Rachel Bertsch Explorer

  • Kayak Camping in Desolation Sound Marine Park

    Leave from Okeover Arm just north of Powell River to get into the passage to the park. If you are coming from Vancouver, expect a 6 hour drive with multiple ferry rides.The paddle to the campground is fairly easy for an intermediate kayaker. Dista...

  • Hiking the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

    This is no walk on the beach. There are many ascents and descents that range from not so steep to hold on for your life as the mud cliff crumbles steep. You might think 200m of elevation gain isn't much, but it is a constant ascend and descend tra...

    29.2 miles

  • Summit Black Tusk in Garabaldi Provincial Park

    If you are going to carry in a backpack for an overnight hike, you should have a good level of fitness. For a day hike, the trail is nearly 30km long, so still a good level of fitness is required. The trail isn’t technically challenging, but it is...

    19 miles 5708.7 ft gain

  • Paddling the River of Golden Dreams

    Whistler is better known for the winter activities, but in summer months, with the famous mountains towering above you, the weather is so warm. Nothing beats cooling off on top of or in the water. This paddle is a picturesque, great way to experie...

  • Hike and Climb the Chief

    If you are hiking this spot, you can do so even as a beginner so long as you have a good fitness level. I’ve seen people do this in jeans and dress shoes, although they are crazy. Wear some hikers and prepare to get your sweat on. There are three ...

    6.8 miles 1968.5 ft gain

  • Snowshoe in Quebec's Valley of the Phantoms

    Long after the hiking season is done, winter brings with it a new opportunity high on the hills of Monts-Valin National Park. A snowy network of trails that zig and zag between the black spruce and pines that are typical of a boreal landscape. Of ...

    4.3 miles 984.3 ft gain

  • Paddle Golden Ears Park's Alouette Lake

    About one hour outside of Vancouver, Golden Ears Provincial Park is a great escape for hiking and paddling opportunities. The massive drive-in campgrounds are usually full for most of the summer, but deep into the lake's wilderness are marine spot...

  • Hike to Canyon Falls

    Located on Bellevue Creek, the trailhead to find these falls is hidden in suburbia. Take Gordon Drive to Dehart Road to Crawford Road to Westridge Road to Canyon Ridge Crescent and park on Canyon Falls near the fence.Follow that dusty trail into ...

  • Bike Prince Edward Island's Gulf Shore Way West

    Start at one of the Cavendish Destination Centre car parks, or in town at Cavendish from one of the many bike rental offices. Head north and west along the Gulf Shore Way West (Route 13). In less than 1km (0.6 mi) you will reach the separate multi...

  • Dig for a Clam Dinner in PEI

    Grab your shovel and head to one of the south sandy beaches in PEI to dig for your dinner. Specifically, head to the sand bar near Maximeville, Pinette, or Tea Hill.Digging for clams is relatively easy, just look for the small air holes in the san...

  • Kayak Camp Telegraph Cove, Johnstone Strait, and Broughton Archipelago

    Starting in Telegraph Cove, a small former mill town now turned charming tourist destination, you can easily set out into the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. BC's largest Marine Park has hundreds of islands dotting the waters that range from a ...

  • Paddle Prince Edward Island's North Coast

    If you have your own equipment and are experienced, start paddling west from North Rustico Beach on the far eastern part of PEI National Park - Cavendish.If you don't have your own gear, you'll have to hop on a tour with Outside Expeditions depart...

  • Kayak Sechelt Inlet

    Set off from Sechelt, a small seaside community on the Sunshine Coast - about two hours from Vancouver which is accessed by ferry or float plane.As soon as you start paddling from the harbour in Sechelt, the calm waters are so clear that starfish ...

  • Bike The Canadian Rockies

    If you want an epic bike tour through the Canadian Rockies you have two choices: the 2800km Great Divide Trail that starts in Banff, Canada which zig zags across the mountain range until New Mexico, or the 230km Icefields Parkway. If you are on a ...

    142 miles 6500 ft gain

  • Kayak the West Arm of Glacier Bay National Park

    Ever wanted to sleep beside a calving glacier? Wake up with a humpback whale feeding along the shoreline of your private beach? Watch the sunset for hours until midnight?Witness bears foraging in the tidal zones or watch a moose go for a swim? Thi...

    0 miles 0 ft gain

  • Swim at Lake Garibaldi

    The large Garibaldi Provincial Park is just under two hours from Vancouver and half an hour from Whistler. The crowning jewel of the park is the turquoise coloured Garibaldi Lake, accessible by a trail that gains 820m (2,690 ft) on a slow but stea...

  • Kayak Patricia Lake

    Depending on the time of day, Patricia Lake has many appearances.A lake surrounded by pines and trembling aspens , the early morning magically reflects the blues of the sky and multi-toned mountains surrounding it, interrupted once in a while by ...

  • Camp at Jones Lake

    Southwest of Hope and just east of Chilliwack, Jones Lake is a recreation site at a reservoir lake in the coastal mountain range, managed by BC Hydro. Set below granite mountain peaks and surrounded by a dense forest (that is unfortunately being l...

  • Paddle Pitt Lake to Widgeon Falls

    The 12km (7.5 mi) drive on Neaves Road to Pitt Lake from Pitt Meadows is one of BC's most scenic routes. As soon as you start this section of the drive you already feel miles from the city, but this route is only 30-45 minutes from Vancouver, depe...

    3.7 miles

  • Kayak Camp Indian Arm

    Setting out from Deep Cove’s pebble shoreline, it only takes a few minutes before you are away from small village and paddling the calm waters of this gorgeous arm. Seals can be frequently spotted as you follow the path of off oceanfront homes, so...