Find a Birding Spot Near Vancouver on the BC Bird Trail

Northern Flicker woodpecker

Northern Flicker Woodpecker. Photo Scottslm on Pixabay.

Did you know that British Columbia is on the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migration route for birds flying between Alaska and Patagonia? That means that the Vancouver area is a great spot to go birding! The BC Bird Trail is a new initiative designed to help you find the best places to bird watch across BC. To get you started, here are a few BC Bird Trail locations near Vancouver.

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Find a Birding Spot Near Vancouver on the BC Bird Trail

Diving for Primitive Life…

Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce

NASA? Astrobiology? British Columbia?

Believe it or not these all come together at beautiful Pavilion Lake in Marble Canyon Provincial Park – about a four-hour drive from Vancouver.

Pavilion Lake is one of the few places in the world that is home to colonies of microbialites; a rock or sedimentary deposit made of carbonate mud that is formed by microbes. It can occur regardless of sunlight and has been the subject of astrobiology research both NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. Some of the larger pillars in Pavilion Lake have been growing for thousands of years.

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Diving for Primitive Life…

#VeryVancouver Experiences: 7 Epic Ways to Get Up in the Air and Out on the Water

Float plane above Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver

Float plane above Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. Photo Tourism Vancouver / Harbour Air

Shift your perspective on Vancouver: get up in the air and out on the water. If you keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, you can only see our beautiful city from one angle. But you’ll discover a whole new Vancouver if you soar through the skies or cruise the ocean. Here are seven #VeryVancouver experiences to see the city from floatplanes, helicopters, boats, and more.

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#VeryVancouver Experiences: 7 Epic Ways to Get Up in the Air and Out on the Water

Healthy Benefits of Walking in the Rain

Healthy benefits of walking in the rain

Photo: Hubert Kang

Get your umbrella and rainboots ready, Vancouver, we’re coming into rainy season. We don’t call it ‘Raincouver’ for nothing — but did you know a walk in the rain has healthy benefits? Here’s why you want to walk in the rain this fall.

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Healthy Benefits of Walking in the Rain

October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Norvan Falls

Norvan Falls in North Vancouver

Norvan Falls in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. Photo credit: Taryn Eyton, happiestoutdoors.ca

The hike to Norvan Falls in North Vancouver is a great choice for October. The entire trail is in the Lynn Creek Valley, making it an ideal trip for cloudy days. Your objective is 30-metre-tall Norvan Falls, which is often gushing at this time of year thanks to fall rains. While this hike is not short, it’s fairly flat so it is only moderately difficult.

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October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Norvan Falls

7 More Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

Fall colours along the Four Lakes Loop Trail in Squamish near Vancouver, BC

Fall colours along the Four Lakes Loop in Squamish. Photo credit: Taryn Eyton happiestoutdoors.ca

While Vancouver is a fairly green city, with lots of coniferous trees, each fall pockets of the region light up in yellow, gold, and crimson as their leaves change. Hiking is a great way to experience the changing of the seasons. Last year we published a list of seven Vancouver-area hikes where you can experience fall colours. This year we’re back with seven more fall hikes brimming with colour and the crunch of leaves underfoot.

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7 More Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

10 Beautiful Places to Take a Walk around Vancouver

Trout Lake in Vancouver

Trout Lake. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Nelson Mouellic

Walking is a great way to improve your health and fitness while also getting to know Vancouver a bit better. From parks to gardens to beaches to architecture, there is so much to see while exploring on foot. Here are our picks for 10 beautiful places to take a walk around Vancouver.

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10 Beautiful Places to Take a Walk around Vancouver