About the author  ⁄ Stephanie Florian

Founder and fearless leader Play Outdoors Media Inc. TV and radio host, adventure journalist, surfer chick, Mom I'd like to rip with.

See you at the ROAM Winter Expo!

Need some winter inspiration? Join us at the ROAM Winter Expo! Stephanie Florian will be hosting the Adventure Travel Stage at the new ROAM Winter Expo  October 17 & 18 Vancouver Convention Centre The first of its kind in Vancouver, ROAM will bring together exhibitors from premiere tourist destinations, experiential tour companies, snow sport outfitters, health and fitness experts and more under “The Sails” at the world class Vancouver Convention Centre to help inspire you to enjoy winter activities and adventures. ROAM will feature three unique marketplaces: Winter Adventure, Travel, Fitness and Lifestyle. By combining these three elements, ROAM will bring a unique experience to anyone looking for enlivening ways to spend the low sun months. Shop the trends in winter gear, explore exciting travel destinations and connect with industry professionals to help beat the winter blues. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest Craft Tent featuring the best local craft beers, free fitness classes on the show floor with yoga sessions from a lululemon ambassador, and the Burton Riglet Kids Zone to ensure the whole... ...

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Family Adventure: A night in the wild at the GV Zoo

Calling all wildlife fans looking for a family adventure! Join us at the Greater Vancouver Zoo, just a forty-minute drive to Aldergrove. Arriving at the gates just shy of closing, the anticipation and excitement builds. Smack in the middle of the zoo is a large park-like setting next to a pond complete with gazebos, fire pits and even port-o-lets. Nothing compares to the thrill of pitching a tent under the stars kitty-corner to a Siberian Tiger, a couple of playful baboons and a stealth jaguar. Just knowing the lions, tigers and bears are in close proximity ups the adventure ante plenty. After setting up camp, getting settled and meeting our camping neighbors we head off on a private exploration. Zoo grounds cover a large area so you will get your fill of fresh air, nature and exercise. Note to parents: DO bring bikes or scooters for the kids if possible. The trails are paved. Although you can rent a quad cycle onsite, children old enough to pedal or push themselves... ...

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Raw and Unfiltered: My 30 Day Yoga Breakthrough

Join me for the next thirty days as I adventure within. My intention is to share with you the raw, unfiltered truth of a 30 Day Yoga Challenge including any physical, emotional and spiritual discoveries along the way. October is one of my least favourite months. Dark and gloomy, dull and depressing, something inside of me dies when summer ends and darkness descends.  Not this year, not this October, not now. For the next thirty days I will adventure within. I will leave the comfort of the great outdoors and trade it for the indoors, for my mat and for a warm, safe, studio setting.  I  only wish I had zero expectations attached to this experience. The truth is, my expectations are huge. I want it all; personal growth, renewal, change, transformation….in only thirty days of course. Maybe that’s why it is called a yoga challenge. If you have seen the 30 Day Challenge signage at your own studio, reacted with curiosity yet never took part, we are on the same page. Tune in daily. My intention is nothing... ...

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A Vernon Family Adventure

Nothing trumps a classic family road trip. Join us as we embark on a family adventure to Vernon, British Columbia. Meet my family, Presley (4), Cash (8) and Rod (my biggest boy and loving husband).  Sample the Vernon vibe and discover what makes this lakeside gem of a town the perfect family destination. Families driving from the greater Vancouver area should plan a pit stop in Merritt. While you’re there snap a photo with your favourite country crooner on the Walk of Stars. With over 100 lakes within a one hour drive, expect to be wowed by the Vernon scenery. This is adventure country for kids of all ages (Moms and Dads too) and exploring the area by car is is the best way to do it. Sleeping anywhere other than home is always exciting for kids. The newly renovated Sandman Inn and Suites in Vernon has everything you need plus an indoor pool. An equipped kitchenette  (and Safeway across the street) makes prepping snacks and meals easy. There’s even a... ...

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Whistler: 50 Years of Going Beyond – the Movie

Whistler Blackcomb: 50 Years of Going Beyond – 1965.66 – 2015.16 Presented by: Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS Produced by: Switchback Entertainment, Whistler Blackcomb, and Origin Design + Communications From the resort’s adventure-seeking founders to its freestyle heydays—and breaking Guinness World Records along the way—snowsport industry legends recount the contributions that Whistler Blackcomb has made to skiing and snowboarding and the significance of its golden anniversary. While the movie solidifies the resort’s legacy in the past, there is no denying the last 50 years are just the beginning… Full movie releasing Tuesday October 10, 2015 7pm and 9pm For more information on Whistler’s history visit http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/50   ...

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BucketlistYVR – Bobsledding with Ford

If anyone ever invites you on a bucket list mission – it is your duty to say yes no matter what. By no means was this an ordinary Friday but rather a Ford Friday fun mission to Whistler with famed Bucket List author and travel journalist Robin Esrock we call #bucketlistYVR. Aside from myself, other Bloggers on this mission included Dennis Pang from Pangcouver, Vanessa Choot from Modern Mix Vancouver, James Chung from HelloVancity and Lee-Anne Ekland from Mom Paradigm . It was not until the day before the mission that we learned via Twitter who our adventure companions were. Everyone was excited, nervous, anxious and eager to try something as thrilling and adventurous as bobsledding. We met bright and early at Coastal Ford to briefly introduce ourselves and let Ford pair us with our ultimate ride.   The best way to escape rainy day blues – go for a scenic drive in a vehicle made for fun! I let Will drive on the way up to Whistler so I could relax and soak up the... ...

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Adventure En Blanc

Of all the cities in the world to host this annual night out ‘en blanc’, nothing compares to the backdrop of our city of Vancouver. The guest list this year topped 4500 and the secret location revealed the biggest locale since it’s inception four years ago. This is what a luxury outdoor experience is all about. Secret locations, epic sunsets and beautiful people set against a backdrop as magical and picture perfect as Canada Place and the Five Sails. A summer bucket list must, you’ve got 12 months to befriend someone who can help get you on the guest list for next year. From hipster looks to elegant ball gowns and jaw dropping accessories, this is a fashion fiesta carte blanche. Paint your own fashion creation and own it! Steph Florian give you a sneak peak of what it’s like inside Diner en Blanc Vancouver. Lumin Pictures Inc. captures the beginning of the evening adventure outdoors and the moment guests have been eagerly awaiting. This is DEBVan.   ...

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