5 Family day long weekend easy hikes and adventures that everyone can enjoy

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Image from Carrie Leslie

The weather forecast is a mixed bag for the Family Day long weekend in Vancouver, but no matter the weather – there’s always something to enjoy!

One of the easiest and most fun ways to celebrate Family Day this weekend is to gather together and spend some extra time in nature. Luckily for us, there are plenty of walking and hiking trails in Vancouver that provide endless opportunities no matter the skill level or weather forecast.

If you’re looking for a few suggestions on where to spend some time with your family or loved ones this long weekend, check out the 5 ideas listed below!

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5 Family day long weekend easy hikes and adventures that everyone can enjoy

5 Local Films You Shouldn’t Miss at 2020’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2020

Every February since 1998, outdoorsy Vancouverites have flocked to the theatres to take in a slate of adventure flicks at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Known as VIMFF to locals, 2020’s festival runs February 21st to March 1st. It includes 70 films, 3 workshops, and 28 speakers at 35 separate events spread over 10 different Vancouver-area venues. Buy tickets online at the VIMFF website, as shows sell out fast.

With so many films from around the world to choose from, deciding what to see can get a little overwhelming. But if you’re looking to celebrate flicks with a local connection, here are our picks for Vancouver and British Columbia related films.

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5 Local Films You Shouldn’t Miss at 2020’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Jug Island Beach

Jug Island in Belcarra Park near Vancouver

The view of Jug Island from Jug Island Beach. Photo: HappiestOutdoors.ca

This short and easy hike in the Belcarra neighbourhood follows a peninsula before emerging at a remote beach. The trail stays in the beautiful and mossy temperate rainforest the entire way, making it a great destination for a rainy or cloudy February day. A viewpoint in the middle and the beach at the end give you a close-up look at the coastline, a rarity on Vancouver’s mountain-dominated hikes.

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February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Jug Island Beach

Where to Go Cross-Country Skiing Near Vancouver

Cross country skiing near Vancouver

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Cross-country skiing is a great way to explore the winter landscape. You can get a full-body workout or go for a casual cruise with friends. There are four cross-country ski areas near Vancouver to choose from. 

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Where to Go Cross-Country Skiing Near Vancouver

11 Places to Go Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing Near Vancouver

Sledding at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Sledding at Grouse Mountain. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala

Kids love sliding down a snowy slope on a sled, and adults will love unleashing their inner child to join in on the fun. Here are our picks for the best places to go sledding, tobogganing and snow tubing near Vancouver. 

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11 Places to Go Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing Near Vancouver

Where to Try Snowshoeing Near Vancouver: 5  Beginner-Friendly Places to Go

A group of snowshoers at Grouse Mountain near Vancouver

Photo credit: Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing is one of the easiest winter sports you can try. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains are a great place to try snowshoeing for the first time. Bundle up in some warm clothes and head to one of these five beginner-friendly snowshoeing trails. Continue reading:
Where to Try Snowshoeing Near Vancouver: 5  Beginner-Friendly Places to Go

January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver

A view of the lighthouse from West Beach. Photo credit: Djordje Cicovic on the Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Does your New Year’s resolution involve more outdoor time? Kick-off 2020 with a hike. The low elevation trail network at West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park is usually snow-free all year so it’s a great hiking destination for January. Plus the views of the ocean and downtown Vancouver are incredible.

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January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Lighthouse Park