Champion Lakes, BC, Camping

Champion Lakes Campground Sign

BC Parks – Champion Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia

We just camped at Champion Lakes this weekend. What a beautiful spot…

The campsites are well separated from one another, by well separated I mean there was at least 60 feet of dense trees between our campsite and the next, which meant we could talk in normal voices well into the night. We really didn’t hear anyone else at all once we were in our campsite.

The two swimming beaches at Champion Lakes are amazing. There’s lots of sand, sun, and shade…and the water is like bathwater. We spent hours floating and swimming in the lake every day and that’s where I’d be right now given the opportunity.

The weather over the weekend saw highs in the mid 40’s (Celsius) and lows between 10-15 (Celsius), which meant we had great swimming weather during the day and nice cool nights for sleeping.

The town of Fruitvale is a 15-minute drive from the campsite so we were able to get ice and cold beer daily.

The campground has water faucets and flush toilets throughout. There aren’t any showers but a swim in the lake with a little biodegradable soap takes care of your shower needs.

Check out the beach:

Champion Lakes Campground Beach - Scott and Bridget
Scott and Bridget at the beach at Champion Lakes Campground

Champion Lakes Beach - Jeremy and Bridget
Jeremy and Bridget at the Champion Lakes Campground Beach

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Win a Coffee Maker Contest

If you like natural shortbread cookies and you’re looking for a new coffee maker, Lander’s Australian ShortBread Cookies is having a coffee maker contest.

Visit their website to enter:

Enter the Lander’s AUSTRALIAN Shortbread Cookie Contest for a chance to win a $300 DeLonghi Coffee Maker!

Only open to residents of British Columbia, Canada.

Lander’s AUSTRALIAN shortbread cookies are made in Australia to a traditional Scottish recipe using the natural ingredients of pure butter, flour and sugar. No preservatives or artificial additives are included.

The Old Colonial Cookie Company – Competition

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Top 10 Productivity Tools List

Lifehacker‘s come out with a Top 10 free and cheap productivity tools list…and it’s good, real good. I won’t steal their thunder and post their list, but here’s the beginning of their article and a link to the list. It’s well worth your five minutes.

Getting organized, focused and productive doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. We’ve reviewed thousands of time-saving applications and gadgets here at Lifehacker over the past year and a half, but a handful of really shine when it comes down to getting your stuff done, and most of them are simple, widely available, free or almost free. Here are my top 10 picks for best free and cheap productivity tools, in no particular order.

Geek to Live: Top 10 free and cheap productivity tools – Lifehacker

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Vancouver Tour De Gastown

Tour De Gastown in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Photo by: Ryan Morasiewicz – Flickr

UPDATE: I found some pics of last night’s event on Flickr today. 2006 Tour de Gastown Pictures.

Vancouver’s Tour De Gastown happens today right around the corner from my office. It’s a huge event and is expected to draw a large crowd of cycling enthusiasts from all over BC.

From the Tour De Gastown Website:

With annual crowds totalling almost 35,000, the legendary Tour de Gastown, organized by the Wedgewood Cycling Team on behalf of the Gastown Business Improvement Society, is one of the most famous races in Canada and the centerpiece of BC SUPERWEEK; British Columbia’s most prestigious week of bike racing, and now another great fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation!

Gastown ClockIt should be an exciting evening of bicycle racing – head out and show your support for the athletes and the BC Cancer Foundation.

Other cycling events in Vancouver this week – BC Superweek:

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Shopify – A New E-Commerce Solution


Shopify is a new e-commerce solution. I was reading this morning and came across this article talking about Shopify. It appears to be a very straightforward hosted e-commerce solution based on Ruby on Rails.

From the Shopify website:

You are unique. Your shop could be too.Shopify lets you build shops with as much style and flare as you see fit. When you signup for Shopify, you can choose from one of our growing number of custom-made designs or get really creative and create your own designs.

Let me know if you’ve tried Shopify – I’d love to see some of the custom stores that have been built recently.

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