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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







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!




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…

Typical Things: Road Trip To Vancouver Island

Join Caley, Taylor and Taylor as they set out on a series of typical adventures. This one in particular being to seek surfing and snowboarding on the same day in British Columbia while enjoying as many things as possible along the way.

Featuring: Caley Vanular, Taylor Godber & Taylor Bull

Filmers: Adam Chilton & Jamie Tanner

Editor: Adam Chilton


Producers: Caley Vanular, Taylor Godber & Taylor Bull

Sponsors: Tourism Tofino, Destination British Columbia, Billabong, Shelter Resturant, Roxy, DC, People Footwear, Tofino Coffee Co., Ocean Outfitters, Mount Washington, Parkland MFG., Pacific Sands, Superbrand Surfboards, Postmark Brewing and Urban Winery.

Far & Wide: Exploring Hot Springs Cove

Tofino is a magical little peninsula located on the west side of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. If you haven’t been, think pristine beaches, small town, and epic surfing. Often I find myself daydreaming how simple life could be as a Tofino surf bum… wake up, surf, get breakfast, surf, get lunch, take a nap and then… the crux of the day: surf and sleep or hit Shelter Restaurant and socialize into the night.

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For committed surf bums, this is enough entertainment to last a lifetime. For those on the brink, this routine can make you go a little loopy. That is why it is important to break free (like Ariana Grande), hop on a boat or plane and pop the bubble the beach dwelling culture affords. From water or sky (we recommend both), view the pristine coastline and many magical islands surrounding Tofino, and realize how expansive of a place Vancouver Island really is.

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Or at least, this was the case for me… I had spent so much time in Tofino surfing, eating and house partying but had never ventured farther than the surf break. To change this, I grabbed some friends and set out to Hot Springs Cove. If you have a boat (a real boat not an explorer 3000) you can go out without a tour, but if you are like most of us, to get there you will have to join a tour. We signed up with Ocean Outfitters on their boat & fly package to the Hot Springs Cove, talk about setting up for #TumblrGold! On our way there we weaved through the islands and into the open water. While venturing 27 nautical miles north-west of Tofino, we saw grey whales breaching, spouts of water spewing and seals lounging on their private islands. It was like we received a bonus wildlife boat tour on the way to the dock that marks the start of the trail to the hot springs.

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The walk in is half the fun, the trees are so beautiful and the path is a hovering deck that journeys above the forest floor with carved out messages from previous visitors. It is easy to get lost in the surroundings as you venture through the rainforest towards the springs. Eventually, you can start to smell the sulphur and see the steam rise from a waterfall to the left. Excitement sets in and we ended up semi sprinting to drop the bags and get our butts down to the cove for some good ol’ BC hot springin’. The hot Springs are nestled in a cove of rocks rushing out from the waterfall above, here is where we parked ourselves. There were so many hidden nooks that it was easy for the other groups to find a secluded area to warm their bodies in the natural hot spring. The feeling you get from Hot Springs is amazing, if you have never experienced it, this gem is a wonderful place to try for your first time.

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After some serious soaking, we headed back to the docks to wait for our float plane. This was almost the best part. I had never been in a float plane, so the surreal experience of boarding a plane floating on water and sitting so closely to the pilot was unreal. We lucked out and had a perfectly clear day, allowing us to shoot photos of all the islands littering the coastline.

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Like all good things, the 20-minute flight came to an end and we walked away with an SD card full of heaters and smiles from ear to ear.

Thinking about travelling to Tofino? Here are 5 must do’s to help you better plan your trip:
1) Stay here: Pacific Sands
2) Eat here: Shelter Resturant
3) Don’t do this: Stress about finding WIFI or Cell Service… it can wait.
4) Do this: Check out all the local shops, cafes, and the brewery along the main road. My favourites are Tofino Coffee Co., Merge, Storm Surf Shop and The Tofino Brewing Company.
5) Try this: Surfing… don’t let the cold water scare you!

Like the photos in this post? Check out more photography from Nathaniel Atakora on his Instagram.

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World Housing: Emily Henderson Interview

What Does A Home Mean To You: Emily Henderson

 Written by on March 3, 2016

Meet Emily Henderson, Emily is an LA based stylist, T.V. Host, and New York Times Bestselling author of ‘Styled’. She is known for mixing eclectic styles on moderate budgets and her roll as Target’s home spokesperson, bringing accessible/stylish design to the masses. Her iconic aesthetic is influenced by her eclectic taste and love for exploring thrift shops. This convergence of salvage and design has allowed her to carve her own path and share her unique take on a modern day home to a larger audience. As an expert at turning a ‘house’ into a ‘home’ on a budget, we had a conversation with Emily to learn more about what a ‘home’ means to her. Take a moment to read about Emily’s inspirations and feelings towards creating a home below…

Emily, what was it like moving from the small towns of Oregon to NYC and now LA?
Moving from the comforts of home and family to a whole new world with no set game plan was scary for us but I do not regret it one bit. After years in NYC we made the jump to LA which was again a big transition. Home life changed both in size and in the way that we lived – moving from a shoebox to a decently sized apartment was definitely a perk of moving to LA and it was a fresh new start that we were excited for.

