Lots of people are taking vacations close to home this summer (also known as staycations!) in Northern BC – including NH staff! Check out these staff staycation ideas for exploring our beautiful Northern backyard.
Hiking in the Robson Valley
Vicki Cardinal, a care aid in Burns Lake, was able to explore Mount Robson Provincial Park and take a well-deserved break.
“I was feeling like I was getting burnt out from the long spring since the pandemic hit the world by storm. I was on vacation when my daughter, Cayla, suggested we take a hike up to Kinney Lake at Mount Robson Park. We were already camped in Valemount, 520 km from our little town in Burns Lake. So myself; Cayla; her boyfriend, Russ; my sister-in-law, Jennifer; as well my dog, Leroy piled into the SUV and drove to Mount Robson Park. This is where my journey to rejuvenate began! We hiked eight kilometres to Kinney Lake, a third of the way to the top of the mountain. We saw such serene beauty in the mountains. There is nothing quite like the mountain-fresh air to bring one back to feeling energized!”
Exploring historical sites in the Cariboo
Diana, a medical transcriptionist/admitting clerk in Prince George, recommends exploring the historical Cariboo Gold Rush Trail near Quesnel.
“Barkerville is always a good one to go to. They have a great deal of history, theatre, stage coach, restaurants, and shopping. Camping is available and, if you’re just day tripping and have your dog with you, they have a dog area for you to leave your furry friend. I especially love walking through the cemetery and reading the history there.”
Staying home on Haida Gwaii
Margaret Fennell, a primary care nurse in Port Clements, shares staycation tips for sticking closer to home for Haida Gwaii residents.
- Walk and talk – I love to catch up with friends who are far away by doing a cell phone chat while walking my favourite trails on Haida Gwaii.
- Curl up by the woodstove and read a great book. A recent favorite: Greenwood, by Michael Christie. Haida Gwaii residents can borrow the digital and audio versions through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. If you're from off island, check out your local library.
- Awaken your inner artist by spreading out in the yard and having an art/painting party with a small group.
More staycation ideas
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