Vancouver Fall Inspiration: The Ultimate Guide

As the city turns from fresh, wholesome greens to crispy warm oranges and yellows, it’s time for an epic round-up of fall inspiration. From the photogenic spots to areas of outdoor beauty, foodie foraging to seasonal plates, we’ve got a whole round-up of fall in Vancouver.
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Vancouver Fall Inspiration: The Ultimate Guide

December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Buntzen Lake

Buntzen Lake near Vancouver

The easy trail around Buntzen Lake is a great December hike since it sits a low elevation that avoids ice and snow. It’s close enough to the city to make a great nature getaway when the hustle and bustle of the holidays gets overwhelming. The trail weaves through a gorgeous rainforest with lots of ferns, moss, and mini-waterfalls. Hikers of all ages will also enjoy the novelty of crossing both a floating bridge and a suspension bridge on the same trail. And no matter what time of year you hike, the views from the lakeshore are spectacular.

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December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Buntzen Lake

PHOTO ESSAY – Great Vancouver Hikes: A New Alternative to The Chief

UpperShannonFalls-67Everybody loves the Chief.  The iconic hike to the peak of the 700-metre-high granite monolith in Squamish offers some of the most astounding views in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, if not the entire province.

There’s just one problem: Everybody loves the Chief.  On weekends and sunny days, the 11-kilometre roundtrip trail can feel like one long queue, with lines of people forming at critical junctures where the trail narrows.

There is, however, a brand new alternative offering similar views with fewer crowds: the Sea to Summit trail.  The route (which partly follows an older path called the Upper Shannon Falls trail) starts at Shannon Falls at the base of the mountain, then climbs for approximately four hours (around 9 kilometres) before reaching the new Sea to Sky Gondola facility at the summit.  Along the way, it winds past raging rivers, thundering waterfalls, moss-covered forest and dizzying viewpoints.  And the best part: For $10 you can ride the new gondola back down in a brisk five minutes, skipping the long hike back.

I checked out the Sea to Summit trail over the weekend.  Here’s a quick photo essay of what you’ll see along the way.  If you’re considering doing the hike, keep in mind that the trail has an intermediate difficulty level, with some steep sections.  The entire route is well marked with bright green Sea to Sky trail blazes.  More detailed information is available on the Sea to Sky Gondola website and on Vancouver Trails. Continue reading:
PHOTO ESSAY – Great Vancouver Hikes: A New Alternative to The Chief

Halloween Hiking: Spooky treks around Vancouver

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Vancouver in October is readymade for Halloween.  Overcast skies, deep, dark forests and mist rising from the chilly coastal waters all lend a spooky air.  For hikers seeking a little extra thrill on their excursions,  here are three suggestions for atmospheric Halloween treks:

  • Scare Yourself Silly in Stanley Park: Vancouver’s central park is covered by hundreds of acres of dense, damp Pacific rainforest.  Long trails wind through dark groves of cedar, fir and hemlock.  Did I mention the area also borders on Deadman Island, once home to a First Nations’ burial site?  Click here for a trail map.

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Halloween Hiking: Spooky treks around Vancouver

Moonlit Night Hikes at Pacific Spirit Regional Park: March 19

Photo credit: daveelmore on Flickr

Perhaps because it’s situated a bit outside of downtown, Pacific Spirit Regional Park doesn’t get as much attention as some of Vancouver’s other green gems like Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park.  But that doesn’t mean Pacific Spirit can’t hold its own with the local heavyweights.

Located adjacent to the University of British Columbia, the park covers a whopping 763 hectares, making it almost twice as large as Stanley Park.  It embraces terrain ranging from rugged shoreline, including the popular Wreck Beach, to thickly forested hills, plateaus and valleys.

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Moonlit Night Hikes at Pacific Spirit Regional Park: March 19