August 21, 2017

glorious british columbia

David and I took a trip to British Columbia again in June. We had so much fun last year that we decided this is going to be an annual thing, as long as we can get someone to keep watching our kids while we escape! Last year, we spent the first half at Nairn Falls and then went to Whistler. Since we fell in love with the Nairn Falls campground, we decided to stay there for two more days and then spent one night in Squamish.

The Sea to Sky Highway is stunning. It is truly breathtaking. We spent the whole time on this trip being really outdoorsy, which I'm not really very good at. Luckily, David is a true outdoorsman and he pushes me to try new things and is patient with me when I'm slow or overly cautious. We first walked up to Brandywine Falls which had a gorgeous lookout point. It was a great start to our trip!
From there, we headed over to our campground and set up camp. The Nairn Falls campground is really great. Canada does a lot of things right! It's clean and just beautiful. We lucked out again and got one of the few, epic sites right on the river. It is a sight to behold when you wake up to that river!
The next morning, we spent the day hiking Joffre Lakes. Getting to the upper lake was a pretty tough hike IMO, but boy was it worth it! Beyond that, we kept hiking until we got to the glacier. It was so peaceful and serene. Lots of waterfalls and beautiful spots to relax and enjoy nature.
While we were hiking to the glacier, David had been considering swimming in the lake. When we got there and we observed that most of the lake was still covered in ice, he had a change of heart - thankfully. He does love a good Polar Plunge though!
The next day, we drove over to Squamish to check into our tiny house Air BNB. It was very cute but I certainly couldn't do it long term (and poor David is 6'4" so he was definitely cramped). It was a fun experience though! The owners had a tiny private island along the Howe Sound. They had paddle boards, kayaks and lots of wildlife and sea creatures to observe from the water.
From there, we went to the Sea to Sky Gondola, which you should definitely do if you're ever in the Whistler area. The suspension bridge almost gave me (and many other people) a heart attack but it was so amazing!

 And this was the view from the top - I mean, seriously!!! We loved hiking around the top of the gondola on the many different trails that all had a view of THIS.
Also, if you're ever in Squamish, BC definitely hit up Fergie's Cafe. Not only is it incredibly charming, but they have sustainable business practices it's just delightful. We enjoyed eating our Smoke Salmon Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Capers while sitting under a massive tire-swing-yielding tree next to a beautiful garden.
One last waterfall hike at Shannon Falls before we headed home. It was so wonderful to spend several days with David alone in beautiful British Columbia. We love living so close to Canada! Special thanks to my in-laws who held down the fort at home and took great care of our kiddos! We couldn't have done it without you.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like you had an amazing trip!!! I am adding this to my list of vacation destinations.


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