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Top Fives

September 20, 2020

Just a fun little post of my top fives…..

Top Five Concerts

  1. Arcade Fire – the Gorge – 2014
  2. Arcade Fire – Pacific Coliseum – 2017
  3. Stone Temple Pilots – QET – 2001
  4. I Mother Earth – The Warehouse – 1997
  5. Edgefest 97 (2x) – 1997

Top Five Albums

  1. Stone Temple Pilots – Core
  2. I Mother Earth – Quicksilver Meat Dream
  3. I Mother Earth – Scenery and Fish
  4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  5. Blind Melon – Nico

Top Five Bands/Musicians

  1. Stone Temple Pilots
  2. I Mother Earth
  3. Arcade Fire
  4. Tegan and Sara
  5. The Watchmen

Top Five Bands/Musicians from the 90’s

  1. Stone Temple Pilots
  2. I Mother Earth
  3. The Watchmen
  4. Nirvana
  5. Marvelous 3

Top Five Artists

  1. Salvador Dali
  2. Lawren Harris
  3. Leonid Afremov
  4. Emily Carr
  5. Linda Mackey

Top Five Outdoors Activities

  1. Mountain Biking
  2. Cycling
  3. Golfing
  4. Canoeing
  5. Hiking

Top Five Sports to Watch on TV

  1. Baseball
  2. CFL
  3. Hockey
  4. Ski Cross
  5. Adventure Racing

Top Five Sports to Play

  1. Mountain Biking
  2. Football
  3. Golfing
  4. Darts
  5. Baseball

Top Five Sports to Watch Live

  1. Hockey
  2. Baseball
  3. Football
  4. Softball
  5. Darts

Top Five Documentaries

  1. Long Way Around
  2. Long Way Down
  3. Blackfish
  4. Exit through the gift shop
  5. Icarus

Top Five Movies watched in Theater

  1. Matrix
  2. Avatar
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. Dark Knight Rises
  5. Avengers

Top Five Movies

  1. Matrix
  2. Braveheart
  3. Avengers
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. Lord of the Rings

Top Five Movies from 90’s

  1. Matrix
  2. The Crow
  3. Braveheart
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. True Lies

Top Five Movies from 80’s

  1. Teen Wolf
  2. Die Hard
  3. Star Wars
  4. Back to the Future
  5. Goonies

Top Five Xmas Movies

  1. Die Hard
  2. Home Alone
  3. A christmas Story
  4. Elf
  5. Santa Claus the Movie

Top Five Action Movies

  1. Braveheart
  2. Gladiator
  3. Taken
  4. Deadpool
  5. Ong-Bak

Top Five Comedies

  1. Spaceballs
  2. Step Brothers
  3. Superbad
  4. Galaxy Quest
  5. Monty Python and the holy Grail

Top Five Dramas

  1. Shawshank Redemption
  2. American History X
  3. Green Mile
  4. Good Will Hunting
  5. Truman Show

Top Five Rom Coms

  1. Princess Bride
  2. Notting Hill
  3. The Proposal
  4. Wedding Singer
  5. First 50 Dates

Top Five TV Shows

  1. Lost
  2. Heroes
  3. Saturday Night Live
  4. Battlestar Galactica
  5. The Wire

Top Five Restaurants/Eateries

  1. Oakwood Bistro – Vancouver
  2. Heartwood Kitchen – Ucluelet
  3. The Red Wagon – Vancouver
  4. The Combine – Simcoe
  5. Brodeurs – Abbotsford

Top Five Pizza Places

  1. Serious Pie – Seattle
  2. Via Tevere – Vancouver
  3. Pizzeria Barbarella – Vancouver (use to have a place in abbie too)
  4. Emilio Finatti – Langley

Top Five Trips

  1. Pacific Rim National Park – Greenpoint camping – multiple times
  2. Hawaii – 2012
  3. Killarney National Park – Canoe Camping – 1994?
  4. Quebec City – 1991
  5. Seattle – 2015

Top Five Camping Trips

  1. Pacific Rim National Park – 2003
  2. Pacific Rim National Park – 2007
  3. Kilarney National Park – Canoe Camping – 1994?
  4. Kearsley Creek – 2019
  5. Bear – 2012

Top Five Breakfast Meals

  1. Eggs Benny
  2. Fried Chicken & Waffles
  3. Waffles
  4. Pancakes
  5. Cereal (All-Bran)

Top Five Desserts/Junk food

  1. Millionaire’s Layer Cake
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  4. Coconut Cake
  5. Donuts

Top Five Meals

  1. Pizza
  2. Risotto
  3. Warm Kale Salad
  4. Turkey Dinner
  5. Fried Chicken

Top Five Vehicles (have never owned any :P)

  1. 2021 Rivian R1S
  2. 2016 Tesla Model S
  3. 2005 Subaru Outback
  4. 2009 Volvo XC90
  5. 2002 Mercedes Benz G Class
Camping, Outdoors, Trips

Pacific Rim National Reserve – ’17

August 24, 2017

It had been four years (too long) since we had camped at Green point.   We really wanted Brinkley to experience camping when she was young, Sadie loved camping at Long beach, and we wanted to Brinks to have the same experience.