When did you first recognize that home design had a piece of your heart?
I have always been interested in design and the way that we live. When I lived in NYC I worked as a shopgirl for Jonathan Adler (who was much smaller back then) which then led to a job in prop styling for editorial and print campaigns in NYC. I loved finding new treasures on the street and bringing them home and making them my own. I look back now and sometimes wonder what I was thinking but the creative process for me was always something that I loved to explore which I think ultimately led me to where I am today.


Your blog is an amazing mixture of personality, design, and inspiration. In addition, your book “STYLED” is the perfect motivational piece for those who are looking to update their homes. What can we expect next?
We have a couple of big things in the mix that you will for sure have to stay tuned for as well as some fun new projects that we are working on. As the blog and company have continued to expand so has a reach as far as the amount of projects and content that we are able to do. We are very lucky in the fact that we get to be creative and enjoy the work that we do every single day.

Home for me is about feeling at peace and at ease with the ones that you love.

What does a “home” mean to you?
Home for me is about feeling at peace and at ease with the ones that you love. We have moved around quite a bit in the last ten years and being in different cities and different apartments or homes have made me realize that it isn’t the actual location that you live that makes something home but it is how you create your own haven for you and your family in that space.


What is your favorite room in your own house, and why?
Right now I am very partial to my living room (although in six months that could change). I love the big open space. The huge floor to ceiling windows and how it has become a place for the family to play and enjoy each other’s company.

Is your home your place of comfort? Do you look forward to coming home and taking your shoes off?
Definitely. Life is chaotic and sometimes we forget that home can be a place of refuge for us after a long hard day. Work and career life has gotten busier for me in the last two years and the days that I do go to the office I look forward to coming home and spending time with my kids. It makes what I do even more worth it, and knowing that I have a home and a space that I love to come home to, obviously makes me very happy.

What is your biggest enjoyment about turning someone’s house into something fantastic?
Having the opportunity to really change the way someone lives is so rewarding. You wouldn’t think that some paint, a few accessories and rearranging a room could transform someone’s life but I really can. It is so fun to take spaces that people have long hated and turn them into a room that they now love to spend time in.

What characteristics do you look for when shopping for a new home?
Go with your gut. When you find a home or space that you love it will usually speak to you (obviously not audibly – I am not that crazy). When we finally found our first home, which we currently live in, as soon as I saw it I knew that it would be our new home. I looked past the dated fixtures, the drop in ceiling, and the gross old carpet to a space that had the potential to become our new haven.

What or Who inspires you to decorate the way you do?
This is a tough question as everything inspires me. My kids, my friends, restaurants or stores we go to, new trends, art, music. There is inspiration in everything around you, you just have to keep your mind open to it. I love visiting new places though that I have never been whether that be a new city, a new country or just a new little restaurant or store down the street that I haven’t ventured into.


How would you describe your unique style?
My style has evolved a lot over the years. There was a period where I loved crazy pops of color all over a room, then it went to a lot of blue, brass, and white, and I now find myself wanting to introduce more color into my own space. My style is a unique mix of vintage, mid-century, comfort and there will always be something a bit unexpected in there.

View the full “What Does A Home Mean To You” series on World Housing, here.

World Housing: Justina Blakeney Interview

Written by on January 20, 2016

Here at World Housing we’re excited to introduce a new series of stories that will explore the thoughts and opinions of a wide spectrum of people as they consider the concept of “home” and what makes one feel special. From architects to photographers, artists to interior designers, we’ve opened up this discussion with some of the people who, we believe, know what it truly takes to make a house a home, always anchoring with the question, what does a home mean to you?

Meet Justina Blakeney, Justina is an LA based interior designer and author of best-selling book The New Bohemians. She is known for her use of color, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting through interior design. Her iconic bohemian aesthetic is influenced by her multicultural upbringing and love for exploring the world. This convergence of culture and design has allowed her to carve her own path and share her unique take on a modern day home to a larger audience. As an expert at turning a ‘house’ into a ‘home’, we had a conversation with Justina to learn more about what a ‘home’ means to her. Take a moment to read about Justina’s inspirations and feelings towards creating a home below…

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Where are you from? What are the strongest feelings of home in your hometown?

