Wreath-Cycled with Robert Bateman and UsedVictoria.com


Victoria is a city that loves Christmas. We have a christmas tree making competition, a gingerbread making competition, and now the Robert Bateman Centre has launched a wreath making competition… but with a twist!


All the wreaths that are made are being constructed out of recycled materials and are being auctioned off through UsedVictoria.com to benefit the Bateman Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to get kids outside playing in nature. What a great cause around the holidays!

A series of local artists has donated their time to create the cornerstone wreaths of the collection. The public has also contributed through the Bateman Centre’s wreath making workshops which teach the fundamentals of up-cycling.



The David Foster Foundation Scrap Metal Drive


The David Foster Foundation, Schnitzer Steel and Royal Bank of Canada have teamed up for a scrap metal drive in Victoria BC. All the proceeds from the drive are going towards the foundation that financially supports families in need as a child is receiving an organ transplant.

Brian and I attended the event today and had a great time trying out the scrap metal that was left behind. Who throws out a perfectly good bike??

There was a great turnout with lots of media and kids. It’s great to see the community rally behind causes such as this.
Way to go Victoria!



Salt Spring Island Fall Fair


While Nic and I were on Salt Spring we had a chance to check out the fall fair! This was a first for me as I have never done a fall fair before but I was pleasantly surprised.

Nic and her friends!

For a guy with an allergy to horses and hay I thought i was in for a rough weekend, but to my luck (and Nic’s dismay) the horse show had been canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

The Four-H Club was out in full force with bunnies, pigs, goats, ducks and all sorts of farm animals.

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Some of the younger participants made zucchini racers and they were really elaborate. I had no idea what to expect but those zucchinis could fly!

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 Perhaps the highlight of the trip was seeing the kids fibre zone! I thought Nic and found paradise. All the local kids had the wares on display and were judged on the patterns they had knit/weaved. I was impressed.


 My favorite event of the day was eating! We had a lamb burger from the farming collective and followed it up with the granny tent. The grannies made pie! I had a pumpkin pie and Nic got a rhubarb blackberry. They were so good! Real whip cream and home made.

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 We had an awesome time at the fair and I can’t wait for next year. Thanks to the community of Saltspring for putting it on.


Salt Spring Island Disc Golf


Nic and I got to spend an awesome weekend on Salt Spring Island this past weekend. We camped out at Ruckel Provincial park for Friday night which was amazing!!

One of our favorite things to do was play disc golf at Mouat Park. It’s an awesome 18 hole course, just outside of Ganges (big city Saltspring)


We each had a couple of epic shots and managed to hold onto our discs for the whole time! Success.

I think it’s fair to say we’re pro’s nowadays. If you want us to visit your disc golf event please make sure to email me!



Downtown Victoria Business Association


I love the community I live in, Victoria BC. Currently the Downtown Victoria Business Association is running a promotion to find out why people like Victoria.

Well I just got a call from them and it turns out I won!

Thanks so much to the awesome team at DVBA for all the community building work.


How it all began….


Welcome to Living Life Outdoors. Working in the travel and tourism industry has allowed me to go to some amazing and exotic destinations. From the streets of San Jose, Costa Rica to the jungles of Nicaragua to fly in fishing lodges on the West coast of Canada and through incredible ruins in Europe.

Although I love traveling I realized what I really wanted to do was share those experiences with other curious travellers. All the posts you see here are penned by me, James unless otherwise noted.