Category archives: Canada

7 Highlights along the Pacific Northwest Coast

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When I plan a trip, I have a tendency to pack a lot in. I want to do everything, which makes me a prime victim for 'travel burnout'. The thing is, there are just so many exciting adventures to have around the world. This isn't any less true when exploring along the North American west coast. In my recent road trip from the absolutely wonderful Vancouver, Can[...]

Why Vancouver has it all

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During a month-long road trip through the US and Canada in summer, I nearly skipped Vancouver because it just seemed a little too out of the way from Toronto. I’m so glad I didn’t. I spent some of the happiest days of my life over there. Now that might have been a combination of great people, blue skies, general euphoria and the city's summer vibe, but I’d a[...]

The Wild Wild West in Canada

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“Easy girls”, I hear Tim's voice from the front. He doesn't mean me, of course, but the two mule mares drawing the coach I am on. Earlier that day a two-hour truck drive brought me from Banff to the Bighorn camp-ground on the edge of Banff National Park, Alberta. I was about to gather my first WWOOFing experience, leaving behind electricity, running water, p[...]

The Perfect Canadian Autumn Hike

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“Get up and outside – you gotta see this!”, my friend shouted in the middle of the night. What could possibly be so interesting at this hour? A bear? A beautiful moon? This better be worth leaving my cozy sleeping bag! Excited I made my way to the wooden door. Everyone was already gathering outside, cameras out, eyes fixed to the sky. There – a flash of ligh[...]

Sleeping in trees - Free Spirit Spheres

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When I close my eyes and memorize my childhood, I remember climbing up on trees, sitting in a cozy tree house, looking out for squirrels to visit my new home, being totally at one with nature. I often thought back of those happy days before stumbling across a special hotel on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Finally my dream of a tree house could become true - [...]

My Vancouver Declaration of Love

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I hereby declare, that I love the city of Vancouver. Ranking 5th on Mercer's 2012 Quality of Living, just after Munich and before Düsseldorf - the higher than any other Northern American city, there are definitely several reasons to support my love. After visiting California in 2009, travelling to British Columbia was my first visit to the Americas in 3 yea[...]

10 reasons to go to Montreal

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The switching from English to French mid sentence, the knowledge that there is a secret city underneath my feet, an all-night market and a whole area of the city dedicated to festivals; there can be no denying that there was something truly special about Montreal. Indeed the city left a lasting impression on me thanks to its eclectic neighbourhoods, its cycl[...]

4 Must Do's in British Columbia

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Last summer, somewhere between graduating from university and committing to a 9 to 5 lifestyle for the next 5 years I decided to get out. Out to a place full of breathtaking nature yet vibrant with culture and modern lifestyle. It didn't take me a long time to decide on a place - I wanted to discover Canada. My particular focus was on British Columbia and th[...]