Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

July 16th, 2010
Get your blood pumping in British Columbia!

The great outdoors of British Columbia are famously known to be simply breathtaking. With huge expansions of forests, gorgeous coasts and a large selection of wildlife, the nature of this country is truly astonishing. With these special vacations to Canada, you can experience the country in a way that is heart healthy and is sure to get the blood pumping!

Penticton Fall Bike Festival: Visit Thompson Okanagan during the Penticton Fall Bike Festival, September 24 – 26, and join the crowd as they two-wheel from one lake to another (Skaha to Okanagan), followed by entertainment in the park and an introductory skills clinic. The more adventurous lot will love the cyclo-cross challenge, an adrenalin-charged race through an obstacle course that forces contenders on and off their bikes to navigate a mix of man-made and natural elements. Beyond the trails, barbecues, live music and the occasional glass of Okanagan wine will prove the perfect complement to days spent in the saddle.

Hike along the Hoodoos: During Hoodoos Interpretive Hikes with the folks from the BC Rockies Adventure Centre, Mother Nature meets geology. Hikers explore the Columbia Valley Dutch Creek Hoodoos, one of the most unique geological formations to be found in Western Canada. By definition, hoodoos, or earth pyramids, are tapered rock formations, varying in height and size. During the two-and-a-half-hour journey south of Golden, a naturalist will lead the group to the top of these formations. Following a day in the field, adventurists can settle into a campground, or opt for a bit more pampering at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Man a canoe and take a walk in the rain forest with Seashore Charters: In the province’s vast northern region, it’s all about adventure in the wild. Join Seashore Charters, an adventure operator known to immerse visitors in a unique, spiritually-motivated exploration of the region for adventure by land and sea. Embark on the four-hour Canoe and Rain forest Walk Ecotour, sure to showcase the best of both. To start, participants paddle a 20-metre (65-foot) replica of a traditional Northwest Coast dugout canoe from Prince Rupert to the sandy shores of McNickel Creek Beach. Once ashore, it’s into the shadow of an old growth rain forest for a guided excursion, then back to the beach for a crab-themed menu, prepared over a crackling bonfire.

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