Author: Jill Clark

A long weekend road trip: Calgary

A road trip from Calgary: What to see, where to stay, and what to eat along the way! Our home town of Calgary, Canada is only about an hour drive from the foothills, and where the foothills grow into the Canadian Rockies there are quite a few places to explore. A favourite of ours is crossing the Provincial border into beautiful British Columbia. Specifically, the Columbia Valley where the small town of Invermere lays about a 3-hour drive from Calgary. How would we recommend you spend a weekend away from the city? These little gems are must see and do for your three day trip. Friday Stop for coffee: Beamer’s Coffee Bar is a local favourite in Canmore. Snap a photo of your to-go cup while on your adventures to be featured on their website. Enjoy the view: Emerald Lake Lodge is a breathtaking must-see any time of year. Picture Lake Louise with less of a crowd and even more of that blue-green hue these Canadian Rockies lakes are known for. Stay: It’s too hard …

The Perfect Hiking Boot

These boots were made for hiking… It’s that time of year again. Time to bust out the boots and hit the trails. Who are we kidding—is there a bad time to hit the trails? Here are, in our mind, the best hiking boot recommendations to keep your toes safe and dry while camping this year. Columbia Sportswear Company Columbia suggested two of their current favourites to us. First, the Women’s Conspiracy III Titanium Shoe—a multi-sport sneaker. It’s perfect for a day on the trails because of its mesh exterior, cushioned sole, and extra traction. Next, the Women’s Irrigon Trail Mid OutDry Extreme is a true hiking boot, both waterproof and breathable. Lightweight, but cushioned and durable. Merrell The MQM Flex is a men’s mountain hiking shoe and Merrell bestseller right now. This shoe is designed to flex with your feet to really connect with the trails below you. Extra traction and added durability are also must-haves while hiking that this shoe offers. Another Merrell men’s bestseller is the Moab 2 Waterproof hiking boot. This protective …

Check out these campervan rental shops in New Zealand

Rent a campervan in New Zealand New Zealand’s islands are easily anyone’s dream travel destination. Explore the glacial and volcanic landscape, watch the unique wildlife, and soak up the welcome charm on the city streets. We know it’s a backpacker’s paradise. But what about campers? Maybe you are flying to New Zealand, but hoping to spend your time outside. To experience new nooks and crannies of the islands each day, and wake up in the wild each morning. Quite idyllic, actually. No? The solution: rent a campervan for your Kiwi road trip. Here are five campervan rental companies with pick-up depots in New Zealand’s major cities. Escape Rentals If you’re flying into Auckland or Christchurch, Escape Rentals is the local self-proclaimed providers of “cheap campervans for travellers.” They have over 200 campervans with funky designs, fully equipped for up to three adults. Just bring yourselves and drive off into the Kiwi countryside (in fun fashion). Both depot city areas have plenty of regional parks to choose from. Kiwi Campers Another Auckland and Christchurch rental pick-up …

Hütte Hut: Is it art or is it a trailer?

Lately the modern camping world has been working hard to spruce up their new models. Fibreglass siding seems to be a thing of the past, with beautiful woods taking its place (ahem… Homegrown Trailers). We know, seems odd doesn’t it with the weight of wood and all. You’d think more aluminum campers would be gracing the world’s stage. Nope. Not in this lifetime. Sprouting Sprocket Studio designed Hütte Hut™ from a background in industrial design, and incorporating a holistic approach to mobile living. Their craftsmanship resulted in a lightweight yet durable travel trailer that looks like art and lives like a mobile retreat. A design that brings campers closer to nature The classic teardrop that looks more like a dome design is different at first glance, but makes sense once inside. It’s cavernous interior would make anyone feel right at home. One of the most notable features of Hütte Hut™ is its double doors and large windows. We like to camp to be outside, right? The airy design of Hütte Hut™ makes that even more …

Luxury sustainability made to order

People asked, and Homegrown delivered. Homegrown Trailers recently released their Timberline model trailer. Timberline was built for long-haul RVers looking for extra comfort, or property owners who want to offer their guests a luxury camping experience without the hassle of installing lodges. This mobile alternative offers the comforts of home in a streamlined mobile space. We can see your jaw dropping and not surprised. Timberline sustainable specs Most modern campers are looking for minimalistic, green alternatives for their traditional travel trailer. Homegrown Trailers builds homes that align with the tiny house movement, built with the hands of artisans and on wheels. They are flexible, lightweight, and sustainable. Carefully crafted from beautiful, sustainably-source wood, Timberline’s aesthetic is a step above the typical travel trailer. What isn’t constructed by artisans from wood is made from other non-toxic and renewable materials. Even the construction process is low-waste, further showcasing Homegrown’s deeply rooted sustainability values. In the 23-foot space, they include a shower, basic kitchen appliances and sleeping space for 3 to 5 people depending on the layout. The …

