Urban-Poling

Out and About at Sparkling Hill

In between all the other activities we enjoyed at Sparkling Hill Resort, I found time to be out and about exploring the trail network in the area. The map available in each guest room shows 8 trails covering a total of 12.5 km (7.5 miles). They are named for wildlife in the area (e.g. Falcon…

Sparkling-Hill-Resort

Sparkling Hill Resort

I’m just back from Sparkling Hill Resort where I enjoyed a few fantastic days. It was a girls’ getaway, with my mom, sister and sister-in-law, all organized by my SIL (which, by the way, also stands for strong independent lady – a description that definitely applies). She booked two rooms for two nights. The package…

West Bamfield

Bamfield – Brady’s Beach

Our fourth and final day of programming at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre was fantastic! It was a beautiful, sunny and very comfortable day. Right after breakfast, all 96 students, 4 teachers, principal and 6 parent volunteers boarded skiffs to cross over to West Bamfield for a slightly longer walk to Brady’s Beach. We spent…

Bamfield – Afternoon on the Alta

By the second morning at Bamfield, the grade 9 students had long since worked out that there was generally an advantage to being at the front of the food line. The food was a little hotter and they had their choice of tables – not insignificant given that some had ocean views while others provided…

Bamfield – Intro to Marine Sciences

One Sunday morning in late September, Mr. GeoK dropped K and I at the Calgary International Airport a few minutes before 6 o’clock. A throng of grade 9 students (and their parents) already crowded the WestJet check-in area. Shortly after we joined the mass, boarding passes were distributed. Once all the members of group 6…