October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Brother’s Creek

Old growth cedar trees along the Brothers Creek trail in West Vancouver, BC

Old Growth cedars along the Brothers Creek Trail

The hike along Brother’s Creek in West Vancouver is a great one for October. It’s not high enough to get snowy or icy and the tree cover overhead keeps you a bit drier on rainy days. This loop route climbs steeply in places, so you need a moderate fitness level. While you won’t summit a mountain or reach an epic viewpoint, there are plenty of beautiful things to see including old-growth cedars, a waterfall, fern-lined canyons, a tiny but picturesque lake, and the ruins of an army truck.

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October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Brother’s Creek

5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

Photo credit: Grouse Mountain

In Vancouver, nature is all around us, so you don’t have to travel far to go for a hike. In fact, it’s so easy to go hiking that you don’t even need a car! There are lots of Vancouver hikes you can get to on public transit. Here are a few of my favourites.

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5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

Children hiking in the forest near Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Vancouver has so many hiking options. Introduce your little ones to the outdoors early with one of these easy hikes. They’re short, flat(ish) and have lots of things to keep young hikers occupied along the way.

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Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

10 Vancouver Hikes with Epic Views

Hiking the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC

Hiking the Stawamus Chief in Squamish. Photo Credit Tourism Squamish

Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver is spoiled for spectacular scenery. Take a hike to enjoy some of the best views. You can choose from city views, ocean views or mountain views. And the trails range from easy to challenging.

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10 Vancouver Hikes with Epic Views

New Year, New Gear – Embracing Winter in Vancouver

Photo: Flickr, Peter So

Outdoorsy folk will often quote a popular phrase, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.” When it comes to staying warm and dry throughout unpredictable Vancouver winters, I must agree! Situated in a coastal, temperate rainforest, adjacent to the spectacular Pacific ocean, Vancouverites enjoy relatively mild winters. However, our extraordinary Douglas Firs are some of the largest trees in the world for a reason – RAIN! It is true; our beautiful city has one of the wettest and foggiest climates in all of Canada. However, if you love trails and the elements, with a little bit of strategic shopping, you can embrace countless outdoor adventures during our winter months!

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New Year, New Gear – Embracing Winter in Vancouver

Fall is for Hiking – What’s in Your Backpack?

Photo: Flickr, Ann Hung

Like a picture postcard, Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains and their incredible hiking trails beckon. Without question, fall is one of my favourite seasons to hike. From St. Mark’s Summit to Quarry Rock autumn is an excellent time to tackle the trails. Crowds have dwindled this time of year, as though hikers, not unlike our local bears, have begun an early hibernation. The air is fresh and crisp, a welcome contrast to the searing heat of summer. Days are quickly getting shorter and time outside is precious. The sound of crunching leaves under my feet soothes me and serves as a reminder that winter is just around the corner. Yes, fall is for hiking!

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Fall is for Hiking – What’s in Your Backpack?

Forest Bathing – Vancouver Style

Solitude on the Trail Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, I read an interesting and compelling article on a new health trend called Forest Bathing. Being an outdoorsy type and nature lover, whenever I see or hear the word “forest” my curiosity peeks! Fascinated, I decided to learn more about the Japanese practice of Forest Therapy. Developed in the 1980’s, Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku is the medicine of simply being in the forest. Widely recognized as a pillar of preventative health care, folk around the world are seeking their nature fix.

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Forest Bathing – Vancouver Style