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15 things I learned from the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show Vancouver

15 things I learned from the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show Vancouver

This past weekend I attended The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show Vancouver, which consisted of a brilliant mix of local, national, and international exhibitors. Within hours I gained knowledge on the best destinations, outdoor gear, and even healthy snacks to fuel me for my next adventure! I even ended up making a new owl friend as well.

Overall I would definitely attend again, and would certainly recommend that you do too. However, in the meantime, here is my list of 15 things that The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show Vancouver taught me:

1)    G Adventures allows you to go on tours, while contributing to sustainable tourism

I’m a strong believer in having a positive impact when I travel, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that G Adventures shares that sentiment. This is evident through their Planterra Foundation, which helps to minimize any negative impacts of tourism’s on a region. Other initiatives that they have include partnering with local businesses, helping regions flourish.

2)    Cuba is a great place to hike

When I imagined a vacation to Cuba, I pictured myself on a beach or wandering beautiful city streets. However, after speaking with a representative at the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show, my vision of Cuba also includes hiking. So if anyone is up to hike La Gran Piedra, let me know!

3)    Japan is THE place to visit

I’ve always been intrigued by Japan, but seeing what they have to offer on display, was inspiring. Now my list of things to do includes a visit to Nara Park, which is home to many friendly deer, a boat ride down the Takachiho Ravine, and a walk around the outside of Osaka Castle.

4)    You can kiteboard in Everett

Kiteboarding is when an individual rides a board that is attached to a kite, allowing them to move using both the wind and the waves. In Everett, the place to kiteboard is Jetty Island between the months of June and August. The island will require water access. However, a free ferry runs from July to September!

5)    Ainsworth, B.C. has a Hot Springs, and it looks amazing

The small town of Ainsworth is located near Nelson, B.C.. The hot springs themselves are close to Kootenay Lake and include a 150 foot, natural limestone cave.

6)    Hope is a great place to celebrate summer

Not far from Vancouver, Hope offers a plethora of outdoor fun including bike parks, paddling, and rafting. During the weekend following Labour Day, they also have Brigade Days, which boasts a series of events such as a parade, concerts, and a demolition derby.

7)    You can horse-back ride near Birkenhead Lake

With Copper Cayuse Outfitters you can take one or two hour rides along the Ryan and Lillooet River, half-day or full-day Birkenhead rides, or even experience custom overnight excursions. Little ones can also enjoy 10-minute pony rides. For more information, please visit here

8)    Chilliwack offers a multitude of hikes and adventures suitable for all levels

Those in the Greater Vancouver Area have easy access to various trails to explore. Those to check out include Great Blue Heron – Nature Reserve and Mount Thom Park.

9)    Harrison Hot Springs is a water-lovers dream

Not captured: the cutest stuffed Sasquatch family the Harrison team brought with them! 

Not captured: the cutest stuffed Sasquatch family the Harrison team brought with them! 

Want to ride on a banana tube, or finally try jet skiing? Then Harrison Hot Springs is your destination! There is also a floating Water Park situated in Lake Harrison which looks like an obstacle course your childhood dreams cooked up.

10)    The Sea to Sky Gondola viewing platform can be hiked too!

Although I want to ride the gondola itself, I was surprised to find out that you can hike to the top of the viewing platform. Also, the ride is FREE for children between March 13th and March 31st. If you’ve been envious of the Instagram photos taken atop the Sea to Sky Gondola, then now is your chance to go! In honour of Spring Break, one adult ticket will allow up to three children to ride for free.

11)    The Fraser Canyon’s Hell’s Gate attraction is more than just a gondola

As someone who is scared of heights, thinking about the gondola ride at Hell's Gate had me a little worried.

As someone who is scared of heights, thinking about the gondola ride at Hell's Gate had me a little worried.

Don’t get me wrong, the idea of hanging above the Fraser River is more than enough to get me excited about the Hell’s Gate Airtram. However, this family-friendly attraction also offers a suspension bridge, observation desks, and even educational exhibits!

12)    Gnome Homes are a thing, and they are as cool as they sound

Gnome Homes is a company which makes the coolest teardrop trailers, that are small enough to be pulled by most vehicles. They also make for one of the simplest ways to camp overnight, keeping you off-the-ground, while also providing you with an area to cook.  For more information, please visit here.

13)     Travelling in rural areas? You can stay safe with SPOT

SPOT is a device that uses GPS signals to track where you are. If you are in need of assistance, SPOT allows you to alert your personal contacts or the GEOS Rescue Coordination Center, even letting you distinguish the level of help that you need.

14) You can relax almost anywhere with Pocket Couch

Whether you are on the beach, camping, or even a pool Pocket Couch is able to provide you with a comfy place to lay back. The best part is that Pocket Couch is easy to carry and to inflate!

15) Pea Pops are a tasty and healthy snack for the road

Pea Pops are a creation of Three Farmers, and simply put they are delicious. Like the name suggests, Pea Pops are roasted green peas, and they come in a variety of flavours! As they are a natural snack that is produced in Canada, I HAD to buy a pack of the Wild Ranch flavour.

Searching for Spring Time While Exploring with JORD

Searching for Spring Time While Exploring with JORD

The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show Vancouver Giveaway

The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show Vancouver Giveaway