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)

From Prince Rupert, we caught a float plane to the Khutzeymateen grizzly bear sanctuary.  It was definitely the part of our trip that I had been most looking forward to.  As a photographer, my favourite subject has always been wildlife.  So to be able to get so close to some wild Grizzly bears was absolutely incredible.

Being so close to such powerful animals is a humbling and exciting experience.  If you are ever in the area, be sure that you take in this activity.  It is one of the truly bucket list in this world.  

Photos and Caption by Brendan van Son - Team Orca - http://www.brendansadventures.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)

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