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When I was younger outdoor adventures were just a normal part of my life, but as life happened this was slowly pushed aside to make more money and focus on the things that were suppose to matter.

Having kids shifted everything and brought me back to building a life that excites me.  I am lucky as I love my career, however I had neglected connecting with nature.  Committing to incorporating the outdoors into our life, and no real idea what this meant with young children started us on this journey.

This blog is about the journey, and for me our boler trailer has become a symbol of the new style of adventure I plan to experience with the family, fun, simple and different.

When we lived in British Columbia, Canada, most of  our adventures are around the southern part of the Province.  With so many amazing places to explore we had no problem finding new adventures.

Moving to Edmonton Alberta challenged this commitment, being 4 hours away from the mountains and much further from the ocean.  With a web search offering the most negative responses to the outdoor options I had ever experienced.  With that Alberta does offering some world class and diverse opportunities if you are willing to drive a little, and BC is still next door.

You can also read my random thoughts about money and life on my other blog here.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, and please feel free to share your adventures!

102 comments


  1. Neat blog! It’s neat to read about your outdoor adventures with your kids. We’re an outdoor loving couple hoping to start a family soon and your stories give me hope that we’ll be able to continue playing outside as a family.

    I’ll keep reading 🙂

  2. Thanks for reading marcelledanielle ! Having kids completely changes the outdoor experience, however in a lot of ways it is for the better, it just took me a bit to see it. It’s amazing, maybe I will soon get to read about your family adventures.

    I have enjoyed your posts, Plan to start climbing again this year, this probably wouldn’t have made it on the list if it wasn’t for all the great climbing posts I have been reading.

    • You’re lucky to have amazing rock climbing nearby too! I haven’t made it out to Squamish yet, but hope to in the next few years.

      • Squamish is amazing.

        I used to spend a lot of time a Light house park. It was great to get outdoors and practice, the cliff is on right on the ocean, you have to walk through a beautiful forest full of huge trees and it is only minutes out of town. Amazing spot. Then we would drive to Squamish on the weekends.

        Vancouver Island also has some amazing climbing, and lots of Mountains to Summit.

        I think I need to start climbing again.

  3. I love this! You can’t keep me inside once the weather’s above freezing, and I hope to pass this on to my future family. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. Thanks crweatherford. I think the enjoyment of the outdoors is a great gift.

    We are lucky living where we do, the winter hits our local mountains, but it rarely gets cols enough to snow (not always sure rain is better).

    I enjoyed your climbing post. I plan to start getting the kids climbing soon, I think they are ready, I just need to catch up.

  5. I love your blog! Our families seem similar, I look so forward to reading about all of your adventures!

  6. Thanks for following my blog! I just spent six weeks in Vancouver, which is the most I’d spent in a single shot in my hometown after having been away for almost twenty years. There were many things in Vancouver I’ve missed …

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog. Vancouver has lots of outdoor stuff to keep us busy between trips. As the family gets older I am hoping to explore more outside north america. Look forward to more outdoor pictures on your blog.

  7. Hey, I love your blog. I was wondering if we could advertise each others sites. I have posted a link to your site on mine at http://www.thefamilycamper.com and was wondering if you would do the same for me. Thank you, and keep up the great posts.

    • Hi Jonnychapps. Thank you for posting my link! Glad you liked my blog. I am still new to wordpress and not sure how to add links. I will look into how I can do this.

  8. Nice blog…you from BC? Love the family outings!

    • Yes we live in BC. Love exploring back roads, that is one of the things that caught my attention with your blog. I was a little reluctant to follow, as I sold my sport bike and keep trying to convince myself a dual sport bike is not a good idea. Looks like you have had some amazing trips.

      • Well…you know what I would say about DS bikes but I will shut my mouth. Went out to Chilliwack today for the DS BC Spring Ride up Vedder Mountain. Will be posting some pics and videos of the ride. We hit snow which is never a really good thing on two wheels. I had issues but survived. Keep up the great blog my fellow BC’er!

  9. Thanks for checking out and following my blog! I enjoyed looking through yours. I had many an adventure as a child in a boler,…brought back cool memories.

    • I enjoyed your blog as well. I am glad to hear you enjoyed camping in a boler, am am hoping it will become a found memory for my kids as well. How many of you slept in the little trailer?

