Pacific Rim Highway – to Tofino and Ucluelet

There’s only one main highway to the west coast of Vancouver Island. That’s the Pacific Rim Highway.  The highway is Highway #4 that branches off Highway #19 (Inland Island Highway) near Qualicum Beach. The first highly recommended stop along the way is the tiny town of Coombs.  However, Coombs is probably home to one of the largest, international markets I have seen on Vancouver Island. … Continue reading Pacific Rim Highway – to Tofino and Ucluelet

Vancouver Island – Fanny Bay to Qualicum Beach

Earlier in the spring when we had gorgeous summer-like weather, I had the good fortune of a Vancouver Island getaway.  My wife had school-related stuff to do on the Island, so I got to tag along for a week.  I had never spend that much time on Vancouver Island, but it was a real treat. It started off with an up-island tour starting in Courtenay.  … Continue reading Vancouver Island – Fanny Bay to Qualicum Beach

Multnomah Falls

Due east along the Columbia River Highway outside of Portland, Oregon is one of the most photographed waterfalls.  Being only a 40 minute drive from downtown Portland, Multnomah Falls is easily accessible for Stumptown residents and visitors. I had first read about Multnomah Falls in The Shack, a Christian themed novel that takes place in Oregon and features the Falls in its early pages.  The … Continue reading Multnomah Falls

Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum

Revelstoke, BC – Population: 7,139.  It’s not exactly the first place you’d think about for a railway museum.  However, this tiny little mountain town does have historic ties to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the local resource industries.  At $10 per adult, it’s not a very expensive admission price for a fair sized museum complete with railyard in the back and two actual engines in … Continue reading Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum

Edmonton’s Old Strathcona

We spent part of our time in Edmonton along Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona. I think Whyte Ave is the most truly urban part of Edmonton. Small independent stores, bars and restaurants line the street. There is the odd interjection of car dealerships that disrupts the urban walk, though. On one night we went to a New Orleans diner on the recommendation of our friend’s … Continue reading Edmonton’s Old Strathcona