There’s this song lyric that keeps bouncing back into my mind, ever since I heard it for the first time: “a life lived for art is never a life wasted”. I chuckle to myself whenever I quote it – after all, there’s something quite comical about taking life advice from rappers – but it has always resonated with me. The lyric actually comes from a fantastic song titled Ten Thousand Hours by Macklemore, but it’s true about more than just rap. In fact, it’s universal: no matter your craft, you need to stay dedicated in order to see results.

And so, over the past year now, I’ve attacked my goals with an entirely new sense of purpose. I had this blog concept sitting in the back of my mind, and until then I’d never had the resources to make it happen. It was called Rambling and Roving, and it would entail exactly as much as it’s name suggested: walking and talking.

I’ve always spent a lot of time in the forests. Ever since I was a kid, that’s where I’ve felt the most at home. The only true spirituality I’ve ever experienced was out in the bush. Now, add mountains and beaches into that landscape, and you start to get an idea of the kind of bliss Van Island has to offer me. With the fortune of calling Canada home also comes the great responsibility of protecting it. It didn’t take long for my camp counselor’s voice to start ringing through my head, chanting Leave No Trace!

So I write: to share with the family and friends I left behind in pursuit of my craft, to educate others about this beautiful utopia at our feet and fingertips, and for my own selfish catharsis.

Browse the roving gallery or explore the ramblings of the blog, whatever suits your fancy. If you’re looking for a particular Vancouver Island subject or hike that you don’t see here on the website, feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly and I’ll make that my next article! Be sure to leave your social media info, though, so you can be featured as the inspiration behind the post.



About Us



Kat grew up in the boonies north of Kingston, ON, where she spent most of her youth exploring the southern stretches of the Canadian Shield. Summers spent visiting family on Prince Edward Island and frequent roadtrips exploring all along the east coast ignited a fire for travel photography deep inside her, stoked by the support of a family full of photo nerds.

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Conor comes from a family of adrenaline junkies, so he’s always had a knack for finding adventure. With a natural eye for film and his awesome adventurous spirit, Conor has become a force to be reckoned with. Though it wasn’t until he met Kat and they moved out west that he found himself a fiend for photography, he certainly looks like he’s been doing this for years.

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In 2016, Conor decide to pursue a career as a plumber/gasfitter, and searched Canada from East to West looking for a way to break into the trade. With the help of some family and friends, he found a job as an apprentice on Vancouver Island, and just a few weeks later he and Kat packed up their 2 cats and drove across the country and into the next chapter of their life together.
Nowadays, they dedicate their weekends to discovering their new surroundings. Whether exploring close to home in the Sooke Hills or road-tripping up island to explore Strathcona-Westmin, Conor and Kat have developed a dangerous addiction to adventure.


About the Blog

I don’t know why, but those closest to me have always encouraged me to continue writing and taking pictures. Maybe my parents saw a talent from a young age, or perhaps they’ve always wanted someone in the family who would document everything. I doubt they imagined photography and writing would become one of their few direct links to their youngest child, living on the opposite side of the worlds second largest country.

I started this blog long before I moved to Vancouver Island, because I had always had the intention of doing exactly what the name entails: traveling and writing about it. In high school, I dreamed of becoming a professional photographer, venturing the world and selling my photos to magazines like National Geographic. Well, on a more realistic scale, I may one day have a photo featured on Can Geo’s website, but a similar dream lives on in me today.

The content you will find on this blog varies, from personal anecdotes about mental illness to detailing the weekend adventures we have while hiking. Most of the content relates back to nature and well-being, so if that strikes your fancy, you’ve come to the right place.

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Welcome to the heart – or perhaps mind – of Rambling & Roving. Here you will find personal anecdotes, musings about mental health, tips on hiking and photography, and so much more to come. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and take a load off, and browse the many meditations you’ll find here! Who knows, you may even be inclined to follow the blog for all our future posts.



Follow the Mary Vine Creek

If you’ve ever been to Sooke, chances are you’ve probably heard of Potholes. Hell, even if you haven’t been here, you may have seen viral videos of the park or the mention of it on lists of the world’s best natural swimming pools. Regardless, Sooke Potholes Regional Park becomes cluttered with tourists March through September while the water warms and fill the parking lots, making summertime adventures here nearly impossible (unless you have impeccable timing) and significantly less fun, so Potholes gets neglected by many locals, ourselves included. But when the wet season starts and the mud thickens, adventurous island hikers from near and far know that this park has so much more than just Potholes to offer.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Recently, my partner and I celebrated our first full year on Vancouver Island. The realization of 365 days in paradise also came with a daunting thought: 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months, 4 seasons… and what had we done with all that time?