And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

James Wheeler | Flickr

James Wheeler | Flickr

Vancouver’s best nature show is better than ever! The Vancouver Park Board Heron Cam—installed last year—has now been improved to provide better and clearer close-up views of the Pacific great blue herons.

The heron cam at vancouver.ca/HeronCam takes viewers inside the nests of one of North America’s largest urban great blue heron colonies until the end of the summer breeding season. These herons are a species at risk in Canada and the Stanley Park colony is a vital part of the south coast population. One-third of great blue herons worldwide live around the Salish Sea.

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And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

Vancouver’s Best Eagle Viewing

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Photo: Rob Weiss

The eagle has landed! Majestic, powerful, striking, imposing, brave, noble. In aboriginal northwest coast culture, the Eagle has been a source of inspiration for both traditional and contemporary artists since the beginning of time. This amazing creature symbolizes grace and power. The eagle captures my imagination and there is no better place to get up close and personal with these fantastic birds than Mud Bay Park. During a walk, jog or ride along the dyke trail it is not uncommon to see dozens of eagles. Now is the perfect time to go to watch these symbolic birds busy at work building and repairing their nests.

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Vancouver’s Best Eagle Viewing

Permanent zip line could be coming to a Vancouver park this spring

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Image courtesy of Flightlinez a Greenheart Company | Facebook.com

If you weren’t lucky enough to experience the Vancouver zipline that was set up at Queen Elizabeth Park last year, you could be getting another chance to soar high above the trees in one of Vancouver’s popular parks.

Last year’s pilot project in Queen Elizabeth Park gave the people in charge the confidence in permitting a permanent zipline in one of Vancouver’s favourite parks. Which park and what company is still a mystery, but there’s a good chance that it’ll be set up as soon as Spring 2016.

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Permanent zip line could be coming to a Vancouver park this spring

Cleared for Take Off – YVR Cycling Routes

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Usually I begin to exhibit signs of spring fever after early glimpses of snowdrops and crocuses. My first flu like symptom is always an incurable urge to hop on my bike. I understand many of you hardy folk cycle religiously all year long and are never deterred by the winter “rains” or “winds”. Hats off to you! I am of weaker stalk. Despite attempting to do my fair share of winter riding, I must admit that I don’t quite maintain my “summer legs” all year long. When spring fever strikes and I feel motivated to grease the chain and pump up the tires, one of my “go to” rides is the Iona Causeway and Sea Island in Richmond.

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Cleared for Take Off – YVR Cycling Routes

Visit the Ancient Giants – Cypress Mountain Snowshoe Trails

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Photo: R. Weiss

I find it difficult to believe that it has been 6 years since Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It seems like yesterday we were welcoming the world to Vancouver. I am and forever will be an “Olympic Junkie.” The Games, the athlete’s stories, the volunteerism and the incredible display of excellence in sport have a hold on me. Every four years I find myself captivated by the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. As my personal homage to the Winter Games, I felt compelled to grab my snowshoes and visit Cypress Mountain to reflect upon those wonderful moments of 2010.

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Visit the Ancient Giants – Cypress Mountain Snowshoe Trails

There’s no day like a snow day – Cross Country Ski Lessons at Cypress Mountain

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Flickr: Totororo.roro

Interested in cross country skiing? For years I have threatened to learn this fabulous outdoor winter adventure sport. Don’t misunderstand, I absolutely love skiing, but my past adventures have always been of the downhill variety. Despite the balmy, spring like weather this past weekend, the snow-capped North Shore Mountains were calling my name. Definitely time to head to the hills and register for an Introductory Cross Country Classic Ski lesson and rental package. Only thirty minutes from downtown Vancouver, Cypress Mountain, the 2010 Olympic Venue for snowboarding and freestyle skiing, is located in Cypress Provincial Park. On a clear day you can see for miles and savour incredible views of downtown Vancouver, Mount Baker, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

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There’s no day like a snow day – Cross Country Ski Lessons at Cypress Mountain

Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper

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Sourced from the Sea to Sky Gondola website

A couple days ago, I saw a look of distress in my boyfriend’s eyes as he suddenly realized that Valentine’s Day was less than two weeks away. “S” is sweet and kind but since he can’t translate romance into a mathematical equation, he finds it hard to grasp the concept. However, he’s made a resolution to up his boyfriend game this year, and assured me he will come up with something impressive (we’ll see).

Fortunately, if you’re like S and romantic creativity is not your strong suit, a Valentine’s Day package offered by Sea to Sky Gondola might just be the thing.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper