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Hiking Elfin Lakes In Squamish And Travelling Back In Time To A Postcard Beautiful Adventure

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The Elfin Lakes Hike is both a beautiful and dangerous heel toe dance in a hypnotic mountain dreamscape that commands respect. I am new to hiking, and this is my second big hike.  I drive the 8km shady gravel road up to the parking lot in Garibaldi Park and dodge the deep potholes.  After leaving Surrey BC at 5am, picking up our party and driving 70 kms, we are hitting the trail before 8 am. A grizzly bear has been spotted in the area, and our bear horn is useless against him, and we can’t even jump in the lake to escape, because he loves to fish.

You need to prepare your body for the 22 kilometer hike, by packing water, food, sunblock, outdoor GPS tracking device, bug spray for the black flies (I made my own by putting 20 lavender essential oil drops in a spray bottle of distilled water). But more than that, you need guts to prepare your mind for whatever the hike demands. As we lace up our hiking boots, our friend tells the story about how on a previous hike here a man in her group had a heart attack on the path and didn’t survive, and she waited until a helicopter airlifted his body off the mountain.

She will point out his commemoration marker when we reach it. Our other friend tells about the time she finished the 6 hour hike, and her car wouldn’t start due to a lost radiator cap.  When the tow truck couldn’t drive everyone in her party down, she walked the 8 kms down the gravel road after the hike, and then worked her shift in Langley that evening.

I follow behind the two warrior goddesses confidently, yet mindful that the mountain can give but also can take away.  A rolling boulder, a falling tree, or a grizzly paw, means we are gone. Yet, we must surrender to the calming two step rhythm of the trail.  By settling the physical body onto the task, it changes your mental state and puts your mind and imagination onto a higher plain. The hike paints a surreal canvas for your heightened senses.  A man with a larger than life backpack is going to fly down from the summit, 2700 meters high, in the hang glider inside of it.  The sound of crushing gravel reveals smiling mountain bikers passing by, and fading into the dust.

A mom appears pushing a jogging stroller in the opposite direction.  A black poodle puppy trots along with his owner, visits each of us and makes us smile, and then frolics in the long grass and eats it. The feel good physical vibes turn the landscape into a watercolor painting of dreamy lava sculptures, pillowy beds of purple and white heather, and tall pines in glassy blue lakes with fresh breezes and rainbow tinted sun. A gallery of colorful tents on platforms overlooks snowy mountains at the summit, and food is tow-roped up, up, and away from the bears.  Stairs lead to a Dr. Seuss type outhouse that is accessible even in the heaviest snowfall, if you can get to it.

My hips feel the burn from climbing the uneven rocks and tripping on them, but I am overwhelmed with gratitude for our mini vacay in this otherworldly place only 70 kms from home that took our collective souls on a hang glider ride today. What happens in Elfin Lakes doesn’t stay in Elfin Lakes. It is shared with the world.

Like the people in the parking lot with New York licence plates, and the group of Japanese tourists still on the trail, it is celebrated. I used to think hiking was going for a big walk in a scenic area. Now I know that it is so much more.  Pushing your body to do the best it can, elevates your mood and imagination to do the best they can, and frees you from all your worries.

Is an author and blogger who hangs out with her greyhound/husky Rocko in Surrey. She also spends time with her three grown sons and family, attends arts and educational events and drinks chai tea latte. Her book, “Pump Your Own Tires - Crossing the Bridge to Loving Yourself” is available on Amazon.

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Best Thing About Canadian Tourism

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Tourism generates around $36 billion in revenue in Canada each year. For most people, visiting Canada is something they have on their bucket list. Not only is tourism good for the Canadian economy, it is also beneficial for the residents of popular cities like Toronto and Montreal.

With a constant influx of tourists, these local economies are able to generate a lot of money in a relatively short amount of time. With good infrastructure that Canada offers, tourists can use car rental, such as the one that Globe Car & Truck Rental of Montreal offers, and visit different tourist attractions easily.

If you are looking to get out of the rat race of life for a while, then planning a trip to Canada is a great idea. While this trip will be costly, it is worth the investment considering the memories it will allow you to make. The following are some of the reasons why planning a trip to Canada is a good idea.

View the Beauty of the Northern Lights

One of the main reasons why people choose to vacation in Canada is due to the breathtaking scenery this area is known for. While there are a number of natural attractions in Canada, many of them pale in comparison to the Northern Lights. This spectacular all-natural light show has been hypnotizing and delighting audiences for years.

