S’More Summer left at Golden Ears Provincial Park

Entrance to Golden Ears Provincial Park Photo: Rob Weiss

Twisting and turning along the long winding road we travelled deeper and deeper into the lush forest. With the end of summer quickly approaching it was time for one last camping trip and the proximity and ease of access to Golden Ears Provincial Park made it our obvious first choice. Located in the Coast Mountain Range, 11 km north of Maple Ridge, Golden Ears is a Vancouver favourite.  Ideal for first-time campers or those not quite ready for backcountry travel the provincial park features three vehicle accessible campgrounds, Gold Creek, Alouette and North Beach all situated close to the lake for endless hours of outdoor exploration. Open year round, the Gold Creek site boasts 148 sites, the majority of them reservable through Discover Camping.

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S’More Summer left at Golden Ears Provincial Park

It’s Skookum! Vancouver’s Newest Outdoor Playground.

Zip Line Photo: Rob Weiss

Like the sound of a low thunderclap rumbling in the distance, I could hear it. Shrieks and squeals, pure unadulterated joy! Feeling inquisitive I continued my afternoon stroll along the False Creek Seawall searching for the source of the commotion. Low and behold, just north of Telus World of Science I stumbled upon Vancouver’s newest and perhaps most popular outdoor playground; a veritable beehive of activity to say the least.

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It’s Skookum! Vancouver’s Newest Outdoor Playground.

Whistler Day Trip: Luxuriate in Scandinave Spa’s Baths

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

With Labour Day fast approaching, a quick getaway might be in order to reenergize before the return to routine. And nothing beats the natural beauty of Whistler for lifting the end of summer spirits!

I’d always thought that Whistler necessitates an overnight stay, but a recent visit this week proved to me that it’s very possible–even leisurely–as a day trip.

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Whistler Day Trip: Luxuriate in Scandinave Spa’s Baths

Rolling on the River

M.V. Native Photo: Rob Weiss

Fascinated, I watched those big wheels turn, and I could almost hear Tina Turner belting out Proud Mary on the Riverboat Queen! The big wheels were churning, and I was thrilled to be exploring Vancouver’s first major highway, the Fraser River, by Paddle Wheeler. Usually, my preferred mode of transportation is a sea kayak or canoe, but recently I had the opportunity to “supersize” my watercraft and experience the Fraser in grand style.

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Rolling on the River

Please Walk on the Grass – the Gardens at Stanley Park

Photo: Rob Weiss

Although the days may be getting shorter, and there may be a tinge of fall in the air, the gardens at Stanley Park are still a blaze of colour, and there remains plenty of summer to be enjoyed!  Certainly, most visitors to Stanley Park will gravitate to the totem poles at Brockton Point, world famous Vancouver Aquarium or the spectacular Seawall, however, I often enjoy venturing off the beaten track to stop and smell the flowers at the parks’ dazzling Rose Garden.

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Please Walk on the Grass – the Gardens at Stanley Park

Stepping Out at 1001 Steps

Fishing from the shore at 1001 Steps Photo: Rob Weiss

I didn’t count, but as I descended the bluff side stairway in Ocean Park towards the beach I was confident there were close to 1001 steps, at least my knees seemed to think so. In truth, this fantastic zig-zag staircase consists of only 284 steps; all of them are marvellous. Dropping 40 metres from the trail head to the ocean, the pathway offers a short trek through a natural area to the beach, with peekaboo ocean views of Boundary Bay across to Point Roberts.

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Stepping Out at 1001 Steps

Can you Dig It? Vancouver’s Community Gardens

Community Garden in Bloom Photo: Rob Weiss

A blaze of colour greeted me as I cycled along the Arbutus Greenway. Enchanted by the sights and smells around me, I felt compelled to investigate the source. Fascinated, I slowed my pace and noticed a small army of urban farmers tending their crops. Unwittingly, I had stumbled upon one of the city’s thriving community gardens. My mouth watered the moment I spotted the fresh, bright red strawberries dangling from the vines and carrot tops poking up through the soil! Intrigued, I felt compelled to learn more. I was delighted to discover that our City is home to over 110 community gardens located in parks, school grounds, roof tops and private property throughout Vancouver.

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Can you Dig It? Vancouver’s Community Gardens