Top 5 Waterfalls to Visit in and around Vancouver

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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

Dig It – Vancouver’s Love Affair with Beach Volleyball

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Beach Volleyball Tournament at Kits Beach Photo: Rob Weiss

Sunshine, Sand and Bikinis! From Spanish Banks to English Bay you don’t need to look far to find a beach volleyball court in Vancouver. Imagine miles of freshly raked sand, crisply hung nets inviting players to approach the court, and a light ocean breeze keeping the summer temperatures game ready. In a nutshell, that is Vancouver’s beach volleyball scene.

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Beach Volleyball Photo: Rob Weiss

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Up a Creek with a Paddle – Canoeing Widgeon Creek, Pitt Meadows

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Serenity while paddling Widgeon Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

Looking for an outdoor adventure close to home? Interested in a day trip that combines paddling and a scenic hike to a waterfall? Widgeon Creek is the destination you have been looking for! Dial in your compass heading for Pitt Lake and set course for Widgeon Creek and the incomparable Widgeon Falls.

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Up a Creek with a Paddle – Canoeing Widgeon Creek, Pitt Meadows

10th Annual MEC Paddlefest – Jericho Beach

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Sunset, Broken Island Group Photo: Rob Weiss

Is there anything more quintessentially Canadian than a boy and a girl in a little canoe?  The Canadian Canoe museum suggests that “in the history of watercraft, the canoe of the Aboriginal Peoples is perhaps the ultimate expression of elegance and function.  All of its parts come from nature, and when it is retired, it returns to nature.”  Historically, the canoe played a huge role in almost all assets of life and certainly played a large role in British Columbia’s history.  Fast forward to downtown Vancouver today.  While we might not see many voyageurs or red cedar Haida canoes cruising our local waters, on June 18th, paddles of all types will be joyously dipping into the ocean off Jericho beach.

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10th Annual MEC Paddlefest – Jericho Beach

Cycling Vancouver’s Sea to Sky Highway

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Horseshoe Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

Cyclists around the world have a love/hate relationship with hills.  For some, hills represent a mental challenge, others are intrigued by the physical challenge and for many it is simply the thrill of the descent after a long, difficult climb.  No matter what draws you to the hills, there is no more desirable, scenic or exciting climb than the Sea to Sky highway.  This demanding ride from Vancouver to Whistler is a visual smorgasbord offering panoramic views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains.  Recently, my husband and I decided to test our legs and set our sites on Whistler.

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Cycling Vancouver’s Sea to Sky Highway

Free Outdoor Yoga Classes Being Held in Kitsilano all Summer Long!

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Looking for a uniquely Vancouver experience? How about yoga by the beach? This summer, Kits Space – a local (and awesome!) social planning organization – has pledged to put on a daily outdoor yoga class at the beautiful Kitsilano Beach Park. Best of all, each class is 100% free!

Yes, you read that correctly. Free!

These free outdoor yoga classes will be held every Monday – Friday until August 31st starting tomorrow (June 1, 2016)! Everyone is invited and even if you can’t touch your toes (or your knees for that matter), you’re welcome to join the party!

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Hike Upper Shannon Falls – the Sea to Summit Trail

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Shannon Falls Photo: Rob Weiss

Do waterfalls capture your imagination?  A waterfall, almost any waterfall, is fascinating mesmerizing, awe-inspiring.  We stand for hours listening, admiring, photographing, painting.  For centuries waterfalls have inspired poets, artists and musicians. Today we post pictures to Instagram and tweet on #WaterfallWednesday.  Personally, I find myself inexplicably drawn to their power and beauty.  Something about the thundering roar of water cascading down a mountain stirs me deep inside and energizes me to follow the trail toward them, as if drawn by their sheer energy.

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Hike Upper Shannon Falls – the Sea to Summit Trail