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Grey skies and rainy days conspire to keep many Vancouverites cooped up indoors during the winter months. There is a solution for cabin fever, however: Just look up.
The North Shore mountains, just across the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown, offer an outdoor playground during the winter months – and not just for skiers. Well maintained trails on Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains give hikers and snowshoers a chance to stretch their legs in pristine alpine forest.
Among the best routes for beginners looking for an easy hike is the Dog Mountain Trail on Mt. Seymour, which is 5 kilometres round-trip and takes about two hours to complete. I checked out the trail over the weekend, on a day when downtown Vancouver was blanketed in fog.
Up at the 935-metre base of Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, however, the sun was shining bright and it was a balmy 9 degrees Celsius. Continue reading:
Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver