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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. 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. ...

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, ...

Essential backpacking toiletries to take on your travels

Backpacking toiletries are probably one of the most important things to remember to include in your backpacking packing list. I mean, you can get essentials wherever you are in the world but quite often they're more expensive than if you've bought them from home, and you don't want to smell all the time while backpacking. Despite the fact that you probably use these items every day, it's surprisingly easy to forget what to pack for ...

Everything for your road trip packing list

If there's one thing I love, it's a road trip and I know I'm not the only one. Back in 2017, we took a three-month road trip around America in our self-converted ford Econoline campervan. Since then, we've gone on many a road trip around BC and Washington State both in summer and the depths of Canadian winter. I think it's fair to say that we've got our road trip packing list down. If you're ...

Vancouver bike rides: Cycle Arbutus Greenway

Vancouver's a cycle-friendly city. There are loads of bike lanes, quiet roads designated as biking routes and there's the Vancouver sea wall which loops around Stanley Park. Cycling Arbutus Greenway is a great option for a quick and easy bike ride in Vancouver. It's pretty flat and, at just under 9km, it's not too long either.  If you want to cycle the Arbutus Greenway, here's everything you need to know. Cycling Arbutus Greenway Arbutus Greenway ...

18 totally cool things to do in Iceland in winter

Iceland is magical whatever time of year you visit. But to get the full Iceland experience, I really think you need to visit Iceland in the winter. I mean, the country has "ice" in the name after all! Whilst visiting Iceland in winter does make some things harder and less accessible, there are still plenty of things to do in Iceland in winter. In fact, many of the activities in Iceland in winter aren't available ...