There are a number of places in Canada you can view the Northern Lights. Traveling to areas like Whitehorse, Yukon or Fort McMurray, Alberta will provide you with a front row seat for the Northern Lights. Instead of relying on public transportation to get to these areas, you need to think about renting a vehicle for one part of the journey at least.

Try Canada’s National Dish on Your Visit

Going to Canada on vacation also allows you to sample some delicious cuisine. Ask any Canadian what their favorite dish is and they are sure to tell you it is poutine. If you love fries, cheese and gravy, then poutine is something you definitely have to try.

The place you choose to get your poutine from matters, so be sure to do your homework. As you start to plan your trip to Canada, you will need to do some research to ensure you make the right hotel bookings and dinner reservations. While this may feel like a lot of work, it is worth the effort considering the great trip this information allows you to plan.

Canada Has Very Friendly Locals

When traveling to larger cities, most people are afraid of what type of people they will run into. New Yorkers are notorious for being a bit rude and abrasive. If you are looking for a vacation destination that has tons of friendly and accommodating locals, then Canada is a must.

What are You Waiting For?

Now that you know about the benefits that come with visiting Canada, it is time to start planning your trip. In most cases, you can find all of the information you need to plan and book your vacation online. Doing things like renting a car and selecting a hotel near local attractions can help to make your trip much better.

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5 Cozy Fall Staycations Just Outside Metro Vancouver

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The colours of leaves are changing, the air is crisp and the days are getting shorter. Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to take off on a weekend getaway. One of the best remedies to cure the autumn blues is to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a relaxing staycation.

Soak up all the serene sights the season has to offer at one of these accommodations, all less than three hours away from Metro Vancouver.

Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel - Abbotsford

A quick jaunt away in the Fraser Valley, this hidden gem is nestled in Abbotsford. The quaint B&B offers a cozy place to stay, in your own backyard. What makes this place so unique is that each of its six rooms is based on a classic film.

Movie buffs will especially love staying in one of the themed suites, which also come equipped with the DVD it’s decorated after. Choose from: Under The Tuscan Sun, Midnight In Paris, The Secret Garden, A Good Year, Thomas Crown Affair and Roman Holiday.

From the moment you step inside, it’s brimming with charm and it’s probably unlike any other place you’ve stayed at before.

Take in stunning views of the Pepin Brook Vineyard and Mount Baker, right from your window.On those rainy fall days, this is the perfect place to unwind and watch a flick. In the morning, head to the elegant Breakfast at Tiffany’s room for a hearty farm-to-table style breakfast.

Rowena's Inn - Harrison Mills

Visit Harrison Mills, where riverside cabins and luxury suites await. Rowena’s Inn features a handful of rustic cottages and an English-style boutique hotel, all situated on a sprawling 160-acres. The cabins have a wood-burning fireplace, a deep-soak tub for two and a patio offering unsurpassed views of the area. If you prefer to stay in the hotel, there are lots of elegant pieces to discover, that are filled with history.

For instance, the dining room table was once used by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The property is home to the picturesque Sandpiper Golf Course and an outdoor pool overlooking the Harrison River. There’s also a restaurant located just steps away from the accommodations, with some of the best eats in the region. You may never want to leave here. But if you do, it’s just a short 20-minute drive to the bustling village of Harrison Hot Springs.

Sunset Pines Cottage - Harrison Hot Springs

Stumble upon a little piece of paradise that overlooks Harrison Lake, at this one-of-a-kind spot just a few minutes away from the village. The a-frame cottage features a wrap-around deck, a BBQ for entertaining and your very own cedar barrel sauna. The pet-friendly accommodation is tucked away amongst the trees but offers amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

With lots of windows, it gets a lot of natural light and is an inviting space to enjoy a romantic getaway or to hang out with a group of close friends. The cottage has you covered as far as your entertainment needs go, with a variety of board games and some vintage video games for the NES Classic Edition. It’s within walking distance to beach access, but you’ll probably be just as content sipping your morning coffee on the patio while taking in all your surroundings.

Micro Cabin - Robert's Creek

Become a minimalist on your staycation (even if it’s just for a day or two) with an unforgettable tiny house experience on the Sunshine Coast. This adorable micro cabin is located on a private property in the tiny town of Robert’s Creek. What it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in personality. The 125-square-foot space is for those who want to explore the great outdoors on the island and then come ‘home’ to a cozy hideaway to play cards or other games the cabin has to offer.

