British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide

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Bear Hill Hike

An awesome place to go for a short hike in Saanich is Bear Hill. Early April, when the wild flowers are already out, there are a lot of great spots to go for a hike around Victoria. When you hike up Bear Hill though you can almost be certain to always see eagles, ravens, turkey vultures, and ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Monday Apr 21, 2014 12:14
Categories: Kids & Family, Wildlife & Nature | Tags: bird watching, day trip, farms, hiking, organic food, regional park, Saanich, Sidney, spring flowers, trails, victoria


Portland Island or Princess Margaret Island

We were lucky! I think we caught the most beautiful day in February for our trip to Portland Island. The island is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and is easily reached by a passenger ferry departing from Canoe Cove. Of course you can also use your own boat or kayak over to the ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Tuesday Mar 18, 2014 09:59
Categories: Adventure, Kids & Family, Wildlife & Nature | Tags: day trip, hiking, National Park, Sidney, trails, victoria, water taxi, westcoast


Breakfast at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe

Breakfast at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe - always a winner! Went there again last week and it was amazing - as to be expected! The funky place has stories to tell, interesting customers, is a Kitsilano landmark by now (since 1988), and the food is fabulous and surely not to be missed. Whether you ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Thursday Jan 16, 2014 20:46
Categories: Food & Drink, Kids & Family | Tags: breakfast, restaurant, Vancouver


The Vancouver Christmas Market

It was my first time experiencing the Vancouver Christmas Market and I was really impressed. Definitely brought back memories of Christmas Markets in Germany and considering that it's only been around since 2010 the organizers have done a really good job. Most of the wooden huts were selling ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Thursday Dec 12, 2013 20:09
Categories: Events & Festivals, Food & Drink, Kids & Family | Tags: ethnic food,, music, Vancouver


An evening of healing and rejuvenating vibrations at Full Circle

Full  Circle is a great store downtown Victoria offering awesome gifts, supporting local artists and fair trade initiatives, and you can find affordable jewellery, clothing, yoga pants, teas, candles, incense, prayer flags.... Always fun to browse and relax the soul. I went to Full Circle ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Tuesday Nov 12, 2013 17:58
Categories: from the heart | Tags: books, fair trade, healing arts, music, spirituality, therapy, victoria


Hiking Metchosin and East Sooke with “Trek and Treats”

Had a fabulous hike on Thursday with Marion from "Trek and Treats". The Galloping Goose is always amazing, even in November. We hiked through ancient rain forest, watched an otter diving, splashing, and hunting for salmon in Veitch Creek and even found mushrooms along the path. In this ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Friday Nov 08, 2013 15:19
Categories: Adventure, Wildlife & Nature | Tags: East Sooke, hiking, Metchosin, mushrooms, otter, rain forest, salmon, trails, victoria, westcoast


The best place to eat Pho in Victoria

It's getting colder every day now, winter is approaching. As much winter as Victoria will get of course: maybe 1 or 2 days of snow this year? Anyhow it feels chilli – at least it's a lot more humid than the prairies. And this humid chill creeps into your bones, right in time for ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Tuesday Oct 29, 2013 18:12
Categories: Food & Drink | Tags: ethnic food,, restaurant, victoria


Why am I writing and what inspired me?

How did it come to this? Why am I writing? What inspired me? I guess the first thing I ever wrote that is similar to what I am intending to do is writing a travel journal when we took the night train from Munich to the North Sea in Germany. Our kids were then 2 and 4 and we went on this ...

Posted by: Sibylle Zilker Saturday Sep 07, 2013 13:35
Categories: from the heart | Tags: westcoast


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