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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Everything you need to know

Everyone loves a good cherry blossom, right? That's certainly true in Vancouver for the Vancouver cherry blossom festival. When the trees start to turn pink, you finally get a glimpse of the summer to come it makes you forget about all those dark winter days and endless rain. If you want to find out where to get that Instagram picture of the cherry blossom in Vancouver, then keep on reading for everything you need to ...

Mt Gardner: Hiking on Bowen Island

If you've ever wanted to go hiking on Bowen Island to hike Mt Gardner here's everything you need to know. This Vancouver hiking guide will cover how to get to the trailhead (including the Bowen Island ferry schedule), where to stay and details on the Mt Gardner hike. We hiked this in the fall and had great views from the top of both the North Shore mountains that we're used to hiking and exploring and ...

Baden Powell Trail: Grouse Mountain to Deep Cove

The Baden Powell Trail runs across the North Shore mountains for about 50km from Horseshoe Bay in the west, to Deep Cove in the east. Along the way you climb up the mountains making up Mt Cypress ski resort, cross the feet of Grouse Mountain, Mt Fromme and Mt Seymour before descending into the quaint little village of Deep Cove. It's one of the most famous trials in the North Shore and is used by ...

The VERY BEST things to do on Bowen Island, BC

Despite the fact that Vancouver is a pretty green city complete with beaches and a massive park (Stanley Park), every now and again it's nice to escape this and find somewhere even greener. Enter Bowen Island, BC and my guide to the best things to do on Bowen Island. Bowen Island is covered in forest and has tonnes of little coves just waiting to be explored. There are beaches, hikes, and trails and it's a ...

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. NEW 2020 UPDATE! From July 27-Oct 1 ...

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. ...

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 ...

The best fall hikes in Vancouver

Summer in Vancouver came and went in a flash. All of a sudden we’re back to rain. But we’ve still got time before the snow comes to get in some fall hikes in Vancouver! Hiking in the forests and the mountains (on clearer days) is one of the best things to do in Vancouver in the fall. BC hiking trails come alive in the fall; the leaves turn a beautiful colour, you can see BC’s ...

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 ...

Hollyburn Mountain hike

At just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Cypress bowl ski area is one of the best places for a hike when you just need to escape the city but don't want to go too far. There are plenty of trails for people looking to go hiking the Cypress Mountain area. Hollyburn Mountain, one of the three mountains making up the area (the others being Black Mountain and Strachan) is one of the most popular ...