Vancouver – BC’s Self-Propelled Adventure Capital

Photo: Rob Weiss

Victoria may be the capital city of our gorgeous province, but I contend Vancouver is the Self-Propelled Adventure capital of Super Natural British Columbia.  What do I mean by self-propelled adventure? In truth, there are no rules or classifications, however, to be recognized as a self-propelled adventurist, you must embark on a journey that is solely human powered.  Bike, hike, paddle, run, walk, glide, or skate. The only limit is your imagination, and maybe your fitness level.

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Vancouver – BC’s Self-Propelled Adventure Capital

It’s a Party for the Planet on Earth Day in Vancouver!

Earth Day Vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of TOTORORO.RORO | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 we celebrate Earth Day, the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events take place in more than 190 countries around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

So, this coming Earth Day – take a few seconds to yourself in some nature and reflect on how great it is to be living on earth these days! Because, you never know when we’ll all be trapped on Mars…

In Vancouver, there are several celebrations in honour of the Earth, including a parade and an Adults Night at Science World. Check out a few of the Earth Day themed events below!

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It’s a Party for the Planet on Earth Day in Vancouver!

Be Prepared – Hiking the Baden-Powell Trail

Deep Cove Photo: Rob Weiss

Be Prepared. Long recognized as the mantra for the Boy Scouts, these two simple words have come to represent the legendary spirit of the scouting movement. Fortunately for Vancouverites, we have the opportunity to honour Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, by tackling the wonderous Baden-Powell (BP) Trail located on Vancouver’s North Shore.  Connecting Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, winding over 40 km through fantastic, rugged coastal rain forest this scenic trail offers some of the best hiking in the region.

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Be Prepared – Hiking the Baden-Powell Trail

Ready to Get Muddy? Trail Running in Vancouver

Sky Pilot Photo: Coast Mountain Trail Series – Brian McCurdy Photography

To describe me as fleet of foot would be a grave injustice to all those with feet!  My hiking style could best be characterized as a “passionate saunter”. Granted, my fitness level isn’t what it used to be but, in all honesty; I prefer to stop and smell the roses, communing with nature along the way.  Last spring, while hiking the infamous Chief in Squamish, I distinctly remember being overtaken by a runner.  This incredible human specimen was literally running up and down the Chief. I stopped and stared in sheer disbelief.  My curiosity was peaked, and I became determined to explore the world of Trail Running.

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Ready to Get Muddy? Trail Running in Vancouver

Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

Sunrise Bedford Channel Photo: Rob Weiss

2017 promises to be an epic year for parks and parties! Our beloved Canada is turning 150, and in honour of this epic birthday, Parks Canada is offering their Discovery Pass granting visitors free admission to our world renowned National Park network. Closer to home, there is another special anniversary of note. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is celebrating 50 years of “hikes, dog walks and morning runs among centuries-old trees.”

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Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

For the Birds – Rainy Day Walks at Maplewood Flats

Birding at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area Photo: Rob Weiss

Affectionately known by locals as Maplewood Flats, the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver is an ideal destination for a rainy day walk.  Managed by the Wild Bird Trust of BC, this wonderful natural area along Burrard Inlet near the base of the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, is home to over 230 species of birds and features 3km of easy walking trails to explore.

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For the Birds – Rainy Day Walks at Maplewood Flats

Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!

Daffodils and English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

They say patience is a virtue, and if you are an avid fan of spring flowers and blossom viewing, this year’s unusually long, cold, snowy winter has certainly tested your patience. But, dare I say the wait is over!  Snowdrops are dropping, daffodils are dazzling, and the promise of new growth and regeneration is in the air.  Congratulations – we made it! Our beloved cherry blossoms and spring flowers are returning with a delightful vengeance.

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Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!