Orca Whales in Vancouver Harbour

“We were boating back from a day trip to Bowen Island and saw the small pod of whales. We drifted along watching them for about 45 minutes as they circled through the harbour.”
– James Tansey (via YouTube)

Now is the time to Stroll Through UBC

UBC Museum of Anthropology Photo: Flickr Colin Knowles

Nothing energizes your body and stimulates your mind better than a good old fashioned stroll in the park, and a walking tour of the University of British Columbia campus promises to inspire and delight!  A community unto itself, UBC is an emblem of all things Vancouver – picturesque, vibrant and a symbol of our past and vision for our future.  From the lush greenery of Pacific Spirit Regional Park to the extraordinary exhibitions housed at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC has much to offer.

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Now is the time to Stroll Through UBC

10 Perfect Places in Vancouver for an Outdoor Yoga Practice

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There are two things I will always recommend to anyone needing a pick-me-up: Yoga and fresh air. One of my favourite things about Vancouver is that it’s filled with parks, green space, and beaches for everyone to enjoy Continue reading:
10 Perfect Places in Vancouver for an Outdoor Yoga Practice

Surrey Nature Centre – Gateway to Urban Wilderness

Nature Exploration Photo: C. Gillespie

Nature may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of Surrey’s City Centre, yet nestled on the northern edge of the Fraser Highway lies a natural oasis known as Green Timbers Urban Forest.  I have a penchant for nature, and when time limits my ability to travel to the mountains, nothing thrills me more than exploring an urban forest. Featuring over 10 kilometres of nature trails, a lake, meadows, and countless wildlife viewing opportunities, Green Timbers does not disappoint! Once a destination for tourists in search of old growth trees, Green Timbers is considered the birthplace of reforestation in British Columbia and certainly one of Surrey’s natural gems.

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Surrey Nature Centre – Gateway to Urban Wilderness

18 Step Out Destination Walks for Family Day

Strolling in Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

One of the best ways to explore any City is on foot, and I am proud to say, Vancouver is no exception!  A city of natural treasures, Vancouver consistently ranks as one of Canada’s most walkable cities and Family Day is a perfect excuse to embark on a self-propelled adventure.  There is no need to leave civilization behind to appreciate a nature walk.  Simply put, just lace up and go outside!  No special gear required. Once there, challenge yourself, friends and family, to disconnect to reconnect.  Life will slow down. Observe – smell, listen, touch and enjoy!

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18 Step Out Destination Walks for Family Day

Night Hiking in Vancouver

Experience Vancouver’s most natural nightlife with a night hike offered exclusively through the Loden Hotel, one of Vancouver’s top boutique hotels.

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Night Hiking in Vancouver

Tubing – Vancouver’s Fountain of Youth?

Gnarly’s Tube Park Photo: Julia Toren

When’s the last time you felt the sheer joy and exhilaration of careening down a snow covered mountain, the wind in your hair and heart in your mouth?  Some of my fondest childhood memories are of tobogganing with friends and family on cold, crisp, snowy winter days.  There was something magical about sledding down the hill, not a care in the world, except a slightly out of control feeling during descent. Nothing surpassed the excitement of arriving safely at the bottom of the hill, giggling with friends and hiking back up to do it all over again.  To my delight and the relief of my ageing knees, times have changed, and with advances in technology, there have also been terrific advances in sledding.  Welcome 2017 – I have been introduced to tubing and more importantly the tube tow!

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Tubing – Vancouver’s Fountain of Youth?