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)

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)

Columbia River Our troop Eagle's nest, maybe :) Searching for birds

Last week we took a Wetland Wildlife Safari on the Columbia River. The river is sandwiched between the Rocky Mountain Range and the Columbia Mountain Range that create gorgeous backdrops on both sides of the river. The water’s surface was glassy sleek, making the mountains’ reflection on the water breathtaking. Everywhere you look, gorgeousness!

Between the two mountain ranges, in and above this river, the wildlife are active. We saw several eagles, bald eagles (and many of their nests), great blue herons, among other things.

Wally our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about wildlife. We were also lucky to have companions from Alberta that were knowledgeable about the geological formation of the mountain ranges, making our journey very enjoyable and informative.

~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)

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)

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)

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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