Gina Begin

Gina Begin

Writer, with a side of photography.

Adventure travel, skiing, rock & ice climbing, road tripping, North American destinations, budget travel, solo travel, adventure sports, social media, small business, nonprofit organizations

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Scaling Kootenay Heights: Ropes Courses, Via Ferratas & Ziplines

Are you up for a challenge? Good—the Kootenays are ready for you, too. From mountain biking to whitewater kayaking, all throughout this mountainous region are places to put your coordination, balance, and bravery to the test. But if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush in nature with some structure built in, it’s time to try one of the area’s ropes courses, via ferratas or ziplines.

1​0 Best Canadian Explorations: The Locals’ View

Canada: a land with fewer people, more land, and a never-ending menu of adventure. Look east to the Maritimes’ misty shorelines whispering with history; follow the land west, moving through every clime imaginable. Canada’s expanse holds variation: rainforests and deserts, glaciers and baked beaches.

If you want it, it’s here.

11 Adventure Races That’ll Blow You Away

11 Adventure Races That’ll Blow You Away

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29 Adventure Quotes (Without Mountains Calling)

Yes, we’ve all heard about the mountains calling and you must go. John Muir rolls in his grave each time you say it, because more than likely you are posting it to your Facebook update and then watching the likes roll in rather than posting it on Facebook and getting...

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3 Ways to Spend 48 Hours in Nelson This Winter - Explore BC

Planning a winter trip to Nelson? Our fans recommend their top three things to do, including skiing at Whitewater, soaking in Ainsworth Hot Springs and experiencing the food scene....

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3 West Kootenay Provincial Parks to Explore - Explore BCExplore BC

If you find yourself in West Kootenay, you’ve found yourself in one of the wildest places in British Columbia.

40 Years Young: Tribute to Whitewater's Ski History

Nelson might be a small ski town, but when the community pulls together, it works wonders.

That's the premise behind "40 Years Young", a film celebrating Whitewater's 40th anniversary this season.

4 Fierce Pro Skiers — And Oh Yes; They’re Women!

4 Fierce Pro Skiers — And Oh Yes; They’re Women!

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5 Photography Spots in the West Kootenays - Explore BCExplore BC

With pristine lakes, beaches, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains, BC’s Kootenay Rockies region has no shortage of spectacular places to photograph. Being a Nelson local, the West Kootenays is one of my favourite areas to photograph.

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5 Places to View Waterfalls in BC's West Kootenays - Explore BC

Love exploring waterfalls? Here are five great waterfalls to visit next time your in BC's West Kootenay area, courtesy of our resident Nelson blogger....

5 Ski Area Mascots Everyone Should Know About

5 Ski Area Mascots Everyone Should Know About

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5 Sources for Last Minute Micro Adventures

Your in-town weekend plans cleared themselves from your schedule at the last minute and you suddenly find yourself on Friday morning with a weekend free and clear of demands. Being the go-getter you are, there’s no way you’re sitting at home, staring at the television (in fact, you should try...

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5 Things Beginning Skiers Should Know

There’s a secret to enjoying the cold days of winter: Fully embrace it.

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5 Ways to Spend 48 Hours in Kamloops This Winter - Explore BC

Looking for some suggestions on how to take advantage of your weekend in Kamloops this winter? Here are our Facebook fans' top five suggestions....

6 Resources for Getting Into Shape for the Trail - TETON Sports

Many hikers haven’t conquered the summits on their bucket list. Their reason? They’re not able to hack it, physically.