Life’s real treasures

Life’s real treasures

[Destination British Columbia]

Discover hidden treasures in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia.

Vocabulary chunks from the video :

  • a child of the wild
  • quiet wonder
  • moments of truth
  • seared into my soul
  • super natural
What it feels like to be alive

What it feels like to be alive

Watch the following video :

destination british columbia

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • The purest water and air
  • A natural richness
  • The true currency of life
  • The kingdom of abundance
  • A land of giants
  • It forces you to re-think life’s measures
  • What is big, what is power, what is important
  • Supreme nature, super natural
  • Altitude swings that take you from sea to sky
  • From rainforest to desert to snow-capped peaks
  • This is the place where wildlife thrives
  • Mother Nature
  • Masterpieces forever in the making
  • Standing on the edge of the world
  • The deafening quiet of a mystical morning
  • It reminds of what it feels like to be alive
  • To find the wild within

Map of British Columbia :
Ol’ Sweet Day

Ol’ Sweet Day

Canadian songwriter, singer, and recording artist AHI (pronounced “eye”) has traveled over 100,000 miles, armed with an acoustic guitar and a voice described simply as “gravel on silk”.  Take a listen and join the journey.  READ MORE

(Verse 1)
I’ve got a lot to learn, you’ve got a lot to give
We can go anywhere, rebuild this broken bridgeYou’ve got a heart of gold, I’ve got a mind that goes
On and on and on to places we’ll never know, but

I just want to be with you when the day is done
When the darkness comes
When the ol’ sweet day is done

I just want to be with you in the setting sun
’til the morning comes
When the day is done, whoa-oh
When the ol’ sweet day is done

(Verse 2)
If you got it figured it out, then I’m going round and round
But darling I’ll lift you up, ’cause I know you won’t let me down

I want you to meet me there by the well where we used to drink
I will draw the water if you quench these thirsty lips, ’cause


(Verse 3)
I’ve walked a million miles
You’ve made the perfect home
You and me will be alright
As long as we’re not alone, cause


Whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh
When the day is done
When the day is done
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh

When the ol’ sweet day is done

Route 16

Route 16

[Destination British Columbia]

Riding Mount Robson to Prince Rupert with motorcycle enthusiast Theo Birkner.

Vocabulary chunks from the video :

• Boil it down to the essence
• A motorcyclist
• Ride a motorbike
• An avenue to fun and adventure
• I love to get out on adventures
• It slices through VC from east to west
• A cultural engagement
• Absolutely in love with the mountains
• Coastal mountainous terrain
• The communities you ride through
• All types of people
• Nice engaging proud members of their community
• You’re friends for life
• That is priceless

A nation of rivers

A nation of rivers

Ontario Travel

“To travel by canoe is to ponder where we came from, where we are, where we’re going, who we were, who we are and who we can be. Suspended between the world above and the world below. Stillness in harmonic motion. These are the paddles’ promises. To paddle is to plug into the energies of the place, the land, the air, the water, the ancestors, the children who are yet to be born The paddle connects us to all of that. To pull is to connect to the river itself but also to the land that nourishes. To be there, to be connected, as a mix of Canadians new and old. If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations, then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.” – James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Read more

Show the world how

Show the world how

[air Canada]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• What we’re made of
• How tough we compete in the snow
• How many medals we bring home
• Show the world how great we are
• Find strength in our differences
• We are unstoppable
• We work together
• We are proud of our home

Small island – Big water

Small island – Big water

digital evolution

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video
• I grew up Alberta Canada
• I am one of five kids, I’m in the middle
• I liked the idea of travelling, seeing other places
• To explore
• Travel and see the world
• I became pregnant
• Ended up giving birth to Milo in Key West
• It can be an ending or a beginning
• Out in the ocean
• Beautifully and gracefully
• I wanted him to be intelligent
• Non-judgmental
• By nature I think he’s going to be a resilient person
• The sea life
• Fish lay their eggs
• A daily part of my life
• It’s a small island big water

At the edge of the world

At the edge of the world

British Columbia’s mountains, ocean, rainforest, and cities beckon us to explore. Be inspired by BC—from Vancouver Island to the Canadian Rockies.  Explore BC HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• No walls to separate us
• Wilderness, at civilizations edge
• To be lost
• Drawn deeper by the presence of no one
• And the essence of everything
• Mother Nature’s timeless masterpieces
• Stretching past the sky
• At the edge of the world
• Calling us to explore
• Super Natural British Columbia


Until it’s just you…

Until it’s just you…

A beautiful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan about the wild within British Columbia, Canada

 [Destination British Columbia]

It’s just the ocean.

Until you are pulling your dinner out of it.

Until you see first-hand everything that lives in it.

Until you feel the push and pull of a thing so vast…

It is untameable.

It’s just a tree.

Until you see someone release the art trapped inside it.

Until you need shade from the sun or reprieve from the rain.

Until the night steals the warmth in you blood and a cedar sacrifices his its own flesh to give you fire.

It’s just a mountain.

Until you are standing at the bottom of it.

Face to face with it.

Until you take your first step to the top of it.

Until you reach the summit and stand eye level with the setting sun

It’s just a sky.

Until the stars poke holes in the darkness.

Until the wind pushes its howl through the open air with a wildness so blatant.

It sounds like a song you must dance to.

And it all looks…

So tame.

Until you there surrounded by no one.

Until water, earth, fire and air rewind you to a time you once knew.

Until the world feels massive again.

Until it’s just you…

I can’t imagine living any other way

I can’t imagine living any other way

[The Great Big Story]
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video
  • This is not a normal way of living
  • This is my husband Wayne
  • We live in a secluded cove
  • No road accesses
  • The water is our highway
  • Everything is floating
  • We are tied to shore with lines
  • We are not anchored
  • The dance floor
  • The light house building
  • 4 Greenhouses
  • It’s about 500 tons, a million pounds
  • Do you ever get seasick?
  • No, when I go to town I get land sick
  • On the West Coast of Vancouver island
  • The richest biomass on earth
  • Get into my canoe and paddle out
  • Catch a fish
  • Subsistence living
  • Move away from the city
  • 24 Years later we are still doing it
  • I can’t imagine living any other way