Lacing Up at Robson Square

Robson Square Skating Rink Photo: Rob Weiss

Spending my early childhood years in Calgary, Alberta, I was never far from the ice. Growing up at the local outdoor skating rink I spent my formative years enjoying endless hours of figure skating and good old-fashioned shinny hockey. Unsure where the time has gone, I am embarrassed to admit, it has been a few years since I last put blades on my feet. In a valiant attempt to revisit my youth, I promised myself I would lace up and brave the outdoor rink at Robson Square.

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Lacing Up at Robson Square

Grouse Mountain Offers an Enchanting Outdoor Light Walk

Grouse mountain light walk 2016

Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

There’s something so magical about walking through a forest lit up with thousands of twinkling lights. Grouse Mountain lets you experience magic in the trees in their enchanting Light Walk set up for your next perfect Instagram opportunity.

Open daily at dusk, the Light Walk is a free mountain-top activity that is a great excuse to get a bit more fresh air and exercise at night. You can walk through the fir and spruce around Blue Grouse Lake where light installations shine brightly through the dark night.

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Grouse Mountain Offers an Enchanting Outdoor Light Walk

Holiday Magic at the Sea to Sky Gondola (Free Prize Pack Giveaway!)

The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is now open for the winter season! Snow at the summit and the launch of a magical line-up of experiences during the Spirit of Christmas events schedule make it easy to celebrate the season in Squamish.

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Holiday Magic at the Sea to Sky Gondola (Free Prize Pack Giveaway!)

Live 4 Snow – Get Your Snowshoes On!

Photo: Rob Weiss

Early weather reports promise Vancouverites an above average and perhaps an epic snow year. Furthermore, Accuweather predicts the potential for a couple of Arctic intrusions, “which may set the stage for a few snow events near the coast.” While many will cringe at the thought of a “snow event,” those of us who adore winter, glance up at the North Shore Mountains with joy in our hearts. Yes, if you live for snow, this may be your year to try snowshoeing, and the trails will be opening soon!

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Live 4 Snow – Get Your Snowshoes On!

Nature for All! Accessible Trails in Vancouver

Wally Ross Obstacle Free Trail Photo: Rob Weiss

Hiking definitely requires full mobility, or maybe it doesn’t!  Recently, while exploring the delightful network of pathways in Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, I came to a junction at the Wally Ross Trail. Immediately I noticed the Obstacle Free Trail sign. Intrigued, I ventured out along the boardwalk, deeper into the forest. Created as a universal access trail and specifically for users who may have varying physical abilities the Wally Ross route provides relatively safe access for all. How fantastic; a nature trail designed to be navigated independently by those who may be wheel-chair bound. Nature for everyone! Curious, I wondered how many other local trails were constructed with accessibility in mind.

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Nature for All! Accessible Trails in Vancouver

Slidey Slides at Hastings Park

Photo: Rob Weiss

For many Vancouverites, thoughts of Hastings Park usually conjure up images of thundering thoroughbreds, mini doughnuts, catapulting roller coasters and memories of epic battles on the lush, green gridiron of Empire Stadium. However, today, nestled under the magnificent wooden and perhaps rickety track of Vancouver’s famous and most historic roller coaster lies a family-friendly outdoor park. One of our city’s largest urban recreation areas, Hastings Park is the go-to destination for play!

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Slidey Slides at Hastings Park

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Makes the North Shore Shine

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Image courtesy of Capilano Suspension Bridge

If North Vancouver is looking brighter these days, it might be because the extremely popular Canyon Lights Winter Festival is back on at the Capilano Suspension Bridge! This annual event is a favourite for many with hundreds of thousands of lights decorating the park.

The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. Canyon Lights runs until Sunday, January 28, 2018 – so there’s plenty of time left to check out the dazzling display!

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Makes the North Shore Shine