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 our way to the Burrowing Owl Winery in Oliver BC, we passed what used to be a gold rush town in the 1800s. Black Sage Road. Now only a few buildings remain. Here, we found a broken roof, empty windows, empy doors, and crumbling walls. No paint left. Or was it ever painted?

I felt like I wanted to roam around inside, but the building seemed like it might collapse at any moment. Or at least, the roof might fall in on me. A warning near the fence, “DO NOT ENTER”, emphasized that it’s best to observe this beautifully decaying structure from a safe distance.

~Team Eagle (Ryan and Dina VagabondQuest.com)

We just experienced the Mascot Gold Mine tour in Hedley, BC. It’s a good hour drive up a winding mountain road to get up to the mine site, and then 589 steps down to the old gold mining buildings. It’s interesting to see how the miners lived and worked, and hear some of the stories from the guide. Unfortunately you can’t go very deep into the tunnels right now, but they’re working on getting permission to allow visitors deeper into the mine. Still, it was an interesting afternoon.

~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)

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