I’ve never been much of a traveler – I never spent my money on plane tickets or exotic beach bungalows. For me, life around British Columbia has always provided enough excitement and variety that I never really felt the need to venture too far. It’s not that I don’t have a natural curiosity, but that my home has supplied so many of my favourite adventures.
I currently reside in Squamish BC, the beautiful place you’ve seen pop up in the New York Times or a variety of top 10 places to travel articles. It is a magical land of ocean and rock – it is my backyard.
Living on the Coast of BC, the weather is usually pretty mild. We get dumps of snow in the mountains but are still able to bike and climb at lower elevations. In the winter during the weekends the backcountry huts get busy and loaded with visitors – this has never been a problem when you can switch activities so quickly. From skiing to climbing, biking, hiking or just enjoying a warm sunset, there is always something exciting to do.
A short drive from town is access to several ski touring routes. You can venture up overnight to huts or you can skin up for a stunning day trip with friends. Hanging out in the local mountains always delivers!
Taking advantage of what the land around me has offered so many incredible memories. For example, something as simple as popping up a tent on the edge of some rock bluffs above town, is one of my favourite ways way to end a day.
In Squamish, we have a newly established gondola that helps you access the backcountry very quickly. Grabbing my skis and heading up for the day is on the top of my activity list. I love cruising the trails below towering mountains and crossing a suspension bridge back to download at the end of the day.
There are so many thrills to be found wherever you live. You can find that sneaky trail that leads you to a mystic river hangout or a back road that takes you to the perfect picnic spot. You don’t have to hop on a plane to find new adventure; sometimes the greatest things in life are waiting just beyond your door.
Author: MHW Ambassador Sarah Murrell. Follow her adventures @mountaindarlin
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