Kitimat road trip: a tale of Levi’s and the best public pool

Kitimat Road trip: the best public pool in Northern BC
Kitimat road trip deets: shadows, Levi’s and the best public pool

If my family had a customized license plate made it might read something like: ‘Will brake for awesome public pools‘. Or more accurately, will drive two extra hours to swim in THE BEST pool in the region.

And so is the gist of an unexpected road trip we ventured out on, last October from Prince Rupert to Kitimat, B.C. We were headed to Terrace from Rupert anyway on a grocery trip, so we thought we would add a couple extra hours to our drive to check out their supposedly sweet public pool. The rumours of the awesomeness of the Kitimat public pool popped up in multiple conversations during our trip. So we thought, ‘what the hell?’ Let’s go.

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Glamping near the slopes: BC’s best ski town cabins

Glamping in BC: the best ski town cabins
Photo: Adam Kahtava/Flickr/CC

As the snow flies, my dreams of curling up by a fire apres ski in a super cute, rustic cabin increase exponentially. Enter Glamping Hub. Glamping in the mountains is one of the best ways to hygge your way through winter.

This snow season my family plans to escape away to the mainland mountains in February to carve up the slopes and sip mulled wine and play crib in a cute chalet either in the Kootenays or the Okanagan region of British Columbia. We’ll be driving the huge drive to the Vernon area and then hopefully heading to the Kootenays. Finding ski town accommodation is always a bit tricky and that’s why I love Glamping Hub because it has a lot of cozy options that are near ski towns or hills but are often quirky, affordable and slightly off the well-groomed path.

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Your Made-in-BC Etsy Guide for Small Business Saturday

Support Small Business Saturday on Etsy
Oceans of Yarn: 29 Palms Boho Wallhanging

When was the last time you bought something from a person who actually made the thing you bought? As in with their own hands?

This is a question I think about often before making a gift purchase. Whether I’m looking for my son, my partner, my family or friends, I often try to include at least one handmade item in the package. Small Business Saturday is the one day a year we can all ponder this question and put our money where our thoughts are: from our wallet into that of a small or indie business person.

To celebrate Small Biz Saturday I’ve curated a rad little list of Etsy finds that are the perfect gifts for travellers, lovers of art and wearers of bling. Best of all? They’re all based in BC, even a couple from Haida Gwaii (including Oceans of Yarn, my shop, see here), so happy browsing….

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Coasting: 5 Must Stop Cities On The California Coast

5 Must Stop Cities on the California Coast
Photo: Rian Castillo/Flickr CC

As road trips go, it’s safe to say that taking a journey along the Pacific Coast Highway on the California coast is one of the best around. Not only do you get to benefit from the glorious California sunshine, but the 1000 kilometres or so that you get to explore is a natural paradise too.

Incredibly scenic, the California coast drive sports some of the most amazing coastal views the USA has to offer. But you’ll also spot smaller villages, forests, and a vineyard or 10 along with way. If you were to take your time, the drive is around ten hours not stop. But if you’re hoping to make a few stops along the way, then here are five that you should think about going with.

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