Canada travel

Over the mountain: road tripping from Victoria to Tofino

The drive from Victoria north along the East side of Vancouver Island and then west over the Beaufort Mountain Range is an attraction in and of itself, especially if, like me, you love to drive winding coastal roads through the wilderness. I stopped several times on this drive, making it significantly longer than the Google  Maps estimate of 4.5 hours from the Victoria airport. It’s worth taking your time to stop off at the roadside lookouts between Victoria and Nanaimo, including the impressive Malahat, and to pull to the side of the road to explore short trails and stream and lakeside vistas as you cut across the island.  It took me almost 6.5 hours, including a brief stop at Rusticana Coffee Shop in Mill Bay for a delicious smoked salmon sandwich, complete with delicious locally-made artichoke pesto and tons of veggies.

 

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Spring 2017: Canada Coast to Coast

Spring 2017 kicks off a bit of a Canadian tour for me. March brought me to Toronto, a common weekend destination for me, as my sister and a good friend from high school live there. This time I was headed to the Toronto Yoga Conference, and it didn’t disappoint. I also had the change to try another delicious healthy restaurant, Kupfert and Kim

Next on the list in April is Quebec City, one of the  oldest cities in North America. I’ve visited once before, about ten years ago, and was totally charmed by the European feel. I’m on my way there now, and can’t wait to have what will be my first real vacation- no trainings, no teaching, nothing really planned besides some exploration and relaxation- in a very long time. 

May will bring me to Victoria B.C., where I’ll be beginning my 300-hour yoga therapy training at Ajna Yoga studio, one of the first 11 studios in the world to be accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapy for their program. This has been a long time goal of mine, so I’m excited to begin. 

June will take me all the way to the other side of the country to the ‘birthplace of confederation’ just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday. I’ll be in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for a conference. This will be my first time travelling with work, and I hope to balance the busy conference activities with some time for soaking up the island vibes, eating some good seafood and checking out the yoga studios in the city. 

I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite healthy spots and activities in Ottawa, my hometown. Over the past decade it has grown into an amazing wellness hub, with tons of healthy eating spots, a lively yoga community, and tons of outdoor activities year round. 

Stay tuned for lots of wellness inspiration for Canadian destinations coast to coast!

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