Six Ways to Celebrate Global Wellness Day on June 9 in Vancouver

Image via Global Wellness Day Facebook Page

There seems to be a special day for almost everything these days, but if you’re going to celebrate something, it should be taking care of yourself, right? Hence, Global Wellness Day, which takes place on June 9 of every year! Luckily, Vancouver is a city that is all about keeping well and happy as a visitor or local. Even luckier is that there are some fantastic ways to celebrate Global Wellness Day while you’re here! Here are my six picks for wellness in the city on June 9:

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Six Ways to Celebrate Global Wellness Day on June 9 in Vancouver

If These Stumps Could Talk – Exploring Stanley Park’s Rain Forest

Photo: Flickr, Colin Knowles

Exploring the path less travelled usually brings unexpected delights, and this certainly holds true in Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park. Granted, on a warm, sunny, day nothing compares to a cycle or stroll along the sensational seawall. However, on a chilly, winter day I often find myself seeking refuge from the elements by setting my sights on one of the many inner trails. With over 27 kilometres of well-maintained paths to choose from, Stanley Park offers much for those willing to tour this incredible, lush West Coast rain forest.

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If These Stumps Could Talk – Exploring Stanley Park’s Rain Forest

Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

Mosquito Creek Trail, North Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

When art and nature intersect, the result is almost always thought-provoking and inspiring. Recently, while hiking along North Vancouver’s Mosquito Creek Trail, I stumbled upon Adam Kuby’s Earthwork sculpture. From a distance, near a little footbridge, slabs of granite dominated the landscape. They appeared out of place. Curious, I approached the rock wondering why such large blocks would be located in such a prominent place on the trail. Fascinated, I discovered this installation was one of three pieces, a triptych, situated on the North Shore.

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Eventually – When Art and Nature Intersect

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