November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Whyte Lake

The dock at Whyte Lake in West Vancouver, an easy hike

Tiny Whyte Lake in West Vancouver makes a great easy hike for November. It’s at a low enough elevation to stay snow-free almost all year. And it has great forest cover so it’s a pleasant option for a rainy day hike. In the summer months, Whyte Lake is a popular swimming hole, but in the off-season, you may have it all to yourself. As a bonus, the canopy of douglas fir and cedar trees overhead and the carpet of ferns and moss on the forest floor are extra green this time of year.

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November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Whyte Lake

Skiing, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing: What to See at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series poster with photo of a mountain biker descending a slope

Vancouver is an outdoorsy town. Both locals and visitors love the easy access to hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing and more. So it’s no surprise that Vancouver has it’s very own mountain film festival: the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF). It’s a great way to spend a cozy evening indoors watching inspiring films and listening to accomplished speakers. 

The main festival runs every February, but Vancouverites couldn’t get enough, so there is an annual Fall Speaker series as well. This year, the series runs from November 14th to 18th at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver and the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. There are four separate shows. 

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Skiing, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing: What to See at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series

5 Places to Get a Quick Nature Fix in Vancouver

Exploring nature in Vancouver, BC

Photo: Destination BC/Jordan Manley

By now you’ve probably seen countless news stories about how exposure to nature is good for us. It makes us happier, reduces stress and boosts creativity. According to scientists, just listening to birdsong and running water or smelling trees can help us chill out.

In Vancouver, you don’t even have to leave the city limits to spend some time in the woods. Here are five Vancouver parks with a wilderness feel, perfect for a quick nature fix in the city.

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5 Places to Get a Quick Nature Fix in Vancouver

5 Vancouver Hikes for Rainy Days

Misty forest in British Columbia

Photo: Destination BC/Boomer Jerritt

Vancouverites know a thing or two about rain. And one of our little rain secrets is that hiking in it is actually pretty fun. Zip yourself into a rain jacket, then head out into the forest. It’s extra green when it rains, the waterfalls really get going, and the fog makes for some great moody photo moments. Here are our top picks for rainy day hikes in Vancouver. 

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5 Vancouver Hikes for Rainy Days

Try Cycle Commuting During Bike to Work Week October 21-27

Fall Bike to Work Week in Vancouver

Photo Credit: HUB

Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in North America for cycling. So it should be no surprise that many locals bike all year round. It’s a great way to stay active while reducing air pollution and traffic congestion. During the week of October 21-27, give autumn weather cycling a try during the annual Fall Bike to Work Week.

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Try Cycle Commuting During Bike to Work Week October 21-27

October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Brother’s Creek

Old growth cedar trees along the Brothers Creek trail in West Vancouver, BC

Old Growth cedars along the Brothers Creek Trail

The hike along Brother’s Creek in West Vancouver is a great one for October. It’s not high enough to get snowy or icy and the tree cover overhead keeps you a bit drier on rainy days. This loop route climbs steeply in places, so you need a moderate fitness level. While you won’t summit a mountain or reach an epic viewpoint, there are plenty of beautiful things to see including old-growth cedars, a waterfall, fern-lined canyons, a tiny but picturesque lake, and the ruins of an army truck.

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October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Brother’s Creek

Best Vancouver Bike Rides to Enjoy the Fall Colours

Biking in past fall leaves in Vancouver's Kitislano neighbourhood

Biking near Kits Beach. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Each autumn, Vancouver’s tree-lined streets explode into yellows, golds, and reds. Why not enjoy it by bike? There are plenty of great fall photo ops as you cruise along quiet bike paths. If the weather gets too chilly, stop for a pumpkin spice latte break.

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Best Vancouver Bike Rides to Enjoy the Fall Colours