on the time of year. The other High Lake eco cabins sleep anywhere from two to six people dependent on your cabin choice.

For most of the year, there is a minimum two-night stay. On long weekends it is a three-night minimum, and in July and August, the cabins are rented for week-long stays (seven nights) only.

What to bring:

The cabins are off the grid, so be sure to bring in all the food you need, extra clothing layers and a swimsuit!

Far & Wide: Glamping In The Dream Dome

New Brunswick Dream Dome Photo: Caley Vanular

Imagine driving down winding roads deep into New Brunswick only to pull up to a dreamy eco-dome? That is exactly what we did. This past September we visited Ridgeback Lodge in New Brunswick, the only geo-dome glamping accommodations in the province. And seriously, the most unique place you can stay in the Maritimes.

The domes were glowing under the night sky and the wood-fired hot tubs were ready to be started. The hot tubs take about 3 hours to get hot so we lit them right when we arrived. After that, we headed to the lodge. We had a group of 4 so we slept 3 in the Star Gazer domes and 1 in the Dream Dome.

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The Star Gazer domes feature just a bed and chairs but no washroom, so if nature calls in the middle of the night you have to walk to the main cabin.  The main cabin itself is more like a deluxe lodge. Not only does it have a wood burning stove it also has a fully stocked kitchen and epic waterfall shower. Far from the camping, most are accustomed to.
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Before we knew it the hot tub was ready. Wood fired hot tubs are the coolest invention. What you do is light a fire in a wood burning stove next to the tub so the cold water within the tub can move around the stove. Once it passes through the stove, it returns to the hot tub. Heating the water up is an easy task, the trick with these hot tubs is to not make them too hot.

We soaked in the wood-fired hot tub under the night sky until we were super relaxed and ready to experience a night in the dome. This was our first time sleeping in a dome and we weren’t disappointed. The domes are only a short walk from the cabin but they feel so isolated. It was a nice night so we kept the doors open and slept with just screens, staring at the night sky through the open roof. This was amazing. I couldn’t sleep out of pure excitement of sleeping in a dome. The sounds within the dome are similar to a tent, as the air passes by through the trees and rustles the leaves on the ground, but this tent has a queen bed and comforter.

The morning came too soon. We were all so content in our domes that we didn’t want to get out. But all good things must come to an end, and I left trying to figure out how I could get a dome of my own or book my next trip back to New Brunswick for an extended stay.

 

Everything You Need To Know Before You Go

What: Glamping accommodation in the beautiful wilderness just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick.
Where: An hour north of Saint John, NB
Tips: There’s an extensive waitlist, so book well in advance. There are first-come-first-serve cancellations. Get a group of six and rent out domes and the cabin. The social living room is nice.

Kijiji Canada: Second-Hand Van

This past spring I worked with Kijiji Canada on their new YouTube series called: Second-Hand Van. My contribution to the project was to shoot photos, Instagram stories and b-roll video to help promote the project and their presence in British Columbia. Check out the complete project below…

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Far & Wide: 10 Top Hikes In Alberta With Jeff Bartlett

Based in Jasper National Park, adventure photographer Jeff Bartlett knows a thing or two about the area. When I asked him to pick his top ten, Jeff replied:

“I am a touch biased about my 10 top sights and hikes in Alberta. I could visit a dozen locations that all qualify for this list without going more than an hour from my house; however, when I force myself to be impartial I’m always shocked by how diverse and, most importantly, beautiful Alberta is from border to border.”

Calling Alberta home for the past five years, Jeff has been fortunate to explore the majority of the province whether on assignment or simply exploring on his own. Take a look at Jeff’s top 10 Sights and Hikes in Alberta alongside his words below…

10. Hike Window Mountain Lake In Crowsnest Pass

Crowsnest Pass is so often overlooked as people race back and forth between Calgary, Alberta, and Fernie, British Columbia, but it is quite the destination in its own right.

While scrambling Crowsnest Mountain would be the region’s highest attraction, hiking to Window Mountain Lake remains memorable. The sunrise blew our minds.

