Located in the Kootenay Rockies of southeast British Columbia, nestled in the beautiful embrace of mountains and living on the edge of the river, is the town of Revelstoke in British Columbia. This town was meant for the adventurer and lovers of the great outdoors. Any season, any time of of year, there is something adventurous and sometimes even daring enticing its visitors. Any place that loads up a Helicopter with bicycles and drops the participants off in the mountains you know offers the extreme in sports and outdoor adventures.
If you are not into the extreme or adventurous sports, Revelstoke also offers a quiet place to just kick back and enjoy everything that is good and relaxing in life. Surrounded by stunning landscapes and dotted along the edge of rivers, you cannot help but feel at one with nature and just let the stress flow out of you. Downtown is small and walkable with quaint shops and some great restaurants. There are great trails along the river for a stroll and to just soak up the view and ambience. Fresh mountain air soothes your soul and breath, leaving you relaxed and calm.
Museums, an inside Aquatic Park, theatre, a tour of the Dam, and more offer visitors a variety of touristy attractions and history of the area. Coffee shops, craft bier, and all the Poutine you can eat, tempt your palette.
A great destination to just be reminded of the beautiful things in life. I highly recommend you stop in their Visitor Centre, they were very helpful and full of great information. Pick up maps of the area and just take off and explore. Revelstoke has so much to offer so plan for a lengthy visit.
I had read somewhere about this little neighborhood called Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Located on Indian Arm off of Burrard Inlet, it is the most adorable little gem of a community with a stunning view and peaceful harbor.
After a 1 1/2 hr wait to cross the border, we asked Google Maps to take us to Panorama Park in Deep Cove. She mapped the quickest route, which took us on a different journey through New Westminster and Burnaby before crossing Burrard Inlet and taking us into North Vancouver. It was an adventure weaving through neighborhoods we normally would not venture to.
On the website it warned that on a nice summer day Deep Cove was a popular place and parking was limited. We did manage to find a spot a few blocks from town in a quiet neighborhood park. We then walked along the shoreline and strolled into town. The town is small, just a few blocks with shops and restaurants, but adorable. We stopped at the "must stop" Honey Doughnuts and Goodies shop but the line was too long and it was a 15 minute wait for them to make the doughnuts, maybe next time, because we will definitely go back to explore.
Kayaking is a popular activity in Deep Cove. The Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre was bustling with activity. We didn't have time for hiking but there is some great hiking trails around the area. A hike they recommend is Quarry Rock, an easy hike with a view that makes the trip worth it.
This little community was worth the visit. Next time, I will plan it better and stay longer. I can see why it a gem of a community hidden in a beautiful location. But this quiet area is no longer a 'hidden' gem.
What a dandy way to spend a spring day, bicycling through the valley wearing tweed and stopping for a picnic and a game of croquet. The look and the feel of yesteryear, when families dressed up and ventured forth on their bicycles through the countryside than stopped for a picnic amongst the beauty of mother nature, was the inspiration for this event. For four years, to celebrate the arrival of Spring, folks have signed up for the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride. Dressed in their Tweed finest, a picnic basket full of goodies, they mount their bicycles and off they go. Their route takes them from the lovely town of LaConner, WA, through the Skagit Valley fields where daffodils sprinkle the landscape in yellow. They meet at Rexville Grocery where they enjoy a picnic and a game of croquet. The ride ends back at LaConner where they raise a glass of wine and salute the arrival of Spring and a day to remember.
For those living in the Pacific Northwest, specifically the west side of the Cascade Mountains, winter tends to be a long, continuous season of dark, rainy, cloudy, windy and depressing weather. The color of the season is gray, gray, and well, more gray. By January, any spot of sunshine is a welcome relief from the dullness of winter. By February, we are desperate for sun or even a hint of blue skies.
Then it happens—a Spring day. Birds chirp, bees buzz, the sky is painted in various hues of blue, and the sun spreads light and warmth. We emerge from our winter hibernation and venture outside, shedding our winter gear and ready to hike, bike, walk, or simply sit outside soaking up the long awaited sunshine.
Surrounded by beauty and some of mother nature's best landscapes we are offered some of the most scenic spots to visit, and all right here in our backyard. Mountains, beaches, islands, wildlife, seascapes, trails, forests, it calls to us and we answer with a roaring—yes.
It is days like these that remind us why we live here. Suddenly we go from dull gray to a visual explosion of color and beauty...a true work of art. Trees are blooming, flowers blossom, sunlight shines on the water, the mountains shine in all their glory, and life feels alive again. Out of the darkness of winter comes spring and a blast of light.
Life is full of beauty, gratitude, fresh air, sunshine, and color. Enjoy it, we deserve it after months of gray, dark dullness.
Here are some good reasons to shop local in Anacortes, WA for the Holiday season. When we spend locally with small businesses we are supporting our community, creating jobs, protecting our environment, and investing in our future. Downtown Anacortes and Anacortes businesses provide shoppers with a diverse and unique selection of gift ideas. Support local businesses, they keep Anacortes thriving.
For Book Lovers
The Waggoner Bookstore
902 8th St
Books for boaters, children's books, cookbooks, and nautical maps
Unique, Fun, and Creative Gift Ideas
The Good Stuff
Gifts for artists, unique gifts, ornaments, holiday cards, and great gift ideas under $20.00
501 Commercial Ave
Cards, fun and unusual gifts
Jewelry, Clothes, and Accessories
Great Food Gift Ideas
Give the Gift of an Experience
Short Stories of passion, of life, of people.