Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia, Canada

My husband and I recently went on an adventurous short getaway to beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Being based in Seattle, it’s an absolute no-brainer to explore British Columbia at least a couple of times a year… it’s only a 2 hour drive!

As many of you know, my husband and I are full-time travel photographers and bloggers. That means we live, work and travel as a couple almost 24/7… and therefore have to be very mindful about how we spend our free time together. Each week we try and do at least one thing together as a couple that pairs quality time and things we love, which for us usually involves some sort of travel or adventure!

Nautica recently reached out to us to partner on an exciting adventure to celebrate their new fragrance, Voyage Heritage. What better way to put it to the test then by seeing if it holds up to some good old hiking, camping and road tripping?! Keep reading to see what we got up to!

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia, Canada

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 5

1st stop: Golden Ears Provincial Park

We have wanted to explore Golden Ears Provincial Park ever since we moved stateside 3.5 years ago. I am happy to say that the park’s beauty did not disappoint!

Our first task was to find a campsite. We opted to stay at the Gold Creek Campground and were impressed with the large campsites, fire pits and lush forest surroundings.

We typically explore parks in the morning and afternoon hours to avoid the crowds and for the best photography light. So after setting up camp we decided to hang out and read our books to the sound of birds and the nearby river (bliss!)

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 1

Pictured: Eddie Bauer Tent, Danner Boots, Hydroflask, Glyder Apparel leggings, Patagonia Down

 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 2 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 5

When car camping we like to try and stay as fresh as possible, especially because showers aren’t always available. Here are some of the ways we have learned to deal with this over the years:

  • Pack essential hygiene items: deodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, etc.
  • Have a “baby wipe bath” at the end of each day before getting in the tent
  • Spritz on some fragrance/cologne to freshen up each day
  • Some other additions: micellar water or face wipes, moisturizer, and dry shampoo

My husband loved wearing the Nautica’s new Voyage Heritage cologne on this trip. Its light and fresh notes of citrus bergamot, peppermint and rosemary oil suits his adventurous spirit… and smells delicious!

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 6

Pictured: Nautica Voyage Heritage fragrance, Topo Designs Dopp Kit, Seattle Chocolate mug, JetBoil 

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 4 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 7

Our favorite places to explore in the park were along the Spirea Nature Trail and the Trail of the Fallen Giants. You could also walk to Alouette Lake from our campground, which was absolutely beautiful at sunset! Shoutout to our friend Lizzy Gadd and her gorgeous pup Pepper for coming to hang out with us for the afternoon!

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 3

2nd stop: Joffre Lakes

After spending an afternoon, night and morning at Golden Ears Provincial Park we decided to head north to Joffre Lakes for another adventure. The parking lot was approximately 1 hour northeast of Whistler (another good stop if you have the time!)

Everyone has told us that Joffre Lakes is a must-do hike in British Columbia – and they weren’t wrong! We loved exploring these beautiful lakes and camping in the backcountry.

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 3

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 5 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 1

Joffre Lakes consists of 3 beautiful turquoise colored alpine lakes. The lower lake is right near the parking lot and is accessible to all. The view is incredible and the glacier can even be seen from this viewpoint on a sunny day, perched up in the mountains.

From there we hiked uphill about 3kms (1.8 miles) to the middle lake (pictured above). This was probably my favorite of the three lakes and definitely worth the uphill climb. We found an old log to take some photos on and dipped our toes in the water (spoiler: it was FREEZING!)

Pictured: Osprey Backpack, Danner Boots, Z-Seats, Nautica Voyage Heritage (below)

Onwards we went for about another 1km (.6 miles) to the upper lake, which is where we opted to camp the night. In fact, the upper lake campground is the only designated spot you are allowed to camp.

The mini backcountry campground even had an impressive outhouse and food storage solution (in case of any visitors of the bear variety). Be sure to get a backcountry camping permit from the park website if you plan to stay the night.

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 4

3rd stop: St. Marks Summit

We drove straight from Joffre Lakes to Cypress Mountain for the hike to St Marks Summit (approximately 2.5 driving). St. Marks Summit is a popular section of the Howe Sound Crest Trail, which spans over 30km from Cypress Mountain to nearby Porteau Cove.

On a clear day, sunset from St. Marks Summit provides beautiful views over Howe Sound and beyond. Sadly the mosquitos were also enjoying the views that night, so I would highly recommend bug spray if you are also planning to visit!

Pictured: Danner Boots (hers), Danner Boots (his), Glyder Apparel leggings, Fjallraven pants

The trail is approximately 11km (6.8 miles) round trip and took us a couple of hours each way. Unfortunately the trail wasn’t in a very good state, with melting snow, mud, exposed tree roots and sections that had clearly been washed out/destroyed over winter. It did appear that the trail maintenance crew had started fixing it up for summer.

We opted to stay for sunset and packed a few essentials for the trek: headlamps, ample snacks, water bottles, bug spray, warm layer, hat/beanie, and phones with offline maps downloaded.

