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I moved to Canada for 6 months when I turned 18, which quickly turned into two years.  Canada is the perfect destination for mountain lovers with amazing skiing and snowboarding in the winter and some of the best hiking and rock climbing in the summer, not to mention that Canadians are probably the friendliest people in the world (yeah sorry Aussies). I was living in Lake Louise for the majority of the time, which is a tiny village in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by snow capped mountains, glacier fed lakes and abundant wildlife. I also spent a few months living in Vancouver and Whistler before camping around British Columbia in a van. Before departing I also made my way over to Montreal ,Quebec City and Toronto. This blog highlights the best of Canada through photos. See more from Canada here.  Lake Louise Powder days Fairview Lookout Lake Louise Niagara Falls Bow Valley Parkway Rocky Mountains Moraine Lake Lynn Canyon Vancouver Kelowna Nelson Grouse Mountain Lussier hot springs – Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park Spring Dog Sledding in Lake Louise Big Beehive Lake Louise Fairview Mountain Lake Louise Lake Agnes Lake Louise Mount Royal Montreal  Quebec City Red Hot Chilli Peppers Montreal […]

The Best of Canada


Whistler
The village of Whistler is well known amongst Australians for its mountains, winter sports and party scene, and I can guarantee that it will not disappoint. Whistler is located 1.5 hours out of Vancouver, in British Colombia. I absolutely recommend spending a few days in Whistler on your way out to the Rocky Mountains, or a season if you are moving to Canada. I found that most backpackers who came for a season are still there 3 years on. After all, it is all about the lifestyle in Whistler with priorities being “first chair, last call”. Tough life. What to do in Whistler Explore Whistler Village: Renowned for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get a photo with the ring, check out the Olympic sites and enjoy the views. I personally find Whistler Village extremely touristy and overrated; however some people cant get enough. It is definitely worth the trip as you may love or hate it. Whistler Bungee: For those adrenaline seekers, try Whistler Bungee Jump. The location is stunning. If you stay at HI Whistler you get $10 off. What to do in Summer Hikes: Two local favourites are The Whistler Train Wreck and Loggers Lake. The Whistler Train Wreck: Located […]

Backpackers Guide to Whistler – Canada



Vancouver ariel shot
Vancouver is my ABSOLUTE favourite city. If you’re coming to Canada, you must put Vancouver onto your itinerary now. Vancouver is a bustling city with a relaxed and friendly vibe, hosting Canadas most ethnically diverse population. Despite being in a downtown metropolis, you feel so close to nature with the mountains and sea surrounding the city, offering many outdoor pursuits. The city is full of art galleries, museums and music scenes. There really is something for everyone. Photo from here What to do Explore Stanley Park: Stanley Park is my favourite location to explore… hire a bike for the day and explore the massive National Park. Some of my favourite spots in Stanley Park include Prospect Point, Beaver Lake and Second Beach. Grouse Mountain: The trip to Grouse Mountain is amazing in itself.  Catch the ferry across the harbour and ride the bus up to Grouse Mountain where you can ski/snowboard, zip line, watch Grizzly bears frolic or you can simply just enjoy the view.If your up for it, take the Grouse Grind, a 1 hour hike up Grouse. Short but steep. Lynn Canyon: Nestled on Vancouver’s North Shore. Check out the FREE suspension bridge, cliff jump in the canyon and […]

Backpackers Guide to Vancouver – Canada


Gyro Beach Kelowna
Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. The Okanagan Valley is well known for it’s abundance of wineries and outdoor activities.  I personally loved Kelowna and would easily spend a summer or more living here. What to do Kelowna offers suitable activities for people of all ages and budgets. Take a waterfront walk: Follow the boardwalk along the waterfront from Waterfront Park, past City Park and all the way up to Gyro Beach – a total of 4kms one-way along a flat path. If you prefer a shorter walk start from Waterfront Park and walk to the bridge near City Park; this was the nicest section of the walk. Gyro Beach: Is a lovely beach area on Lake Okanagan, and arguably Kelowna best beach. At Gyro beach you will find volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, snack venues and rental shops, making Gyro Beach the perfect place to relax and have fun in the sun. Paul’s Tomb: Is a great area to go and hang out by Lake Okanagan. From the base of Knox Mountain you must hike about 1.5kms to reach Pauls Tomb. Knox Mountain: Is a large national park with a number of hiking and […]

