Waiting for Winter at Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

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View from Whytecliff Park Photo: Rob Weiss

When the snow starts to fly in the upper alpine, and a gorgeous dusting of white becomes clearly visible on our beloved Lions, like many other Vancouverites, I naturally turn to the mountains for my outdoor fix.  Anxiously, I monitor snowfall, weather forecasts and await the upcoming ski season with impatience. Over the years I have learned to turn the waiting game into an exploration game. Why not take advantage of shoulder season to revisit many of our local parks?  These little gems are there under our noses and offer a wide variety of walks and easy hikes. One of my favourite weekend destinations is Whytecliff Park, located in West Vancouver. Here land meets sea in an explosion of natural beauty.

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Waiting for Winter at Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

Vancouver Personalities share their End of Summer Bucket Lists

Malkin Bowl: a popular summer concert destination || Photo CrediT; Flickr/Creative Commons Keep it Surreal

Malkin Bowl: a popular summer concert destination || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Paul Joseph

Swim at an outdoor pool. Go to Buntzen Lake. Say goodbye to sandals; say hello to closed toed shoes. Maximize patio time. Eat mini donuts at the PNE.

Thinking about the end of summer always makes me a bit panicky. Now that summer is running out and the sun is still shining I’ve decided I need to compile an ‘end of summer bucket list’ of places I want to go and Vancouver-y things I want to accomplish before the season’s end.

For a little inspiration I canvassed some Vancouver personalities about their end of summer bucket lists. As the days get shorter and the temperatures dip a little more each night, I want to stretch my summer to the max.

Below you’ll find some tips on how to extend the summer season from an artist, a mommy blogger, a designer, a food blogging duo and an editor/first time Sea Wheezer. Maybe you too will add a thing or two to your good-bye-sunny-warm-times-must-do-list.

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Vancouver Personalities share their End of Summer Bucket Lists

48 Hours in Vancouver for Scenic Viewpoints

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on scenic viewpoints that showcase the Vancouver travelers think they know-and a few that they don’t.

What You’ll Need to Go on a Scenic Exploration
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• A good quality camera (Doesn’t necessarily have to be an SLR, but should have a good zoom function)
• A tripod (to make it easier for panoramic shots)
• A picnic lunch
• A swim suit
• Good quality hiking boots/walking shoes (You’ll be doing a lot of walking)

Day One

Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon 11am to 1 pm

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

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Start your day off after breakfast in a Vancouver viewpoint not even many locals know about. Located on 999 Charleson Street and a mere 6 minutes from the downtown core is a hidden gem in the Charleson neighborhood. Charleson Park gives you amazing views of False Creek and Downtown Vancouver without having to deal with the crowds across the way at David Lam Park.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Scenic Viewpoints

The Wilderness Next Door: West Vancouver’s Top Parks

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Just across the Lion’s Gate Bridge from downtown Vancouver is the seaside city of West Vancouver. Wedged between the glittering Pacific Ocean and the snowcapped North Shore Mountains, West Van is an oasis of waterfront boardwalks, boutiques and lavish homes.
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The Wilderness Next Door: West Vancouver’s Top Parks

Diving in Plumose Gardens at Whytecliff Park near Vancouver

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen visits Plumose Gardens at Whytecliff Park.

A short tour of the plumose gardens at Whytecliff Park near Vancouver. Entry/exit was via the Cut. Maximum depth was 85 feet (26 meters) at low tide. Features include Tanner crab, lingcod, kelp greenling and several memorials. The male Tanner crab carries the female in his claw prior to moulting and mating.

Our Wild Backyard: 4 Daytrips for Nature Lovers

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Dwarfed by the nearby Coast Mountains and surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the rare city readymade for nature lovers.  Within an hour’s drive of the downtown core, endless adventures await on land and sea.  Here are four daytrip ideas for people eager to get back to nature:

  • Paddle Indian Arm: A 12-mile glacial fjord carved through steep mountains, Indian Arm is just a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  From the community of Deep Cove, you can rent kayaks or strike out on hiking trails.

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Our Wild Backyard: 4 Daytrips for Nature Lovers

Diving for Clouds at the Cut

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen visits Whytecliff Park.

“And shades of deep-embattled clouds were seen,
Spotting the northern cliffs with lights between…
                 “An Evening Walk”, W. Wordsworth: 1793

When William Wordsworth penned those lines to his sister, he probably wasn’t thinking about diving for cloud sponges in British Columbia. Yet, with a little luck, recreational scuba divers can discover fluffy “clouds” of sponges in colours of snowy white, ivory and pale orange that hug the underwater cliffs.
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Diving for Clouds at the Cut