Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

Mosquito Creek Trail, North Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

When art and nature intersect, the result is almost always thought-provoking and inspiring. Recently, while hiking along North Vancouver’s Mosquito Creek Trail, I stumbled upon Adam Kuby’s Earthwork sculpture. From a distance, near a little footbridge, slabs of granite dominated the landscape. They appeared out of place. Curious, I approached the rock wondering why such large blocks would be located in such a prominent place on the trail. Fascinated, I discovered this installation was one of three pieces, a triptych, situated on the North Shore.

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Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

Ocean Wise Launches New Podcast About Ocean Champions

There are tons of amazing people out there who are doing cool, out-of-the-box things to protect the environment. Many of them call Vancouver home, but there’s also a whole world out there of equally inspiring names.

Enter My Ocean, a new podcast from Ocean Wise.  My Ocean takes listeners into the minds and journeys of some of the world’s true ocean champions and dives in to the remarkable ways they are protecting our blue planet. Each episode profiles a new leader, someone who has thrown convention in the wind and instead followed their own path to making a difference for the world’s oceans.

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Ocean Wise Launches New Podcast About Ocean Champions

Love Locks

Photo: Rob Weiss

This past summer I travelled to Ucluelet and had the great, good fortune to find myself hiking the Wild Pacific Trail.  Over 9 km long, the trail winds along the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.  Waves crashing on the rocks below, giant cedars towering overhead, it is unquestionably an authentic west coast experience. Inspired by the breathtaking vista, I stopped for a few minutes to savour the view. As I gazed out across the mighty ocean swell, my eyes came to rest on a single, solitary padlock chained to the protective guard rail. A symbol of commitment and everlasting love, this little lock hung precariously over the angry ocean below, bravely battling the elements.

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Love Locks

Meet the Locals on Family Day

Photo: Kate Paton on Instagram @pacificnorthwestkate

In the distance, I could hear their distinctive howl. It began as a highly pitched series of yips and yelps which quickly escalated into an attention-grabbing chorus of sound as the pack joined in. Although I was in the heart of suburbia, I found myself captivated by the calls of a coyote pack. Unsure whether to feel frightened or excited, I froze in my tracks. I wondered what was causing all the excitement? I wondered if I was the source, having perhaps wandered too close to a den? Then, as if on cue, the howling stopped and the stillness of the evening prevailed. I suppose the party was over.

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Meet the Locals on Family Day

Winter Paddling – Vancity Style

Photo by Josiah Coates on Unsplash

Does your weekend warrior spirit have you longingly gazing at the ocean, dreaming of warm, sunny days in your kayak? Perhaps, it’s time to challenge yourself and embrace winter paddling! Frankly, some of my favourite paddling is done during our coldest season. Although the ocean may appear moody and unforgiving during the winter months, the cold and grey also seem to create an atmosphere in which my senses are sharpened. Few folk brave the waters at this time of year. Consequently, peacefulness and a sense of tranquillity abound.

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Winter Paddling – Vancity Style

Heywood Park – An Urban Sanctuary

Photo: Rob Weiss

Blink, and you might miss this little gem on the scenic North Shore. Located on the western boundary of the City of North Vancouver, Heywood Park is sixteen hectares of lush, green, rainforest awesome! Complete with a playground, washrooms, and sports fields Heywood Park is a perfect family destination. Of course, I am always on the quest for a new walking trail, and I must say the upper forested natural areas of the MacKay Creek ravine were a delight!

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Heywood Park – An Urban Sanctuary

Hipster Trend Alert: Birding in Vancouver

By Brianna Prasloski

What was once a hobby reserved for middle-aged Tilley hat enthusiasts, birding is the latest hipster trend sweeping the continent. Millennials are leaving their avocado toast behind and heading to major birdwatching destinations to catch a glimpse (and post a ‘gram) of their favourite feathered friends.

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Hipster Trend Alert: Birding in Vancouver