9. Canoe To Spirit Island

It’s easy to reach Spirit Island on a Maligne Lake Boat Cruise, but it’s far more rewarding to canoe there while checking out the many coves and bays. For a true wilderness experience, spend the night at Hidden Cove or Fisherman’s Bay.

Another evening at Spirit Island and another image that I love. This place is amazing. #myjasper #explorealberta

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8. Watch Sunset Above The Peace River Valley

The Peace River doesn’t get a lot of attention; however, it cuts straight across Northern Alberta before joining the Athabasca River to form the world’s largest freshwater delta.

7. Hike/Scramble Mt Indefatigable

Upper Kananaskis Lake is one of the most stunning locations in Alberta, but it’s often overlooked because it’s located just outside the Banff National Park boundary. Hiking Mt Indefatigable to get an aerial view of the lake is stunning and it’s possible any month of the year.

Photo: Jeff Barlett
Photo: Jeff Barlett

6. Jasper’s Night Sky

As the world’s second largest dark sky preserve, Jasper is known for its limited light pollution footprint and the clear views of the night sky. The result is a stunning opportunity to see millions of stars and, on occasion, the northern lights.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

5. Travel The Entire Icefields Parkway

The Icefield Parkway links the two Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Lake Louise and passes the 230 ice fields that it’s named after. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic road anywhere on the planet.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

4. Stand Amid The Endless Prairies

The Rocky Mountains are Alberta’s most known destination; however, the majority of the province is located on the Canadian Prairies.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

3. Hike Bears Hump In Waterton Lakes National Park

It’s a short 45 minute hike from the Waterton Lakes National Park visitor centre to Bear’s Hump, which might make it the most rewarding hike for the effort required in the entire province.

Waterton Natuonal Park, you are one beautiful place! #explorealberta #stayandwander

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2. Hike The Tonquin Valley

There are plenty of backcountry experiences in Alberta, but hiking the Tonquin Valley wins my vote for the most spectacular. It’s a 40-km round trip hike that takes 2-3 days. The sight of the Rampart Mountains above Amethyst Lake is unforgettable.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

1. Take in Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is one of the easiest viewpoints to reach in the entire Canadian Rockies – it’s a 5-minute hike from the parking lot – but it remains the most stunning location to visit.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

Do you agree with Jeff’s top 10 Sights & Hikes? Let us know in the comments below…

Far & Wide: How To Ski 3 Resorts In 3 Days This Winter

Wake up early to watch the sunrise… you won’t regret it. Photo: Mt Norquay

There is a reason Banff, Alberta, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. Not only does it have some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes and grin-inducing skiing in the country, but it is so easy to experience it should definitely be on your travel list. Located only 1.5 hrs from the Calgary International Airport, Banff is the home of three world-class ski resorts that you can ski with one lift ticket. That means three days of riding, three different mountains, all while staying at the same hotel and using one tri-area lift ticket. Bonus: If you read all the way to the bottom you can find out how to save money on lift tickets!

 

Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort

Situated on the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park in Alberta and Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia is Sunshine Village Ski Resort. Due to its location, Sunshine receives more snow than any of the other resorts and is just 18 minutes out of the town of Banff. Local’s Tip: Go here on a sunny day… you won’t regret it.

Marie-France Roy and Craig McMorris flipping for Sunshine Village

 

Mount Norquay

Want to go night skiing? Mount Norquay is your resort. Just minutes from the town of Banff, Mount Norquay offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise and it has a fully lit terrain park so you can hit jumps into the evening. Local’s Tip: This is a great place to take a lesson to learn how to ski or snowboard.

 

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Want spectacular scenery and over 4,200 acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces? Head north to Lake Louise Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in North America to experience an iconic rocky mountain resort. And best of all there is an 8-kilometer long novice run to experience. Local’s Tip: On a windy day head to Lake Louise because the trees help protect the terrain from exposure.

A little sunshine ride at Lake Louise.

