Urban Hiking in Vancouver: Black Mountain

Bowen Lookout Cypress Mountain

Everyone knows that Vancouver is surrounded by stunning, snow-capped mountains.  What many people don’t realize is how close the city truly is to those rugged peaks.

Within a 30-minute drive from downtown, you can access fantastic trails running through pristine alpine terrain.  I call it urban hiking – since you can be back in the city in time for dinner.  During the summer, one of my hands-down favourite hikes – offering big rewards with a minimum of time and effort – is the quick ascent of Black Mountain, one of the peaks of Cypress Mountain.

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Urban Hiking in Vancouver: Black Mountain

Vancouver Hidden Gem: Buntzen Lake

(c) Remy Scalza

Natural wonders are in abundant supply in and around Vancouver.  We’ve got rugged beaches, wild mountains, canyons and rivers.  But one thing that can be hard to find is a good lake.  As lake-lovers know, the atmosphere at a lake is different than at the ocean – a bit more tranquil, a bit more intimate.   When you’re in the mood for a day at the lake, nothing else will really do.

Fortunately, there are several gorgeous lakes within reasonable proximity to downtown Vancouver.  My favorite is Buntzen Lake in the suburb of Port Moody, about 40 minutes east of downtown by car.  Nestled within the Coast Mountains, the 4.8-kilometer lake is used to generate hydroelectric power for the city of Vancouver.  And the entire area has been turned into one of the nicest parks in the Lower Mainland by BC Hydro, the provincial power company.

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Vancouver Hidden Gem: Buntzen Lake