Golden Ears – “The Mountains are Calling, and I Must Go”

View of Golden Ears from Langley Photo: Wikimedia Iykkelige

Gazing at the North Shore mountains, I am often reminded of John Muir’s famous  and beloved quote, “The Mountains are calling, and I must go.” This simple, yet inspirational message, says it all!  When listening to Muir’s call and seeking mountain adventures Vancouverites look first to the North Shore Mountains. Then eyes will turn to the majestic Sea to Sky corridor.  However, directing the compass east points explorers to a wonderful outdoor playground known as Golden Ears Provincial Park.

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Golden Ears – “The Mountains are Calling, and I Must Go”

Experience winter tranquility at Vancouver’s Nitobe Memorial Garden

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

With the arrival of 2017 and the approaching Lunar New Year (January 28), I’ve been wanting some physical and mental space to take stock of the previous year and set the right tone for the months to come.

I adore living in the heart of Vancouver since there are always so many things to do: restaurants to try out, events to attend, arts and culture to take part in. However, occasionally, I want some tranquility in the midst of all of this bustle. Recently, I paid a winter visit to the lovely Nitobe Memorial Garden and came out feeling refreshed and calm.

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Experience winter tranquility at Vancouver’s Nitobe Memorial Garden

Chase the January Blues away on the North Shore Spirit Trail

North Shore Spirit Trail Photo: Rob Weiss

Suffering from a case of the January “blues?”  Behind on your 2017 fitness resolutions?  The award-winning, North Shore Spirit Trail may be exactly what you are looking for! Rain or shine, a quick jaunt along the North Shore Spirit Trail is guaranteed to lift your spirits and chase the January blues away! Ultimately, this fully accessible Greenway and waterfront corridor will connect Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove – a real North Shore treasure!

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Chase the January Blues away on the North Shore Spirit Trail

Rock Legends

Siwash Rock Sunset Photo: Rob Weiss

From the Commodore Ballroom to Empire Stadium and Rogers Arena, Vancouver has a rich and colourful rock history. Bands like U2, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, Nirvana, KISS and the Police have played our city, yet for those who like to venture outside, there are two headliners that always sell out!   Like their musical counterparts, Siwash Rock and White Rock are true rock legends!

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Rock Legends

Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

 

Scenic views from the Snowshoe Grind Photo: D Coo Badger Photography

Missing your fitness fix on the Grouse Grind?  Resolved to up your fitness level in 2017? With epic snow on our North Shore Mountains if you have not yet traded your hiking boots for snowshoes, now might be the time to challenge the Snowshoe Grind!

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Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

Vancouver and The Great Trail

English Bay Sunset Photo: Rob Weiss

Canadian Pride!  Granted Hockey supremacy may come to mind when you ponder Canadian pride, but did you know Canada is home to the greatest and longest recreational trail in the world? It’s true! Our country can proudly boast a coast to coast route featuring 24,000 kilometres and 15,000 communities all linked by one amazing trail rich in adventure, discovery and majestic beauty.  From urban streets and greenways to the rugged backcountry wilderness of the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian Shield, The Great Trail promises to showcase the beauty, vastness and diversity of our nation.

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Vancouver and The Great Trail

A Moment of Zen – Vancouver’s Fraser River Park

Fraser River Park Walking Trails Photo: Rob Weiss

Overcome by the hustle and bustle, the festivities, the galas and the glitz we sometimes forget to simply relax and breathe.  Often, during the festive season, I find myself craving quiet, outdoor moments to bring balance to my days.  Fortunately, Vancouver is home to a wide variety of wonderful parks, gardens and of course spectacular beaches.  From intimate neighbourhood green spaces to larger, feature destinations like Stanley Park or Queen Elizabeth Park, our city has much to offer.  In fact, park space makes up 11% of Vancouver’s land mass, so you do not need to look far to find for your moment of Zen.

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A Moment of Zen – Vancouver’s Fraser River Park