Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper

Sourced from the Sea to Sky Gondola website

Sourced from the Sea to Sky Gondola website

A couple days ago, I saw a look of distress in my boyfriend’s eyes as he suddenly realized that Valentine’s Day was less than two weeks away. “S” is sweet and kind but since he can’t translate romance into a mathematical equation, he finds it hard to grasp the concept. However, he’s made a resolution to up his boyfriend game this year, and assured me he will come up with something impressive (we’ll see).

Fortunately, if you’re like S and romantic creativity is not your strong suit, a Valentine’s Day package offered by Sea to Sky Gondola might just be the thing.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper

Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks

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Photo: R. Weiss

You don’t need to embark on an expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest to gain a taste for trail blazing. Vancouver’s urban forests are the perfect place for families to connect, explore, unplug and play on the Family Day long weekend. Here are four of my favourite “green” urban treks.

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Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks

New mega ski resort outside Vancouver one step closer

garibaldi-ski-resort-squamish-984x500Metro Vancouver is one step closer to having a new mega ski resort in its backyard.

The province has issued an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed Garibaldi at Squamish resort, a major step forward for the project. The resort, situated 15 kilometres north of Squamish along the Sea to Sky Highway, is slated to have 124 ski runs and feature three villages with more than 5,000 housing and hotel units.

But don’t wax up your skis quite yet. The project still faces a long road ahead. Even under the most optimistic timeframe, it won’t be finished for at least 20 years.  Continue reading:
New mega ski resort outside Vancouver one step closer

5 Reasons to Tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind Every Weekend

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Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

There are many people in Vancouver who love the iconic Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain. Okay, “love” may be too strong of a word. More like, hate every minute of it until you get to the top and feel EXCELLENT.

But, in the wintertime when the Grouse Grind shuts down due to snow/ice, people start to get a little bit of an itch for an extreme weekly work out. Luckily, Grouse Mountain introduced the  Snowshoe Grind – a challenging trail that is similar to summertime Grind times.

The Snowshoe Grind is a 4.3km trail of uphill grinding to the top of Dam Mountain. It usually takes about an hour to complete and is a great way to get into the snowy, mountain environment.

So, if you haven’t tried it out yet, or you’re just looking for a good reason to get your sweat on, I present you 5 reasons to tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind every weekend!

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5 Reasons to Tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind Every Weekend

Sunrises, Sunsets & History – Cycling Langley’s Fort to Fort Trail

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Photo: R. Weiss

Interested in time travel? An outing to Fort Langley is an opportunity to journey back in time to the 1800’s. As a closet history buff, I thoroughly enjoy a day exploring the Fort Langley National Historic site. Founded in 1827 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, this site is considered by some to be the birthplace of British Columbia. It is almost surreal that within minutes from Vancouver you can feel so removed from big city living. While strolling through the grounds, I could almost hear the blacksmith forging his products and visualize fur traders trading their pelts at this post.

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Sunrises, Sunsets & History – Cycling Langley’s Fort to Fort Trail