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Sombrio Beach

Sombrio Beach

Sombrio Beach was a happening place this past Easter weekend, tents crammed in every nook and cranny that the high tide wouldn’t reach. Campers were either surfers or hikers, lots of hikers from the Juan de Fuca trail, as this is kilometre 29 of that world-famous route. You can’t drive your car here, no campers, […]

Jocelyn Hill – Gowlland Todd Provincial Park

Jocelyn Hill – Gowlland Todd Provincial Park

We are hiking in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park again, this time to Jocelyn Peak via Caleb Pike. There are several ways to reach Jocelyn Peak. We are hiking the Ridge Trail. Total hiking distance is 4.4 k one way with a very partial loop. My Fitbit registers 9.4 k round trip. Getting There On a […]

Sulphur Mountain Trail – Banff Alberta

Sulphur Mountain Trail – Banff Alberta

“We can handle a little elevation,” I told the fit, young park interpreter at the Banff Tourist office, even though I really can’t. He had just looked us up and down and suggested we hike the Johnson Canyon. “It’s only 2 k round trip and quite flat,” he said to sell it. I was mildly […]

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach

We spent yesterday on Botanical Beach, exploring tidal pools teeming with marine life, and hiking through the rain forest in Botanical Beach Provincial Park. We picnicked on the beach, staying late enough to catch the start of the sunset. Getting There “It can’t be a two-hour drive, it’s only a hundred kilometres,” I argued. “It’s […]

McKenzie Bight Trail

McKenzie Bight Trail

Snowbirding on Vancouver Island may not be for everybody, but it sure fits me. Christmas Day had us working off a couple of perogies on the McKenzie Bight trail in Gowlland Tod Park. We were actually looking for the Jocelyn Peak Loop, but due to a lazy late start, and Ray’s lack of proper clothing […]

Real Treasure on the Pinawa Trail

Real Treasure on the Pinawa Trail

Has anyone been out treasure hunting yet? Don’t know what I’m talking about? The Great Trail Treasure Hunt, hosted by Canadian Geographic and the Trans Canada Trail Association has started. I had a look at the clues and I don’t think I’m letting anything go when I say I think there’s one in Pinawa!  It’s […]

Pinawa’s Trail – Dam to Dam

Pinawa’s Trail – Dam to Dam

Wow, do we have a not so hidden treasure in Pinawa with our section of the Great Trail, and don’t just take my word for it. Ask the three visitors that came out and joined the Pinawa Friends of the TCT on a hike, two of whom trekked the entire length of it with me. […]

Larry’s Arch – The Keen’s Grant

Larry’s Arch – The Keen’s Grant

Larry’s Arch is a picturesque 200-metre path along the Pinawa Channel on Pinawa’s part of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail). It’s been named after Pinawa’s first trail builder, Larry Gauthier (now retired). Twenty years ago Larry found this pretty spot and thought it would make a nice walk. This blast-rock part of trail showcases […]

That’s a wrap – TCT Celebration

That’s a wrap – TCT Celebration

Thirteen hikers caught the bus from Pinawa Dam at 7:30 AM for the Pinawa through-hike, heading to our starting point Seven Sisters Falls Hydro Generating Station. Already the volunteers had started arriving. When Rosie pulled in with the school bus, I knew it was all going to go just fine. Weeks of planning and the […]

Details of our TCT Celebration

Details of our TCT Celebration

On August 26th the Pinawa and Lac du Bonnet Trail Organizations will be celebrating the Canada 150 Trans Canada Trail 25th anniversary and connection of the trail by flooding our trails with people all day long. We’ve worked out the details. All you need to do is decide which event(s) you plan to attend, and […]

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Trail Maintenance by Helicopter on the Pinawa Trails

“Batabatabata”, the sound of the helicopter hovering around Pinawa all afternoon today, June 27 couldn’t be missed. Is there a forest fire nearby? A major tragedy calling for STARS over and over? No, just Marsha Sheppard and her team of trail maintenance volunteers spreading some gravel, by helicopter. The Problem Even the “wild and wonderful” […]