Be Prepared – Hiking the Baden-Powell Trail

Deep Cove Photo: Rob Weiss

Be Prepared. Long recognized as the mantra for the Boy Scouts, these two simple words have come to represent the legendary spirit of the scouting movement. Fortunately for Vancouverites, we have the opportunity to honour Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, by tackling the wonderous Baden-Powell (BP) Trail located on Vancouver’s North Shore.  Connecting Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, winding over 40 km through fantastic, rugged coastal rain forest this scenic trail offers some of the best hiking in the region.

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Be Prepared – Hiking the Baden-Powell Trail

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Fun Ways To Spend Family Day

Family | Photo: Stephen Morris

Family Day is still a fairly new holiday for BC locals, only in its fifth year since it was first introduced in 2012, and officially observed in February of 2013. After a post-holiday lull, the second Monday in February seemed like the perfect timing for families to take a much-needed break and enjoy each other’s company over a long weekend, and thanks to a city filled with fun activities for the whole family, there’s lots to choose from when it comes to finding ways to celebrate this special day. Here are some ways that you can partake in the Family Day festivities during your Vancouver visit, or create new traditions as a local family.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Fun Ways To Spend Family Day

Night Hiking in Vancouver

Experience Vancouver’s most natural nightlife with a night hike offered exclusively through the Loden Hotel, one of Vancouver’s top boutique hotels.

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Night Hiking in Vancouver

Sea to Sky Gondola Holiday Events

You still have time to get some winter wonderland into your holiday season. The Sea to Sky Gondola, just south of Squamish, is just a few minutes away from Vancouver – and extra easy to access if you hop the shuttle service from numerous places downtown. Continue reading:
Sea to Sky Gondola Holiday Events

Back Country Adventure to St. Mark’s Summit

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View from St. Mark’s Summit Photo: Rob Weiss

The majestic North Shore mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for Vancouver, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Towering over the city and ocean below, these mountains beckon to those who wish to get outside and explore. Heeding the call of Mother Nature, we decided to grab our backpacks, hiking poles, ten essentials for back country travel and set our compass headings on Cypress Provincial Park. The area offers numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts – a veritable smorgasbord for day trippers, “instagrammers” and mountaineers alike!

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Back Country Adventure to St. Mark’s Summit

Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

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Summer hiking in Vancouver | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Vancouver is known for its stunning sea-to-sky adventure scene – from zig-zagging down the ski slopes of the local mountains, to trekking up the tree-lined mountain trails, to kayaking and paddle boarding along the city’s coastline – the city has something to offer for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

While my family is fortunate to have been born and raised in the picturesque city of Vancouver, there are a number of local adventures that we have yet to try. That’s why each Summer, we put together a bucket list of new local gems we’d like to explore. Here’s what we’ve added to our Summer bucket list for this year.

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Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

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