No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Take one glance at Vancouver’s North Shore mountains and you’ll probably notice something amiss: snow.  By mid December, the mountains are usually blanketed in white, fluffy snow and full of skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the slopes. This year, however, is a different story.

Never fear.  Not only are two of Vancouver’s three ski resorts actually open for business, but there are plenty of other ways to experience the mountains.  Here are 5 ways to enjoy the Vancouver mountains, with or without the white stuff:

Take a winter hike: Cypress and Seymour Mountains both boast great winter hiking along a network of trails.  Normally, snowshoes would be required but dry conditions this year mean you may be OK with a good set of hiking boots and some crampons if conditions are icy.  Popular, intermediate-level trails include Dog Mountain on Mount Seymour and Cabin Lake on Cypress Mountain. Both of these hikes can be completed in a few hours and offer fantastic views. (Be aware that all winter hiking is challenging and extra precautions are required.) Free Continue reading:
No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow

Seaplanes – a Uniquely West Coast Way to Travel

Photo:  Philip Tong | Flickr

Photo: Philip Tong | Flickr

If it’s not on your bucket list yet, buckle up and put a seaplane ride on it. In 35 minutes or less, a flight can have you island hopping around the West Coast.

Harbour Air was recently awarded Trip Advisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award, which is only given to top 10 businesses on the site for consistently achieving outstanding customer reviews.

What makes a seaplane experience on the West Coast stand out? From tales of frigid lake rescues, seals on board to remote island proposals and long distance relationships, Harbour Air has played a critical role in the collective stories of its customers for over 30 years. Here are five distinct customer experiences that the airline has been a part of:

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Seaplanes – a Uniquely West Coast Way to Travel

Grouse Mountain to open Saturday for Skiing and Riding!

Grouse Mountain opening 2014

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If you’ve been itching to get into a pair of ski or snow boots and blast yourself down the mountain, the long wait is over. Grouse Mountain is officially launching their 88th winter season this Saturday, November 15th at 9:00am.

“But, it hasn’t snowed!?” you may be asking yourself… Well, Grouse Mountain is the proudly armed with the North Shore’s largest snowmaking fleet, which means that with all this cold weather, the snow guns have been put to task creating blankets of fresh snow for eager skiers and riders.

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Destination BC Launches Revitalized Tourism Brand Celebrating Super, Natural British Columbia

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Destination BC’s revitalized Super, Natural British Columbia® brand, focuses on nature at its core and showcases the unique beauty and power of the British Columbian wilderness.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport hosts two unique ‘Room & Bird’ packages for nature lovers

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport goes to the birds with their new 'Room & Bird' packages.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport goes to the birds with their new ‘Room & Bird’ packages.

Located where high fliers – large and small, human and avian – gather daily, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport is hosting two unique birder-friendly packages.

It’s only natural that the Fairmont Vancouver Airport has organized two bird-based getaways. The hotel is located in the Fraser River estuary – home to the Pacifc Coast flyaway, a popular stopover for birds migrating from over 20 countries and three continents. Waterfowl and shorebirds from breeding grounds in Siberia, Alaska, Yukon, and other arctic and prairie areas all stop to refuel in the area on their way to warmer wintering grounds.

Dubbed their ‘Room & Bird’ packages, the number one ranked Airport Hotel in North America will entice naturalists and birders alike with two exclusive, field-trip based birding stays at the hotel.

Partnering with local conservation group WildResearch and Swarovski Optik, the two birding vacations include guided trips, use of luxury binoculars, accommodation at the hotel and meals.

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Fairmont Vancouver Airport hosts two unique ‘Room & Bird’ packages for nature lovers