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The Chief hike in Squamish, BC

The Stawamus Chief trail is perhaps the most popular hike in Squamish and for good reason. You don't need to travel far down a logging road, the hike is fun and varied and you get great views of downtown Squamish and the surrounding mountains from the top. If you've yet to do go hiking the Chief trail then here's everything you need to know about one of the best Squamish hikes!  THE CHIEF IS CURRENTLY ...

Rice Lake, North Vancouver

When it comes to where to hike on a rainy day, Rice Lake and the Lynn Headwaters trails are great options. For the most part you're walking among the forest and so it doesn't matter if you can't see the views due to clouds. Rice Lake is also a great family hike near Vancouver since there's virtually no elevation gain and the tail is well maintained and accessible.  Rice Lake, Lynn Headwaters Regional Park Rice ...

Your day hiking packing list checklist

Three years of regular hiking in BC and I've just about memorised everything I need to take with me on a day hike. However, having a hiking packing list written down is definitely useful to make sure you don't forget something important. Usually, for me, it's a headlamp and I find out when I return home I left it charging! Luckily this is something on my packing list for hiking I don't always need to ...

Lynn Peak hike, Vancouver

Lynn Peak is a hike near Vancouver that I don't hear many people mention, but it still sees a fair amount of traffic. It may not have the views of nearby Mount Seymour or my favourite, Bowen Lookout, but it's still got some great views and, since most of the hike is in the first, it's a good option for a rainy day. It's a fairly strenuous hike that's often compared to the Grouse Grind ...

Bowen Lookout trail, Cypress Mountain (+Bowen Lookout snowshoe)

Bowen Lookout is my goto when I just need a short, easy hike near Vancouver with a great view. This hike can be done in an hour (but likely more since you'll want t to enjoy the view) and is the perfect place to watch the sunset near Vancouver. Whilst it's most commonly done as an addition to either the St Mark's Summit hike or Mt Strachan, it's definitely worthwhile doing as a hike on ...

Mount Strachan hike, Cypress Mountain

Mt Strachan is the highest peak of the Cypress Bowl Ski Area and one of the least well-known hikes too. However, I'd argue it's one of the best Cypress Mountain hikes for intermediate-advanced hikers. There's some steep, technical sections, a plane crash, and beautiful views (if you go on a non-cloudy day!). If you're looking for hikes near Vancouver, make sure to check out the Mount Strachan trail. Mount Strachan hike From the top of ...

Eagle Bluffs and Black Mountain hike on Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain Provincial Park offers some of the best hikes in Vancouver and the Eagle Bluffs hike and Black Mountain trail are an example of this. The Eagle Mountain hike offers a great view of downtown Vancouver, Eagle Harbour, Howe Sound and (on a clear day) Vancouver Island and Olympic National Park. There's minimal effort involved (once you're past the first steep part!) and you'll pass a couple of the best lakes in Vancouver too. ...

Watersprite Lake hike

The Watersprite Lake trail is one of the best Squamish hikes and among the best hikes near Vancouver. It's a long hike that requires a 4x4 (or at least a car you don't care about) to get to but the view of Watersprite Lake is so worth it. It's one of the best hikes near me that I've done so far! If you're looking for more information on one of the best Vancouver hikes check ...

21 Vancouver hikes: The best hikes in Vancouver, North Vancouver & West Vancouver

In case you'd hadn't realised by now, one of my favourite things to do is go hiking and luckily there are SO many Vancouver hikes and hikes near Vancouver, BC that I can get to within 30 minutes or less of driving. Well, I say "lucky" but ultimately it's this kind of thing that led us to moving to Canada over 3 years ago. If you're planning to go on a Vancouver hike, check out ...

60+ Travel journal prompts to help you document your journey!

I've mentioned before that I've been keeping travel journals on every big backpacking trip since the age of 14 and travel journal prompts really help in knowing what to write. The first one was during my week hiking in the mountains of Turkey. Since then I've documented 3 months around South America, a month in the Indian Himalayas and 2 weeks on the Trans Siberian Railway. Even though I've been running this blog since 2014, ...