I did receive an all expenses paid trip with Ford, but all travel tips and British Columbia love are my own
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of traveling to British Columbia with Ford. It’s always been some place that I’ve wanted to go. People who’ve traveled there had always told me what breathtaking views there are, and how it’s definitely a place you need to add to your bucket list. Lucky for me, Ford let me take the adventure of a lifetime; a whirlwind British Columbia experience in about 48 hours. That’s why I had to share 5 must see things in British Columbia. There are so many more things that you must see and do in British Columbia than five, but in 48 hours these are some of my favorites that I got to see while road tripping in the Ford Explorer Platinum.
One of the things that is great about traveling is that you never know where the adventure may take you. When I agreed to head to British Columbia, I knew it would be a blast, but I didn’t know that it would probably be one of those experiences I would remember for the rest of my life.
This trip was about adventure. It was about learning to explore more. When we landed in British Columbia, we started out in Vancouver. At first, I was really disappointed that the weather was drizzly (typical Pacific Northwest weather). The fog was so thick that you could barely see your hand in front of your face. That didn’t stop this girl from having an amazing time.
For the trip, we were paired up with other bloggers and journalists. Lucky for me, there were two other gals that were up for an impromptu girls road trip. Lori from Well Connected Mom and Scarlet from Family Focus Blog were my car buddies. We jokingly called ourselves Thelma and Louise (and Lori). Yep, you guys know me. I promptly picked to be Thelma. Even though these gals just met me, they seemed to think that I was a good ring leader for getting into trouble. Not sure why? I am so innocent.
Bright and early in the morning, we hopped in a brand spanking new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, and we were off to see British Columbia. Road trip time!
Did I mention that it was absolutely drenching the whole time we were there? We kept joking that we looked like drowned rats. (Ok, that was me joking about that) Here’s evidence. At one point, I totally just gave up and took my glasses off because there was no seeing through them. At least I owned that super sexy yellow rain poncho that we were so lucky to snag at the Capilano Suspension Bridge!
My favorite part about this day is that the three of us didn’t know each other from Adam at the beginning of this trip. By the end of the day, we had hiked beautiful British Columbia waterfalls, joked about various body parts that were water logged by all the Vancouver rain, and made two friends that will probably be friends for a long time!
That’s the great thing about life, when you open up your heart and your mind to accepting whatever adventure life throws at you it’s amazing the journeys you can have. Traveling with Ford and learning to explore more, became so much more than trying out an amazingly awesome new car. It became an adventure in my own life. It taught me that friends can be found almost anywhere, and that life is such an amazing adventure that you should appreciate each and every single precious moment of it.
If you are traveling to British Columbia, and have a short amount of time, these are the 5 must see things to do in British Columbia. They were the most breathtaking views, the most amazing adventures, and the most memorable things from my whirlwind trip to BC.
5 Must See Things in British Columbia
1. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: This gorgeous suspension bridge was the second stop on our trip. It spans a gorgeous ravine in Vancouver. There are also some great mini bridges up in the treetops that span from tree to tree. It’s located in a rainforest, and we got the full affect thanks to a very rainy Vancouver day.
2. Shannon Falls: Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. It was absolutely massive. Think of waterfalling from a tall skyscraper. The water was roaring, and the mist from the falls was drifting adding just a little MORE rainy water on us. Yep, this was the point when we realized we were not going to be dry that day.
This may or may not have also been the place that I decided to use the Dyson Air Blade hand dryers to dry my iPhone. It was soaking wet from all the rain, and wanted to make sure that my new toy didn’t get ruined. Happy to report that the iPhone is functioning just fine!
3. Nairn Falls: Nairn Falls wasn’t as big as Shannon Falls, but it was equally as beautiful. There was a little less than a mile hike to the falls, and on our way everyone kept telling us “it’s worth it.” Of course on the way back, we had to pass the message on. It was like a secret of Nairn Falls or something. Some unsaid tradition among hikers passing each other on the pass.
4. Hwy 99: If you are ever looking for a place to drive to see some of the most beautiful sites of British Columbia, drive hwy 99. The views are absolutely breathtaking. We drove it from Vancouver all the way up to Kamloops. There were glacier fed lakes, hiking trails, unique places to stop to eat, and the most amazing mountains I have ever seen.
Hwy 99 is quite possibly one of the most beautiful roads that I have ever seen. It gave us a true feel of the beauty of British Columbia. For miles and miles you were in the middle of nowhere with only ranches, livestock, and the beautiful mountains for miles and miles. It was really serene, and I’ll admit it was amazingly fun to drive through in the Ford Explorer.
5. Stanley Park: Stanley Park is a gorgeous park located in Vancouver. It was actually our first stop there. It had great views of the city itself, a great tribute to the First Nations Community with some really large totem poles. We ended up spending almost an hour in the park, but you could easily spend half a day with a picnic lunch just enjoying the views of the park and the city.