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 The  Beautiful Outdoors in British Columbia

THE AIR IS SO NOTICEABLY FRESH …YOU CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL IT.  CANADIANS AND TOURISTS ALIKE SPEND HOURS ENJOYING BEING OUTSIDE. I RARELY SEE PEOPLE ON THEIR ELECTRONIC DEVICES. DRIVE ANYWHERE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND AND YOU ARE IN THE WOODS OR AT THE WATER.  CAMPING, BOATING, BIKING AND HIKING ARE HAPPENING EVERYWHERE. YOU LIVE AMONG THE WILDLIFE EAGLES, DEER, BEAR, COUGARS,  RACCOONS, ALL KINDS OF BIRDS AND SMALL ANIMALS. 

THE INFLUX OF NEW RESIDENTS TO CANADA HAS CREATED A SMALL PROBLEM …NEW RESIDENTS ARE NOT AS CAREFUL ABOUT HOW THEY PUT THEIR GARBAGE OUT. MORE BEARS ARE COMING INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS. I HEARD A RADIO HOST SUGGEST THAT LONG TIME RESIDENTS GO POLITELY TO TALK WITH THE NEWCOMERS AND TEACH THEM HOW TO HANDLE THEIR GARBAGE TO DISCOURAGE THE BEARS. SAW A PRETTY FUNNY CLIP ON TV TODAY OF A MOUNTIE RUNNING AFTER A BEAR TO CHASE IT AWAY.

WE WENT ON A DRIVE THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS AND BEAUTIFUL LAKE COWICHAN. NOT FAR FROM SIDNEY AND VICTORIA. STOPPED AT HONEYMOON BAY. MY LANDLORD WAS JUST THERE AT THEIR FAMILY CABIN. FUN PLACE ..THE RIVER RAFT TUBING LOOKED LIKE THE MOST FUN TO ME. REMEMBER MY FAMILY TUBING DOWN THE TRUCKEE RIVER IN CALIFORNIA AND HOW WE ALL LOOKED FORWARD TO IT. ALL KINDS OF BOATING ACTIVITIES WERE GOING ON EVERYWHERE. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR CANADIANS TO OWN A CABIN AT THESE POPULAR VACATION SPOTS.

ON DOWN THE ROAD TOWARD PORT RENFREW WE SPOTTED A BLACK BEAR COMING OUT OF THE RIVER AS WE CROSSED OVER THE BRIDGE. BIG EXCITEMENT FOR ALL OF US. FUNNY THE BLACK BEAR TURNED AND LOOKED AT US.

PORT RENFREW IS A GORGEOUS STOP ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF VANCOUVER ISLAND. THE WATER IS SALT WATER AND KELP IS GROWING AROUND.  HOTEL, CABIN, RESTAURANT AND PUB ALL AT THE BEACH. TALKED WITH COUPLE RESTING UP FOR THEIR 9 DAY HIKING, BACKPACKING TRIP ON THE JUAN DE FUCA TRAIL. LONG BACKPACK ADVENTURES ARE COMMON IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.  ON AIRPLANE TALKED WITH A MOM AND DAUGHTER FLYING TO MEET FAMILY AT WHITEHORSE WHERE THEY WOULD BEGIN A CANOEING AND CAMPING TRIP ALL THE WAY TO DAWSON CITY.

YES THE OUTDOORS HAS A BIG IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

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