Day Hiking at Pretty River Valley and Nottawasaga Lookout

Lovely scenery while hiking at Pretty River Valley and Nottawasaga Lookout while exploring the Bruce Trail.

Last spring, we were tempted to head south for the chance at a snow-free day hike a few weeks earlier than in our own area. We were already planning to go on a backcountry gear shopping trip to Mountain Equipment Co-op in Barrie, which would only take a few hours, so this would be the perfect opportunity to […]

Snowshoe Hiking Mashkinonje Park’s Samoset Loop to Lapin Beach

A bay of Lake Nipissing seen from Lapin Beach.

Mashkinonje Provincial Park is one of my favourite places to hike, no matter the season. Most appealingly, there are over 30 kilometres of natural trails, accessible for free and usually not crowded. On our last trip snowshoe hiking Mashkinonje Park, we tackled the Samoset loop to Lapin Beach. The Samoset loop to Lapin Beach is approximately five kilometres […]

Hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail in British Columbia

Mountain and ocean scenery seen on the ferry crossing to Saltery Bay, British Columbia.

While I was backpacking British Columbia, I used CouchSurfing a lot to meet people, join social events, and organize activities. It’s one of the many uses of CouchSurfing! So as I was busy exploring Vancouver, I also planned a trip hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail. A week or two beforehand, our group had met to discuss the trail […]

10 Hikes In Korea You Will Absolutely Love

Gorgeous scenery from Hallasan National Park, one of my favourite hikes in Korea.

Rounding off the series on hiking Korea’s mountains with a bucket list to make the best of a year abroad, there are 10 more hikes in Korea I got to complete. I absolutely loved every moment spent on these trails, discovering as much of Korea’s landscape as I could — as would anyone! Jeollabuk-do There were quite a […]

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12 Awesome Korean Day Hikes I Recommend

The trail along the top of the ridge at Sobaeksan National Park, seen during one of my Korean day hikes.

In my attempt at hiking Korea’s mountains in as many national and provincial parks as possible to make the most of my year abroad, I often travelled away from my Korean hometown of Busan on weekends. That’s how I found many of these awesome Korean day hikes I recommend. Now of course, these Korean day hikes are only […]

7 Terrific Trails Easily Seen From Seoul

A stone lantern at the peak of Chiaksan National Park.

Even though I didn’t live in Seoul when I was in Korea, I did make extensive use of all types of public transportation, and since I was doing my best to make the most of my year abroad by hiking as many of Korea’s mountains as possible, I got to know the parks system pretty well. That’s why […]

Greatest Hiking List to Make the Most of a Year in Korea

A view of the mountain range at Sobaeksan National Park, seen while hiking Korea's mountains.

When I decided to teach English in South Korea for a year, one of the things that influenced my decision most was the landscape I would be moving to. I was getting more and more into hiking and backpacking, and the thought of living in a mountainous country couldn’t be more exciting. Romantic notions of hiking Korea’s mountains, […]

Hiking Around Killarney’s Lighthouse

View of Killarney's lighthouse from a rocky beach on our return journey.

We’re always in a good mood when we head out to Killarney, and even though it was drizzling rain and really foggy the last time we went, we were still upbeat. We weren’t sure exactly what we’d be doing that day, but we knew we’d be spending at least some time hiking around Killarney’s lighthouse. We thought we […]

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