Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park

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Richmond Nature Park Photo: Rob Weiss

The intersection of Highway 99 and Westminster Highway in Richmond, seems an unlikely place to connect with nature! Jumbo Jets thunder overhead and the roar of traffic is difficult to ignore, yet as I wandered along the Richmond Nature Park trails I quickly found myself leaving the frantic pace of city life behind me.  I was immersed in nature and it felt fantastic!  Surprisingly, many long time residents are unaware that this fabulous 200-acre natural oasis exists on the edge of town.  Strolling along the trails, it didn’t take long to realize that I was exploring a peat bog.  Interested in learning about this unique habitat, I paid a visit to the Nature House.  Interactive displays, and games designed for the younger crowd, told the story of the raised peat bog habitat that historically covered a large portion of Lulu Island.  In fact, 10,000 years ago visitors to the Richmond Nature Park would have been swimming in the Strait of Georgia! Today, the landscape is evolving as Pine and Birch trees begin to transform the bog into forest.

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Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park

What’SUP – Paddleboarding in Vancouver

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Sunset Paddle English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

I have been paddling for as long as I can remember.  From the rugged northern lakes of Algonquin Park in Ontario, to the white-water of Alberta’s magnificent rivers and the natural oasis of BC’s oceans, I have yet to meet a body of water that I haven’t wanted to paddle.  Honestly, when Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) first came on the scene, I thought they were a little silly.  Why would one choose to stand up on a board, when canoes and kayaks are viable options?  Eventually, I decided it was time to be mature, try Stand Up Paddleboarding and discover for myself the attraction of the sport.  After all, how could so many people be wrong?

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What’SUP – Paddleboarding in Vancouver

Hail to the Chief!  Hiking in Squamish

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700m Massive Granite Cliffs Photo: Rob Weiss

The Stawamus Chief is an iconic landmark.  It dominates the Squamish skyline and attracts tourists, hikers and climbers from around the world.  This magnificent granite wall beckons all to approach and climb her.  Outdoor enthusiasts regularly flock to the area to test their fitness levels and savour the magnificent views from each of the three peaks.  On a clear day, the summit offers panoramic glimpses of Howe Sound, the Squamish town site and adjacent coastal mountains.

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Hail to the Chief!  Hiking in Squamish

Next Stop: Wilderness! With new Parkbus Vancouver Transit Pilot

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When it comes to close proximity to nature, Vancouver shines as one of the best cities in the world that offers hiking opportunities that are accessible without needing a car. From Grouse Mountain to Deep Cove’s Quarry Rock and a few other options in between, it’s easy to escape into nature with just the price of a bus ticket.

However, despite being so close to Vancouver, most provincial parks in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor have no transit options available. If you want to access the jaw-dropping beauty of Garibaldi, you’re going to have to rely on a car to get you there – until now!

Parkbus Vancouver will be piloting a new direct connection to Gaibaldi, Alice Lake, Shannon Falls, and Stawamus Chief Provincial Parks from Vancouver for two days only on August 20 and September 10. This is your chance to escape to the wild for a day of adventure, just a short bus ride from Vancouver!

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Next Stop: Wilderness! With new Parkbus Vancouver Transit Pilot

In the Mood? Kayak to Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park

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Exploring new, easily accessible launch sites is often a spiritual experience for paddlers.  Of course, living in the Pacific Northwest we are extremely spoiled by the wide variety of paddling opportunities that surround us.  However, the search for short, local evening and afternoon paddle routes always looms large and without a doubt one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets is Barnet Marine Park.  Located in Burnaby, off the Barnet Highway, the area is a popular picnic and swimming area, yet often underutilized by paddlers.  Directly across from Admiralty Point, the kayak launch at Barnet Marine Park provides opportunities for adventurers to either paddle up Indian Arm, or to navigate along Burrard Inlet to Rocky Point Park in Port Moody.

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In the Mood? Kayak to Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park

Evidence of Trail Fairies: An Art Gallery in the Trails of North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour

Alex and Maddy were among the first to discover the trail while walking their dog. This note became a special keepsake for Martin and Penny.

Alex and Maddy were among the first to discover the trail while walking their dog. This note became a special keepsake for Martin and Penny.

The following article was submitted by Euan Forrester, photographer and nature enthusiast.

I spent 9 months photographing 2 trail builders as they built a new mountain bike trail from scratch. Here’s a little bit about my project.

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Evidence of Trail Fairies: An Art Gallery in the Trails of North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour

Top 5 Waterfalls to Visit in and around Vancouver

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Image courtesy of Colin Knowles | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

There’s something about hiking to a waterfall that’s extremely rewarding. They make for great photographs, they provide a spectacular backdrop for a picnic, and they sometimes even provide an opportunity for a refreshing cool-down shower.

In Vancouver and the surrounding areas, there always seems to be a waterfall at the end of most trails. Whether it’s large and intimidating or picturesque and silky smooth, waterfalls are always a great ending to a hike in Vancouver.

There are over 15 waterfall hikes in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area, so to make your choice a little easier of which one to visit (although you should try and see them all!), I’ve got a list of the top 5 waterfalls that are worth the walk. Check it out below:

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Top 5 Waterfalls to Visit in and around Vancouver