Hammock Roundup

Who doesn’t love hanging out outside? A good hammock makes the view that much better. Maybe you want to try hammock camping, are just looking for a lakeside lounger, or love testing new gear—like the rooftop hammock rack. Whatever swings your fancy, we’ve rounded up a few hammocks we think you’ll love. Hammock Universe What kind of hammock are you looking for? Hammock Universe sells them all. Brazilian, Mayan, rope or quilted fabric. Whether you want to lounge lakeside, or camp between the trees. Each offers different features: soft fabrics for sleeping, or special weaves that make you feel weightless. DD Hammocks Edinburgh based DD Hammocks creates high-quality camping hammocks and accessories. Not many realize that Hammock camping requires specific equipment—not just two trees to latch onto. ENO Nation Hailing from British Columbia, ENO Nation creates gear for every aspect of the outdoor lifestyle. From bug protection to their 400lb capacity DoubleDeluxe hammock. Don’t want the extra space? They have a handful of other versions of their hammock. Prices range up to $130 CAD. Madera …

Living Vehicle offers off-the-grid, stylish living

This small California-based company is excited to share their sustainable vision with modern campers. Matthew Hofmann of Hofmann Architecture has a passion for sustainability and a vision of the future. To Hoffman, sustainability more than recycling. Instead, “it’s the idea of life enduring.” His experience designing mobile spaces has led to Hofmann’s most recent achievement: Living Vehicle. Living Vehicle is designed to sustain life. It was designed to last a lifetime and to minimize its dwellers’ carbon footprint. At the same time, Hoffman values the comforts of home, so each unit is crafted to order, following your specific customizations. Choose the colour of your vinyl flooring, wall and cabinet colour, configuration, and more. Units also come equipped with Wi-Fi antennas, plenty of storage, and handy accessories like a concealed ceiling sleeper and outdoor shower head. Off-the-grid living Living Vehicle does not rely on outer energy. Its solar-powered electricity can support a couple living self-contained for about 1 month in temperate climates, longer if they live in moderation. However, it is also equipped to sustain harsh …

Garage-sized RV first of its kind: The Mantis by TAXA Outdoors

Do you want the spacious outdoor lifestyle of an 18-foot RV, without the hassle of having to find adequate storage space when it’s time to head back to the city? Taxa Outdoors Inc. unveiled The Mantis on September 18-22 at the RV Open House in Elkhart, Indiana, and to much fanfare we might add. The Mantis is the first travel trailer of its kind: It sleeps 4 adults, but comfortably fits into a standard sized garage. Most vehicles can tow the compact adventure trailer because it weighs in at a light 2300 pounds when empty. The size and weight is perfect for city-dwellers who love a good adventure. What to expect from The Mantis. The open-concept design features 2 bunks positioned across the front end of the trailer, and a convertible couch to queen-sized bed at the rear. There is even space for a small shower in the bathroom, and a two-burner stove and compact fridge in the kitchen. Did we mention all Taxa trailers are designed by an ex-NASA engineer? For the ample living …

Mid-Year Modern Camper Gear Roundup

If you’re a modern camper, you obviously want to keep up with the times when it comes to must-have gear. Here are our top picks this far into 2017. Invest in eco-cookware Make the most of the modern camping movement by embracing sustainability. We love Kupilka eco-friendly dishware. Their durable cups, bowls, plates, and cutlery are crafted from their Kareline® natural fibre composite. It keeps your hot stuff steaming and your cool drinks cold without harming the environment. Stay toasty warm with a new blanket Any true camper has a few blankets packed away for chilly nights and crisp mornings. One of our favourites is sackcloth + ashes. For each blanket sold, they gift a blanket to your local homeless shelter. Plus, their Instagram is full of drool-worthy #vanlife photos. Take better pictures with smartphone camera accessories Upgrade your Insta-game with a smartphone tripod. Have you ever wondered how people get those shots from cool hands-free angles? You don’t need to empty your wallet on a drone. Instead, purchase a tripod with gripped octopus arms …

campfire cooking inspiration

#CampfireCooking to get the juices flowin’

It’s easy to pack pre-made salads, sandwiches, and a handful of hot dogs when packing for a weekend outdoors, but campsite eats can be oh-so-delicious with a little imagination. We aren’t talking Pinterest-perfect five course meals, but some inspiration couldn’t hurt, right? There’s no better place to find inspiration than on Instagram. Here’s how a few other modern campers refuel over the flames. @camping_is_mylife A post shared by Camping is mylife (@camping_is_mylife) on Aug 31, 2017 at 8:49am PDT Pork roasted over the campfire tastes so much better than any way you try to cook it at home. These people are experts—this community account features photos from campers around the world @lachachavida A post shared by Kristina Rodriguez (@lachachavida) on Aug 31, 2017 at 10:30am PDT A drool-worthy side of sweet potato about to grill over an open fire. Sign me up! (And serve it next to the pork from the first photo) @freshoffthegrid A post shared by Fresh Off the Grid (@freshoffthegrid) on Aug 15, 2017 at 5:11pm PDT Time for dessert! Does anyone …