 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia St Marks Summit Vancouver 2 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia St Marks Summit Vancouver 4

4th stop: Cascade Falls

Our final stop of the trip was at beautiful Cascade Falls nearby the town of Mission, British Columbia. Our friend Ben Prescott grew up in the area and kindly offered to show us around when he heard we were heading that way.

The falls and suspension bridge definitely lived up to the hype and is now one of my favorite spots in the Pacific Northwest. The falls and bridge are only a short .75km walk from the parking lot and you can also swim in parts of the nearby creek.

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls 5

Pictured: Danner Boots, Will & Bear hat, ASOS sweater, Nautica Voyage Heritage (below)

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls 4 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls 2

And that’s a wrap!

 

Disclaimer: A big thank you to Nautica for collaborating on this blog post and encouraging us to take a new adventure. As always, all opinions are my own. This post does contain some affiliate links,  which means if you buy something my blog will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

 

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My husband and I recently went on an adventurous short getaway to beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Being based in Seattle, it’s an absolute no-brainer to explore British Columbia at least a couple of times a year… it’s only a 2 hour drive!

As many of you know, my husband and I are full-time travel photographers and bloggers. That means we live, work and travel as a couple almost 24/7… and therefore have to be very mindful about how we spend our free time together. Each week we try and do at least one thing together as a couple that pairs quality time and things we love, which for us usually involves some sort of travel or adventure!

Nautica recently reached out to us to partner on an exciting adventure to celebrate their new fragrance, Voyage Heritage. What better way to put it to the test then by seeing if it holds up to some good old hiking, camping and road tripping?! Keep reading to see what we got up to!

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia, Canada

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 5

1st stop: Golden Ears Provincial Park

We have wanted to explore Golden Ears Provincial Park ever since we moved stateside 3.5 years ago. I am happy to say that the park’s beauty did not disappoint!

Our first task was to find a campsite. We opted to stay at the Gold Creek Campground and were impressed with the large campsites, fire pits and lush forest surroundings.

We typically explore parks in the morning and afternoon hours to avoid the crowds and for the best photography light. So after setting up camp we decided to hang out and read our books to the sound of birds and the nearby river (bliss!)

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 1

Pictured: Eddie Bauer Tent, Danner Boots, Hydroflask, Glyder Apparel leggings, Patagonia Down

 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 2 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 5

When car camping we like to try and stay as fresh as possible, especially because showers aren’t always available. Here are some of the ways we have learned to deal with this over the years:

  • Pack essential hygiene items: deodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, etc.
  • Have a “baby wipe bath” at the end of each day before getting in the tent
  • Spritz on some fragrance/cologne to freshen up each day
  • Some other additions: micellar water or face wipes, moisturizer, and dry shampoo

My husband loved wearing the Nautica’s new Voyage Heritage cologne on this trip. Its light and fresh notes of citrus bergamot, peppermint and rosemary oil suits his adventurous spirit… and smells delicious!

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 6

Pictured: Nautica Voyage Heritage fragrance, Topo Designs Dopp Kit, Seattle Chocolate mug, JetBoil 

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 4 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 7

Our favorite places to explore in the park were along the Spirea Nature Trail and the Trail of the Fallen Giants. You could also walk to Alouette Lake from our campground, which was absolutely beautiful at sunset! Shoutout to our friend Lizzy Gadd and her gorgeous pup Pepper for coming to hang out with us for the afternoon!

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Golden Ears Provincial Park 3

2nd stop: Joffre Lakes

After spending an afternoon, night and morning at Golden Ears Provincial Park we decided to head north to Joffre Lakes for another adventure. The parking lot was approximately 1 hour northeast of Whistler (another good stop if you have the time!)

Everyone has told us that Joffre Lakes is a must-do hike in British Columbia – and they weren’t wrong! We loved exploring these beautiful lakes and camping in the backcountry.

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 3

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 5 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 1

Joffre Lakes consists of 3 beautiful turquoise colored alpine lakes. The lower lake is right near the parking lot and is accessible to all. The view is incredible and the glacier can even be seen from this viewpoint on a sunny day, perched up in the mountains.

From there we hiked uphill about 3kms (1.8 miles) to the middle lake (pictured above). This was probably my favorite of the three lakes and definitely worth the uphill climb. We found an old log to take some photos on and dipped our toes in the water (spoiler: it was FREEZING!)

Pictured: Osprey Backpack, Danner Boots, Z-Seats, Nautica Voyage Heritage (below)

Onwards we went for about another 1km (.6 miles) to the upper lake, which is where we opted to camp the night. In fact, the upper lake campground is the only designated spot you are allowed to camp.

The mini backcountry campground even had an impressive outhouse and food storage solution (in case of any visitors of the bear variety). Be sure to get a backcountry camping permit from the park website if you plan to stay the night.

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Joffre Lakes 4

3rd stop: St. Marks Summit

We drove straight from Joffre Lakes to Cypress Mountain for the hike to St Marks Summit (approximately 2.5 driving). St. Marks Summit is a popular section of the Howe Sound Crest Trail, which spans over 30km from Cypress Mountain to nearby Porteau Cove.

