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What inspires you? Getting outside this long weekend?

These are some of our favourite lakes, hikes and lookouts for the long weekend (short trips). Where do you get your inspiration from? What are you actively doing to keep inspired?

As an interior designer living on the Canadian west coast, I find most of my inspiration from looking out at and being in our rich wilderness.

One of the things I love most about living in British Columbia, is how we are able to experience all four seasons so distinctively. We are most fortunate to be able to breathe in such pure air, and admire impressive mountain views which are not to be taken for granted. 

Without rambling on too much, here are 3 hikes that have left a lasting impression with sights and views that have the ability to mute your thoughts. 

Mount Benson Regional Park

Please don’t forget your water; this is without a doubt one of the steeper hikes on Vancouver Island. Mt. Benson is diverse in its greenery, and wildlife habitat.

At the summit, take a breath while enjoying a well deserved snack and looking out at 360 degree views. Give yourself four to six hours to comfortably get up and down the mountain. 

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

As someone traveling from the Tri-Cities to Pemberton (where the Joffre Lakes are located), I can promise you that the three hour drive is worthwhile. The hike up is not the longest (approximately 1.5hrs - 2hrs), however make sure to take your time in the parts where the steep trails get narrow and rocky.  Appropriate footwear, water and snacks are a must! Turquoise waters, icy mountaintops, and tall evergreen trees make up what will surely be one of the more humbling sceneries you’ll ever see. This description does the views no justice; you have to see it for yourself.  

 

Widgeon Creek Falls

Talk about memorable experiences. Once you’ve arrived at Pitt Lake, if you don’t already have your own kayaks or a canoe, you can rent one from the rental shop there.

Start off by paddling (35 minutes) across Pitt Lake and over to the Widgeon Slough. The lake portion of the experience is where you can just immerse yourself in nature. Look up, look around, just breathe and count your blessings. And while you’re looking out and admiring, keep an eye out for all sorts of wildlife.

Once you’re off the canoe, you can start your hike up to Widgeon Falls. If you need a break half way up, feel free to freshen up in the river. At the top, you’ll finally be able to sit up and snack on the immense boulders and rocks that make up the falls. Give yourself at least five hours for this experience, and take your favourite person(s) with you.


Leave a comment below. What are you getting up to this long weekend?

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