Free Mountaintop Yoga is Back at Grouse Mountain this Summer!

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Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

The yoga class with the best view in Vancouver is back for the summer! Grouse Mountain and YYoga have brought back the popular mountaintop class for August and you’re invited to stretch in the sunshine on Saturdays and Sundays.

Each 60 minute yoga class will be led every weekend until August 27th from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Plaza at the top of Grouse Mountain – just outside of the chalet. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of bed early on the weekend and relax in the sun while gazing down on the stunning views over the city and beyond. Plus, did we mention that it’s free?

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Free Mountaintop Yoga is Back at Grouse Mountain this Summer!

Crescent Park – Semiahmoo Peninsula’s Hidden Gem

Running Trails in Crescent Park Photo: Rob Weiss

Crescent Park, in South Surrey, is one of those hidden gems patiently waiting to be discovered. Covering over 128 acres, the park is a natural oasis featuring numerous hiking trails, a second growth rain forest, several picnic sites and an extremely popular duck pond. Granted, most folk visiting the scenic Semiahmoo Peninsula will gravitate toward White Rock Beach or Crescent Beach, but should you have the time or the desire for a little bit of solitude, I highly recommend a pit stop at Crescent Park.

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Crescent Park – Semiahmoo Peninsula’s Hidden Gem

Waterfall Encounters – Kayaking to Granite Falls

Silver Falls – Indian Arm – Photo: Rob Weiss

Drawn by the sound of cascading water I could feel my heart beat quicken as I paddled harder through the early morning fog. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by waterfalls. Mesmerizing and inspirational, I often feel humbled by their beauty. A symbol of nature’s power, waterfalls captivate us and stimulate our senses.  Fortunately, you do not need to venture far from Vancouver for a high quality, waterfall encounter.

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Waterfall Encounters – Kayaking to Granite Falls

Life’s a Beach with Chair and Umbrella Rentals at English Bay

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Beach Company

With the amazing weather in Vancouver lately, the best place to spend these long, hot days is next to the water. Beach bums in Vancouver know that one of the hottest spots in town is English Bay Beach.

A water slide and huge raft, beachside fish n’ chips, and non-stop people watching entertainment, English Bay Beach is the place to be in the summer. But, when you’re spending a day at the beach – usually you have to lug down a bunch of chairs, an umbrella, and a huge cooler with you.

Until now! There’s a new crew in Vancouver that’s working to upgrade your beach game in a big way… The Vancouver Beach Company has partnered with the Vancouver Parks Board to provide rental options for chairs/loungers and beach umbrellas for those who want to park themselves at the beach without having to deal with the extra baggage that usually comes with it.

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Life’s a Beach with Chair and Umbrella Rentals at English Bay

Walk, Bike or Roll on the Arbutus Greenway

Arbutus Greenway Photo: Rob Weiss

Proud. Pride with a capital P! Simply stated, as I cycled along the Arbutus Greenway, Vancouver’s newest shared recreational path, I felt a deep sense of pride. After only a few spins of the wheel, it became crystal clear to me; this route is more than a paved, car-free shared access Greenway; it is a vibrant, community space. Connecting our beloved Kitsilano neighbourhood to Marpole, the trail is several kilometres of terrific and I felt extremely proud of the community effort involved to bring this vision to reality!

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Walk, Bike or Roll on the Arbutus Greenway

Vancouver’s Great Duo – Paddling & English Bay

Dragon Boat – English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think of great duos? Simon and Garfunkel, peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips or perhaps Beauty and the Beast? Personally, one of my favourite duos is the combination of English Bay and paddling. It doesn’t matter what you’re paddling; dragon boat, kayak, canoe, rowboat or stand up paddle board. The thrill of viewing Vancouver’s skyline, Stanley Park, and the spectacular North Shore Mountains from the ocean by a self-propelled watercraft is undeniable.

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Vancouver’s Great Duo – Paddling & English Bay

Forest Bathing – Vancouver Style

Solitude on the Trail Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, I read an interesting and compelling article on a new health trend called Forest Bathing. Being an outdoorsy type and nature lover, whenever I see or hear the word “forest” my curiosity peeks! Fascinated, I decided to learn more about the Japanese practice of Forest Therapy. Developed in the 1980’s, Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku is the medicine of simply being in the forest. Widely recognized as a pillar of preventative health care, folk around the world are seeking their nature fix.

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Forest Bathing – Vancouver Style