 

Everything You Need To Know To Go

How to purchase lift tickets:

The best part about skiing at all three resorts is you only need to purchase one tri-area lift ticket. And, if you purchase your tickets 21 days in advance you can save up to 17% off. Click here to purchase lift tickets.

Where to stay:

Check out the Juniper Hotel, Banff Aspen Lodge (which features Whitebark Cafe in the lobby) or Banff’s only ski-in-ski-out accommodation, Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

Where to eat: 

At Sunshine Village head to Creekside Grill, serving everything from ‘breakfast to beer’. Want to sit outside? Try the Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse for pub fare and aprés.

If you find yourself at Mount Norquay ski to the high alpine and eat at The Cliffhouse Bistro (originally built in the 1950’s) and experience some true Mount Norquay history.

While you’re at Lake Louise, head to the ten peaks lodge and enjoy a traditional aprés at Powder Keg Lounge which features an array of pub fare and local beers on tap. Want to switch it up? Try out their newest eatery Kuma Yama Sushi which features hot bowls of ramen and fresh sashimi.

Where to party:

If your legs aren’t skied out from a big day on the hill, head on down to The Dancing Sasquatch or Hoodoo in the town of Banff. If you think the locals are good at skiing, just wait till you see them party. Local’s Tip: Get there early. There is nothing worse than standing outside in the cold waiting in line to get into the club.

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Far & Wide: Surf The Longest Wave In North America

Surfing the tidal bore Photo: ABC news
Surfing the tidal bore Photo: ABC news

The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick is home to some of the most dramatic tides in the world. Twice a day, at high tide, the bay spills back into the mouth of the river, creating a wave that goes for miles called a tidal bore. The tidal bore is a phenomenon that happens in only a few places on Earth, one being right here in Canada. Typically, people will travel to the tidal bore for white water rafting—that is unless you’re a surfer. You only get two chances a day to catch the wave but if you do you are in for a ride—a two hour one, to be exact. We’re talkin’ the longest surfable wave in North America, and right here in New Brunswick.

Don’t believe us? Check out this video below…

Everything You Need To Know To Go:

How to surf in NB

To even attempt to surf in New Brunswick, you’ll have to come prepared. Not only should you be an expert surfer and swimmer, as it is very dangerous, you also need a big longboard,  a wetsuit (4/3 in the summer should be fine) and Sea-Doo support. Note: You will need to bring all your own gear as there are no surf shops in New Brunswick.

North American record holders

California’s JJ Wessels and Colin Whitbread rode the wave from Belliveau Village to the causeway in Moncton, NB for a total surf of 29km. The entire ride took two hours and holds the record for the longest surfed wave in the North America. Read the CBC article about it here.

Where to stay

There are only two tidal bore waves a day. That means you should stay up to a week to give yourself room for weather and multiple tries. Our favourite places to stay in Moncton are Delta Beausejour HotelV Hotel and Suites and Residence Inn Moncton.

Where to eat

While you are in Moncton, NB why not try some of our favourite restaurants. Go to Tide and Boar Gastropub for the polenta fries and Catch 22 Lobster Bar for the Cajun coconut shrimp. You won’t be disappointed!

Far & Wide: Road Trip Alberta This Winter

Road trips aren’t like they used to be. With the selection of luxury, glamping and spa offerings in Alberta, you can experience the most luxurious five-day winter road trip ever by simply following our route below. You can thank us later

Day One:

Fly into the newly renovated YYC Calgary International Airport and stay at the brand new Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel . Not only can you check into your hotel without leaving the airport, but there is a full-size gym, pool and multiple lounges to enjoy in the morning and evening. Once you are ready to start your road trip, rent a car from the airport and hit the road. First stop is UNA Pizza & Wine on 17th Ave for lunch. And when we say lunch we mean the best pizza you have ever had paired with a tasty glass of wine. And don’t worry if pizza isn’t your thing they have noteworthy salads. After lunch, explore 17th Ave (between 2nd and 14th st SW) for some shopping and then grab dinner at Pigeonhole for some world class vegetarian dishes. Is shopping not your thing? Why not check out The Calgary Tower instead and take in the best sights of the city. Once you are satisfied head to Le Germain Calgary, get a treatment at The Sante Spa and a good night’s sleep. If you are looking for a more rustic accommodation, why not drive 45 minutes south of the city to Aspen Crossing where you can glamp in the converted train cabooses.

