A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)


galapagos bodyboarding

Sure the Galapagos has amazing animals and incredible landscapes. But what about bodyboarding? :) During a few free hours on Isabela Island, Drew and I went bodyboarding. And it was one of the highlights of our trip. We laughed (and screamed) for a solid hour. It is something I will never forget. We borrowed boards ... [Read more]


We took this picture while swimming at Las Grietas in the Galapagos Islands. The water at Las Grietas is crystal clear and emerald green! On a sunny day it's a travel photographers dream.


We got this photo on our way back from a visit to Playa Escondida while visiting Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands. As we came into Academy Bay the sun was setting, it was gorgeous!


As I was preparing the timelapse of the sunrise on Isabela Island, I noticed that one of the frames had something special. There was a sea lion in the photo. But not just a plain old sea lion. He was doing a backflip out of the water and the camera caught him in mid-air. What ... [Read more]


I love getting up early. There is nothing like the cool, fresh air of the early morning. While visiting Isabela Island, I got up around 4:30am to get ready to shoot this timelapse. I got to the dock just before 5:30am and set up. This timelapse takes in a full hour of the Galapagos sunrise. ... [Read more]


I love to swim! I especially love swimming in places where I know there is nothing too big that's going to come out and try to get a piece of me. ;) Las Grietas is just such a place, but it's much more than that! Growing up in Nova Scotia, Canada I loved going camping in ... [Read more]


The beach on Isabela Island is one of our favorites in the Galapagos. It is long, wide - and it has amazing sunsets. It was on this beach that Dena taught Drew how to snorkel. And where we rested each evening after exploring the island (hiking volcanoes and snorkeling through underwater stone tunnels).  The Galapagos are a ... [Read more]


If you’re moving to a foreign country, then what your kids are going to do there, will probably be a concern. I was a little worried about that when we moved here. What was I going to do all day (aside from school)? Well, here are a few great places that I love to go: ... [Read more]


This is a guest post by Sharman Crockett, a traveling Canadian. Learn more about Sharman at her blog Journey & Adventure. Photos courtesy of her husband, John Crockett. A few years ago, I was fortunate to visit the Galapagos Island with my husband and 10 of our closest scuba diving friends. The purpose of the trip was ... [Read more]


On our recent trip to the Galapagos Islands we stayed with Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges.  We were asked by the owner Hernan Rodas to go as mystery guests to create some marketing materials.  Well, we had a great time staying with them! Just a few minutes after we arrived at the Aventura Lodge on Santa ... [Read more]

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We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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