HELLO! I’m Jess. I am a Canadian adventure traveller, outdoor enthusiast, parent, photographer, and writer. I have travelled to many countries around the world and have explored Canada and the Western United States extensively. I have travelled throughout British Columbia from the very southern coast, all the way north and in between. I grew up in Alberta close to the Canadian Rockies and have lived in Vancouver BC since 2015. In 2020, because of external circumstances in the world, I embraced exploring BC. I now consider myself a British Columbia travel and travel with young kids expert!

My belief is that access to nature is a basic human right, and I am an advocate for the power of nature and outdoors for all.

I have a master’s degree in child development, and have extensive experience in the field. I believe that the outdoors, nature, and travel provide incredible experiences for learning and development for people of all ages.

As an aside, I recently had the opportunity to contribute to an article in the Washington post talking about the benefits of travel for children.

Jessica Sproat, a Canadian adventure traveller is running on a trail in the mountains in Washington State.
Trail Running at Sun Mountain close to Winthrop Washington.

In 2018, I was pregnant, and unexpectedly I had a (very) medically complex pregnancy, extended hospital stay, and an immunocompromised child. From the time my son was a baby, I was told, that the safest place for us to socialize was outdoors. SO… Outdoors we went.

A white family stands in the snow with a mountain in Squamish BC in the background.  A small baby is on the woman's chest in a soft sided baby carrier.
Exploring the mountains of Squamish British Columbia with a baby.

I share information about Canadian destinations, road trips, and family travel, (you too can be a Canadian Adventure Traveller!). I show families that an adventurous life with children is fully possible and also, enjoyable. With a perspective shift that bucket-list experiences can be right out your door, down the street, hiking, or while travelling and doing the things that you love, families feel empowered to travel and explore.

With that, I am here to encourage you to pursue a life that makes you happy, and know that you can build a life of incredible experiences and connections in relationships. Travel and nature WITH and WITHOUT kids is such an incredible way to experience life!

Bucketlist Travel Destinations I have Visited



Tofino, Ucluelet, and Pacific Rim National Park

Vancouver, BC

Galiano Island

Salt Spring Island

Squamish, BC

Whistler, BC

Sunshine Coast, Gibsons, Sechelt, Garden Bay, BC

Juan De Fuca Strait, Vancouver Island

Victoria, British Columbia

Interior British Columbia, Shushwap

Golden, BC

Yoho National Park

Kootenay National Park

Radium, Invermere, and Fairmont

Fernie, Kimberly, Nelson

Prince George, Smithers, and Terrace

Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park

Prince Rupert

Khutzeymateen Inlet



Banff and Lake Louise

Waterton National Park



National Park by Edmonton


The Canadian Badlands (Dinosaur Provincial Park, Writing on Stone Provincial Park, and Drumheller)

Central Alberta and Sylvan Lake

Castle Wilderness Provincial Park

Grand Cache and the Northern Rockies

Jasper National Park



The North Shore



Jessica Sproat Next Up Adventure Instagram feed, pictures of a woman hiking and exploring around Canada.