05 February 2017

An Okanagan Winter Wonderland

Bridge Perspective
Bridge over Mission Creek
Frozen Creek
In the snow
Creek
Snow Covered Stairs
Winter Leaves
Looking out at the snow
Downstream
Winter took hold of the Okanagan this year and is having a tough time letting go. We've had more snow storms and freezing temperatures than usual and any sign of spring seems to just keep getting pushed further and further away. 

While we can't wait to shed our winter layers and retire the windshield scraper for the year, there's something to be said about the beauty of the season.

These photos are from a gorgeous snowy walk we did some time ago along the Mission Creek Greenway in Kelowna. It's a beautiful pathway any time of year, but felt particularly magical with a fresh layer of fluffy, white snow. And since it was a rather cold day, we had the trail to ourselves. 

Even though we've started the countdown to spring, we've vowed to embrace these remaining 41 days of winter and get in as many hot chocolates and snowshoe days as we can.

What do you love most about winter? Do you want to see more winter photos from British Columbia?

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01 July 2016

Top 10 BC destinations for Instagram-worthy photos this summer

Happy Canada Day! 

In honour of our national holiday, I thought I'd share some of my favourite and most photogenic places from around my home province of British Columbia. 

From mountainscapes and glacial lakes to sunsets and waterfalls, these top 10 summer destinations in Canada's westernmost province are just about as Instagram-worthy as it gets.

10  ||  Whistler Blackcomb


Don't be fooled into thinking this 2010 Olympic Winter Games venue is just for winter sports enthusiasts. Between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, there are over 50 km of alpine hiking trails with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Get your camera ready as you travel 4.4 km between the two mountains on the world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak gondola.


9  ||  Seton Lake


Seton lake is not well-known and somewhat off the beaten path, but if you're travelling along Highway 99 between Lillooet and Pemberton it's definitely worth the stop. This stunning freshwater fjord is such a gorgeous shade of turquoise-blue that it needs no filter.


8  ||  Big White


Big White Mountain is another destination best known for it's powdery snow in the winter, but provides an equally gorgeous setting during the summer months. Located in the Okanagan just southeast of Kelowna, Big White offers a nice selection of trails with rewarding alpine views.


7  ||  Brandywine Falls


It's no secret that waterfalls are always a popular subject on Instagram. Just a short trail walk off the Sea to Sky Highway near Whistler, Brandywine Falls is always worth the stop to capture a few photos on a sunny day.


6  ||  The Okanagan


With vineyards, lakes and sunsets to die for, it's hard not to take a great photo pretty much anywhere in the Okanagan.


5  ||  Nairn Falls


Nairn Falls is located just north of Whistler in Pemberton. A short hike along the beautiful and powerful Green River takes you to a viewing point where you can listen to the roaring sound of the waterfall, and of course, fill up the photo roll on your phone.


4  ||  Shannon Falls


Shannon Falls, which also happens to be right off the Sea to Sky corridor, is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. Since it is fairly easy to access, it can get quite crowded. I'd suggest stopping by earlier in the day to avoid the crowds and catch the golden morning rays reflecting off the falls.


3  ||  Bridal Veil Falls


Bridal Veil Falls near Chilliwack is one of my favourite waterfalls because it's just so darn pretty. There is no rushing water. No loud roar. The water just falls delicately over the rock like the image its name conjures.


2  ||  Mount Revelstoke


Part of the Columbia Mountain Range, Mount Revelstoke is not only a hiker's paradise, but also a photographer's dream. As you head along the trails and to the summit you pass through several different types of landscapes including an old-growth rainforest, wetlands and alpine meadows, it's hard not to get #caughtgramming.


1  ||  Joffre Lakes


Joffre Lakes provincial park doesn't just offer one stunning turquoise glacial lake, but three. Yes, three perfectly photogenic glacial lakes. 'Nuff said.


Which of these destinations are you adding to your travel list? Where are your favourite summer spots?

