Stanley Park Mystery – The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Lake

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Beaver Lake Photo: Rob Weiss

Almost everyone loves a mystery, and what could be more mysterious than a disappearing lake?  Vanishing lake, you ask?  Yes, it is true.  Stanley Park is home to Beaver Lake, Vancouver’s incredible shrinking lake. Clue Hunters, interested in cracking the case, will need to venture off the seawall and head deep in to the forest to explore the inner wonders of Stanley Park.  Granted, the stunning views of mountains, sky and ocean along the famous seawall are difficult to leave behind, but an “off-trip” to explore Beaver Lake is worth the short detour. My favourite access point to the lake is via a stone gateway beneath Stanley Park drive.  I feel like I am entering a whole new world when I pass under the gateway, hike along the Ravine Trail adjacent to the salmon bearing Beaver Creek and emerge into the lush rain forest featuring cedar, fir and hemlock trees.

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Stanley Park Mystery – The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Lake

Vancouver’s Love Affair with Coffee – I’ll take mine with a Splash of Nature

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Horseshoe Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

I adore coffee, and like many Vancouverites, my morning cup is a daily ritual and my local Barista a trusted friend.  Fortunately, when in Vancouver, you do not need to look far to find a coffee shop.  From your basic double-double to exclusive gourmet roasters, the city has much to offer.  For many, the simple surge of caffeine is the draw, but in neighbourhoods throughout the city, the local coffee shop reflects the fabric of the community.  These welcoming spaces have become neighbourhood hubs so to speak.  From Gastown to the Drive, it is apparent that we love our Java.

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Vancouver’s Love Affair with Coffee – I’ll take mine with a Splash of Nature

Quarry Rock, North Vancouver – Selfies on Steroids

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View from Quarry Rock, North Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

Searching for that iconic “Vancouver Selfie” for your Instagram feed? Look no further than Quarry Rock in North Vancouver. Arguably, this natural, rocky outcrop has become a destination of choice for those seeking a relatively easy day hike through dappled, lush west coast rain forest to a scenic viewpoint. In truth, scenic viewpoint doesn’t adequately describe the panoramic views of Indian Arm and Deep Cove that are the rewards for those who complete the climb. Spectacular, breathtaking, awe-inspiring and quintessentially Vancouver comes to mind when describing the Quarry Rock views. However, in my opinion, this little hike is so much more than an opportunity to snap a selfie. Be sure to slow down and absorb all of the sights, smells and sounds along the route!

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Quarry Rock, North Vancouver – Selfies on Steroids

A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 4: Falling Forever

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Hello Vancouver! I’m Britanny, and I am new to the city. Join me as I uncover new reasons to fall in love with Vancouver each week!

In lieu of Thanksgiving having just passed, I’d like to start by saying that I cannot express how thankful I am to call this wonderful city home. As we speak I am currently experiencing my first fall in Vancouver, so as you can expect my mind is being blown daily. Fall has always been my favourite Continue reading:
A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 4: Falling Forever

Salmon Smorgasbord – Kayak the Harrison River

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Eagles feasting on salmon Photo: Rob Weiss

Against all odds, each and every fall, millions of BC salmon fight an epic and awe-inspiring battle.  These fish courageously make their way from the mighty Pacific Ocean to travel upstream on their quest to spawn.  Rivers and spawning channels across the province team with life.  Like the salmon, paddlers, photographers, and fishermen also flock to the rivers to partake in this natural phenomenon.  My paddling partner and I find ourselves joining this annual migration and our destination of choice is the Harrison River.

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Salmon Smorgasbord – Kayak the Harrison River

Authentic West Coast Camping – Minutes from Downtown Vancouver

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Night Sky Porteau Cove Provincial Park Photo: Flickr, Damon West

On a daily basis, I awaken to hear the mountains and ocean calling.  There is something deep inside me that craves to be outside.  I am confident that those closest to me would agree that without my regular dose of Nature, I can be extremely difficult to live with.  Often, when time is tight, and I can’t find my way to the back country, I look closer to home, to one of Vancouver’s best seaside attractions – Porteau Cove Provincial Park!    Located on North America’s most southerly fjords, Porteau Cove is famous for views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains, scuba diving, waterfront campsites, beachcombing, star gazing and Aurora Borealis viewing.  All this, and only 38 km north of Vancouver on Highway 99.  Unbelievable.

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Authentic West Coast Camping – Minutes from Downtown Vancouver

BC Parkway – Searching for Fall

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Flickr Photo: Totororo

Exploring the lower mainland by bicycle is always a treat, and today was no exception.  We decided to begin our ride at the New Westminster Quay and head into Vancouver via the BC Parkway.  Formerly known as the 7-11 trail, this multi-use urban pathway is 26 kilometers long and follows the Expo Sky Train line from Surrey, to New Westminster, South Burnaby and into Vancouver.  Recent upgrades to the path, including new wayfinding signage and freshly paved sections, have improved safety for both cyclists and pedestrians.

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BC Parkway – Searching for Fall