May 2022 Vancouver Hike of the Month: Stawamus Chief

Hikers on the top of the Stawamus Chief near Vancouver

View from the top of The Stawamus Chief. Photo: Destination BC/Ben Girardi

The Stawamus Chief in Squamish is a great spring hike since it takes you to a summit with great views, but it’s low enough to avoid snow. This guide has all the info you need to tackle this tough trail.

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May 2022 Vancouver Hike of the Month: Stawamus Chief

Take a Self-Guided Squamish Brewery and Cidery Bike Tour

Patio at Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish

The patio at Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish has a great view of the Stawamus Chief. Photo: Howe Sound Brewing

While Squamish may be a small town, it’s not short on craft brews. You can visit three breweries and a cidery on this 4.3-kilometre-long self-guided tour that is perfect for biking or walking.

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Take a Self-Guided Squamish Brewery and Cidery Bike Tour

6 Car-Free Winter Adventures Around Vancouver

The Mount Seymour shuttle bus sits in a snowy parking lot

Photo: Mount Seymour

No car? No problem! It’s easy to have a winter in adventure in Vancouver without a car. Choose from skiing, snowshoeing, floating past eagles, heading to the Sea to Sky Gondola, and lots more. Here are our picks for the best car-free winter adventures around Vancouver.

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6 Car-Free Winter Adventures Around Vancouver

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish officially re-opening on February 14, 2020

Sea to Sky gondola re-opening

Image courtesy of Sea to Sky Gondolas | Photo by Paul Bride

Just in time for a romantic date night on Valentine’s Day or for a fun day trip for the Family Day long weekend, the Sea to Sky Gondola has just announced that it will be officially re-opening on Friday, February 14, 2020.

The re-opening date comes after months of being shut down because of a confirmed act of vandalism that forced the closure of the incredibly popular tourist attraction on the Sea to Sky highway.

In the coming weeks, thirty brand new cabins will be re-installed on the main cable that recently arrived from Switzerland.

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Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish officially re-opening on February 14, 2020

You Can Spot Hundreds of Bald Eagles in Squamish Right Now

Bald eagles in Squamish, BC

Photo credit: Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures

Did you know that Squamish is home to one of the world’s largest populations of wintering bald eagles? Each year over 1000 eagles spend the winter hanging out along the Squamish River. The record for the most eagles was set back in 1994 with 3,769 eagles counted! Here are the best places to spot eagles in Squamish.

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You Can Spot Hundreds of Bald Eagles in Squamish Right Now

8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

mountain bikers on a trail in North Vancouver, BC

Photo Credit: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism

The Vancouver area is known around the world as a mountain biking destination. Since the late 80s and 90s, local riders and trail builders have been at the forefront of the mountain bike scene. That means Vancouver has lots of gnarly trails for expert riders. But if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated: there are tons of beginner-friendly trails in the Vancouver area too. Here’s run-down on some local riding areas.

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8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

5 Unique Vancouver Activities That Visitors AND Locals Need to Experience

The great thing about having visitors is getting to show them around Vancouver. I recently had some friends in town from Scotland and it was fantastic to show them around my beautiful. While some typically touristy spots like Granville Island and Stanley Park are places that I visit on a regular basis, I’m not usually doing the typically touristy things.

This time I did, and can I tell you, it’s really exciting to be a tourist in my town! Here are three unique Vancouver experiences that made me so proud to show off my city to my friends, plus two more that we didn’t have time to get to (but that you should!)

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5 Unique Vancouver Activities That Visitors AND Locals Need to Experience