Forest Bathing – Vancouver Style

Solitude on the Trail Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, I read an interesting and compelling article on a new health trend called Forest Bathing. Being an outdoorsy type and nature lover, whenever I see or hear the word “forest” my curiosity peeks! Fascinated, I decided to learn more about the Japanese practice of Forest Therapy. Developed in the 1980’s, Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku is the medicine of simply being in the forest. Widely recognized as a pillar of preventative health care, folk around the world are seeking their nature fix.

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Forest Bathing – Vancouver Style

Have you Met Doug? – Exploring Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Photo: R. Weiss

Photo: R. Weiss

Doug. Pseudotsuga menziesii. The Douglas Fir. My favourite tree.

My love affair with Doug began in the 1980’s while hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. I was in awe of the spectacular old growth forest and the majestic giant trees that towered over me. Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedars and Douglas Fir captured my imagination and stirred my soul. Fortunately, you don’t need to travel all the way to the West Coast Trail to experience a Coastal Rain Forest. In fact, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, a lush urban forest, is right outside our back door. Close and convenient, this regional park features 763 hectares of forest and foreshore and is one of my favourite places to visit Doug.

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Have you Met Doug? – Exploring Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Night Quest 2014: Celebrating Nocturnal Animals in Their Natural Habitat

Night Quest Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Metro Vancouver

Night Quest was started over 20 years ago in Pacific Spirit Park as a celebration of the park’s birthday, as well as a recognition of the nocturnal animals that call Vancouver home. It’s a great nighttime activity for both adults and kids who want to escape from the bright lights of the city, and celebrate the more natural things in life.

This Saturday, March 22nd, Night Quest 2014 will be taking place at Pacific Spirit Regional Park, at the 16th Avenue entrance (400 metres west of Blanca Street). The nighttime event offers a variety of different areas and entertainment to discover, run by volunteers, girl guides, and scout troupes. At the entrance to the park, you can feast on homemade goodies and hot chocolate, warm your hands over a roaring bonfire, or marvel at the roving stilt walkers.

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Night Quest 2014: Celebrating Nocturnal Animals in Their Natural Habitat