March’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Seymour River and Lynn Creek Loop

Twin Bridges suspension bridge in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver, BC

The new suspension bridge at Twin Bridges in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Photo via happiestoutdoors.ca

The lower slopes of the North Shore mountains have an incredible network of interconnected trails that are perfect for exploring. The forested paths and rushing rivers are a great destination for the rainy and misty spring days of March. There are so many options that it can be hard to choose. See some of the highlights on this hike that uses several trails to make a loop that includes the deep canyons of the Seymour River and Lynn Creek. 

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March’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Seymour River and Lynn Creek Loop

7 Vancouver-Area Trail Running Races to Sign Up for This Spring

Runners on a forested trail in Squamish, BC during the Survival of the Fittest trail running race

Runners during the Survival of the Fittest race in 2019. Photo by Scott Robarts via Coast Mountain Trail Series

With spring on its way, it’s a great time to go for a run on forest trail. And the best way to stay motivated for running is to sign up for a race. Vancouver has a vibrant trail running scene with lots of races to choose from. Here are seven Vancouver-area trail running races you can sign up for this spring. 

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7 Vancouver-Area Trail Running Races to Sign Up for This Spring

9 Ways to Celebrate Snow at Grouse Mountain’s 24 Hours of Winter Event

24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain Resort in Vancouver

Photo via GrouseMountain.com

Grouse Mountain’s annual 24 Hours of Winter Event has been a Vancouver favourite since it began in 2010. The resort keeps the gondola and ski lifts running overnight, plus adds in tons of fun activities. In 2020, 24 Hours of Winter happens on February 22nd and 23rd. Here are a few ways to celebrate winter during the event.

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9 Ways to Celebrate Snow at Grouse Mountain’s 24 Hours of Winter Event

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

easy vancouver hikes long weekend

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