Finding Sasquatch in Harrison Hot Springs

Adios Vancouver! We load up our weekend adventure ride, a 2015 Deep Impact Blue Metallic Ford Escape with all the necessary Sasquatch searching video and camera equipment, outdoor attire and of course… dancing shoes. The perfect afternoon for a leisurely drive East towards Hope, we head towards Harrison Hot Springs, deep into the District of Kent. Rolling down the moon roof, cranking up the SyriusXM radio, it’s adios Vancouver and hello big, hairy Sasquatch mission.       Ford road trip The old roads, the mountains and scenery, this is the ultimate escape to nature. We gradually make our way through Agassiz towards the town of Harrison Hot Springs and become mesmerized by the multitude of large Sasquatch sculptures and signage guarding the gates of this adventure land. It becomes very obvious we have officially entered into Sasquatch country.  As I’m studying facts, I learn that the name originated from the Stas’ailes First Nations community and that the community believes this spiritual ‘hairy man’ to be able to vanish into the spirit... ...

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Big White: BC Champagne Powder Sampler

Large and in charge! That pretty much sums up Big White Ski Resort. They don’t call this resort BIG for nothing. A big mountain complete with big snow banks, big runs, big white outs, big parties and of course big amounts of champagne powder. Prepare to leave with some pretty big memories too.  This ski resort offers monster big family fun for all generations. When you get to Big White, it’s reminiscent of what it might feel like to land on another planet made entirely of snow and ice. Overall, this resort has other worldly qualities much like a space-snow-jam.   They don’t offer rocket ships as a mode of transportation but do offer the convenience of taxi’s, shuttles and car rentals from nearby Kelowna airport. If you are driving, new this year is a million dollar road upgrade which makes driving to Snowmaggedon that much safer. Big White is famous for its snow ghosts, so much so that there is a chairlift named the ‘Snow Ghost Express’.  What is... ...

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Silver Star Resort: The BC Champagne Powder Sampler

The next stop on the magical, mystical BC champagne powder sampler is Silver Star Resort. Think Candyland meets Santa’s Workshop. Silver Star shines like a diamond among BC’s epic ski resorts. Famous for its cheery ambiance and movie set architecture, you’ll feel like you’ve just landed in a Disneyland Frozen themed ski resort. Waking up to this picturesque resort is surreal. Silver Star is nestled high above the clouds mid-mountain at 1609m.  The summit, Vance Creek is not far away at 1915m.  Only 55 minutes north of the Kelowna airport and 22 minutes from Vernon, outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world have easy access to this gem of a winter destination.  The 3rd largest ski resort in BC, Silver Star has been voted both the Okanagan’s #1 Family Resort and #1 Ski Resort by Okanagan Life Magazine. A star choice for families, couples and even big kids, don’t be surprised to find yourself referring to Silver Star as ‘my mountain’ just like the locals and social media fans.   Offering... ...

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Sun Peaks Resort: The BC Champagne Powder Sampler

Older than Whistler, Sun Peaks Resort recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. With the charm of a European ski resort, Sun Peaks in beautiful British Columbia has a Mayor, celebrity ski queen, a slopeside grade school called the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education and endless winter activities for the entire family.  Sound like a slice of heaven? There’s more. BC’s interior is blessed with a unique kind of snow that is fluffy, smooth and dry and is referred to as champagne powder. This gem of a resort town is Canada’s second largest ski area with 4,270 acres and not one, not two but three mountain peaks. Just 45 minutes north of Kamloops, Sun Peaks offers guests multiple transportation options including an airport shuttle. Kick back and let someone else do the driving as you soak up the scenery en route to the kingdom of champagne dreams. To Canadians, Nancy Greene-Raine is a celebrity ski icon and the mountain mama of Sun Peaks Resort. An Olympic gold medalist and Canadian Senator, Greene-Raine says... ...

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Panorama Mountain Resort – The Happiest Place in BC!

Pristine and secluded, Panorama Mountain Resort is BC’s best kept secret. Nestled between three giants, the Bugaboos, Purcells and Rockies along the ‘Powder Highway’, upon arrival it feels as if you have been dropped into Never Never Land. The unique appeal of Panorama is infinite. Some say it’s the people, some the 360 degree panoramic views. For others it’s the fresh, untouched powder runs. Comparable to the vibe of a European resort, the staff at Panorama are all smiles. More than a few admit, they will never leave. Those who have gone searching for a better wonderland found no such place and returned. The beauty of Panorama is that not many people know about it …yet! To outdoor enthusiasts, this means no line-ups, no crowds and no cruddy conditions. There simply are not enough people in town to track out the best runs or trails. Well worth the road trip from Vancouver, plan for an eight hour travel day North East towards Invermere, BC. 805 kms or 500 miles through Golden until you arrive... ...