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Far & Wide: A ‘Weekend In The Life’ With @EmanuelSmedbøl & @LittleBrownFox

Meet Emanuel Smedbøl and Megan McLellan, British Columbia natives known globally for their Instagram accounts @EmanuelSmedbol and @LittleBrownFox. From hiking epic mountains to finding the perfect campsites, this adventure couple knows how to enjoy their own backyard on nothing more than a student’s budget. Learn more about these two inspiring creatives in the interview below… (BONUS: Read till the bottom to enjoy the ultimate three-day British Columbia road trip itinerary created by Megan and Emanuel)

Photo: Destination BC
Photo: Destination BC

Caley Vanular: Firstly, tell me a little about yourselves? Who are you and where are you from?

Emanuel Smedbøl: I grew up in a little rural area in BC’s mountainous West Kootenays. It was a pretty idyllic place and my thoughts keep going back, and I try to get back for a month every summer. I first moved to Victoria for university, then later Vancouver to do a diploma in graphic design. I loved the city almost immediately — it seemed so big, so mysterious to a small town kid like me. The city has shrunk over the years as I got to know it better, and I carved out a little space for myself and my routine. But still, such a wonderful city.

Megan McLellan: I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC.  My parents thought that travel was an equally important form of education as school. So, I got used to leaving class and going somewhere with my family every few months. At the time, I didn’t appreciate how hard my parents worked to be able to do that with my family, but it definitely left an impression. I’ve prioritized travel and getting outdoors ever since. But as much as I love to travel internationally, British Columbia definitely still feels like home to me. I love how you can drive four hours in one direction and BC is a hot dry desert. Then, drive four hours in the other direction and BC is a lush wet rainforest with towering trees and a roaring ocean.

CV: The contrast of your backgrounds is so interesting. How did you two end up meeting?

ML: We met at a local Vancouver watering hole, the ANZA (Australian New Zealand Association) Club.

ES: It was pretty awkward TBH… we’re both quiet people and I was actually there with someone else. But that person disappeared and Megan liked my sweater and just sidled up and told me so and that was that. Actually not really. It took a lot of texts and cancelled plans before we hung out again. It took some work but it was worth it.

CV: What do you do for work that allows you to travel so frequently on the weekends?

ML: We both work as photographers (Emanuel also as a graphic designer) and are fortunate enough to sometimes get to travel through that. But we also just take any chance we get to go away, be it an overnighter close to home or a week long road trip.

CV: Megan, as a student at SFU, what are your tips for other students looking to go on more adventures?

ML: Haha, I actually craft my schedule so that I take as many classes as I can in as few days possible. Probably not the best plan for everybody. But if I can take four classes in two days it means I have the whole rest of the week off to potentially go away. But I’ve also been working on my degree off and on for so long now, I’ve taken a lot of semesters off to work or travel. Getting outside somehow always has a way of putting things in perspective, so I view making time for it as important as getting any assignments or essays done.

CV: Emanuel are you a freelancer? How do you find balancing work and play?

E:  I worked full time with a little non-profit straight out of college for a couple years, paid off the student loans, then took a summer off to go on an extended bicycle trek. Going back to work was a little more difficult after that… but freelancing has opened up possibilities quite a bit. I often try to work evenings or weekends so I can be out exploring or camping during weekdays when it’s quieter. There are lean years with more play than work but so far it’s worked out ok. These days, I’ve been adding adventure photography to my list of services, so that helps.

CV: Your blog Field & Forest is awe-inspiring; can you tell us how the blog came to fruition?

