#exploreBC: Camping on the Sunshine Coast

Three days. Three friends. One ferry ride over to the Sunshine Coast in beautiful British Columbia. 

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We spent a blissful three days at Roberts Creek Provincial Park. It's a short 45-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay and then another 20-minute drive to the campsite. No reservations are necessary and there are a lot of campsites, so chances are, you'll probably have a spot to set up your tent!

The campsite itself isn't very off-the-grid, but it's also tucked away in the forest enough to feel like you're in the wild. It's the perfect spot if you are looking for something between "glamping" and "real camping". You'll only be 10 minutes away from grocery stores and there are actual sit-down bathroom stalls at the site. You don't have to dig a hole and squat to poop :D. You'll also have access to running water from a tap. WAHHH?

List of things you gotta do.

1. Walk down to Henderson Beach.
2. Visit Davis Bay and watch people catch crabs/sunbathe.
3. Drink beer, play cards, and make camp food over the fire.
4. Make s'mores.
5. Visit Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park.
6. Visit Smuggler Cove Provincial Park.

Henderson Beach

Once you are settled in at the campsite, you can start walking in the general direction of "downhill" toward the residential area until you reach a street. You'll see some signs leading you to the beach  or you just keep walking downhill (sorry for the weak description, but it's literally how I got there hehehe). The best time to go is during low-tide. You'll be able to see all of the intertidal species native to the West Coast of BC

Davis Bay

Davis Bay is a little community just South of Sechelt. You'll be able to see many locals and visitors fishing and crab fishing. Also a good spot to read a book and just enjoy the sun!

And of course, we Westcoast babes drink hoppy beers and play cards.

Strawberry S'mores

It's the only thing better than the classic s'mores.

Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park

Skookumchuck Narrows is about an hour drive up North. The word "skookumchuck" is a Chinook name meaning turbulent water or rapid current. 200 billion gallons of water flow through the narrows, connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlet. The difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other can exceed 2m in height (that's about 6.5ft). The current speeds can exceed 30km per hour (19miles per hour). So going for a swim in this water is probably not a good idea.

Smuggler Cove Provincial Park

This park definitely makes it on my list of favourite places. You'll see plenty of wildlife; snakes, beavers (if you get lucky), squirrels, and all the beautiful birds that I do not know the name of. It's kind of an eerie and magical place. The kind of place where the Forest Spirit in Princess Mononoke would live.

A little history moment.

So why the name "smuggler"? When the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in the late 1800's, many of the Chinese workers became unemployed. Although they had just built an entire country's transportation system from coast to coast, they were stuck, unemployed, with no future. They tried to emigrate to the United States, where they were denied entry. Then a "Pirate", named Larry Kelly, came up to Canada after fighting for the confederates in the American Civil War. Kelly assisted the Chinese men to cross the border for $100 each (according to, that would be about $2-3k now). He also had them agree to be roped together and tied to a large hunk of pig iron, which he would throw (both iron and the people) overboard if there was a chance they would get caught.

There are multiple viewpoints throughout the trail. I highly recommend that you just take a moment, sit down, enjoy the sun, eat some trail mix, and listen to the sound of nature. We rested our aching backs on the warm rock and took a mini nap here. 

Going home.

It's always a bittersweet moment when you go home from a camping trip. I always feel conflicted because on the one hand, I'm really excited to take a proper shower and maybe even a bath. On the other hand, I'm not ready to go back to real life. Work, projects, bills, responsibilities, planning for life. 

Being out in nature puts my problems into perspective. It makes me feel incredibly small, but at the same time, makes me feel like things will just fall into place. The thoughts and worries that keep me up at night seem trivial when I'm in front of extremely fast currents that could sweep me away. If my projects fail and if I can't reach my goal, it's definitely not the end of the world. The end of the world would be when we don't even have the option to escape into nature.

That was my introspective moment (lol). Thanks for reading everyone! :D

A Change of Skies - Toronto Day 4

Another day, another latte.

I started off the day by heading to Dineen Coffee Company at the corner of Yonge and Temperance St. I loved the atmosphere (very open, bright, European-inspired) as well as their delicious cup of Joe. It would be a great spot to sit down and get some work done with sugar and caffeine in your blood. You can also watch the beautiful people of Toronto. As usual, I did a lot of stuff and packed my day with good sights, good food, and good drinks. #yolo

Places visited:
- Casa Loma
- Darkhorse Espresso Bar
- CN Tower
- Kalendar Restaurant and Bistro (Italian dinner)

Mi casa es su casa.

Casa Loma was a little out of the downtown area, but still close enough to the city. You have to walk up a bunch of stairs though , but it's a great excuse to get your step count in! While touring through the beautiful mansion, you will definitely suffer from house and furniture envy, but just think about having to vacuum the place! Ain't nobody got time fo' that!


If you DARE to climb up the steep, swirly stairs, you'll be rewarded with a unique and gorgeous view of the neighbourhood and Downtown Toronto. According to my trusty walkie talkie tour guide, the graffiti on the walls were kept on purpose to show the history behind the mansion when it was abandoned by the original builder, Sir Henry Pallett. Long story short, during WWI, he took a huge financial hit when people started pouring money into war bonds and not homes. His stock was worthless and he was heading straight into bankruptcy. To top it all off, he he had a big fat tax bill, which he could not afford so he had to auction off all of his prized possessions and peace out to a farm. Womp womp. 


Dark Horse Espresso Bar on Spadina Ave.

CN Tower

I'm a sucker for sunsets, so I figured that would be the best time to go up the tower and get a bird's eye view of the city. I would suggest going up there a little early (like an hour before sunset), grab a drink/food, and patiently wait.

Random fun facts about the CN Tower:

The CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in '95.
- The Tower took 40 months to build and cost $63 million.
- The 360 restaurant takes 72 minutes to complete one full revolution.
 - The Tower weighs 117,910 metric tonnes, or the equivalent of 16,844 large male elephants.
- The Tower's intelligent LED light system changes colour depending on the occasion or season.
- At 553m, the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere.
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Just take it all in. Ahhhh.....

Last but not least, I met up with my lovely friend to stuff our faces with pasta and wine.
I had a pretty perfect day.