There’s a ladder leading up to two lofts, one with a bed and the other intended to practice yoga. The Wi-Fi connection here is pretty weak but with good company, or even a good book, you’re all set to disconnect from the outside world. Robert’s Creek is just past Gibsons and it’s close to Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay, with lots of trails and parks nearby to go exploring. For the art lovers, the Sunshine Coast has lots of unique shops and galleries to find inspiration at.

Cob House - Mayne Island

One of the province’s most magical getaways is just a short ferry ride away, on the quaint Mayne Island. This cob house is on a farm, where sheep and other critters roam around freely. You can even pick apples from the nearby orchard to feed to the sheep, right outside your front door. Cob is a natural building material made from subsoil, water and sometimes lime. This material makes the building fireproof and earthquake-proof, while also giving it a whole lot of character and a more whimsical look.

Often referred to as hobbit houses, these unique accommodations are highly-sought after worldwide. But not a lot of people know there’s one right here in BC. The interior is just as charming as the outside, and it just might be the definition of cozy—with a reading nook by the window, a wood-burning fireplace and string lights hanging throughout.

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Famous Casinos in England

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Casinos are often thought of as places for big spenders to throw their cash around or for pro’s to get their hands on some more cash around a poker table, but most of the time they include regular people looking to make some quick money. Although the word ‘casino’ is quickly related to Las Vegas, there are some other great casinos across the globe that are possibly overlooked. Not just online casino UK, we’re talking about heading into the hearts of the cities to find these treasures. Across England, you will find some pretty lavish casinos that will entertain you and your friends for hours.

The Hippodrome Casino – London

Of course, England’s capital was going to be on the list, and in the heart of the West End, the Hippodrome is one of the most popular in the country. The establishment is one of the largest in the UK and boasts more than just its three gaming floors. It contains an underground casino, steak house, seven bars with 24-hour food and drink service, and for the ladies, it hosts Magic Mike live shows.

There are themed events such as Arabian nights, Boozy Tea Rooms and a luxury sports lounge to host all the big fixtures of the year. It’s positioned adjacent to one of the city’s largest attractions, Leicester Square which typically sees 250,000 tourists a day – it’s no wonder that the Hippodrome is not only the largest but the busiest casino in the UK with its ‘free to enter’ policy.

Genting Casino International – Birmingham

A popular destination in England, Birmingham, where people flock from many surrounding areas to play in the Midlands casino. The casino itself lies within the Resorts World Birmingham, enabling them to bring in money from all sorts of people – not just gamblers. Immediately surrounding the casino, there is the Genting Hotel, Santai Spa, retail shops and an IMAX Cinema.

The casino hosts even more attractions to explore including restaurants, bars, a state-of-the-art gaming floor filled with table games and slot machines. A separate card room regularly hosts tournaments and if you’re lucky enough, you might be invited to the ‘higher limits high stakes’ area away from the main casino floor.

Grosvenor Casino Leo – Liverpool

Further north you will discover Liverpool, known for its iconic docks and The Beatles, Liverpool receives a lot of attention from tourists from all over the world. The Grosvenor Casino Leo is one of the places that enjoy the heavy influx of tourism and is a top choice when deciding on places to visit. Its atmosphere is just as you’d expect when up north – lively and loud.

Situated on the River Mersey, just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Albert Dock, not only does this casino have great entertainment, but it also has some stunning views. Watch the city lights bounce across the water whilst you relax in their late-night bar and restaurant. The casino floor is filled with state of the art slot machines and multiple tables to enjoy. There’s a sports area for you to watch all your Sportsbook betting events or to catch up on The Reds’ Premier League campaign.

There are, of course, more casinos across England to enjoy, and the UK as a whole hosts hundreds of lavish casinos. The ones on this list are open to the public, but some require you to be a member in order to enter so be sure to check before you arrive at the front door, otherwise you might have to head to the bingo hall for the night instead!

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Ebrahim Jadwet’s brand ENROUTE ANDAMANS enters the travel industry to promote Andaman Islands in the international stage..

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From a very young boy who left for Canada a decade ago for a better life for himself, to returning to Andamans in 2019 for a better life for doing justice to the ancestors and the future generations of this part of India and the betterment of the people of the islands, Ebrahim Jadwet’s life is an inspiration to the young and old.

In late 20s when the majority of the young men think of stability and a great life for himself and settling down and that too when born with a silver spoon, Ebrahim, the young Jadwet lad, made a choice to not just continue his family legacy but also to grind to add his own unique touch to that legacy by starting Enroute Andamans which came naturally to him because of his love and passion for his home, the Andaman islands.