  10. I enjoyed your blog. Its so nice to read adout family activities in nature. Your country is amazing, you have so much to explore. So lucky. I am little jealous but lucky me we have sea. Keep posting i like virtual travelling

  11. Hi! Thank you so much for following my blog, great blog you have here 🙂

  12. When I was a boy punishment was being called into the house and being made to sit in front of a television. How things have changed! When young I spent every free minute outside and have continued to do so throughout my entire life. I don’t rock climb or mountain bike because I find just being surrounded by nature is enough-it’s hard to improve on or enhance that which is already perfect. You are wise getting your kids interested in nature at an early age, I think. Thank you for following my blog recently.

    • It sounds like you have found a connection to nature that seems to be absent for the majority. I agree there is something about being in the outdoors in nature that is amazing, and I am hoping to pass it on to my boys (although they do seem to like TV too)

  13. went on a great Spring Newbie ADV ride this weekend….BC is the best place on earth when the sun shines! 🙂 I blogged my ride fyi 😉

  14. elisejill

    Thanks for checking out my blog – I’m glad to find yours!

    I’ll definitely share it with my husband. He’s the cyclist (road, mountain, and moto) in the family. I grew up in Washington state and hope to get back to the PNW for more than just vacation – your blog might inspire us to get back there sooner, thank you!

  15. love this – and that camper! my husband and i need one of those 🙂

  16. I just want to say thanks for following my blog. Loving seeing you and your family enjoying BC. I’m loving my time here in the Okanagan so much. What a wonderful province.
    Kate
    http://myphotoyear2012.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you. It is fun to get out and explore. I have many great memories of the Okanagan, and the climate is great for camping. Will be spending much more time up that way this year as well. Would love to have the view you do of the lake.

  17. I enjoy reading your blog. You bring such a flair to your experiences and it’s fun to read about. That’s why I would like to present you a with a Liebster Award. Please go to my page to see the details http://travelladywithbaby.com/2012/04/02/liebster-award-a-big-thank-you/

    • Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed my blog and appreciate you passing along the Liebster. I will look at who I want to pass it on to and then post. Thanks again!

  18. Thank you for stopping by and liking my latest post. I look forward to reading of your adventures, and, who knows, I may find something to add to my 30 Before 30 List at the same time!

    TJ

  19. Thank you so much for the Liebster Award! What a great honor! I greatly enjoy our posts as well and have been daydreaming about taking Mace to find the spirit bear! What a life changing trip that would be for us all…I am currently deciding which blogs I would also like to nominate, but I have a question…would you please help? How do I know how many followers each blog has, some blog say so and some don’t? I am new to blogging!
    Thank you again so much,
    Stina from thisamaceinglife

    • You never know, two families could charter a very nice boat to see the Spirit bears:)

      I have no idea how you see how many followers. I guessed, if they had similar activity to me then they would be of similar size?

  20. Hi, thanks for taking a look at my blog. I enjoyed seeing what you have done and it is nice to see local stuff, good for ideas of places to see. It’s good to get outdoors.

  21. I want to thank you for passing along the Liebster Award to me. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and I love your new website! I look foward to reading your posts into the future. Here’s the link to my “thank you”… http://anaturemom.com/2012/04/19/thank-you-liebster-award-versatile-blogger-award/ .

  22. I just commented on your old blog by accident. I am working on a project and may need to talk an an adventurous family at some point. Could you please email me so that I have your contact info?

  23. Thanks for checking out my blog! It looks like we have a lot in common with our desire give our kids a love of the outdoors! It looks like you live in a gorgeous area. I’d love to vist BC sometime!

    • Love you blog!! The picture on your last post of the creek and mossy trees was great. Getting outside with kids is an adventure in it’s self, and so much fun! We are lucky to have so many amazing places to go around here, BC is defiantly worth visiting.

  24. Hi.. just thought you might want to know that sometimes, as today with the Boler updates, when I click on the link it says “not found.”

    Vicki

    • Thank you, I appreciate the heads up! It is there, but you are right, it even gives me that when I tried to preview, so I reposted, it seems fine now.

  25. Thanks for following my blog. Yours is great—what a wonderful resource, especially for people with kids.

    Friends used to have a Boler, so I’m familiar with the wee things, and they’re great. (They said that everywhere they went people wanted to buy it from them.) We’ve considered acquiring either an old Boler (assuming we could get our hands on one) or a Trillium for future exploration… we’ll see what comes our way!

