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Crisp air, beautiful mountains, and a stunning scenic view. When it came to deciding on where I wanted to visit, it was a no brainer. British Columbia combines two of my greatest passions; hiking and adventure (other than physiotherapy of course…). I was able to complete multiple hikes, but the most memorable hike, by far, was the Panorama Ridge. Although this hike is typically done in two days, I decided that in order to try and save time, I would try to complete this hike in one day.

Next up on the itinerary was bungee jumping at Whistler Bungee! As I drove closer and closer to the bungee site, my excitement grew. However, once I got set up with my safety gear and was staring down 150ft over the glacier fed Cheakamus River, fear and nerves immediately set in knowing that my next step was to jump. The operator at the top started to count down from five and I knew that if I didn’t jump when he reached zero, I would’ve stayed at the top for a long time contemplating whether or not I should really do this. When he reached one, I took a deep breath and against all my nerves, I jumped as soon as he got to zero. Free falling over 150ft turned out to be one of the most stress-relieving activity I had ever experienced and I would recommend that everyone give it a try! This trip was definitely one of my favourite trips I have ever gone on and I cannot wait to go back! Coco

After climbing over 1,520m in elevation, the 360 degree view at the top of the mountain was absolutely breath- taking. Off one

end of the mountain offered an amazing view of Lake Garibaldi, and the opposite was a view of a mountain named, Black Tusk. In total, this grueling 30km hike took about 12 hours to complete. Even though there were many, many, MANY times I wanted to give up and turn around during this hike, I am so glad I stuck it out and completed it. I wouldn’t have done it any differently!

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