Explore BC

Follow four travel bloggers—two teams of two—on a month-long adventure as they Explore BC and its many unique experiences.

Team Orca consists of Brendan and Rob, hailing from Rocky Mountain House and Ottawa, respectively. Both are seasoned world travellers and this will be the first time they’ll be meeting each other. Team Eagle is Dina and Ryan, a husband-and-wife duo from London, Ontario, who have visited more than 40 countries together since 2009, yet have never visited British Columbia.

Over the course of four weeks this summer, these four bloggers will attempt to experience much of what BC has to offer: everything from white-water rafting and whale watching to gliding and rock climbing; from winery tours and brewery tours to historic museums and aboriginal experiences. Be sure to follow the adventure on our Facebook page and have your say in where they go and what they do!

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Beautiful driving from Rossland to Osoyoos. We spotted lots of deer, but most didn’t hang around long. This one posed nicely for a photo.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Rossland used to be a gold rush town, and now it is the mountain bike capital of Canada. Or so it’s called by many! Rossland and the Red Mountain Resort nearby have a very extensive trail system that is heaven for mountain bike afficionados. Both experts and beginners can enjoy this terrain.

A fun thing to look for when biking around this area is old mine shafts! The trail system overlays an extensive system of gold mines, and sometimes the surface collapses. Don’t worry, it won’t collapse on the track itself. But here and there from the trail you can spot them. We saw 2!

Thanks Deanne and Sarah for a great day of mountain biking!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Nelson Brewing Company is not only unique because of their top-notch beer, or the cool heritage building where they operate, but also because all beers they produce are hand crafted and organic! Even the honey for flavouring their excellent honey beer comes from an organic certified honey farm!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Most big cities contain a hip, trendy neighborhood with funky shops and interesting people. Now imagine a town with none of the boring, and only the trendy area - that’s Nelson, BC. Unique boutiques, great cafes, street festivals, and wacky people everywhere.

It’s full of interesting, historical buildings, especially along Baker Street. Grab a map at the tourist information centre for a self guided walking tour. We stayed at the Hume Hotel, a pretty old-timey ‘since 1898’ boutique hotel. If you are lucky, you’ll get a room with a view to the Court House, a heritage building that I think is the most beautiful one in the city! (Just look at picture above)

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Ryan’s favourite find at the Creston Museum: a mustache cup!

Check out the design, it keeps your ‘stache dry. Perfect for formal occassions where you want your ‘stache to stay neat at all times. It even has a classy floral pattern, very sophisticated!

Thinking of getting one for Movember?

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Southern BC is a great place for a winery crawl. In Creston, we tried the small and intimate Skimmerhorn Winery. We recommend the Kootenay Crush White 2011, that won silver medal at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2012 in New York. Take note of the cute dog on the label.

That’s Bob, the winery’s mascot. Our second recommendation is playing with him! He is such a cute dog that will turn upside down at the hint of petting, and will pose charmingly if he suspects you’re taking his photograph!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Fort Steele town Ryan Dina tries on a bonnet Steam train

Fort Steele in East Kootenay was a gold rush boom town in the 19th century. After a few decades, the town was abandoned when the rail line was built through nearby Cranbrook, and slowly withered away. About a hundred years later, Fort Steele has reopened as a heritage town. Last week we visited to see how an old-timey gold rush town looks.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

After two weeks of outdoor activities, plunging our sorry muscles into a hot spring was a blissful experience. Radium hot springs in Kootenay National Park is not just about the hot water, but also has a pretty rock backdrop. If you are lucky, some bighorn sheep might appear clambering over the ridges as you enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot pool.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

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