Note To Self

Inspiration, Travel
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Mount Peter, Kamloops, British Columbia (October 2017)

“I am going to be that girl who wakes up with purpose and intent. I am going to be that girl who shows up and never gives up. That girl who believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it.”
– Unknown

Kindred Spirits

Inspiration, Travel
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Willow Point, Victoria, British Columbia (September 2017)

“I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of an ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain and a starry night.”
– Brooke Hampton

Photo Credit: Katie Kershaw Photography

Wash Your Spirit Clean

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Yak Peak, British Columbia, Canada (August 2017)

“Keep nature close to your heart. …And break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” 
– John Muir

So Climb That Mountain

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Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks Resort (August 2017)

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in your office or mowing your lawn. Climb that god damn mountain.” 
– Jack Kerouac

Note To Self

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Bass Coast Music & Arts Festival, Merritt, British Columbia (July 2017)

“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.”
– Robin S. Sharma

Last First Day Of School

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Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia (September 2016)

“Don’t let your anchor hold you down forever. Eventually, you will have to sail to a new adventure.”
– Unknown

Sun Peaks Resort

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Sun Peaks, British Columbia (August 2015)

My Experience:

I have always wanted to check out the wildflowers festival at Sun Peaks Resort – and I finally made it up there! This is a great hiking activity that can take up an hour, a morning/afternoon or even a full day. I found that by checking it out earlier on in the day limited the amount of people I saw on the trails.

The alpine wildflowers are in full bloom during mid July to late August. There is a wide range of colourful flowers, including Alpine Pussytoes, Arctic Lupine, Fireweed, Indian Paint Brush, Larkspur, and much more!

It is absolutely beautiful all around this area. I had so much fun photographing flowers and taking a couple selfies. I made it up to the “Top Of The World” trail in under two hours. This alpine area offered incredible 360 views of the Monashee Mountains, Mount Robson, and even the Coastal Mountains way off in the distance.

Know Before You Go:

  • Be prepared to see bears, deer and other wildlife on the trails.
  • Do not forget your camera! Collect moments, not things!
  • The Sunburst Chair is only operational for limited hours daily and seasonally.
  • If you bring up food or drinks, remember to pack it out. Don’t litter in this gorgeous area!

Related Links: 

Sun Peaks Resort 
Flora and Fauna Guide
Things To Do At Sun Peaks Resort
Hiking Ethics

Kenna Cartwright Nature Park

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 The view from the top of the mountain is spectacular and overlooks Kamloops Lake and the Lac Du Bois Grasslands.

Sunset Trail, Kamloops, British Columbia (June 2015)

My Experience:

I have been eager to find this beautiful look out point as I saw many photos on Instagram of this incredible space. I was referred to this trail route by a friend and last week, on my birthday, I finally made it!

I parked near the Kamloops Regional Correction Centre at the trail head and grabbed a map from the information station. It was very easy to navigate my way, as I was told to find the Sunset Trail, which I found was connected to Ponderosa and a few other short trails. All in all, this was only an hour and ten minutes (both ways) with a break to look at the view.

This park was established in 1996 and encompasses almost 800 hectacres of Mount Dufferin in Kamloops, British Columbia. It is the largest municipal park in the province and named in honour of Kenna Cartwright, former Councillor and Mayor of Kamloops and long time supporter of parkland preservation.

Over forty kilometers of gentle nature trails meander through the park. Trail difficulty ratings (largely influenced by elevation change) are indicated on the park map and at trail junctions in the park.

Know Before You Go: 

  • Be wary of ticks on yourself, your children, and pets.
  • Wear lots of sunscreen and bring a bottle of water.
  • Don’t forget your camera or you’ll be sorry!

Related Links: 

Kenna Cartwright Nature Park Map
Information on Tourism Kamloops’ Website