    • Thanks for checking out my blog, glad you liked it. Since getting the Boler it is amazing how many people I meet that have one. These trailers are easy to get around here, but often expensive. I concluded that the trillium had a little more room and were a little heavier. I love the idea of pulling in and having the trailer ready to go, no long set up so there is more time to play.

  26. Hey – Just wanted to let you know I’ve passed Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award to you. I love your blog and following your family on your adventures! http://anaturemom.com/2012/05/09/mrs-sparklys-ten-commandments-award-thank-you/ .

  27. Outdoor activities are really fun but it’s more fun when you’re with the people you love. I’ve just started with my adventure, and I hope I get to visit Canada someday! More adventures to come! :))

  28. Hi, and thanks for visiting and liking my blog.

    Just skimmed through your blog (sorry, it’s getting late, but I WILL be back!) Love the Boler – we use a reasonably small campervan, but not as small as your ‘Boler’ – Small is good 🙂

    Your kids are very fortunate to have parents with a sense of adventure 🙂

    • Thanks for checking it out! I agree small is better, less restrictive and doesn’t lend itself to bringing along all the distractions from home.

      I am lucky to have family that took me on many adventures when I was younger, I want to give the same. And I love being outside. Thansk for commenting, I look forward to seeing more great pictures of your hikes:)

  29. Hello!

    Thanks for the visit to our blog, humble as it is.

    I loved reading about your family adventures – it sounds like you are making a good effort to instill a wholesome, adventurous spirit with your family. The world could do with more of that attitude.

  30. evening….and greetings from N. Wales (UK). Thanks for stopping by on my humble blog, I will be posting more soon as we’ve just returned from a 2 week trip round Brittany and Normandy in France. Also looking into vamping up a small vintage caravan (we currently get around in a converted T5). Looking forward to reading more about what’s happening in Canada for sure!!!!!

  31. Cool blog! Looking forward to read more about your outdoor adventures.

  32. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post! cool blog you got going here – there’s nothing better than camping!

  33. dukodu

    Thank you for likes.
    Duko from Zagreb, Croatia.

  34. Yay! I love this. It’s like my Canadian counterpart. I felt the same way when I had my daughter. For years I had been focusing on school and working and once I had my daughter all the years I spent camping with my dad or with my girl scout troop or just playing little league baseball came back and I wanted nothing more for my daughter to have the same chance to enjoy the outdoors as I did. I look forward to reading more, let me know if you ever come out to Hawaii!

    • Thank you. Lucky daughter you have:) Hawaii is an amazing place, and we will be visiting again. Last time we visited to get married there, it is the only place I have travelled too and was in no rush to get home. Beautiful and fun.

  35. You have a very nice blog! Great to read about your travel adventures and also informative! 🙂

    Thank you for visiting my blog and the like! Cheers!

  36. Thanks for coming over to my little baby blog and liking one of my posts! I’m VERY new to blogging – quite intimidating with some many wonderful bloggers out there. I started ours mainly to keep our family on the East coast updated following our move to Seattle, WA.
    I love your blog, and you’ve inspired me to get out there and do some true camping rather than just talking about it! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Thanks again!

    • Glad to hear you liked my blog:) and excited to hear it has inspired you to go camping!! I find the best part of blogging is the fact it is real people, and my blog has evolved immensely in it’s relativity short life, getting comfortable and letting your blog find it’s place for me has all been part of a great experience.

      Look forward to seeing your camping pictures.

  37. Hi Our Boler, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You share interesting, funny posts on outdoor experiences in Canada. I wanted to nominate you and share information on the award acceptance process http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/and-the-nominees-are/

  38. Hi, I like your blog and appreciate that you’ve stopped by to read my blog so much that I nominated yours for the One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! Enjoy the recognition, and keep up the good work! http://worldadventurers.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/i-received-the-one-lovely-blog-award/ Kudos from Mike (M.G.)

  39. Thanks for following 4feet2mouths. I love that you are exploring all these places with your kids. When the time comes I too will strap a kid to my back and go camping with your adventures as my guide.

