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

5 Vancouver Hikes for Rainy Days

Misty forest in British Columbia

Photo: Destination BC/Boomer Jerritt

Vancouverites know a thing or two about rain. And one of our little rain secrets is that hiking in it is actually pretty fun. Zip yourself into a rain jacket, then head out into the forest. It’s extra green when it rains, the waterfalls really get going, and the fog makes for some great moody photo moments. Here are our top picks for rainy day hikes in Vancouver. 

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5 Vancouver Hikes for Rainy Days

September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

A whiskey jack bird sits on top of hiker's shoes on top of Mount Strachan near Vancouver, BC

A curious whiskey jack on top of Mount Strachan. Please don’t feed them as it’s not good for their diet. (And they’ll come pose for you even without food.)

The hike to Mount Strachan in Cypress Provincial Park is a bit of a hidden gem. The open summit has great views of Howe Sound and the Lions. And in September, the alpine meadows shift from green to golden orange. There’s also an interesting Cold War-era plane crash to check out along the way. The rocky trail to the summit is moderately challenging, and often poorly marked, so it’s not a hike for beginners.

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September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

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

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?

Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

Sunrise Bedford Channel Photo: Rob Weiss

2017 promises to be an epic year for parks and parties! Our beloved Canada is turning 150, and in honour of this epic birthday, Parks Canada is offering their Discovery Pass granting visitors free admission to our world renowned National Park network. Closer to home, there is another special anniversary of note. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is celebrating 50 years of “hikes, dog walks and morning runs among centuries-old trees.”

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Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

Back Country Adventure to St. Mark’s Summit

Hike St Marks Discover Outdoors2

View from St. Mark’s Summit Photo: Rob Weiss

The majestic North Shore mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for Vancouver, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Towering over the city and ocean below, these mountains beckon to those who wish to get outside and explore. Heeding the call of Mother Nature, we decided to grab our backpacks, hiking poles, ten essentials for back country travel and set our compass headings on Cypress Provincial Park. The area offers numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts – a veritable smorgasbord for day trippers, “instagrammers” and mountaineers alike!

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Back Country Adventure to St. Mark’s Summit