Backpackers Guide to Kelowna – Canada



Nels Nelson Ski Jump Revelstoke
Revelstoke is a town in the south west of British Columbia Canada. Surrounded by mountains and breathtaking scenery, the destination is ideal for an outdoor/adventure enthusiast.   What to do Explore Downtown: This can easily be done in a few hours. The town itself isn’t remarkable, but the setting is with mountains in every direction. Nels Nelson Ski Jump: A historic ski jump site located up Mount Revelstoke, definitely worth checking out.  The view from the top is amazing, as seen below. The ski jump is no longer used but still fascinating to see. Wear shoes and follow the trail, the slope is deceivingly steep.  Revelstoke Dam: A massive hydroelectric dam surrounded by rocky mountains. The dam is about 5kms out of Revelstoke, if you dont have a car dont worry too much about missing out on this. If you do have a car, it’s worth the trip. Begbie Creek and falls: A must do for nature lovers. Blanket Creek Falls: Another great location for nature lovers, about 20 minutes out of Downtown Revelstoke. The Enchanted forest: Just outside of Revelstoke is the Enchanted Forest, an adventure destination offering Zip lining, high ropes courses and more. Halcyon Hot springs: A great […]

Backpackers Guide to Revelstoke – Canada


Banff
Banff is a small town located within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Banff is a popular destination for mountain activities such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding and rock climbing. If you love nature and the great outdoors, you will LOVE Banff. What to do Banff Gondola: Offer incredible views of Banff and the surrounding mountains. Banff Hot Springs: Located up Sulpher Mountain, overlooking Banff National Parks spectacular alpine scenery. A great place to relax after a day of hiking or skiing. Drive up Mount Norquay – the view is amazing, and there is a high chance of spotting wildlife. I found these guys up Mount Norquay, look at them posing. Party: Banff is renowned for its nightlife. Some popular clubs include Dancing Sasquatch, Aurora and Hoodoo. Explore Bow River and Bow Falls: within walking distance from downtown. Follow the trails for 1-4 hours exploring Banff. Explore Vermilion Lakes: Also within walking distance from Banff. The Vermillion lakes are commonly photographed with Rundle Mountain in the background (below). Drive along the Bow Valley Parkway: A scenic drive connecting Banff and Lake Louise. There is always wildlife along this road and incredible scenery. Explore Lake Louise: Located 40 minutes from Banff is the picturesque […]

Backpackers Guide to Banff – Canada



Fairview Lookout Lake Louise
Lake Louise is one of the most scenic destinations in the world. With electric blue glacier fed Lakes, Rocky Mountains in every direction, an incredible range of wildlife, it’s easy to understand why. Lake Louise is a must do destination on any backpackers list who is planning a trip to Western Canada. I am lucky enough to be able to live and work here and really get to know the area. What I have found to be great about Lake Louise and the Rockies is that once you get here, you can explore and experience this amazing part of the world for free or at a relatively cheap price, for example hiking is one of the best things to do in Lake Louise and it is totally FREE! Experiencing the Rockies is totally doable on a backpacker’s budget. And if you are looking for an adventure packed trip involving outdoor activities, Lake Louise is the ideal destination. Winter activities in and around Lake Louise Lake Louise offers a vast range of outdoor winter activities including downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, dog sledding, hiking and ice climbing. Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Lake Louise Ski Area is a […]

Backpackers Guide to Lake Louise – Canada


Mount Royal Montreal
The transition from travel to work is never an enjoyable one, but there are ways to make it easier. After spending a fun filled week in Vancouver, I jumped on a bus to Lake Louise where I would begin work. I didn’t want to leave Vancouver as the late nights out and long days of exploring were much more appealing than work… ehhh. However I have to fund my travel adventures somehow. When I arrived in Lake Louise I had no time to rest, I literally started work that night. No one wants to work on a holiday, but there are so many benefits to it, as I remind myself everyday (that Im at work anyway). The transition can be much more pleasant by using the power of positive thinking. I always remind myself that working on my holiday will allow me to stay abroad for much longer, and see much more than I would in a 2 week trip. The way I have always travelled is through working holidays. I generally move overseas, spend a few weeks travelling then start work. Once working there is no need to spend your savings. After 3-4 months of work I go travelling […]

The transition from travel to work