  40. Thanks for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking the Alberta Sunset posts. … You are so lucky to live in B.C. (where I was born ;-)) and experience the great outdoors so conveniently. It’s such a beautiful province. And what a wonderful way to instil a love, reverence and respect for the great outdoors into your young family. … Happy travels to you! … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

    • Thanks Dorothy, I should update the site, we just moved to Edmonton and are no looking for outdoor places to explore around here (before the move I had never ventured past the Rockies). The move is what prompted my search of beautiful things in Alberta. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  41. Hi,
    We are looking at purchasing a 13 Boler and restoring it like you guys. We live in a condo that has a garage. Reading your post about it barely getting into your garage, was wondering if you had to fully deflate the tires or only partly? What about the vent cover, can it be removed to give extra clearance? Thanks much for your help!
    Slavomir

    • Hi Slavomir,

      Check the height of your garage, in the townhouse we had, with a small garage door, it fit with the vent on and tires deflated a little. In the house we now are in the vent has to be off and the tires deflated (and it still rubs the roof.)

      Once I seal the vent on I plan ti leave it on, as I think it would leak if I removed it constantly. The solution I plan on using is getting really small tires (I have seen some made out of wood). These will just be for moving the trailer into the garage. Our next place will have a place to park the trailer that works.

      I will check the height next time I am out there and post it. Since a lot of these trailers have been modified the height might not be the same, but at least give you an idea.

      Thanks for checking out my blog:)

    • I use a bike pump with a gauge to re inflate, $25 at MEC.

  42. I look forward to reading about your adventures and checking out your photos. I’m adding you to my blogroll.:D

  43. Thank you for stopping by my blog http://www.islandhomeblog.wordpress.com . You might also want to check out my other blog http://www.htheblog.wordpress.com , on this blog we do some family outings and photography in the area covering Red Deer to Edmonton to Jasper. I’ll be checking out your blog to get new ideas for family outings.

  44. I moved out west 15 years ago because I just had to live in the mountains. Not sure where that came from although my time hiking in New Hampshire (since it wasn’t too far from the Quebec border and where our family camped) probably did it. I have great family memories of those times and no doubt your kids will have wonderful memories as well. Nice blog.

    • The two best places are on the edge of the ocean and up in the mountains. Mountains are amazing, and the experience with the kids have been very rewarding. I am excited to be start exploring the Rockies, mountains until now I have briefly visited. Thanks for checking out my blog.

  45. Thanks for stopping by neighbour!
    I hope you like out here!
    All the best,

  46. Crikey, I can see how Boler would grow on you…love it! I mean, I can call it, it, I hope! 😉

  47. Thanks for visiting , love your site!

  48. Francois

    Hey! Where did you get the black rock protector on the red boler? And how is that thing called. On another note if you’re ever driving up the Alaska highway, there’s some really epic camping places in Yukon. And soooooo many bolers around here! 🙂

    • For the front rock guard I used a primer, then painted on a black rubber leaf spring paint. I am sure box liner or any other tough paint would work great.

      We have discussed heading up to Alaska, would make for an amazing trip.

      Have fun with your Boler!!

  49. Jamie

    Hey! Thanks for the great information here, I have been reading a little when I have time.

    Wanted to ask about your cupboard, do you have a series of pictures that show what you did to the inside including the added hole at the top for extra space?

    I vaguely remember seeing pictures of it before with carpet lined in the bottom and great looking shelves inside.

    We just bought a 74′ Boler and pick it up on Friday. Looking forward to the possibilities now that we own one.

    Thanks in advance!
    Jamie (graciious@rogers.com)

    • Congradulations on your purchase, they are lots of fun!! I am guessing you are referring to the closet? I will look for some pictures and post after today.

  50. Jamie Chapman

    Just realized… We bought basically the same Boler you did. Except ours was never a coffee cart.

    1974 same color. We’re in Ottawa Ontario. I have tons of work to do on it. If you don’t mind chatting via email shoot me a note. I’m always available via email and would love to pick your brain when I’m really stuck, and of course on some key issues (Windows, and electrical)

    Hope to hear from you.

  51. Hi, my friend sent me a link to your wonderful blog. I am not sure if you want to include our website, but we fell in love with Bolers and have started restoring them and renting them to people so more people can have a vintage experience and make new friends along the way! We are having so much fun meeting people and hearing about their adventures in our Bolers.
    http://www.bourbsysbolers.com
    Cheers,
    Corinna & Mike

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