I am from Berkeley, CA. Since I no longer live in Berkeley (and my parents no longer live there), I think that when I go back, it’s Tilden Park, and the drive up to the park that feels most like home. Lot’s of other things have changed, but the bends in the road, the smell of the trees, the view from the top of the hill — that still feels like home.

What does home mean to you?

Home to me is a wet canvas…it means creativity, good vibes, relaxation, productivity, music, flux, growth, cuddles, colors, comfort food, warmth…family!

What are your thoughts on how a home can impact our overall happiness?

I believe that having a happy home can have a profound effect on quality of life. Being somewhere where one feels safe, comfortable, and free is intimately connected with happiness. Just like a great outfit can give you added confidence, I think that a great home that reflects your personality can make you feel like your best self.

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How do these thoughts influence your thinking when you’re designing the interior of a home?

I like to try and make a home reflect the owners as much as possible. That means including elements from that person’s family, culture, travels, ideas. Also, I think a lot about color and what that can do for a person’s mood. If a person wants a place to relax, I turn towards beachy serene blues or corals, but if a space is meant to be more exciting or stimulating, I’ll turn to reds and oranges.

What do you look for in a home?
Great natural light, airiness, natural materials, plants, color, items that reflect the owners.

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Have you found ways to design a space that people feel generally happier in?
I think so. My clients in the past have told me that after designing their homes they now love to entertain (when they didn’t before), they enjoy just being at home and relaxing and that they love the way they feel when they get home. That’s huge for me. I wouldn’t necessarily know how to break down how I know how to design spaces that make people happy — it’s a kind of sixth sense maybe?? Or maybe just practice!

What qualities make a house a home?
People, plants, and pets!

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What can you tell us about your bohemian aesthetic and multicultural upbringing in Berkeley, California?
I could tell you a whole lot about it! But I think what it comes down to is contrast. I think that both my bohemian aesthetic and my multicultural upbringing play in contrasts — different things/people/cultures/colors meeting and creating contrast — which highlights the beauty of the differences and similarities.
What have your travels taught you about the word ‘home’ and what it means to different people?
I think that home is family, and that’s universal.

Check out Justina Blakeney’s new book, The New Bohemians.TheNewBohemiansView the full “What Does A Home Mean To You” series on World Housing, here.


DIY Copper Accent Candle


Looking for a few more copper accents to place around your apartment? Enjoy this super simple DIY for copper accent candles to help add the perfect touch of copper to your space.


What you need:

– Soy Wax Flakes
– Inexpensive Metal Bowl
– Essential Oil (I used eucalyptus from Saje)
– Copper Pipe Tube Caps (I used 1 inch and 1 3/4 inch caps)
– Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
– Wicks
– Skewer Sticks or Bobby Pins


How to make it:

– Hot glue the wick to the centre of the copper tube cap. Ensure the wick is longer than needed, as you can cut it down later.
– Place a skewer stick or bobby pin across the top of the cap to guide the wick to the centre and to keep it in place while drying.
– Place a pot on the stove with water and bring it to a boil.
– Place your inexpensive metal bowl in the boiling water.
– Slowly scoop soy wax flakes into the bowl.
– Stir wax flakes frequently until melted to a consistent liquid.
– Add in 10 drops of essential oils for every 6 cups of soy wax flakes added and stir to combine.
– Remove bowl from water using oven mitts.
– Slowly and carefully, pour melted wax into copper tube caps.
– Allow wax to cool completely and then trim the wick to about a 1/2 inch.
– Then, place them throughout your apartment & enjoy!


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Did this DIY inspire you to create your own? Submit pictures of your DIY Copper Accent Candles by tagging @CaleyVanular #CopperCandles on Twitter.

Terasu: Trevor Gordon Interview


Caley Vanular, Trevor Gordon

PHOTOS: Foster Huntington and Trevor Gordon

LOCATION: Bigfoot Country

Your wet suit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all physco-warrior status just to hype myself up to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Trevor Gordon grew up in Santa Barbara, surfing everyday on short or longboards at the leadbetter break. Taught to surf by his father at age seven, he was obsessed by the time he hit his teens and competed throughout high school. After the high school circuit ended, he was faced with the decision to go after the juniors or to go his own way. Luckily, that was about the same time he was presented the opportunity to surf for Patagonia. Instead of contest circuits, traveling soon became his job, going to exotic places to surf like Kamchatka, Russia, Islands off the West Coast of India and Alaska. I had the chance to sit down with Trevor to talk about his most recent trip from Santa Barbara to Canada to film his two-part video ‘Bigfoot Country’.

