Sea to Sky & “A (Non) Birth Story”

by torontogirlwest on November 17, 2012

Thank-you so much for the birthday wishes friend – whether you got in contact through Facebook, twitter, or the blog, your wishes made my day that much brighter! They really did!!! :)

Now this would be the part where I would usually share pictures of my birthday celebration but the truth is we haven’t really celebrated yet and won’t be able to for a little while yet. You see, during my birthday, I was actually up in Whistler for a work conference. I thankfully, managed to bring the puppy and the Husband up but in between my busy schedule and the Husband working on the final paper for one of his courses, we didn’t get to party.

‘Tis okay though – that means that when we get to the delayed birthday celebration, we’ll be free of other worries and be able to concentrate on having fun and eating delicious cake (no lie, I look forward to birthday cake all year long)!


Porteau Cove

As some of you may be aware, getting to Whistler from Vancouver involves a drive up an incredibly scenic road called the Sea to Sky Highway. There were tons of upgrades done to that road in preparation for the Olympics, and it’s now even more of a joy to drive than it ever was.

If you get the chance to visit Vancouver, I completely recommend that you take a drive down the Sea to Sky. In particular, do the bit that takes you from Vancouver to Squamish because that’s the part that’s adjacent to Howe Sound and has the most spectacular views.

Dock at Porteau Cove

The trip from Vancouver to Squamish takes about an hour each way, in good traffic. Not so long that it takes up your whole day but just long enough that it feels like you had a proper outing.

Truth be told there are a lot of locals that make a drive on the Sea to Sky a sunny day tradition but it’s also incredibly popular with tourists.

Porteau Cove

This past summer, one of my best friends visited me all the way from Denmark. On one particularly gorgeous afternoon, we piled into the car and drove that gorgeous stretch of road, making a particular point of stopping in a place called Porteau Cove.

Porteau Cove is home to a ferry dock, a small beach, and a nearby grassy area – perfect for a picnic with the family.

A girl and a dog

From the endless oohs and aaaahs coming from my friend, Laila, I could tell she was beyond thrilled with the journey. And since there was a park and a beach, Daisy was thrilled too.

Porteau Cove Ferry Dock

I’ve been blessed enough to travel a fair bit in my life and I can truthfully say that the Sea to Sky is one of the most spectacular sights I have seen in my whole life; it’s absolutely gorgeous!

In fact, I will always remember my first drive up that road. It was a gorgeous November day, and I was headed up to Whistler for a conference. As I looked out the window of my bus, I was completely awestruck by the gorgeous mountains, lush and dense forests, spectacular weather, and water as far as the eye could see. In that moment, I thought to myself “I need to move here!” And some years later I did! :)

It’s funny how there are places that just stir your soul and make you want to pick up and move. The Sea to Sky was that magical place for me and I’ll always love it so!


A (Non) Birth Story, So Far

Recently, I updated my Links page with all of the blogs I currently love and follow. One of the additions to the list was A Legg Up.

A Legg Up is written by a friend of mine named Hazel. I was first introduced to Hazel by a mutual friend back when I still lived in Toronto. Years later, when I lived in Victoria she stopped by for a visit and we hung out. Now even more years later, we both find ourselves married and living in Vancouver, and occasionally we bump into one another.

Hazel is spectacularly talented. She is an architect by profession and has an eye unlike anyone I’ve ever met.

She bakes and decorates wildly fantastic cakes.

A Garden Cake


She planned her gorgeous wedding for a grand total of only $5000, while making it look ever so much more expensive.

Here Comes the Bride


Officially Married


Yellow Themed Wedding


And she’s traveled the world, capturing it all in amazing pictures.



But by far, of all of the wonderful things Hazel does, the one that’s closest to her heart is being a mother.

As of this moment, Hazel and her husband are parents to a lovely little boy named Castle. Her pregnancy with Castle was not an easy one, you see he was eager to make his appearance into the world and arrived 10 weeks early.

With lots of love, Doctor’s care, and prayers, Castle weathered 60 long hard hospital days.

Now, Hazel is pregnant with her second baby and like his brother, baby #2 is eager to make an early arrival. Currently, Hazel is in the hospital under Doctor’s care.  Baby #2 is only 28 weeks in gestational age and he needs to stay inside his mommy a little longer.

So here’s my request of you, please pray for Hazel and baby #2. And if praying is not your thing, please send your heavenward happy thoughts.

On behalf of Hazel, her husband, and her two little ones, I thank-you! :)

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TorontoRunner November 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I’ve subscribed to you!

I have never lived in BC but I went to Vancouver to visit some close friends early last year. I LOVED that city. We went to Cloud 9 restaurant and it was gorgeous! I haven’t been back since though :(
I actually was away to Scotland/England for 5 years when I was 17 because I went to Pharmacy school there and worked for a bit..and then finally came back home a couple of years ago.
I really love the big city, so love, love, looove Toronto!

Looking forward to definitely reading much more from you!!
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Toronto Girl West November 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

I saw the post you wrote where you visited childhood friends in Vancouver so I thought you were from here. Oooops! :P

But to be honest, had you gone from Vancouver to Toronto, you would have been the first person I met that actually made the move in that direction.

And I share your love for Toronto – it’s a completely fantastic city!!! And if it wasn’t for the mountains and ocean, I would likely go back. It’s the Vancouver lifestyle that keeps me out here.
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Marianne November 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Well, hopefully Bun #2 keeps baking a little longer – that way I won’t have to see them at Children’s Hospital!

The drive to Squamish really is quite lovely, isn’t it? And to think, some people commute from Squamish every day!
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Toronto Girl West November 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

I was talking about that commute with the Husband – I can totally see why people do it ($$$) but I’m sure the weather can get seriously rough sometimes! Plus I would hate to have to do the Lion’s Gate on a daily basis!
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Siobhan November 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

Is the sea to sky part of the route of the SeaWheeze Lulululemon half marathon? For some reason I feel like it is and it just might make me want to do one of their half or full marathons next year!
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Toronto Girl West November 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

Not quite – the SeaWheeze is actually closer to Vancouver but the route is RIDICULOUSLY scenic!!!! Honestly, I plan on doing it next summer and in part I’m doing it because the sights will be so glorious.

For instance, about half the route follows the Stanley Park Seawall – you can see pictures of that here:

You should come out! It would be so fun to have blog friends in my city for a fun athletic event!!!! :)
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Bela November 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hazel and her family are in my thoughts!
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Toronto Girl West November 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thank-you Bela! :)
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helene@healthyfrenchie November 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

Keeping Hazel and her family in my thoughts!


Toronto Girl West November 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

Thank-you – it’s very much appreciated! :)
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