Paddling in Vancouver’s Backyard – Porteau Cove to Anvil Island

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Aurora Borealis viewing at Porteau Cove Photo: Flickr, Damon West

Wild and remote, yet only thirty minutes from Vancouver, Howe Sound is a paddler’s paradise.  Navigating the Sea to Sky corridor from the water is a unique and invigorating way to explore the area, world famous for breathtaking ocean views, spectacular waterfalls, snow capped mountains and Squamish Nation history and culture. My recent adventure to North America’s southern most fjord began at Porteau Cove Provincial Park.  There are two paved boat launches and also plenty of beach area to begin your paddle.  Prior to setting off be sure to check out the Dive Area. Porteau Cove is a very busy diving centre.  Two sunken ships and a series of man-made reefs attract scuba enthusiasts to these waters.  I always enjoy chatting with the divers and hearing tales of the marine live thriving below the surface.

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Paddling in Vancouver’s Backyard – Porteau Cove to Anvil Island

Umbrella and Beach Chair Rental in English Bay Approved for Summer

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Image courtesy of John Spade | Flickr.com

For shade-seekers who still enjoy relaxing in the sand, good news was just announced! The Vancouver Board has officially approved a private company to rent out beach chairs and umbrellas at Vancouver’s most iconic beach: English Bay.

“The Vancouver Shade Company” has been approved to rent out beach chairs and umbrellas for those looking to enjoy a day at the beach without the threat of sunstroke. The company may also provide other items, including beach toys and sunscreens. This is a great option for people who don’t want to lug a big umbrella onto the bus (or a plane for that matter)!

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Umbrella and Beach Chair Rental in English Bay Approved for Summer

Ewok sighting at UBC? Greenheart TreeWalk – Vancouver’s Suspended Eco-Attraction

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Greenheart TreeWalk Photo: Rob Weiss

Swinging high above the forest floor on the Greenheart TreeWalk, I began to imagine myself as a heroine in a Star Wars movie. With every twist and turn I fully expected to encounter an Ewok, one of those diminutive furry species first made famous in Return of the Jedi.  If you recall, the Ewoks made their homes in the forest canopy, 15 metres above the ground.  Their Bright Tree Village was connected through a series of ladders, bridges, vines and catwalks. Unlike the imagined land created for the big screen in Star Wars, the Greenheart TreeWalk located in the UBC Botanical Garden is a real world eco-adventure.

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Ewok sighting at UBC? Greenheart TreeWalk – Vancouver’s Suspended Eco-Attraction

Tennis Anyone? Vancouver’s Best Outdoor Public Tennis Courts

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Vancouver’s Public Tennis Courts Photo: Rob Weiss

It has become a rite of passage.  Annually, when the weather warms up and the sun shines I find myself channeling my inner tennis superstar and venturing deep into the dark recesses of my storage cupboard in search of my trusty racquet.  Yes – I am a “Weekend Warrior.”  The nemesis of the hard-core, fit, well trained tennis player.  With visions of Eugenie Bouchard, Maria Sharapova, and the Williams sisters in my head, I boldly stride out onto the court.  Love all!  I joyfully swing, miss, shank and whiff, thrilled to be outside with a racquet in my hand.  Politely, I apologize to my colleagues on adjoining courts.  “I am a beginner,” I sheepishly confess.  Obviously, this is not breaking news to anyone on the court.

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Tennis Anyone? Vancouver’s Best Outdoor Public Tennis Courts

Got Mud? Hiking the Big Cedar Trail to Kennedy Falls, North Vancouver

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Kennedy Falls Photo: Flickr, Colin Knowles

Mount Fromme, a mecca for local mountain bikers is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the North Shore, but don’t be fooled by the men and women riding the trails.  Day hikers are also welcome in the area and the Big Cedar trail to Kennedy Falls is a must see.  Who can resist a 600+ year old red cedar, cascading waterfalls, boulders, deadfall and creek crossings?  I know I can’t!

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Got Mud? Hiking the Big Cedar Trail to Kennedy Falls, North Vancouver

Vancouver Date Idea: Rent a Tandem Bike

For thirteen years, I lived downtown, just steps from the Seawall and Stanley Park. On sunny days, I’d take my bike and ride around the Park, taking in the views and the happy people I passed by. I’d often see couples on bicycles built for two (tandem) and yearn for someone who would ride with me (cue the sympathy). It seemed like so much fun! It also seemed pretty tricky for someone as uncoordinated as me, but I was more than willing to give it a try.

Every spring/summer, I come up with a list of things I want to do or attend in the city before September rolls around again (eg go to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, suntan on Jericho Beach, have fish ‘n’ chips in Steveston, hike the Chief). This year, I told my boyfriend that we were going to rent a tandem bike at some point, and go cycling together. I can’t wait!

In preparation for our cycling adventure, I did some research on where to rent tandem bicycles in Vancouver. I also got some tips on how to ride one for a newbie like me.

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Vancouver Date Idea: Rent a Tandem Bike

360 Degree Views of Vancouver from a Helicopter

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Check out this spectacular Virtual Reality video of Vancouver from 500 feet in the air!

SKY Helicopters was able to capture 360 degrees views of Stanley Park, English Bay, False Creek, and East Vancouver. Click on the arrows to navigate the complete 360 degree experience – Enjoy!

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360 Degree Views of Vancouver from a Helicopter