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Everything to know about the Joffre Lakes hike in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, BC

I think I probably see a picture of the Joffre Lakes hike on instagram every day. This British Columbia lake with its famous blue waters north of Whistler has become pretty famous over the years: almost too famous. I’d been meaning to hike to Joffre Lakes, in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, for a while but somehow never got round to it until recently. There are a lot of lakes in BC and I wanted to ...

Hiking to Garibaldi Lake

I've done a lot of incredible hikes this year but one that stands out. There were the incredible views on our hikes in Arches National Park and our hike into the Grand Canyon itself. But one of the best hikes was to Garibaldi Lake; one of the best hikes near Whistler. The hike was long and pretty steep but 100% rewarding when you make your way out of the forest and are faced with this.... ...

Hiking St Mark’s Summit near downtown Vancouver

St Mark's Summit is one of the best Vancouver hikes. In fact, I like it so much that I've done it twice in the space of just a few weeks. If it weren't for Panorama Ridge I might even say that it's one of the top BC hikes. The best things about the St Marks trail is that it's super close to downtown Vancouver! If you're hoping to hike to St Mark's Summit this summer, ...

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 ...

Hiking Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park

The Panorama Ridge hike is my new favourite hike near Whistler, BC. It used to be the Garibaldi Lake hike but now say hello to the Panorama Ridge trail in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The Panorama Ridge hike is a long one, it’s steep and will probably leave you aching the following few days, but it’s one of those Whistler hiking trails that has amazing views along the way as well as at the summit. If ...

Mount Seymour camping [Free camping near Vancouver]

One of the many great things about living in Vancouver is that there are mountains right on our doorstep. In 1.5 hours you can go from downtown to backcountry wilderness! This Easter weekend Thom and I headed up to do some Mount Seymour camping and were treated to the most incredible sunset and views with absolutely no one else around. If you're looking for awesome camping near Vancouver then consider camping at Mt Seymour. There ...

Elfin Lakes hike in spring

I've been talking about doing the Elfin Lakes trail since we moved to Vancouver. For one reason or another, it's never quite happened. First I was intent on staying in the Elfin Lakes shelter. Then, on another weekend it was pouring with rain and 22km in the rain with no views isn't that appealing even for someone as hiking obsessed as me. Then there was a bicycle accident that messed up my foot (which is ...

The Lions Hike – Lions Binkert Trail

If you've ever visited Vancouver and looked towards the north from downtown the chances are that you've seen The Lions. The two mounds that rise up are landmarks of the city of Vancouver. Lions Gate Bridge gets its name from them as does the town of Lions Bay. It's fair to say they're Vancouver (and southwestern BC) icons.  Hiking to the lions has been on my list of Vancouver hikes for a while now and ...

The beautiful Wedgemount Lake hike near Whistler, BC

I booked us a camping spot at Wedgemount Lake a few months in advance and had been counting down the weeks until we'd take on this hike. Wedgemount Lake is notorious for being difficult (just read any review of it on a trail website), but also for being one of the most beautiful lakes near Vancouver. While the sun wasn't exactly shining on our hike to Wedgemount Lake, it cleared enough for us to take ...

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 ...