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31 December 2015

San Francisco in December

Christmas at Union Square
Macy's in San Fran
Christmas Cable Car
Early December morning at Fisherman's Wharf

A Christmassy F-Line Car
G-Square(d) Christmas

Winter hit us much earlier and harder than we expected this year. We weren't quite ready to settle in for the season, so we planned a weekend escape to San Francisco in hopes of catching some warmer rays. 

A few weeks before our trip, I got in touch with Annie, who is based out of San Francisco and runs the amazing travel and lifestyle blog MontgomeryFest. She kindly gave us a wealth of information, including tips on what to do, how best to get around the city, and perhaps more importantly, what type of coat to bring. I'll be the first to admit I would've looked pretty silly in my usual winter attire with the blue skies and double degree temperatures we experienced while we were there. 

With both Gunther and I being fairly used to a snowy, or at least cold and rainy, lead up to Christmas, we never thought somewhere with palm trees could feel so festive. But oh, man did it ever. San Francisco does a lot of things right and one of those things is Christmas. 

There were huge Christmas trees in all the main squares, big red ribbons on lampposts and lights strung across pedestrian walkways and wrapped around palm trees. Even the vintage street cars and cable cars were decked out with wreaths, garlands and tinsel. But perhaps my favourite seasonal touch was the digital rendition of the Nutcracker ballet projected every evening under Westfield Centre's iconic dome. 

We were only there for a few short days, but it definitely set the tone for the holiday season and raised the bar for city vacations.

While Christmas has come and gone much too quickly once again, I'm finally getting a chance to sort through some photos in between time spent playing in the snow. So, make sure you check back for more photos on here soon.

Merry belated Christmas and happy New Year!

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What did you get up to during your winter holidays? What's the weather like where you are?

We've also been sharing a lot of photos of San Francisco and our snowy Canadian winter on Instagram, so come on over: Gunther | Alix

03 November 2015

'Grammin' in October


In October, we saw the local colour palette switch from green to vibrant hues of yellow and orange. This made it difficult to hike, or do anything really, without stopping to take photos every few metres. 

We kicked off the month with cake in Vancouver to celebrate my birthday as well as my sister's. Thankfully working off all the dessert was a breeze with an early morning hike up Dog Mountain, where we were greeted by the friendliest Whiskey Jacks

We also got to hang out with Maya and Willem who were at the tail end of a road trip through the Rocky Mountains and British Columbia. We talked for hours with them over caesars, burgers and of course, pumpkin cheesecake. Not only are they awesome people, but they are equally awesome photographers. We can't wait to see more photos from their trip to our little corner of the world!

We wrapped up October in true Halloween fashion with a trip to the pumpkin patch and a nighttime jaunt through a corn maze

What were your October highlights? Do you have any big plans for November? Are you thinking about Christmas yet or is it still too soon? 

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Come say hi on Instagram and see what else we've been up to lately: Gunther | Alix

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22 October 2015

Trying to keep our eyes on the road in the Fraser Canyon

Looking out at the Fraser Canyon
Long way down
Fraser Canyon
The road through the Fraser Canyon
Fraser Canyon Landscape
Murky waters
Where rivers meet and roads cross
When we first caught sight of the Fraser Canyon from the winding mountain road past Pavillion, we had to pick our jaws up off the floor and remember to keep our eyes on the road until we could find a spot to pull over.

After a (very safe) stunt-driver-like manoeuvre to get to the side of the road, we hopped out of the car and ran through the tall, dry grass to get to get a closer look at the breathtaking landscape before us. 

The river gorge, which stretches through the Coast Mountain Range from the Interior to the Fraser Valley, reaches its maximum depth between Pavillion and Lillooet. Right where we were.

And there really was just one word to describe the view: impressive. 

At a safe distance from the edge (I'm clumsy, what can I say), we peered down the rock gorge at the raging Fraser River below. It was a long way down. 

We stayed a few moments to take in the view - and several hundred photos. It was so wild and untamed and there was hardly another soul to be seen in the area. 

We got back on the road, still agog, but managed to keep our eyes on the road until we reached the next stunning vista along Highway 99. 

What landscapes have impressed you throughout your travels? Would you walk right up to the edge of a gorge or are you clumsy like me?