On a clear day, sunset from St. Marks Summit provides beautiful views over Howe Sound and beyond. Sadly the mosquitos were also enjoying the views that night, so I would highly recommend bug spray if you are also planning to visit!

Pictured: Danner Boots (hers), Danner Boots (his), Glyder Apparel leggings, Fjallraven pants

The trail is approximately 11km (6.8 miles) round trip and took us a couple of hours each way. Unfortunately the trail wasn’t in a very good state, with melting snow, mud, exposed tree roots and sections that had clearly been washed out/destroyed over winter. It did appear that the trail maintenance crew had started fixing it up for summer.

We opted to stay for sunset and packed a few essentials for the trek: headlamps, ample snacks, water bottles, bug spray, warm layer, hat/beanie, and phones with offline maps downloaded.

 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia St Marks Summit Vancouver 2 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia St Marks Summit Vancouver 4

4th stop: Cascade Falls

Our final stop of the trip was at beautiful Cascade Falls nearby the town of Mission, British Columbia. Our friend Ben Prescott grew up in the area and kindly offered to show us around when he heard we were heading that way.

The falls and suspension bridge definitely lived up to the hype and is now one of my favorite spots in the Pacific Northwest. The falls and bridge are only a short .75km walk from the parking lot and you can also swim in parts of the nearby creek.

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls 5

Pictured: Danner Boots, Will & Bear hat, ASOS sweater, Nautica Voyage Heritage (below)

Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls 4 Couples Adventure Getaway to British Columbia Cascade Falls 2

And that’s a wrap!

 

Disclaimer: A big thank you to Nautica for collaborating on this blog post and encouraging us to take a new adventure. As always, all opinions are my own. This post does contain some affiliate links,  which means if you buy something my blog will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

 

Want more? Check these out!

How to Take Stunning Travel Photos as a Couple

10 Tips to Feeling More at Home on the Road

Road Trip to All 59 American National Parks

Our Road Trip Essentials

 

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Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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15 Comments

  1. Mitch on August 16, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Great blog Renee – I love the detail you provide !
    Ps my girlfriend loves Nautica ?
    Cheers
    Mitch

  2. Jackie on August 16, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Thankyou Renee for another wonderful blog post. I hope to visit these stunning spots in British Columbia one day.

  3. Kaylene on August 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Excellent post all the way around! Hubby and I plan to move to the PNW and we look forward to exploring that area as well as into Canada! We currently live in Switzerland so these lakes and mountains make me think we’ll feel right at home! Love your blog! Bookmarking!

  4. Jas on August 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Being a Vancouverite, I find it funny how we drive down to Seattle so much and you guys also come visit us vice versa hahaa. Joffre Lakes and St. Marks Summit are still at the top of my bucket list waiting to be crossed off so I’m just living vicariously through your beautiful photos! Also, I hear from friends that the St. Marks trails are always muddy. The views are definitely worth it though and seems like you both had a fantastic time regardless!

  5. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam on August 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I haven’t ever been to BC, despite living in Portland—but I’ve been planning an adventure there! Your photos and post inspire me to get going on this trip sooner rather than later. Can’t wait for our own adventure!

  6. Pippa on August 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Renee ???? So inspired! Love these photos and great post, I want to go!

  7. Kassie on August 18, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    This sounds like the perfect outdoorsy couples trip! Gotta convince my husband to add this one to the list since the pictures are gorgeous ?

  8. Azrael on August 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Woman! You and Matthew always inspire me on the road. You guys manage to make such perfectly balanced art together. Thanks for sharing <3

  9. Corinne on August 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    So romantic and peaceful! I’d love to see scenery like this.

  10. Kasia Dietz on August 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Such gorgeous scenery and you captured it perfectly! I’d love to explore this region.

  11. Issie on August 29, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Hi Renee. How beautiful scenes! I really love your post. I seems Joffre Lakes is a must to visit for hiking and camping. British Columbia, would be in my travel choices. Next month, I have a camping trip with my friends, I’m trying to list essential things for camping. I’m thinking to find a fire starter, I have a look some here http://www.pirt.org/best-fire-starter/. What do you think about that? Could you please give me suggestion to choose best one? Thank you in advance for your kindness.

  12. KD on September 11, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Wow, what a wonderful place. Stunning scenery!I hope i would travel this place once a day and turn my visuals into reality.

  13. Alexa on September 11, 2018 at 6:23 am

    looks incredible! I had never heard of it before but would love to check these out

  14. Edd cope on January 21, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Hey Renee,
    Myself and my wife are thinking not to visit BC and the Canadian Rockies in October this year. Would you recommend this as a good time to go? We are worried things maybe closed?
    Are we likely to see the autumn colours at this time do you think?
    Any advice is appreciated and if there are better spots than others to visit at this time please let me know.
    Thank you so much in advance

  15. Haley on February 27, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Those pictures are so gorgeous.

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Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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