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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On a boat tour in Harrison Hot Springs, we were delighted to spot an osprey returning to her nest to feed her chicks. We couldn’t see them at first, and they were quite still, but as the mother swooped in with a fish in her talons, they popped their heads up and started chirping, clamouring for their dinner.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

VagabondQuest Deer Elevation 1873 meters Flower

By far, our favourite thing we did in Osoyoos was hiking to the top of Kobau Mountain. Why? Because it’s spectacular up there! Shrub-steppe at the bottom, mixed with pine forest and alpine flower meadows on the top. The view to Osoyoos city and the unique Spotted Lake with mountains and valleys as far as you can see are breathtaking.

1873m high, you don’t have to hike all the way from the bottom. We drove our Toyota Prius pretty near to the top, parked there, and had a leisurely 30 minute  hike to the top. We made a lot of stops observing the flowers along the way. We spotted some I haven’t seen anywhere else!

We didn’t see anyone else on the mountain that day, which made us love it even more: it was like having the whole world to ourselves!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

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)

Precious moment in Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, watching a woodpecker feed her baby. She’d fly around collecting food, returning every 5 or 10 minutes with a little meal for her baby. We couldn’t tell, but the chick seemed to sense when her mother was approaching because her chirping would reach a fever pitch.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Here are two gorgeous bald eagles from the BC Wildlife Park Kamloops! This park is home to three bald eagles that suffered injuries in the wild that permanently disabled them from flying. Without the ablility to fly, they won’t survive the wild, because they are no longer able to hunt for food. Very sad. But now they are in the good care of BC Wildlife Park Kamloops. A new safe home for them, giving them a new chance for survival.

The wingspan of bald eagles are surprisingly wide! Especially given the length of their body. Dina tried to match up, and failed miserably.

We are proud to carry Eagle as our team name :)

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Boo is a ten year old grizzly bear. He was orphaned when he was only 5 months old, when his mom was shot illegally by a poacher. A baby bear without a mother can’t survive in the wild, so Boo was taken into a refuge. Boo now lives at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, near Golden, BC Canada. When we visited, he was just waking up from an afternoon nap. Here’s the charming Boo!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Bird Flower

From Scout Island Nature Centre in Williams Lake :)

Anybody know the name of this bird and flower?

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Stampede Royalty 2011 and 2012 One of rodeo clown Bert Davis' dogs Bobi, Stampede Princess 2011

Williams Lake is famous for its annual stampede around Canada Day. We were pretty lucky to be there at the right time! It was our first rodeo, and it was so much fun. We loved it! Very thrilling, especially when a bull crashed into the railing right in front of me!

Thank you Stampede Royalty 2011 and 2012, and also Rodeo Clown Bert Davis, for taking the time to chat. You made this rodeo even more special for us!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Dina was excited to see the calves at Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada, but this baby cow was even more excited to see her!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Driving around BC in a Toyota Prius, it’s been handy to be able to switch to all-electric EV mode, so we can be super quiet and get up close to the wildlife without spooking them. This shot is from Wells Gray National Park, when we got right up beside a handsome raven without disturbing him at all.

Can you see the reflection of our white Prius in the raven’s eye?

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

We visited Sun Peaks near Kamloops yesterday, a popular ski destination in the winter time. During the rest of the year it’s a great place for mountain biking and hiking.

And oh! They have a Kevin Costner and Modern West Free Outdoor Concert this weekend! (July 7, 3.30pm)

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Grouse Mountain park has a grizzly bear refugee. A fun and easy way to spot it is from the chairlift! But if you are lucky, the big bear might stand quite close to the fence, where you can see it up close!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

Meet Dr. Who! The charming eleven week old owl on Grouse Mountain, Vancouver.

Dr. Who prefers to have a real name, and people have been voting for it in facebook.

The vote is closed now, bummer! We wanted to cast our vote for: Nanaimo! Why Nanaimo? Because we just ate a very delicious Nanaimo bar at Delany’s Coffee House at Edgemont Village closeby. (Thank you “Babe with a Backpack" for the recommendation!)

Oh well, too late to vote! But be sure to check out this stunning eyed youngster’s new name!

BC travel tips: When you visit Grouse Mountain, don’t miss the fantastic bird show!

Woo whoo!!

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

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