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

Quarry Rock, North Vancouver – Selfies on Steroids

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View from Quarry Rock, North Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

Searching for that iconic “Vancouver Selfie” for your Instagram feed? Look no further than Quarry Rock in North Vancouver. Arguably, this natural, rocky outcrop has become a destination of choice for those seeking a relatively easy day hike through dappled, lush west coast rain forest to a scenic viewpoint. In truth, scenic viewpoint doesn’t adequately describe the panoramic views of Indian Arm and Deep Cove that are the rewards for those who complete the climb. Spectacular, breathtaking, awe-inspiring and quintessentially Vancouver comes to mind when describing the Quarry Rock views. However, in my opinion, this little hike is so much more than an opportunity to snap a selfie. Be sure to slow down and absorb all of the sights, smells and sounds along the route!

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Quarry Rock, North Vancouver – Selfies on Steroids

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.

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Vancouver Hidden Gem: Quarry Rock Hiking, Minus the Crowds

5 Fantastic (and Easy) Fall Hikes in Vancouver

Lighthouse Park | 'James Wheeler / Flickr

Lighthouse Park | ‘James Wheeler / Flickr

Vancouver’s brief, glorious autumn is the perfect time to explore the city’s natural charms. Long days, mild temperatures and clear skies make ideal conditions for a walk in a park, along the rugged coastline or into the mountains.

These five, easy hikes are all within a 45-minute radius of downtown. They can be completed in three hours or less and reward with breathtaking views and access to wild scenery.

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5 Fantastic (and Easy) Fall Hikes in Vancouver