Rain or Shine: Scenic Vancouver Strolls

The Canadian Trail at Canada Place | Photo Credit: Yasmine Hardcastle

Spring has sprung, and with its 360 degree postcard views, Vancouver is a city where you want to get your step on as a visitor or a local. I love to walk around my city!

Rain or shine, on your own, as a date, or out with your family, an urban hike or stroll is the perfect way to keep active. And I’m always surprised how many steps I’ve gotten in after a day of exploring. So grab your SPF, umbrella (just in case), walking shoes and camera; here are some of my favourite places to trek off a meal and see the city!

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Rain or Shine: Scenic Vancouver Strolls

Central Park’s Eco-Sculptures are a Hoot!

Eco-Sculptures in Central Park Photo: Rob Weiss

On busy weekends, while shoppers flock to Metrotown in Burnaby, I usually set my sights a little further down the road to Central Park, a 90-hectare oasis nestled on the Vancouver – Burnaby border. This lush, coastal urban rainforest and park is home to thousands of native trees and shrubs including towering douglas fir, western hemlock, cedar, poplar and maple. Numerous trails wind their way through the forest past ponds, inviting park visitors to go green, and enjoy time outdoors in a marvellous wooded oasis.

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Central Park’s Eco-Sculptures are a Hoot!

Lead a Jane’s Walk in Vancouver

photo: Nelson Mouellic

From May 5th to 7th, we’re inviting you to lead a free Jane’s Walk in the area you live, work or play to discuss matters important to you. Come one, come all — anyone can lead a walking tour!

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Lead a Jane’s Walk in Vancouver

Remembering Lost Biodiversity of False Creek, Vancouver: Through Artistic Maps, Stories and Walks. March – April 2011

False Creek shoreline. Vancouver BC. Photo by J. Chong

False Creek shoreline, looking out towards English Bay. Vancouver BC. Photo by J. Chong

 On March 31, 2011, celebrate with the False Creek Watershed Society during their public event about  the biodiversity of False Creek, through history, memory and map-making.  Before the industrial activity in False Creek during the early 20th century and well into the 1970’s, False Creek was rich with seashore life and plants. An excerpt from the Society’s preamble about their public education events in March 2011:

“It was not that long ago that the shores of False Creek would have been lined with rocky shores, sealife, conifers up to a thousand years old, home to bears, cougars and wolves and humming with the sounds of beaver, frogs, chipmunks, much much more.”

Today although much biodiversity has been lost, the water is still there, some birds and sea life are still present. Many workshop participants will have visited other wilderness areas that offer some idea of what life in False Creek would have been like before the mid 1800’s when the first logging began.”

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Remembering Lost Biodiversity of False Creek, Vancouver: Through Artistic Maps, Stories and Walks. March – April 2011

Metro Vancouver’s Several Hundred Art Mosaics-Footsteps or a Bike Ride Away

"Celebration" by Liz Calvin and others (2008). Located  by Dunsmuir St. separated bike lane just west of Hamilton St. Photo by  J. Chong 2010.

"Celebration" by Liz Calvin and others (2008). Located by Dunsmuir St. separated bike lane just west of Hamilton St. Photo by J. Chong 2010.

Since Vancouver has balmier weather year round than most areas of Canada, the city has certain types of outdoor art media in greater abundance.  Since Vancouver does not have extreme cold winter temperatures and snow to cause pavement heave, the city is blessed with a profusion of public mosaic art.

Earlier I profiled in this blog, the mosaic art at Mosaic Creek Park, with its stream of over 260 different mosaic designs, as well as in my blog posts on bike art and local bridges.  In addition to all these works,  there are a few hundred different mosaic pavement art designs, mosaic wall medallions and mosaic tile work along edges of traffic calming concrete circles that encircle community gardens  at some residential road junctions throughout Vancouver.

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Metro Vancouver’s Several Hundred Art Mosaics-Footsteps or a Bike Ride Away

The perfect gift book for Olympic visitors: John Lee’s Walking Vancouver

Walking Vancouver, by Vancouver travel writer John Lee

I’ve been enjoying Christina Wallaert’s Olympic Diary on this site and it occurred to me that she–and the gazillion other people who are planning to descend on Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games–would do well to add local boy John Lee’s new book, Walking Vancouver, to their holiday wishlist.

John’s an internationally published travel writer–a transplanted Brit with a sharp eye, quick wit and good shoes.

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The perfect gift book for Olympic visitors: John Lee’s Walking Vancouver