Ladies can Ski or Ride for Just $10 on Monday Nights until March

Shred for the Cause Vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of Mount Seymour | Evan Beer Photography

Monday nights are becoming the best night of the week starting January 23, 2017 when ladies are invited to Mount Seymour to shred for the cause to support a local, community-based charity called The Bloom Group.

Every Monday night until March 27, 2017, you can ski or snowboard at Mt Seymour for as low as $10 (feel free to donate more) with $5 of every lift ticket going to The Bloom Group.

Monday night ladies nights are a great way to give to a good cause and provide more opportunity for women to spend some extra time on the slopes. (Men are invited as well, evening lift tickets cost just $33).

Continue reading:
Ladies can Ski or Ride for Just $10 on Monday Nights until March

Vancouver Hidden Gem: Quarry Rock Hiking, Minus the Crowds

Seymour_Maplewood-74Ask local hikers for their favourite short hike – the quick jaunt to a scenic viewpoint that rewards every time – and one name comes up a lot: the Quarry Rock Trail.  Located just outside Deep Cove, Quarry Rock (also known as Deep Cove Lookout) towers high above the Indian Arm inlet and is accessed by a 3.8-kilometre roundtrip trail from town.

But with popularity comes problems.  Finding parking along the trailhead at Panorama Drive can be a nightmare. Plus, on busy weekends, the trail can feel like a traffic jam, with big groups of hikers and international tour groups tromping up and down.

But there is a solution: a way to enjoy the great views at Quarry Rock while avoiding the hassles of the Quarry Rock Trail.

Continue reading:
Vancouver Hidden Gem: Quarry Rock Hiking, Minus the Crowds

Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Grey skies and rainy days conspire to keep many Vancouverites cooped up indoors during the winter months.  There is a solution for cabin fever, however: Just look up.

The North Shore mountains, just across the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown, offer an outdoor playground during the winter months – and not just for skiers. Well maintained trails on Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains give hikers and snowshoers a chance to stretch their legs in pristine alpine forest.

Among the best routes for beginners looking for an easy hike is the Dog Mountain Trail on Mt. Seymour, which is 5 kilometres round-trip and takes about two hours to complete.  I checked out the trail over the weekend, on a day when downtown Vancouver was blanketed in fog.

Up at the 935-metre base of Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, however, the sun was shining bright and it was a balmy 9 degrees Celsius.   Continue reading:
Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver

Day-hike of a lifetime? Spring trekking on Mount Seymour in Vancouver

8201504109_f68b83faf2_z It’s no secret that Vancouver is well endowed in the nature department (How many cities boast a 1,000-acre park downtown?).  But what sometimes goes unnoticed is how truly rugged the landscape gets almost immediately after you cross the Lions Gate Bridge.

Take Mount Seymour Provincial Park.  Rising to 1,449 metres, Mount Seymour is an easy 40-minute drive from downtown in North Vancouver.  Known for its skiing, the mountain is also crisscrossed with some spectacular hiking trails that bring you up into dizzying alpine terrain.   In a matter of minutes, you can go from the parking lot to a high-altitude wonderland of sheer cliffs and panoramic mountain views.

I found out for myself recently, on a sunny afternoon when temperatures at the ski area parking lot were a balmy 10 degrees Celsius.  But while spring was in the air, snow – metres of it – was still in the ground.  I struck out on the trail to First Peak, which starts in the far corner of the parking lot, adjacent the chair lift.

Continue reading:
Day-hike of a lifetime? Spring trekking on Mount Seymour in Vancouver

Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour

Vancouver tends to get much more rain than snow during the winter.  But, as any outdoor lover can tell you, you don’t need to travel far from the city to experience a real blast of winter.

The North Shore mountains, as close as 20 minutes by car from downtown, are often meters-deep in snow throughout the winter months.  With plenty of icy lakes, frosted pines and firs and mounds of deep, fluffy snow, they offer a winter wonderland right at the city’s doorstep.

Continue reading:
Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour