Vancouver – BC’s Self-Propelled Adventure Capital

Photo: Rob Weiss

Victoria may be the capital city of our gorgeous province, but I contend Vancouver is the Self-Propelled Adventure capital of Super Natural British Columbia.  What do I mean by self-propelled adventure? In truth, there are no rules or classifications, however, to be recognized as a self-propelled adventurist, you must embark on a journey that is solely human powered.  Bike, hike, paddle, run, walk, glide, or skate. The only limit is your imagination, and maybe your fitness level.

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Vancouver – BC’s Self-Propelled Adventure Capital

Island Hopping – Barnston Style

Barnston Island Ferry Photo: Rob Weiss

Island hopping vacations are often described in tourism magazines as “active holidays combined with a relaxing cruise.”   Although Port Kells may not be considered by most as an exotic destination, it is a wonderful launch site for a bicycling day trip and island hopping excursion to Barnston Island. Home to the Katzie First Nation, this terrific, little island, is located on the Fraser River between Surrey and Pitt Meadows.   Charming, quaint, peaceful, this gem is the ideal destination for a family cycling adventure.

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Island Hopping – Barnston Style

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

The 7 Best Ways to See Vancouver


populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

Visiting this fine city of ours for the first time?  Take in all Vancouver has to offer and more by using a few (or all) of the following modes of transportation:

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The 7 Best Ways to See Vancouver

BC Parkway – Searching for Fall

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Flickr Photo: Totororo

Exploring the lower mainland by bicycle is always a treat, and today was no exception.  We decided to begin our ride at the New Westminster Quay and head into Vancouver via the BC Parkway.  Formerly known as the 7-11 trail, this multi-use urban pathway is 26 kilometers long and follows the Expo Sky Train line from Surrey, to New Westminster, South Burnaby and into Vancouver.  Recent upgrades to the path, including new wayfinding signage and freshly paved sections, have improved safety for both cyclists and pedestrians.

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BC Parkway – Searching for Fall

Biko App Offers Rewards and Helps Vancouver Become the Greenest City By 2020

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New mobile application Biko is on a mission to pay Vancouver cyclists by turning kilometres biked into rewards earned from local businesses. By downloading the free app on their smartphones, users can earn a digital coin called “biko” for every kilometre they pedal. Bikos can then be exchanged for goods and services from participating businesses or donated as cash to the user’s charity of choice.

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Biko App Offers Rewards and Helps Vancouver Become the Greenest City By 2020

Car Free Cycling on Vancouver’s North Shore

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Car free cycling, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Photo: Rob Weiss

Imagine a 10 km paved roadway through a lush and scenic rainforest.  Now remove all vehicle traffic and add the majestic North Shore Mountains.  Voila! You have arrived at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, affectionately referred to by locals as the Seymour Demonstration forest.  Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages flock to the trail and employ all modes of transportation to explore this unique treasure.  Don’t be surprised to encounter sleek road racers, sturdy downhill mountain bikers, babies in strollers, inline skaters and tots on striders all sharing this unique North Shore experience.  A delightful mix of folk to be sure!

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Car Free Cycling on Vancouver’s North Shore