While in Canada during his study and work, he was always involved in the activities of promoting Andamans, he had pride and wanted to spread awareness about his home islands with the world so that more opportunities open up for the young generations back home. After years of doing it “as much as he could,” it seemed like his efforts and intentions just got aligned and something potentially life changing and transformational happened.

He returned to India, to his home, the Islands and started the new venture of Enroute Andamans with the guidance and support of his well respected grandfather, Mr. Yusoof Jadwet who has dedicated over 50 years of his life to the people of Nicobar Islands and is the former CEO of EHL and of his respected father, Mr. Nasir Jadwet.

Ebrahim loves reflecting in nature, socialising and connecting with people. He has a great interest in history- of the family, of the islands and India. He admires beauty and art- in nature, in human beings and in man-made things as they inspire him to delve deeper into understanding the world, balancing the good and evil perspective to lead a life of legacy for his family and India.

He is striving hard to promote tourism in a responsible way with a purpose, to create opportunities for the present and future generations of the Andaman islands, to bring the best of India and the world to this part of India so that the ancestors dreams are fulfilled and the future generations are able to lead a successful life and contribute to the progress of this part of India.

Note: Enroute Andamans is a full fledged travel agency selling customized tour packages for Andaman Nicobar Islands

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Thrilling Summer Destinations

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Energizing and Thrilling Destinations for Summertime Getaways

The summertime is without a doubt one of the most thrilling seasons. People of every age look forward to it all year long. Children anticipate their breaks from school. Parents anticipate being able to go on vacation with all of their loved ones. The list continues. The summer season is optimal for people who want to be able to go on road trips.

It enables people to view all sorts of destinations with their own eyes. If you want your summer road trip to be both successful and safe, then you have to prepare your vehicle well. It can even help you to learn about vehicles and personal injuries. If you want to speak with personal injury attorneys Utah locals trust, then there are various options on hand for you.

Preparing Vehicles For Road Trips

If you want to prepare your vehicle for a big summer road trip, then you should take it to a reputable mechanic for a tune-up as soon as you can. Vehicle maintenance can protect you from all sorts of dangers. If can encourage smooth sailing behind the wheel, too.

If you don’t want to have to deal with breakdowns, engine troubles or anything else ruining your summertime road trip joy, then you need to head to a trustworthy mechanic right away, no exceptions.

Promising Summertime Getaway Destinations for All

If you want to have a blast in the summertime, then you should think about visiting Utah’s Zion National Park. This park is situated in the southwestern region of the state not far at all from Springdale. People who wish to relish the marvels of nature frequently go to this national park for summer excursions.

It’s a sanctuary for outdoor recreational activities such as camping and hiking. It’s a sanctuary for people who simply want to gaze at enormous sandstone cliffs. It even has an abundance of intriguing creatures and plants.

People who are going on summertime road trips don’t have to limit themselves to enormous national parks that are chock-full of natural sights. That’s because they can also relish the pleasures of amusement parks. If you want to have a ball in Utah, then you can go to Farmington’s exhilarating Lagoon Amusement Park.

It doesn’t matter if you cherish the excitement of classic roller coasters. It doesn’t matter if you simply cherish walking around with tasty snacks and beverages. Lagoon Amusement Park can be a terrific reward for people who have been on the road for hours. It’s roughly 18 miles away from the action of Salt Lake City.

Colorado is a lot like Utah in that it’s an all-American state that’s brimming with natural wonders of all kinds. If you want to savor an incredible summertime road trip destination, then you should go to Colorado Springs, Colorado’s amazing Garden of the Gods.

Garden of the Gods is composed of close to 1,500 breathtaking acres of sandstone elements. If you want to have a hiking adventure that’s fit for the record books, then you should go to Garden of the Gods.

Do you want a break from outdoor adventures during your summer road trip? If you do, you can always go to the Denver Art Museum. This is a destination that has air conditioning. It can also be an indoor sanctuary for people who want to escape the sun’s intense ultraviolet rays.

If you want to view intriguing art pieces, then there aren’t many trip destinations that can hold a candle to this acclaimed museum. It displays 70,000 plus art pieces for visitors to savor. It has a strong reputation all around the globe.

If you’re a fan of live entertainment, shopping, dining out and unbridled excitement in general, you should make Las Vegas, Nevada a stop on your summertime getaway. Las Vegas has activity options for people of all ages.

It’s a terrific spot for people who like to check out entertainers. It’s just as terrific a spot for foodies who want to be able to test out all kinds of world-class dining establishments. If you want your summer road trip to be amazing and pleasant, then you should focus on these destinations. These destinations won’t let you down in the slightest. They’ll probably exceed your wishes.

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