Trevor, where is the wildest spot surfing has brought you?

Kamchatka, Russia [with Keith Malloy, Cyrus Sutton, Foster Huntington, Dane Gudauskas, Ben Weiland and Chris Burkard] was definitely the wildest. Being in a country that opened its doors up to westerners only 10 years ago, and is still coming out of a post-war era made the trip very unique. Locals in Kamchatka were a bit hostile, and there were people everywhere wearing camo and holding machine guns. We couldn’t even surf some spots because they turned out to be full on military bases. It was trippy being out there in the first place, let alone surfing.

Why did you want to film your next surf video in Canada?

Canada was the coolest place I could think to drive to. Haida Gwaii seemed rad to travel to; driving your camper onto all the ferries and the really good waves are another draw. I prefer the culture in cold surf spots, it feels more natural. Warm places are usually dirty and muggy, and make me feel lethargic.

What gave you the idea to build your own truck camper? Did anyone help you build it?

Jay Nelson got me stoked on the building your own camper thing. His was really creative and spacious. I had a VW van and decided to sell it to get a 4×4 Jeep and build a camper. I didn’t have much help building it, I did almost everything myself. When I needed help lifting pieces I would call over friends, and my Dad came over to help with the hinges. The pop-up design came from looking at how the Westfalia pop-ups worked. I had to use a lot of common sense and basic building skills to put everything together; there wasn’t much on the Internet to learn from. Jay Nelson had warned me that using polyester resin gets hazy in the sun. He did a sanded finish on his resin which created air bubbles that dirt and sand can get stuck in. I decided to use an epoxy which is lighter and stronger and ˆdidn’t sand it.

Where and when did you go on your trip? Did you have a guide?

I left for the trip in October, driving solo from Carpenteria to San Francisco then straight to Tofino. I picked up Jeremy Korenski in Tofino and we headed out to Haida Gwaii. Jeremy had been to Haida Gwaii a couple times so he knew how to navigate the town. It was his first time camping out there though; we were about 45 minutes out of town for over a week with no heaters just 0 degree sleeping bags. We made it all the way up to Prince Rupert and Port Harvey. The ferries were long restless nights sleeping on the floor under public benches. Once we got back to Vancouver Island, I headed straight to Portland and went to the Oregon Coast to surf and camp at Pacific City. From there, I drove back solo to San Francisco and through Big Sur to Carpentaria. The entire trip was about 4500 miles and about a month in total.

How was the surf?

Drop Box was the best I’ve ever seen. We ran into some bad wind in Tofino, and weren’t even sure if we could make it out to Haida Gwaii. We were lucky enough to get a window and made it out to Haida Gwaii for some fun waves with nobody around. It was freezing out there, around 40 Fahrenheit during the day. Camping was gnarly; we would get a pre-fire going on the beach before we went out for a surf so we could stay warm when we got in from the water. Some days we would just drink tons of coffee, go surf, then get in the car and drive to the next spot with the heater blasting. Your wetsuit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all psycho-warrior status to hype myself up just to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Can you tell us a bit about working with Ian Durkin, Jeremy Koreski and Erin Feinblatt to make ‘BIGFOOT COUNTRY’? How did you align with such a good group of people?

Nobody even knew each other. Erin is older and handy with tools, so it was awesome while he was filming me build the camper in Carpenteria. He would give me some tips and tricks. Jeremy and I met when I was 19, and we have been on about six trips since. He is super creative and motivated, which is always great to be around. Ian is smart with the movies. It was impressive having him direct something without filming it; he is a real idea man. We all did our part in directing it, but Ian had some specific shots he wanted us to get and an overall idea for editing. Despite being all over the map, I think it came together quite well.

What kind of role or influence do trips like this have on your art?

I did a boat trip to the “great bear rainforest” in Northern BC about 3 years ago where I got a ton of inspiration for my art that still continues today. We were a crew of about 10 or so and one of the girls would cook meals for us all. She saw me drawing one evening and noticed some similarities between my art and Inuit Canadian art from the 70’s. I’d never heard of it before. As soon as we got back I did some research and I absolutely fell in love.

During that same trip the captain would tell stories. He was an awesome storyteller… totally cliche captain … He’d tell stories of bigfoot sightings he’d heard about in the area. That spawned a whole series of bigfoot art for me. This trip had a really big impact on me and my art for some reason… to be honest surf trips usually don’t have any influence on my art at all.

Why did you choose to live the life that you do and what has held you back?

I’m not sure exactly… I suppose its because if I ever want anything I usually obsess over getting it. That’s not always a good thing.

