9 Things to do in Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Looking up through the trees at Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Looking up through the trees at Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Photo: Mia Mackenzie/Unsplash

Located on the west side of Vancouver near UBC, Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a great place to get a nature fix without leaving the city. The park protects lush forests, babbling streams, unique wetlands, and quiet beaches. To help you plan your trip, here our picks for the best things to do in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

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9 Things to do in Pacific Spirit Regional Park

How to Try Geocaching in Vancouver

A geocache surrounded by leaves

Photo: Settergren on Pixabay

You might be wondering: What is geocaching? Essentially, geocaching is a hobby where you use a GPS device or a phone app to find a treasure hidden at specific GPS coordinates. There are secret caches of small treasures (called geocaches) across the globe, including over 4000 in the Vancouver area! Read on to find out how to try this family-friendly activity.

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How to Try Geocaching in Vancouver

5 Places to Get a Quick Nature Fix in Vancouver

Exploring nature in Vancouver, BC

Photo: Destination BC/Jordan Manley

By now you’ve probably seen countless news stories about how exposure to nature is good for us. It makes us happier, reduces stress and boosts creativity. According to scientists, just listening to birdsong and running water or smelling trees can help us chill out.

In Vancouver, you don’t even have to leave the city limits to spend some time in the woods. Here are five Vancouver parks with a wilderness feel, perfect for a quick nature fix in the city.

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5 Places to Get a Quick Nature Fix in Vancouver

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

Have you Met Doug? – Exploring Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Photo: R. Weiss

Photo: R. Weiss

Doug. Pseudotsuga menziesii. The Douglas Fir. My favourite tree.

My love affair with Doug began in the 1980’s while hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. I was in awe of the spectacular old growth forest and the majestic giant trees that towered over me. Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedars and Douglas Fir captured my imagination and stirred my soul. Fortunately, you don’t need to travel all the way to the West Coast Trail to experience a Coastal Rain Forest. In fact, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, a lush urban forest, is right outside our back door. Close and convenient, this regional park features 763 hectares of forest and foreshore and is one of my favourite places to visit Doug.

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Have you Met Doug? – Exploring Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Night Quest 2014: Celebrating Nocturnal Animals in Their Natural Habitat

Night Quest Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Metro Vancouver

Night Quest was started over 20 years ago in Pacific Spirit Park as a celebration of the park’s birthday, as well as a recognition of the nocturnal animals that call Vancouver home. It’s a great nighttime activity for both adults and kids who want to escape from the bright lights of the city, and celebrate the more natural things in life.

This Saturday, March 22nd, Night Quest 2014 will be taking place at Pacific Spirit Regional Park, at the 16th Avenue entrance (400 metres west of Blanca Street). The nighttime event offers a variety of different areas and entertainment to discover, run by volunteers, girl guides, and scout troupes. At the entrance to the park, you can feast on homemade goodies and hot chocolate, warm your hands over a roaring bonfire, or marvel at the roving stilt walkers.

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Night Quest 2014: Celebrating Nocturnal Animals in Their Natural Habitat