The Beautiful Canadian Outdoors

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Even though I was born in a different country, I am officially a proud Canadian. This beautiful country is my home and I really love it here. I have been living in Canada for over fourteen years, my husband is Canadian and both of my babies were born in Canada.

One of the many things I love about living in Vancouver is how much time I get to spend outdoors with my family. There are many breathtaking national parks, beautiful mountains, lakes and beaches to explore, some within minutes of our front door!


We live ten minutes away from Trout Lake Beach, a fresh water beach at the south end of Trout Lake, and we spend a lot of time there in the summer. This little beach is great for the kids to play in the sand and splash around the lake; we also go for walks and bike rides around the park, a great way to exercise for the entire family.

Granville Island is a favourite as well, and on many weekends during the summer we walk/bike from Science World to Granville Island, walk around the Granville Island fresh market, and get organic ingredients for lunch/dinner. It’s so fun to bike the seawall and spend time by the water.


Another one of the places we love to visit is Squamish, just an hour drive from Vancouver. The Britannia Mine Museum is a hit with the kids and the Sea to Sky Gondola is a must if you are in the area. It’s a very unique experience and you get to see some pretty spectacular views.

Whistler, a bit further away, is of course another favourite.

The mountains have always been very appealing to me and I love the stone walkways at the Whistler Village. There are so many cute shops there…


I also lived in Calgary, Alberta for a few years and I have amazing memories from Banff and Lake Louise.  Just imagine completely spectacular scenery, waterfalls and beautiful terrain. The water in Lake Louise is also a unique turquoise colour that really takes your breath away.

Just recently as I was trying out some of the fragrances from the AirWick® Canadian Parks Series™ fragrance collection I was taken back to some of the fun trips I had with my family there. Their new fragrance range was inspired by the National Parks of Canada and reflect the scents of three parks: Jasper, Banff and Cape Breton Highlands. They all have very unique scents and I just love the light floral notes of the Jasper scent and the wild strawberries in the Banff scent.

There are so many more places we love and so many more we have to visit that it is hard to talk about them all! I just love that we live in a country where we can safely explore, go for hikes, walk around the beach and parks and enjoy the great outdoors.

Contest Alert:  From June 15 until August 9th, enter the Moment of Canada (#MomentofCanada) summer contest hosted by Air Wick® in collaboration with Parks Canada to WIN a Parks Canada Discovery Pass and a VIP trip for your family of 4 to a National Park of your choice. You will be able to choose between Banff, Jasper or Cape Breton Highlands.

You can also try the new Air Wick® Canadian Parks Series™ fragrance products for FREE by downloading the mail-in rebate: “Try Me Free” offer below.

This summer, reconnect with the breath-taking Canadian outdoors through Air Wick® & Parks Canada. Enter our Moment Of Canada contest at and you could win a free VIP Trip to Jasper, Banff or Cape Breton Highlands National Park! Secondary Prizes of Parks Canada Discovery Passes will also be awarded.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Air Wick® Canada via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Air Wick® Canada.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

25 responses to “The Beautiful Canadian Outdoors”

  1. All of these pictures are so beautiful Angela! I would love to visit any one of them. I have yet to visit Western Canada. Great giveaway too.

  2. That bicycle and stroller combo looks great! I wish I had known about that a few years ago.

  3. Canada is a beautiful country and in many different places too. I remember touring the Rockies and my mouth falling open around every corner at the fantastic scenery. Lake Louise is magnificent and Banff and Jasper are places you just have to visit. I’ve been here for a mere 3 1/2 yrs so but did live in MB previously for 4 yrs. You just have to love Canada 🙂

  4. What an awesome contest! Will definitely need to enter, and hope to win! 😀 TheHubs and I love exploring parks all day long; and your photos of all these different places are truly gorgeous!

  5. I love the wide open spaces and natural un-touched beauty of Canada. I live I Calgary and consider Kananaskis, Banff, Lake Louise and the Bow Valley my personal back yard; BEST playground EVER! I often take the boys out, we love to camp, ride horses and just go hiking. Did you ever make it up to Moraine Lake in Lake Louise?

  6. Wow,that some beautiful scenery

  7. Looks like some great places to explore with the family.

  8. LOVE all the photos! I’ve never visited BC or Alberta! I sure hope I get the chance someday! Love that Air Wick makes Canadian Parks Series fragrance products! I will have to try them out!

  9. Beautiful photos……wicked stroller!

  10. Thanks for the rebate! I love the Airwick fragrances.

    You live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (well, I think it is). We are lucky to have such beautiful scenery in our province!

  11. Beautiful pictures. My kids have moved from eastern Canada to the West. I have been fortunate enough to get a trip to visit them each year. I have done a few road trips with my daughter(our wine tour driver) that included both BC and AB and I was lucky enough a few years back to win a Trip from Coke to Whistler which we took in the summer. Vancouver and Victoria, BC are on my bucket list.

  12. This looks so beautiful and peaceful. I would love to visit.

  13. Happy Canada Day,be safe and enjoy the fireworks tonight

  14. Stunning pictures. I totally want to walk across that bridge. Canada really has so much to offer 🙂

  15. That bicycle and stroller combo looks very nice,I see so many Moms out riding bikes with their kids and while the kids wear helmets the mom dont,love to see you setting a good example.

  16. So very beautiful! I haven’t seen those parts of Canada.

  17. These are beautiful photos!

  18. would to visit this area sometime,so beautiful

  19. So many wonderful places to visit and see in Canada from the east coast to the west coast…love our COUNTRY

  20. Canada had such amazing scenery

  21. Beautiful photos i cant wait for the weather to warm to get outside

  22. Wow so many nice places – I’d love to see Whistler Village. I’ve been to Nova Scotia and esp liked the upper Cape Breton Highlands. I’d love to see more of Canada.

  23. You sure do live in a beautiful area

  24. Trailing along – nice scenery

  25. I just have to say that your bike is really cool and that the area you live in is beautiful. Canada truly is a beautiful place and we’re lucky to live here although I live in Ontario.

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