Living the way I do is the only way I can think how to. I weigh other options or think about living differently and it just doesn’t excite me as much. I’m pretty darn content with my path but like anyone I definitely have goals and improvements I’m shooting for. Nothing has really held me back…

I guess not having an insane amount of money has held me back in particular departments, but even then wouldn’t change much. I live on a sailboat, so I’d just have a bigger nicer boat I guess?

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Destination Canada: A Local’s Guide To Whistler


A Local’s Guide To Riding Whistler

The many sides of Whistler Photos: Caley Vanular

Whistler BC, is an amazing place to grow up. The beautiful outdoors, inspiring people and unmatched terrain is an experience only those who visit can truly understand. Especially in the past few years. With the arrival of new restaurants, facilities, retail stores, terrain access, express lifts and more, Whistler has grown from a small ski town to a globally renowned ski resort, featuring a community filled with amazing opportunities for action, adventure, cuisine, and culture.

Follow along as I give you some locals tips to skiing and snowboarding in one of the best places on earth, for the easy riders, powder hounds, park rats and backcountry enthusiasts in your group…


I woke up surrounded by Delicas.#onthemoon #canada #explorebc #mountain

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For The Easy Riders:

Whistler Blackcomb is a huge resort, with over 8,171 acres of skiable terrain. It is smart to take a look at the trail map to get an idea of where you want to ski before you hit the slopes. My favorite morning runs are on the green Family Runs. Featuring beautiful scenery and perfect corduroy, it is a nice way to ease into the morning.


Dropping next. #pipejocks #wssf #shredshow #boarding #funtimes @duckworth

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For The Park Rats: If you or someone in your family is looking to ride park, Whistler Blackcomb has some of the best terrain parks in the world. Ranging from green to extreme, the resort has something for everyone. Whistler’s park is traditionally the novice level park, with fun jibs and welcoming jumps. Blackcomb terrain park is built on a steeper run and hosts a blue, grey and black park. The black park is where you will see professional athletes and Olympians training, it has the biggest jumps and requires a special pass and helmet to ride.


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For The Powder Hounds:

Looking for powder on Whistler Blackcomb? You will need to know where to go. If you are on Whistler and see Peak Chair switch from ‘closed’ to ‘stand-by’, rip on over and jump in line. When it opens, you will experience amazing snow, endless terrain, and big open bowls. Ride back down to the lift and enjoy a show as skiers and snowboarders drop off cliffs viewable from the lift line. You can lap Peak Chair to Red Chair, all day and explore different routes and traverses leading you to some of the best terrain the resort has to offer.

If it is too windy to open Peak Chair on Whistler, take the Peak-To-Peak gondola over to Blackcomb. Blackcomb mountain is steeper and features the new Crystal Ridge Express chair which gives you access to playful terrain and powder-filled glades.


In the belly with my good ol’boardin pal @luisakhp. @whistlerblackcomb #powday #trees #neature

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So many fun things to do just off the Duffy.

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For The Backcountry Enthusiasts:

Not only does Whistler play host to the world-renowned ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, it also has numerous backcountry access points within a thirty-minute drive. From epic heli skiing, snowmobiling to split boarding, it is worth checking out the operations in the area and getting yourself a guided tour of the surrounding mountains. Only if you want bottomless powder and no lift lines that is…  


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Such a great day : ) #lotsoflols #sunshine #backcountry

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To learn more about exploring Whistler, British Columbia follow @GoWhistler on Twitter.

For more photos from life in Whistler follow me @CaleyVanular on Instagram.

To view this post on The Canadian Tourism Commission’s website visit here. 

Well Travelled: Hawaii


Based in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, professional wedding and lifestyle photographer Rebecca Bundschuh shares her words and photos from an inspirational trip to beautiful Hawaii…

Travelling with a family is a different beast. The responsibility of caring for others while navigating new surroundings can present challenges. Those who persevere are often rewarded, like I was while exploring the magical land of Hawaii with my children. I love the comfort and excitement of experiencing new places with them and capturing those moments with my camera.


Another beautiful beach, another beautiful bay.


The details of paradise.


Getting my daily dose of Vitamin Sea.


Wrapping the beach around me.


Walking on the golden sand.


Meditate and let the waves wash it away.


Different directions.


Outdoor shower.


Getting into the swing of things.


The essence of yin and yang.


Reflections in a rabbit hole.


My goodie bag.


We are #WellTravelled.


Every surfboard has a story.


Never want to leave this paradise.


Sunlight shining through the storm.

Did you enjoy Hawaii? Explore the rest of the Well Travelled series and view more of Rebecca’s photography here.