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Another stop off during our adventure around Vancouver Island was this beautiful and dramatic logged area. As we made our way across from Port Renfrew to meet with the owners of be Solely Canadian in Courtenay, it became apparent that Google Maps hadn’t taken into consideration the condition of the roads (very winding), or the speed at which one must travel due to all the sharp, sudden turns and single-lane bridges. Though we were running behind, I couldn’t resist stopping to take some photos at this picturesque location.

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I had been trying to get back to Vancouver Island for about 10 years, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  Memories from family trips across Canada included winding mountain roads, vast expanses of shell littered beaches and enchanted forests.  Everything sort of blended together in my mind and it wasn’t until last summer that I was finally able to rediscover the  wonder and beauty that is Vancouver Island.

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Winter is in full swing, so we thought we’d try our hand at a tried-and-true seasonal DIY! Add holiday cheer to your home- indoors or outdoors- with this Rustic Wreath DIY. Festooned with bright berries and earthy pine cones, this pastoral wreath looks like a celebration and smells like a freshly cut evergreen. Plus, 95% of the materials you need to make this craft can be foraged from the forest floor! Click through for the full tutorial.

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