Into Something Better: Rocky Mountain Explorers – Squamish, British Columbia

June 27, 2017

We are a group of mothers & photographers who freelense. We live in all corners of this planet. Inspired by the Mary Oliver poem Sleeping In The Forest, we all have a common goal. To get our children into the wild. Into Something Better. We know it’s out there. We just have to put away the devices to find it. While we are at it, why don’t we freelense it too.

When I was researching ideas for activities for my family’s recent trip 4,138km trip from the very flat, and sanitized Southwestern Ontario, to the wild, wild west of Canada’s Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, I very quickly discovered that the term “off the beaten path” has vastly different meanings in BC than it does in the most populated part of Canada where I live. The first thing I noticed about BC, even from the air, is how the city of Vancouver and it’s suburbs, where our hotel was, are just sitting precariously on the edge of the wilderness. Honest to goodness, you are going to die if you go off the path wilderness.

A few days into our trip, we loaded up the kids into our rental car, and along with my husband’s childhood best friend, his wife and kids who live live in BC, headed north on the Sea to Sky highway, which travels from the skyscrapers of downtown Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean to Whistler. At almost the halfway point is Squamish, home of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Once we were at the top of the mountain and taking a potty break, a woman who worked there saw us with a gaggle of kids and recommended a family friendly, interactive trail to the lookout. I’m pretty sure this was actually her job to be watching for city people like us with rowdy kids who are in need of some guidance. Without any hesitation, it was her advice which made our adventure that day an adventure and not a fiasco. And only one kid got lost, but then he got found and all was good.

(After the fact, I found out from my Mom, that she and my Dad had honeymooned in BC, and had gone up the Sea to Sky Gondola and hiked this very same trail, 51 years earlier)

Up next in the circle is my fellow Canadian, Joni Burtt getting Into Something Better in a New Brunswick river.

Up next in the circle is my fellow Canadian, Joni Burtt getting Into Something Better in a New Brunswick river.

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  • Kate Cuenoud June 27, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Sherri, this series is gorgeous. I love all of the hiking images and then, WOW! What a payoff at the end! xxoo Kate.

  • Nikki June 27, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    What a day out! My little one and I were trying to guess which child may have got lost. Really the wilderness looks vast here. Nikki xx

  • Amanda Voelker June 29, 2017 at 1:42 am

    These beautiful mountains and your beautiful family. I always love looking at your work, Sherri.

  • Beth Urban June 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, so neat that your parents were there 51 years ago. Looks like an amazing adventure 😍 I love the way you documented the trip!

  • Kim Turner-Smith June 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    How lovely that you all discovered the same trail as your parents on their honeymoon, a full-circle serendipitous moment. It looks like the kids had a great adventure, there’s nothing better than watching kids discover and explore.

  • Melissa L July 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I feel like I was with you and your family on this wonderful adventure. I love the way you mix freelensing with storytelling. It is such a unique style and when i look at your photos, I always pause for a moment to look all around the frame to see if I missed anything. love that one shot especially of the mountains and white heavenly clouds and the way the group of people looked so small…

  • cindycavanagh July 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Breathtaking Sherri! Love the feel of the mountains that you captured.

  • Heather Robinson July 7, 2017 at 9:02 am

    What a breathtaking place Sherri!! I am adding this one to my bucket list for sure!