Camping, Canoeing, Outdoors, Trips

Outdoors Bucket List

August 21, 2016


Name Difficulty Distance Location Done
Three Falls Trail Easy 9km Manning Park
Mount Crickmer Hard 18km Chilliwack BC
Hoover Lake Mission BC
Alder Flats (Golden Ears) Mission BC
Davis Lake Mission BC
Garibaldi Squamish BC

Road Biking

Name Difficulty Distance Location
Abbotsford to Langley
100km BC Randonneuring Event
147km BC Randonneuring Event
200km BC Randonneuring Event

MTB Biking

Name Difficulty Distance Location
Kettle Valley Rail Trail
Icefields Parkway (Banff/Jasper)
7 summits hike from Nancy Green Summit
Revelstoke: Frisbee Ridge / Keystone


Name Difficulty Distance Location
Nanika-Kidprice Moderate (2 portages) 30km (5-6 days) Houston BC
Main Lakes Canoe Chain Quadra Island
Bowron Lakes Quesnel


Name Type Location
Pacific Rim National Park 6x
Yoho National Park
Peter Lougheed 
Provincial Park
Mount Robson 
Provincial Park
Cathedral Provincial Park
Jasper National Park
Killarney Provincial Park
Fundy National Park
Gros Morne National Park
Queen Elizabeth 
Territorial Park


Manning Park – Three Falls Trail


Distance: 9km

Elevation Gain: easy

Time: day trip



Mount Crickmer


Distance: 18km return (15km  of which is logging road)

Elevation Gain: 4000ft

Time: 1-3 days (Camping allowed)


Take Dewdney Trunk Rd. from Maple Ridge east to the Stave Dam. Before you go over the dam take your last left (north). This is Burma Road or Florence Lake Forestry Road and is gravel all the way. Go 6.9KM up this road and turn left at the gate to the Kearsley Creek Forestry Road. Follow this as it switch backs up the road, use a map or you can get lost as it there are a few off shoots. Once you get to the yellow circle signs with the black arrows follow those signs. The trail is marked with orange and pink tags.

Notes: Bring the MTB and use for the logging roads, and lock to a tree and climb the rest?

Hoover Lake


Distance: 29km return

Elevation Gain: 4000ft

Time: 1-3 days (Camping allowed)


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Alder Flats – Golden Ears



Davis Lake

Garibaldi Hike

Distance: 29km return

Elevation Gain: 4000ft

Time: 1-3 days (Camping allowed)





Abbotsford to Fort Langley


Map & Directions

BC Randonneuring Event!


Kettle Valley Rail Trail


Distance: 800km

Elevation Gain: 4000ft

Time: 5-6 days (camping or hotels)

The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is an abandoned railroad track that winds across the Okanagan and Similkameen region in southern BC. It offers over 800 km (497 mi) of mountain biking trails (as opposed to road biking). While the 80 km section from Myra Canyon near Kelowna through to Penticton is one of the most popular, there are loads of sections that can be strung together to form an amazing multi-day trip.

Icefields Parkway (Banff/Jasper)

Distance: 230km

Elevation Gain: n/A

Time: 2-3 days (camping or hotels)



7 summits hike from Nancy Green Summit

Distance: 30km

Elevation Gain: 4000ft

Time: day trip

Seven Summits starts from the Nancy Greene parking area and heads south along a very buff and flowy singletrack trail located right behind the trailhead kiosk. After a short 600 m cruise along this trail, just enough time to warm up your legs, the climbing will begin. The climb is gradual, getting steeper and a little more technical as you near the first summit 3/4 of the way up. This is the longest climb of the day, just over 620 m in vertical gain, and it will start to wear you down as you near the top. Once you reach the first summit the trail will descend from there; rolling along the side of the mountain and across a well-defined ridge over to a short technical climb. The quick up is followed by an exhilarating and awe dropping descent, about 4 km in length. Enjoy this long section of down and make sure to stop and take a break before continuing on up the next climb; a technical climb which will take around 25 min to complete. A few more ups and downs will follow, until you reach the 20.5 km mark on the trail. From this point forward the trail is virtually all downhill, with the exception of a few extremely short ups that can be cleared when maintaining your speed. At the 30 km mark you will spit out onto a fire road (Rossland Cascade Rd.). Continue on across Cascade Rd. to the well-marked trailhead for Dewdney to complete your descent down the remaining 5.4 km of flowy singletrack. When including the Dewdney trail, the descent is almost 14 km in length. The actual Seven Summit trail ends at the Rossland Cascade Road; however, most riders will take the Dewdney trail the remainder of the way down for a much more enjoyable finish.

