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Deep Cove, British Columbia

15 Mar

It was the last hurrah of Winter. My honey and I set out to Deep Cove, a village full of ghosts with a heritage society that harbours a dark secret. That is, in our imaginations!

Located on the North Shore at the entrance of Indian Arm off Burrard Inlet, Deep Cove is the perfect kayaking spot and I can’t wait to return once the weather gets warmer!


Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

22 Feb
Jeremy Bloom

After a night of partying at the USA House- I got to meet four-time Olympic gold medalist John Naber and Olympian/ESPN Broadcaster/Philanthropist Jeremy Bloom who founded the Jeremy Bloom Wish of a Lifetime Foundation for low income senior citizens- my honey and I decided to escape the Olympic fray and head out to Lighthouse Park.

A View of Bowen Island from Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park, located on the Straight of Georgia at the the mouth of Howe Sound, is an ancient forest full of virgin Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Red Cedar. An incredible energy pulses through this old growth forest that simply must be experienced. I always feel so tranquil here, breathing in the air and basking on the hot rocks that lead down to the water like sea lions. Only a half-hour from downtown Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is the perfect place for a romantic picnic as the sun sets over Vancouver Island or to come and meditate.

Pup, In Her Element

Alas, we could not stay away from the Olympics for long and returned home at dusk to make Bellinis and watch the hockey match. I must say, I wish Canada had won.

Squamish & Brackendale, British Columbia

1 Feb
Photo courtesy of Winkyintheuk
Bald Eagle by the Squamish River

My honey and I got patriotic on Sunday and hit the road in our 88 Oldsmobile to spend the day bald eagle watching in Brackendale, BC. More bald eagles congregate in the Squamish Valley during the winter months than anywhere in the world!

It felt like an Irish day, the winter sun demur behind a tulle veil of mist that lay suspended across the pallid landscape, so naturally we stopped for fish and chips and Old Jamaica Ginger Beer along the way at The Wigan Pier.

Photo Courtesy of Derek Purdy
Brackendale Eagle Provincial Park

With hearty sustenance to keep us warm, it was on to the dyke along the Squamish River across from the Brackendale Eagle Provincial Park. I got a beautiful photo of what to my chagrin turned out to be a mere gull- I had suspicions from the wonky way it was flying- before the camera batteries gave in to the cold (hence, my reliance on flickr to spin this yarn).

When we were driving away we saw hundreds of birds circling the sky above mountaintops. I cannot be sure they were bald eagles, so this isn’t quite the classic anecdote I’d hoped it to be, but I like to think they were. Mission accomplished!

Photo courtesy of Patrick Doheny
Shannon Falls

On the way home, we stopped at Shannon Falls, which was simply stunning. But now I’m just showing off!