Vancouver, Canada’s western metropolis, is an urban jewel. Not only does it lend to the city-lovers with its skyscrapers and hip eateries, but it also caters to the adventure-lovers, with Stanley Park and close by mountains.
Silence. The motor of the boat has been cut, and you drift, bobbing with the waves in the Pacific Ocean. You’re surrounded by blue, and you can see mountains in the distance. But that’s not what you are here for. You are waiting, silently, scanning the water for a sign from the top predator of the ocean: the orca. Whale watching is a huge draw for visitors in British Columbia, and there are no questions as to why: seeing these beautiful marine mammals in the wild is an incredible experience.
Winter may be a time where you want to hole up next to a warm fire and drink hot chocolate, but it’s also the perfect time to go on a weekend getaway. Not only is it cheaper, but there are fewer people and who doesn’t love snow city scenes. So bundle up and pack your bags. Next stop is Kingston, Ontario.
What we thought was the name of a setting for a murder mystery movie, Silent Lake Provincial Park was instead a stunning focal point in the Northeastern Ontario. This was my second winter heading out of the comfort of my warm home into the wilderness of Ontario to winter camp in a yurt.