Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver, Part II

IMG_0902Lots of outdoors lovers I know in Vancouver, the kind who wouldn’t think twice about doing the Grouse Grind during the summer, tend to avoid winter hiking.  The usual complaints: It’s too technical and requires specialized equipment.

Not necessarily.  There are a number of relatively easy, accessible winter hikes for beginners around the city, offering access to pristine alpine scenery and plenty of snow without a lot of headaches.  In Part I of this two-part post, I profiled a great trek to Dog Mountain, near Mount Seymour.

Another one my favourites is the hike up Black Mountain at Cypress Mountain Ski Area, which I did over the weekend. The route is approximately 4-5 kilometres and takes around 2.5 hours to complete.  But in that relatively short distance, you’re rewarded with great views and even a frozen mountain lake.

The hardest part might be finding the trailhead.   Continue reading:
Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver, Part II

Rise and Sip! Vancouver Pubs to Open Early for Olympic Hockey Games

hockeyDuring the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, bars were full of cheering fans during Canadian hockey games.

Recreating that same excitement during the Sochi Olympics won’t be easy, but several local pubs are giving it their best shot.

The Donnelly Group’s Vancouver pubs will be opening bright and early at 8 a.m. much of the rest of this week, so fans can watch Canada’s men’s hockey team face off live in Sochi. Participating pubs in Vancouver include the Lamplighter, Library Square, the Academic, Metropole, Blackbird and other Donnelly Group pubs across the city.

And, in case you’re wondering, you can get your first beer with breakfast at 9 a.m., when the games start and the pubs will begin serving alcohol.   Continue reading:
Rise and Sip! Vancouver Pubs to Open Early for Olympic Hockey Games

Grouse Mountain Stays Open All Night for 24 Hours of Winter 2014

24 Hours of Winter Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

This Saturday, Grouse Mountain is hosting its annual 24 Hours of Winter all-nighter that has guests snowboarding, skiing, and dancing the night away until the sun rises the next morning.

Back for its 4th consecutive year since its introduction during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 24 Hours of Winter is a unique Vancouver event that runs from Saturday evening until Sunday morning (February 8-9, 2014) with skiing, snowboarding, dining, and plenty of family-fun activities!

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Grouse Mountain Stays Open All Night for 24 Hours of Winter 2014

Canadian Olympic Men’s Hockey Team Announced

Team Canada goalie Roberto Luongo holds up his gold medal after victory over the USA in Vancouver. Photo: postmedia.com

Team Canada goalie Roberto Luongo holds up his gold medal after victory over the USA in Vancouver.
Photo: postmedia.com

Team Canada’s hockey roster for the Sochi 2014 Olympics was announced today:

Roberto Luongo
Carey Price
Mike Smith
Jay Bouwmeester
Drew Doughty
Dan Hamhuis,
Duncan Keith
Alex Pietrango
P.K. Subban
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Shea Webber
Jamie Benn
Patrice Bergeron
Jeff Carter
Sidney Crosby
Matt Duchene
Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Perry
Chris Kunitz
Patrick Marleau
Steven Stamkos
Rick Nash
Jonathan Toews
Patrick Sharp
John Tavares

Canucks for Kids Fund SuperSkills Competition Returns January 11th

Photo credit: Christian Bucad | Flickr

The Canucks for Kids Fund SuperSkills Competition is back for another year of family fun. The event, hosted in partnership with Rogers, will take place on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at Rogers Arena. The event will feature an alumni scrimmage and skills competition with past and present Canucks. It’s a great chance to see the Vancouver Canucks in a fun, casual, and carefree setting, as well as a great opportunity see the Canucks at a lower price point.

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Canucks for Kids Fund SuperSkills Competition Returns January 11th