5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Do you love chocolate, movies, and long walks on the beach?

So does everybody else.

It’s a personal-ad cliche for a reason: most people enjoy a scenic, leisurely walk with a loved one. Whether you’re just getting to know each other or just need some space to hash out that long-festering issue, a beautiful walk has a way of smoothing over the rough edges.

And if things don’t work out, hey–at least you’ve gotten some exercise.

Here are five beaches in Metro Vancouver that are perfect for the walk and talk. They’re just as nice in winter as they are in summer, with far fewer people to come between you and your beloved.

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5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver

Get your “snowshoe on” this winter

Photo: Grouse Mountain

Photo: Grouse Mountain

by Lesley Mirza
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Snowshoeing is a fun winter activity, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced snowshoer or a first-timer; anyone can do it!

Our mountains are currently a winter wonderland and offer a wide variety of terrain for outdoor lovers wishing to breathe in the fresh mountain air and work off December’s over-consumption of food.

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and acquaint yourself with the amazing sensation of crunching your way through the sparkly snow while witnessing some impressive scenery. Here are four fabulous snow-covered destinations that you need to check out.

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Get your “snowshoe on” this winter

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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