Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, while travelling on the Canada Line Sky Train from Bridgeport to Waterfront station, I found myself sitting beside a tourist from Germany. To my great delight, there were no cell phones in sight, and we were both present and engaged. Despite my lack of German and her limited English we managed to strike up a lively conversation.With unbridled enthusiasm, she eloquently described her love for Canada and specifically Vancouver. Fascinated, I probed to gain a better understanding of her interest in our fair city.

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Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland

Photo: Rob Weiss

It never fails to take my breath away! Every time I leave sea level and venture out to the North Shore Mountains I feel invigorated. Perhaps, the feeling is amplified while alpine skiing. On those perfect days, the sun shines brightly; the air is crisp and the snow sparkles. As I raise the chairlift safety bar, lift my ski tips and prepare to unload, a sheer sense of joy comes over me. Moving away quickly from the unloading area, I begin to anticipate the views, and they never disappoint! Imagine panoramic ocean and city views all from the top of a snow-covered alpine run. Awe-inspiring and breathtaking!

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Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland

New Year, New Gear – Embracing Winter in Vancouver

Photo: Flickr, Peter So

Outdoorsy folk will often quote a popular phrase, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.” When it comes to staying warm and dry throughout unpredictable Vancouver winters, I must agree! Situated in a coastal, temperate rainforest, adjacent to the spectacular Pacific ocean, Vancouverites enjoy relatively mild winters. However, our extraordinary Douglas Firs are some of the largest trees in the world for a reason – RAIN! It is true; our beautiful city has one of the wettest and foggiest climates in all of Canada. However, if you love trails and the elements, with a little bit of strategic shopping, you can embrace countless outdoor adventures during our winter months!

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New Year, New Gear – Embracing Winter in Vancouver

Yaletown False Creek Art Walk

Time Top Photo: Rob Weiss

I adore the rain! Perhaps it is rooted in my deep infatuation and respect for our Coastal Rain Forest. Perhaps, it stems from my love of play. After all, who can resist the urge to splash and puddle jump? Despite my adoration for rainfall warnings and low-pressure weather patterns, even I can find a dull, rainy winter day a little gloomy. It was on one of those funky wet, grey days I decided to head outdoors for an invigorating walk. Wanting a blend of cosmopolitan and ocean, I determined that Yaletown would be my destination of choice.

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Yaletown False Creek Art Walk

Fresh Tracks!

Photo: Rob Weiss

Last year, I braved cross-country skiing for the first time in my life. While my technique is definitely lacking, I must confess that I find myself hooked! Considered to be the granddaddy of all skiing disciplines, cross-country skiing is a terrific fitness activity to add to your winter sports portfolio and Cypress Mountain is Vancouver’s hotspot for Nordic adventure. Not convinced you are ready to join the legion of folk in tight pants on skinny skis?

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Fresh Tracks!

Start your New Year’s Resolutions Early at the Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind

Snowshoe Grind Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

December is certainly a month full of indulgences. From turkey to Christmas cookies to champagne, you might be feeling a bit sluggish after this holiday season… So, if you’re thinking of making a resolution to get back in shape (after one more glass of wine… okay, two…), the Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind is one of the best activities in town!

When the weather in town is frightful, there’s a good chance it’s snowing up the mountain. So if you don’t feel like going for another soggy jog around the neighbourhood, check out the Snowshoe Grind for a great way to stay in shape.

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Start your New Year’s Resolutions Early at the Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind

Bright Lights in Gastown

Photo: Rob Weiss

They say the neon lights are bright in Gastown! Now that has a certain ring to it, wouldn’t you agree? As an outdoor fanatic, my preferred walk or hike is usually along a beach or an alpine trail, but every once in a while, I find myself drawn to Gastown. I fondly remember my first visit to this iconic neighbourhood. Like many others, I enthusiastically planned a vacation to Vancouver during Expo 86. During this special time, the city welcomed the world, we came, and we fell in love. It was while strolling along these cobblestone streets, so many years ago that Vancouver first touched my soul and captured my imagination.

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Bright Lights in Gastown