Come prepared

For most riders the Seven Summits trail will take the better part of the day to complete and one should plan on 4 – 7 hours for this epic ride. After all, for most this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an IMBA Epic and Bike Magazine’s 2007 ‘Trail of the Year’ and therefore rushing it is not recommended. Take your time, take in the views and enjoy your surroundings. We’ve been told that the fastest riders will take under 3.5 hours to complete this point-to-point, but for many just completing the full length of the ride is a formidable accomplishment.

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Revelstoke: Frisbee Ridge / Keystone Standard Basin Trails

Distance: ?

Elevation Gain: ?

Time: day trip

This is two rides, actually. Keystone Ridge, which is one of Revelstoke, BC’s finest high alpine XC rides is a long and beautiful trail through some of the most gorgeous terrain in the area. Couple that with the Frisbee Ridge ride and you’ve got a trip all on its own. Frisbee Ridge was built by bikers for bikers and is a newer, epic XC trail that starts in old growth forest and makes its way onto a high alpine ridge. Beautiful views, killer terrain and a long ride make these two trails definitely worth a visit.


Nanika-Kidprice Canoe (Houston)


Distance: 30km return

Portages: 2 (longest 2km)

Time: 3 days (5-6 preferred)


Just over an hour’s drive from the town of Houston (which is located on Highway #16) you can enjoy the start of a wilderness canoe/camping trip in the Nanika-Kidprice Lakes Basin. This basin lies on the eastern slope of the Coastal Mountain Range and forms the upper watershed of the Morice-Bulkley Rivers. The basin area is 920 meters above sea level and is surrounded by glaciated and snow-capped peaks that rise as high as 2400 meters.


Canoe camping trip.

Main Lakes Canoe Chain (Quadra Island)


Distance: 22km return

Portages: 0

Time: 3 days


In Main Lakes Provincial Park there is an alternative to saltwater paddling around Quadra Island. It is a small chain of 6 freshwater lakes (Village Bay Lk, Mine Lk, Main Lk, Little Main Lk, Clear Lk, & Stramberg Lk) in the interior of the island that is perfectly suited to canoeing. It is about 11 kms one way but to explore this chain allow at least 3 days.

Bowron Lakes (Quesnel)


Distance: 22km return

Portages: several

Time: 5 days


Another way to describe it as the scenery you get driving from Banff to Jasper, except you’re in a canoe, everything is pristine, from crystal clear waters to majestic mountain slopes all in their original state. You can stop off at waterfalls, mini-hikes, visit old trapper’s cabins, and witness nature as it has been for millenia. You’ll find a bit of other canoe traffic on the circuit (which can be a good thing), but since this park is managed by B.C. Parks, you’ll find that you only encounter congestion at pinch points, of which there are few. Instead you will mostly find beautiful pre-set up campsots (with bear caches), sandy beaches, rocky beaches, and lots of water-front camping and spectacular views.


Mackenzie River (Yukon)


Distance:130 km

Portages: 0

Time: 21 days




Peter Lougheed 
Provincial Park

It’s no wonder this gem of a camping area in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country is popular with the locals. It has all the peak attributes you get in nearby Banff, but without the crowds. Nestled on a promontory, it sits on the west shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake, and delivers a 360-degree view. The bad news for most people is that you can only reach it by hiking (or paddling) about three kilometres. Which is good news for the rest of us.


Mount Robson 
Provincial Park

When you first see 3,954-metre Mount Robson from the highway about 25 kilometres away, it’s obvious that the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies is also one of the most spectacular, with its immense bulk rising nearly 3,000 metres above you. And there’s no better place to admire its grandeur than at the Berg Lake Campground, which sits at the northern base of the peak, about a day’s hike from the highway. As its name suggests, the campground is located beside a small lake that actually contains mini icebergs that have broken off from a glacier on the mountain above.


