Becoming a BC Girl

I think I can officially call myself a BC girl. I’ve been in British Columbia for just over 8 months now and have without a doubt come to embrace the province’s beauty and lifestyle. It was a hard adaptation period at first when we moved but since the month of May (I credit the epic summer we just had!), I’ve felt more and more at home here in British Columbia. Being on the west coast has changed me in many ways and I seem to not be the only one who thinks so. During recent family visits, they were quick to point out how much of an outdoor and adventure enthusiast I had become. I’ve always had a love for nature and spending time outside prior to moving to BC but living here has only made my passion and excitement for it increase 10x more!

Here are the five reasons why I think I’ve become a BC girl:

1) Rain – I’ve come to appreciate the rain. After a couple of months of non-stop sun, the rain has allowed me to hunker down and actually work on a lot of projects that I was postponing due to the fact that I wanted to be outdoors every single minute of every day. It’s also a really nice feeling to go for a run or a hike in the rain because the hot shower or post-activity tea and warm socks are just that much more appreciated. There’s also something kind of romantic and very moody that I now like about rainy days. That said, talk to me again in a few months… I may have changed my mind!!

2) Yoga – Yes it’s totally a cliché but I now practice yoga and am so glad that I do. It has helped me tremendously not only heal from injuries but also prevent future injuries as well as helped me with some of my anxiety. Like I’ve mentioned in some recent posts, it’s all about finding the right yoga that works for you.

3) Hiking – I’ve always been into adventuring but had never really hiked much until I moved to BC. I remember thinking about a 5 or 7k hike made me nervous. Recently, I did two back to back 16-18k hikes and felt pretty incredible afterwards. I’ve still got a long ways to go but with so many mountains around, I’m itching to summit and explore as many places as possible.

4) Personal Style – It has definitely evolved since moving out west. I’ve definitely embraced outdoor and activewear a lot more since moving to BC, especially since I’ve been spending so much time in the wilderness. I’ve been loving rain boots, warm socks and cozy sweaters. But! My rocker and minimalist black and white look remains, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to lose that no matter how hard I try!

5) Relaxed Vibes – Living in Toronto for 10 years, it was always go, go go! But I realized not too long after moving to BC, that it doesn’t have to be business and stress all the time. People take more time to get back to your emails or are slower at getting some things done and I finally get why. It’s important to sometimes take a step back or take more time with things so I’ve definitely embraced those more relaxed vibes since moving out to BC. Even the thought of being right downtown in a big city like Toronto non-stop, now gives me anxiety. Who knew?!

Oh yea! Added bonus since moving out here, having the opportunity to collaborate with so many new and incredibly talented individuals like Britney Gill. I’ve always crushed hard on her photography, so am thrilled we could collaborate on some photos for this post. Check her out here.

Photos by: Britney Gill Photography.

13 Cities, 13 Runs – White Rock

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First time visiting White Rock last month. The “hole in the sky” as some like to call it, is a small town located right on the border of the state of Washington. This oceanfront town is renown for it’s beautiful homes and ocean views. In the summer, lot’s of people flock to their pristine beach and also go explore the waters in the area to find local marine life.

White Rock is a great place is you want to work on your hill runs. Most of the roads perpendicular to Marine Dr., the town’s main street have huge inclines. Some of these streets even remind me of San Francisco.

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They also have a cute little promenade located right on the beach that stretches just over 2 kms. It isn’t ideal if you’re looking for a long run, as you may end up doing a lot of back and forth on the promenade. It also tends to get real busy during the day as there are a lot of retirees living in White Rock who walk on the promenade for their daily dose of exercise. The view of the ocean, the mountains, the city and it’s big white rock are very pretty. Seeing seals as you run along the promenade is ultra special!

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If you’re on the lookout for a less populated running location, the city has loads of parks and all of their streets are pretty quiet and beautiful to run along as well.

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For more information on White Rock’s parks & trails, go here.

Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearingNike Air Zoom Elite 8 (get them here), Nike Printed Engineered Women’s (similar one’s here), Nike Hypercool Limitless Women’s Shirt (get it here).

Exploring BC

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I spent the past two weeks exploring beautiful British Columbia. What makes BC so special is that they’ve got it all. They have the mountains, the ocean, nature, the city and also small villages. It’s a truly stunning place to spend time in. Just on this trip, I saw whales, seals, sealions, bald eagles, countless birds, etc.

After having spent the past two months traveling non-stop across the country, it was nice to finally get some time off in BC to explore nature and get away from the bustle.

I’m thrilled to share with you in the coming weeks, a series of travel and fitness blogs on this magnificent province.

As I write this post, I’m waiting for my flight back to Toronto and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t going to seriously miss this place. I hope I won’t have to wait another 3 years before heading back to beautiful British Columbia!

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Photos by @Offner

What I’m wearing: Sanuk Siena Boot (get it here), Bench Onetimer III Jacket (get it here).