March 15, 2018
If you’re craving a Mother Nature reconnect, you’ll find it in the mountains of British Columbia—a quick flight or scenic drive from the American West….
By Tiffany Lewis December 20, 2017 #php comments_number('0 Comment', '1 Comment', '% Comments'); ?> #php echo wpb_get_post_views(get_the_ID()); ?>
For me, 2017 was a year of contrasts. Some life-altering highs and some challenging lows; days that dragged on and a year that flew by. In 2018, my goals centre around slowing down and savouring the little things. And here are some of the ways I’m going to make it happen.
Nothing nourishes the soul and stills the mind quite like time spent in the forest or by the ocean. In Vancouver, we are lucky enough to have access to both within city limits. Vancouver’s beaches can be busy, but there are quiet options too, and Stanley Park and Pacific Spirit Regional Park are perfect spots for contemplation among tall trees.
My kids are beach people. Give them a stretch of sand, some driftwood, and permission to get wet, and they will be blissfully happy all day. Long Beach, in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island, is one of the province’s most beautiful beaches. Here you can build elaborate sandcastles, bury your siblings, and even learn to surf. My girls also love the Sunshine Coast and its many secluded beaches brimming with colourful sea stars and crabs galore.
Between work and mom duties, spending time with close friends can fall off the to-do list—something I have been guilty of this year. A great way to combine self-care and caring for those meaningful friendships (because what parent doesn’t love to multitask?) is to enjoy your favourite activities with your favourite people. For me, sipping craft cider with my best friend is a 2018 must.
We’ve all been taught the importance of pushing ourselves beyond where we’re comfortable in order to facilitate growth. So in 2018 I’m committing to at least one thing I’ve allowed fear to stop me from experiencing. On the short list are climbing a via ferrata, and signing up for Toastmasters. As I look through images of the via ferratas at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the Sea to Sky Gondola, I’m thinking Toastmasters will have to wait.
The idea of a road trip brings me great joy. Loading up the car (ahem, minivan) and striking out on an adventure with the promise of new places and new experiences…sign me up! The toughest part is choosing a destination, and British Columbians are spoiled for choice. Interested in coastal scenery? We have a route for that. More of a lake person? There’s a route for that, too. Are you a foodie? A wine connoisseur? A history buff? Check, check, and check. Next on my list is a trip to the Canadian Rockies, with at least a couple of hot springs stops along the way.
Getting engaged was at the top of this year’s list of highs. My fiancée and I are both quiet people who want nothing more than a small, intimate ceremony by the ocean. Perhaps on one of BC’s secret beaches, or in a charming coastal town. Wherever we choose to say “I do,” 2018 will be a year to remember.
Featured image:Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver. Photo: Alex Strohl
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