ML: Hey thanks! It was something we had been thinking about doing for a while. We wanted to create a space dedicated to showcasing photos that told a narrative, and share some of the stories that make adventure feel more approachable, more doable and more human.

Our trips are rarely perfect expeditions and a lot can go wrong. When possible, we wanted to share that side and make it feel more attainable and hopefully inspire other people as well. We want to let people know you don’t need to plan everything down to a T, but to always be as prepared as possible for the real elements of the wilderness.  If you forget your tent (in the summer), it’s ok: you’ll get a couple bug bites but you’ll feel that fresh forest wind all night.  You just might maybe potentially be better for it.

ES: We eventually started soliciting submissions and sharing other people’s adventure stories on a little side blog called The Journal. It’s been a very rewarding experience. There are so many great places to explore.

CV: On Field & Forest you mention that you wanted to create a space for people who, “aren’t extreme athletes or wealthy or whatever to have a good time outdoors” what inspired this?

ES: It was mostly inspired by feedback we got whenever we went on trips. When we rode our bicycles from Vancouver down to Mexico in 2010, people were just floored. We constantly got questions about how long we trained for or what type of fancy bikes we had, when in reality we pretty much just hopped on our old 10 speeds one day and went for it. When you think about it as a whole, yeah it was a long trip, but we took it just day by day, hill by hill, and it was so manageable. We wanted to share that you can make do with what you have — you don’t need any fancy stuff or a ripped bod or anything. Just a weekend off, some shoes, a sleeping bag, some snacks and a water bottle and you’re good. You can go virtually anywhere. Though maybe a boat would be good too.

CV: Have you two always been into photography? Did Instagram have anything to do with your interest in Photography?

ES: I’ve liked taking photos for a long time. I first picked up my dad’s old film camera in grade 10 and loved it straight away. I went through a long string of half broken camera bodies before getting a DSLR… but then it was so big and so heavy that I rarely took it anywhere. Instagram definitely changed that. My photos never really had much of an audience before, and getting feedback provided drive and purpose. For the first couple years I just shot on an IPhone, then I doubled up shooting both IPhone and camera, then said to heck with that and now mostly just shoot on a camera.

ML: I never really started taking photos until I met Emanuel, or not seriously anyway. I had a film camera that I used a bit when I went on trips but that was it. After Emanuel and I biked down south I started thinking about photography a bit more. And, truth be told it was mostly because I was tired of waiting for him all the time. We would get to a destination and I would see it in 30 minutes and it would take him three hours. I joined Instagram just for fun, but it turned out to be really helpful for getting feedback and learning from others.

CV: Where are some of your favourite weekend trips in British Columbia? Can you share some images of your favourite places?

ML: Oh there are so many good places! From Vancouver, we have easy access to Tofino, the Gulf Islands, the mountains, the Fraser Canyon and the Cascades around Hope. You can literally head off in any direction. We are big believers in taking ‘extra loooong’ weekends whenever you can. Even if you only have one night there are so many great hikes and quick camping spots to check out.

ES: But really the whole province is pretty beautiful. We’re actually writing this from the road, we’re on a two-month road trip up to see Northern BC for the first time! We’re only on day five but it already feels like we’re running out of time, there are so many places we want to see.

ML: Here are seven of our favourite places in British Columbia:

1: Tofino / Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

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“We love the wet west coast weather, the raw feel of the elements, the wave-battered beaches, islands, and lush rainforests.”

2: Yoho National Park

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“Stunning mountain trails and lakes with peacock hues of greens, turquoise, blues.”

3: St Marks Summit on Vancouver’s North Shore / Cypress Provincial Park

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“One of our favourite local hikes! Beautiful views down into Howe Sound.”

4: Lake Lovely Water in Tantalus Provincial Park

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“The Tantalus Mountains are a familiar sight on the Sea to Sky Hwy to Whistler but are kind tricky to get to (hence the name). You either have to crawl across a raging glacier river on a little wire or hire a helicopter to get up. But either way, it’s worth it”

5: The Nemiah Valley in BC’s Chilcotin

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“I learned a bit about this area in one of my anthropology classes in university. Very fascinating history, and was essentially isolated from the rest of BC until the 1970s. It has a lot of wild horses and BC’s largest alpine lake and some mighty stunning mountains”

6: The Valhalla Mountains

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“The mountains I first cut my teeth on in BC’s interior. These mountains will always be home.”

