Be Prepared – Hiking the Baden-Powell Trail

Deep Cove Photo: Rob Weiss

Be Prepared. Long recognized as the mantra for the Boy Scouts, these two simple words have come to represent the legendary spirit of the scouting movement. Fortunately for Vancouverites, we have the opportunity to honour Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, by tackling the wonderous Baden-Powell (BP) Trail located on Vancouver’s North Shore.  Connecting Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, winding over 40 km through fantastic, rugged coastal rain forest this scenic trail offers some of the best hiking in the region.

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Be Prepared – Hiking the Baden-Powell Trail

Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Snap Photos In The Snow

Snowman at Sunset Beach | Photo: Norm Lee (Flickr)

Do you want to build a snowman? Well if you do, you’d better hurry! For the first time in 20 years, Vancouver has been blanketed in snow for an extended period of time, but the fluffy white stuff is about to see its final days. If you’re looking to create your own Olaf, or simply  snap a stunning photo in the snow before Spring arrives, here are some close-to-downtown spots on Vancouver’s North Shore where you can do just that.

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Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Snap Photos In The Snow

Quarry Rock, North Vancouver – Selfies on Steroids

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View from Quarry Rock, North Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

Searching for that iconic “Vancouver Selfie” for your Instagram feed? Look no further than Quarry Rock in North Vancouver. Arguably, this natural, rocky outcrop has become a destination of choice for those seeking a relatively easy day hike through dappled, lush west coast rain forest to a scenic viewpoint. In truth, scenic viewpoint doesn’t adequately describe the panoramic views of Indian Arm and Deep Cove that are the rewards for those who complete the climb. Spectacular, breathtaking, awe-inspiring and quintessentially Vancouver comes to mind when describing the Quarry Rock views. However, in my opinion, this little hike is so much more than an opportunity to snap a selfie. Be sure to slow down and absorb all of the sights, smells and sounds along the route!

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Quarry Rock, North Vancouver – Selfies on Steroids

Paddling in Paradise – Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Granite Falls Rob Weiss

Granite Falls Photo: Rob Weiss

When the sun is shining and the water is calm there is no better city escape than launching your kayak from Deep Cove, in North Vancouver.  Say Nuth Khaw Yum Provincial Park (aka Indian Arm Provincial Park) protects the shores of this amazing 18 kilometer fjord extending from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. Once heavily glaciated the park now features old growth forest, rugged shoreline, numerous creeks, waterfalls and the spectacular 50-metre high Granite Falls.

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Paddling in Paradise – Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

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Photo: Bianca Bujan | Cates Park | Dollarton, North Vancouver

Offering a bountiful selection of beachside splash spots and arborous adventures, BC’s North Shore is the perfect destination for families looking to trek and tumble with tots in tow. From Deep Cove to Dundarave, the options for family outdoor adventure are endless. Unplug, and connect with your kids while exploring these 5 favourite North Shore spots, where locals love to play outside.

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Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

They’re tucked beside small walk-up apartments. Some are located on corners. Others are on busy through streets. Corner stores and neighbourhood shops are everywhere in Vancouver.

Last year I blogged about some of Vancouver’s best, tucked away shops and markets. The sweet little corner stores that reflect an ethos of days gone by – markets that sell fresh food, fashions and gifts. Where shop owners live in the neighbourhood they operate in, know customers’ names and goods are not mass-produced.

From found industrial antiques in East Vancouver to latte and bike mechanic cafe in the Cityhall hood, Vancouver has a range of sweet stops for folks looking to caffeinate, collect antiques, go sailing or stock up on whimsical kitchenware.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II