September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: St. Mark’s Summit

The view from St. Mark's Summit near Vancouver

Photo: Vlad D/Unsplash

Finish out the summer hiking season with a trip to one of Vancouver’s most spectacular viewpoints. The trail to St. Mark’s Summit climbs through the forest of Cypress Provincial Park to an incredible clifftop vantage point with great views of Howe Sound.

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September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: St. Mark’s Summit

9 Things to Do at Cypress Provincial Park in the Summer

View from St Mark's Summit in Cypress Provincial Park

View from St Mark’s Summit. Photo: Vlad D/Unsplash

You might know West Vancouver’s Cypress Provincial Park as a skier’s paradise, but in the summer the park is home to a huge network of hiking trails for all abilities, a mountain roller coaster, viewpoints, picnic areas, and lots more. To help you plan your trip, here are the best things to do at Cypress Provincial Park in the summer.

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9 Things to Do at Cypress Provincial Park in the Summer

June’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Bowen Lookout

Bowen Lookout near Vancouver

The view from Bowen Lookout at sunset. Photo: Taryn Eyton/ HappiestOutdoors.ca

This year Vancouver’s North Shore mountains have a heavy snowpack, which means we will have to wait a bit longer to hike some of the trails to the higher peaks. But why not warm-up for the summer hiking season with a hike to Bowen Lookout at Cypress Provincial Park? It’s a short hike to a beautiful viewpoint. In early June there will be just a few snow patches that should disappear by the end of the month.

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June’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Bowen Lookout

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

7 Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

Hiking amongst larches at Frosty Mountain in Manning Provincial Park

Hiking at Frosty Mountain in Manning Provincial Park. Photo credit: HappiestOutdoors.ca

Have you heard the Albert Camus quote: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”? Despite the chilly weather, fall is a great time to hike to experience the explosion of colour that this ‘second spring’ brings. Here are seven gorgeous Vancouver area hikes for fall colours.

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7 Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

A whiskey jack bird sits on top of hiker's shoes on top of Mount Strachan near Vancouver, BC

A curious whiskey jack on top of Mount Strachan. Please don’t feed them as it’s not good for their diet. (And they’ll come pose for you even without food.)

The hike to Mount Strachan in Cypress Provincial Park is a bit of a hidden gem. The open summit has great views of Howe Sound and the Lions. And in September, the alpine meadows shift from green to golden orange. There’s also an interesting Cold War-era plane crash to check out along the way. The rocky trail to the summit is moderately challenging, and often poorly marked, so it’s not a hike for beginners.

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September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

10 Places Near Vancouver to Picnic in Nature

A group having a picnic at Third Beach in Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC

Sunset picnic at Third Beach in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

On hot summer days, there’s nothing better than a picnic. In a city like Vancouver surrounded by mountains and ocean, you can go beyond neighbourhood parks and enjoy your picnic in nature. So pack your blankets and picnic baskets, then head out to one of these 10 great picnic destinations near Vancouver.

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10 Places Near Vancouver to Picnic in Nature