7: Canoeing down the Slocan Lake

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“We do this as a family trip with my mum every summer. 5 days of canoeing down the lake, sleeping on beaches and swimming a lifetime’s worth of swims. It can’t be beat.”

CV: All the locations in your images are so impressive. What does a long ‘weekend in the life’ look like for you two? Can you create a three-day trip for the readers?

ML: One trip we’re saving for a rainy day is the Coast Mountain Circle Loop. It’s close to Vancouver and about easy three days in a car if you don’t stop for overnight hikes along the way (of which there are plenty!). You pass through some pretty interesting terrain. Should be a good one! And if anyone ends up doing it before us, feel free to send us any tips or recommendations!

 

Day 1:

Where to go: Drive north up the Sea to Sky (HWY 99) through Squamish and Whistler to Pemberton.

Where to stay: One of the little Forest Recreation sites north of town.

What to do: Stop and marvel at the cascading islands and mountains plunging into Howe Sound. Stop and hike the Stawamus Chief. Stop and check out the trails into Garibaldi and then take a gondola up Whistler Blackcomb.

What to eat: Start with a big breakfast at home then eat crackers and cheese for the rest of the day. Or if you’ve been extra good maybe you deserve lunch at Fergie’s in Squamish.

What to pack: Hiking boots, maps, a tent and lots of snacks!

 

Day 2:

Where to go: Continue east on Hwy 99 towards Lillooet, then take Hwy 12 south to Lytton.

Where to stay: Camp out on the side of a quiet desert road listening to lonely coyote calls.

What to do: Take a detour down to Lillooet Lake for a soak in the hot springs or hike up and see the turquoise waters and glaciers of Joffre Lakes. Or, take a long look down the arid Seton Lake valley. There are a lot of lakes! But save time for the Fraser Canyon — we haven’t been down this section but it’s probably really very nice.

What to eat: Oatmeal and apples for breakfast, more crackers and cheese for lunch, hot pasta and broccoli for dinner.

 

Day 3:

Where to go: From Lytton hop onto the Trans Canada which will take you way back to Vancouver. Or, you can jump off the freeway at Hope onto Hwy 7 for a quieter route through some of Vancouver’s more scenic suburbs.

What to do: Stop and swim in the chain of lakes at Nahatlatch Provincial Park. See the boiling roiling rapids of Hells Gate. Peruse for antiques and goat skulls at the Yale Community Flea Market. Have another swim in Silver Lake National Park just north of Hope. Drive up the rough road to Jones Lake for some beautiful mountain views.

What to eat: Fried chicken and waffles at Fat Jacks in Boston Bar! Then save your appetite for a big sushi dinner back in Vancouver.

Far & Wide: The Best Of Glamping In Ontario

When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. It’s being in the wild… without having to do all that ‘stuff’ that comes along with it. Glamping is the perfect alternative to camping for those city folk that don’t own a tent and have no interest in buying one. It is the perfect adventure for those of you not into ‘roughing it’, but who still want to get outside and enjoy the benefits of camping.

If you agree with what we are sayin’ well we have the list for you. Check out the ultimate list of places to go glamping in Ontario below:

What:

Glamping at its finest. These prospector tents avail you with a large amount of space to ensure you have the best glamping experience possible. Relax in a robe on the deck while you stare out into nature and think about how awesome you are at camping.

Where:

Oakwood Escape – Dunnville, ON

Wild Exodus – Timmins, ON

Thousands Island National Park – Thousands Island National Park, ON

White Pine Ancient Forest – Toronto, ON

Northern Edge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Outdoor Hotel – Renfrew, ON

Price:

Prospector tents start from around $150.00 per night.