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A Journal: How to prevent cabin fever in Terrace, BC Day 5

Spending multiple days up north in small BC towns with extended family over the holidays can bring on conditions like cabin fever. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, bursts of random laughter, intense boredom, paranoia; excessive sleep….the list of mental instabilities just goes on and on. On the flipside, embracing small town life outdoors can make your time spent in remote towns all the more interesting.  Follow my journal style exploration on how to embrace a local’s way of life in Northern BC – a reminder to adventure-on when the cabin fever sets in and not go stir crazy. Day 5: Shred Shames Mountain Nothing quite gets you out of bed on the first day of a new year than a free lift ticket, and Terrace’s Shames Mountain according to Powder Magazine is well worth the effort. “Shames receives 475 inches of annual snowfall, laying claim to one of the deepest, most consistent snow packs in North America and its backcountry access is unrivalled.”    The drive from downtown Terrace is a... ...

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A Journal: How to prevent cabin fever in Terrace, BC Day 4

Spending multiple days up north in small BC towns with extended family over the holidays can bring on conditions like cabin fever. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, bursts of random laughter, intense boredom, paranoia; excessive sleep….the list of mental instabilities just goes on and on. On the flipside, embracing small town life outdoors can make your time spent in remote towns all the more interesting.  Follow my journal style exploration on how to embrace a local’s way of life in Northern BC – a reminder to adventure-on when the cabin fever sets in and not go stir crazy. Day 4: The Forest Whisperer A big believer in gnomes and faeries, what does a beach glam hippie chick trapped in Terrace BC for one week too long do with too much time on her hands? Dearly missing my yoga studio I decide to venture into the woods on snowshoes and become one with the forest. Taking some me time to spy on gnomies and forest friends is not something my busy city... ...

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A Journal: How to prevent cabin fever in Terrace, BC Day 3

Spending multiple days up north in small BC towns with extended family over the holidays can bring on conditions like cabin fever. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, bursts of random laughter, intense boredom, paranoia; excessive sleep….the list of mental instabilities just goes on and on. On the flipside, embracing small town life outdoors can make your time spent in remote towns all the more interesting.  Follow my journal style exploration on how to embrace a local’s way of life in Northern BC – a reminder to adventure-on when the cabin fever sets in and not go stir crazy. Day 3: Trekkin’ it old school to the local pub If I had to review the oldest piece of winter gear still going strong to date, it would be the XC ski, AKA the prehistoric ski. No matter how ancient they are or how much they’ve been used generation after generation, they get you from A to B even if they haven’t been used or waxed for over a decade. In small towns,... ...

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A Journal: How to prevent cabin fever in Terrace, BC Day 2

Spending multiple days up north in small BC towns with extended family over the holidays can bring on conditions like cabin fever. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, bursts of random laughter, intense boredom, paranoia, excessive sleep….the list of mental instabilities just goes on and on. On the flipside, embracing small town life outdoors, can make your time spent in remote towns all the more interesting.  Follow my journal style exploration on how to embrace a local’s way of life in Northern BC – a reminder to adventure-on when the cabin fever sets in and not go stir crazy. Day 2: Eagle Watching at the Dump Here’s a small town cabin fever buster you would never call in a million years. I was asked to join along on an epic eagle viewing day jaunt, having no idea what I was in for. I soon learned we were heading for the Terrace landfill and taking a slow cozy ride in the flatbed to kill two birds with one stone. Our mission was to... ...

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A Journal: How to prevent cabin fever in Terrace, BC Day 1

Spending multiple days up north in small BC towns with extended family over the holidays can bring on conditions like cabin fever. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, bursts of random laughter, intense boredom, paranoia, excessive sleep….the list of mental instabilities just goes on and on. On the flipside, embracing small town life outdoors, can make your time spent in remote towns all the more interesting.  Follow my journal style exploration on how to embrace a local’s way of life in Northern BC – a reminder to adventure-on when the cabin fever sets in and not go stir crazy. Day 1: Redneck Toboganning Join local residents and families at the Terrace, BC tobogganing hot spot. Up on college hill there’s plenty of hill space to mash, race and catch air on a series of well groomed sleigh runs. I forgot my inner tube in Vancouver and had to toboggan the redneck way. Follow these instructions: Save and flatten your used 24 case from the previous evening bender and place it under your butt. Glossy cardboard does give a... ...

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