Cathedral Provincial Park

It takes a day of hiking to get to this campground at the centre of Cathedral Provincial Park, in the Cascade Mountains west of B.C.’s Okanagan, but the park’s interior is worth it: a subalpine plateau of fish-filled lakes, unique geology, alpine meadows and, most importantly, plenty of hikeable summits and ridges. Day hikes project like spokes on a wheel from the campground, which sits on a turquoise lake across from impressive granite walls.


Jasper National Park

Sitting just off the Icefields Parkway at an elevation of more than 2,000 metres, this tent-only spot is among the highest places in Canada to go car camping. But the real reason to come here is that it sits across the road from one of the country’s most famous scenes: the fractured tongue of the Athabasca Glacier rolling down from the Columbia Icefield, surrounded by snowy 11,000-foot summits. The campground also provides easy access to world-class hikes and the glacier itself.




Camping, Outdoors, Trips

Birkenhead Provincial Park – Camping Trip

August 14, 2016

Desiree and Kim coordinated a quick weekend camping trip this year instead of our traditional 5-6 day trip, we chose Birkenhead as it had an offleash dog area at the beach for Sadie to swim.

We ended up buying a new car a couple weeks before the trip, which came handy as it was AWD, and we had 17km of gravel road to get there.   We took roughly 4.5 hr to get there through Whistler, and Pemberton, on the way up we realized the day we return a triathlon would close down the highway between Whistler and Pemberton, which meant a 5.5 return trip the opposite way through Lilloette.

It was a beautiful campground in the middle of no where, in which we couldn’t see most of our neighbouring campsites just the way we like it.  Probably #2 next to Greenpoint on  my list of favourite places to camp.  Next time I’m going to bring a canoe and bicycle to hit the lake and trails.

The 2nd day there, we hit the trail which goes along the north side of the lake and returns down an old logging road, it extends further several km, which is probably best to be taken via bike.   But the main trail would also make for a great all-mountain/xc trail.   It was a quiet / peaceful couple a days, and a beautiful drive home.





Canoeing, Outdoors

Canoeing – Widgeon Creek

August 12, 2014

We haven’t gone canoeing in years, in fact the last time we touched foot in a canoe was around 14 years prior. We’ve wanted to get out in the water for a while now. We finally bit the bullet, and drove to Pitt Meadows on our vacation and rented a Clipper from a canoe rental facility at the Grant Narrows.

I had canoed Widgeon about fifteen years ago with a couple co-workers from my previous employer, and remembered the fantastic scenery and have always wanted to take Desiree on the same trip. It turned out to be perfect weather, not too hot or cold. The walk to the falls was a little longer then I remembered it, but the canoe trip was as calm, and relaxing as I remembered it. The trip solidified our ambition, and plan to buy our own canoe next summer (2016).

Camping, Outdoors, Trips

Pacific Rim National Park – 2013

August 12, 2013

We’ve made it a tradition to do a family camping trip to Pacific Rim since Mallory was 10 months old. We try to go back at least every other year. Pacific Rim is one of the most fantastic camp grounds in Canada, albeit a little chilly. Even in mid July/Aug, you should bring some warm clothing for in the evenings, or in the shade. It’s not unusual to be in the low 20’s / high teens.

This year we brought one of Mallory’s friends to keep her company.  We always camp for five days / four nights, any longer and it gets tiresome, and with the lack of showers, its definitely pushing our limits in terms of cleanliness.

One of the aspects of camping we look forward to the most is the meals, specifically on the campfire, we plan our meals weeks in advance, and try to exclusively use the camp fire for all dinners, and camp stove for break/lunch.   As a child my grandfather always has these durable pie irons, and for years we struggled to find something of equal strength until we stumbled upon the Rome series of irons.   They’re cast iron, with durable wood handles, so far with three years of usage we have yet not to notice any wear or warping.

Camping, Outdoors, Trips, Uncategorized

Sasquatch Provincial Park – July 2013

July 28, 2013
We drove up with a couple of Des' friends for a so called 'posse camping weekend'.  We hadn't been to Sasquatch before, but it was a pleasant surprise.  The camp sites were fairly secluded, although not as much as Green Point (Pacific Rim).  We prefer to camp in seclusion :-)

Below are a few photos from the trip, although most are the dogs swimming.

Outdoors, Photos

Mountain Biking – Bear Mtn

September 19, 2012

I started mountain biking in 2012 to get in shape and get out in nature. I stick to the easy/intermediate trails and never do anything to insane as I’m not much of a risk taker by nature 🙂 Here’s a few photos from Bear Mountain. I don’t get out as much as I’d like mainly because while I love going down, going up sucks when your out of shape.