 

What:

A blend of cabin comfort and excellent food tucked inside the spectacular wilderness. Visit a wilderness lodge if you want to totally relax. Often the price includes all your meals and each cabin has wilderness amenities free for you to use i.e. canoes, kayaks, and board games.

Where:

Killarney Lodge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Haliburton Forest – Haliburton, ON

Smoothwater – Temagami, ON

Bartlett Lodge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Price:

Starting from $110 a night for one person.

 

What:

Eco-friendly pods. Talk about #GramWorthyAccommodation. These cute sustainable pods are not only photogenic but totally relaxing and fit for the perfect weekend getaway.

Where: 

Long Point Eco Adventures – Long Point, ON

Chippawa Resort – Madawaska Valley, ON

Madawaska River Rentals – Quadeville, ON

Price:

Wilderness pods are $75 – $129 a night dependent on the time of the season.

 

What:

An authentic tipi with a twist… queen size beds. These upgraded tipis will give you a one-of-a-kind experience you can brag to all your friends about #TipiDreamin.

Where: 

Gordon’s Park – Tehkummah, ON

OutPost Company – Toronto, ON

Moonlight Glamping – Elora, ON

Glamping Hub Secluded Private Island – Roseneath, ON

Price:

Tipi Glamping starts from $100 per night.

 

What:

Glamping wherever you want it. Headed to a music festival? Or a friends campout and aren’t into normal camping? Rent yourself the ultimate glamping trailer. Fit for up to four people, these small and easy to manoeuvre trailers can be towed with any vehicle. Not only are they retro glamping chic they also have modern comforts like IPhone docks and sound systems.

Where: 

Happy Camper – Windsor, ON

Motorhome Travel – Bolton, ON

Price:

Rentals start at $65 per weeknight and $75 for weekend and holiday nights.

 

What:

Yurts are round tent-like structures that merge the worlds of tents, huts and houses… aka the ultimate glamping accommodations. Modern yurts are typically permanently built on a wooden platform and use modern materials and are often insulated. Not only does the circular shape offer awesome visuals it creates a huge amount of living space to get your glamp on.

Where: 

Bruce Penninsula National Park – Bruce Penninsula National Park, ON

Nature’s Harmony – Mattawan, ON

Glamping Hub Luxury Yurt – Markstay, ON

Price: 

Yurts range from $85 to $120 a night.

 

 

Far & Wide: The Best Coffee In Saskatoon

If you’re like me, when you travel, you go searching for the best coffee shops in the city. This is for both the tasty cup of coffee and the access to hip local neighbourhoods within the city. Lucky for you, we recently went to Saskatoon and tested out all the coffee shops so you don’t have to waste time finding what you are looking for.

Collective Coffee

What: Locals claim it to be the best coffee in Saskatoon and we aren’t here to argue with them. Not only are the latte’s silky smooth, the cafe is located in the hip up-n-coming neighbourhood of Riversdale.
Where: 220 20th Street W
Saskatoon, SK S7M 0W9
Hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

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City Perks

What: The perfect place to go for early starts, welcoming staff and a great cappuccino.
Where: 801 7th Avenue N
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2V5
Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Underground Cafe

What: This music venue/coffee house is the place to go to meet all kinds of creative and music-loving people in Saskatoon.
Where: 430 20 St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X4, Canada
Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm

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Karma Cafe

What: Feel good about eating here, both nutritionally and spiritually. Spin the karma wheel and find out how you can give back for good karma.
Where: 157 2 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2A9, Canada
Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm

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Drift Cafe

What: Go for the coffee and crepes and stay for the late night upstairs lounge. The lounge is the place to be during the summer.
Where: 339 Avenue A South
Saskatoon, SK S7M 1L7
Hours: 8:00 am – late

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Mueseo

What: Come here for aesthetically pleasing decor, typography, americanos, affogatos and homemade lemon tarts.
Where: 730 Broadway Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B4
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

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Think there is a better cup of coffee in Saskatoon? Let us know in the comments below.