Murrin Provincial Park

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This last weekend I got the chance to head a bit further for a hike that I have never done before. I love going to my favourite hikes, but I get even more excited when I get the oppourtunity to try a new one. The hike I did was the viewpoint in Murrin Provincial Park in Squamish. I have actually driven by this park several times without thinking anything of it so was interesting to be able to actually stop in. The lake there is popular fishing area. The park also has several rock cliffs for rock climbers. I was awestruck when watching people rock climb up these cliffs. I hope to give it a try one day, but watching is all I can brave right now. The hike up to the viewpoint is only about 30 minutes long. It is quite a steep trail, but nothing overly challenging. I really like how this trail isn’t as well known because it meant I got the viewpoint at the top to myself. I am surprised not more people have heard bout this trail because the view at the top is incredible especially for the minimal effort required to get there. This park is the perfect place for a picnic and a hike and I will most definitely be stopping by again. Doing this hike definitely made me want to do some more hikes in Squamish and see what else is out there. If anyone has some ideas give me a shout!

 

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Stanley Park Seawall

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One of my favourite scenic walks is along the seawall in Stanley Park. Stanley Park is one of those places that has something for everyone. It has pools, playgrounds, beaches, forest trails, ponds, grassy fields, the seawall, and hot dog stands. It is nice because I like to be able to pick and choose what I do there and explore the variety that they have. This last weekend I chose to do a bike ride around the full seawall which could take a while while walking, but on wheels is the perfect length for me. I love being able to stop at viewpoints such as Siwash Rock and the harbour to look for seals. My route also included a hot dog stand which was an added bonus. On sunny days I enjoy being able to stop at the sandy beaches to kick back and relax before hitting the seawall again. Last summer I only did one bike ride there so I m hoping this summer to have a chance to do some more and hit up one of the pools that I always hear so much about.

 

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Beach Days

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Yesterday I went to a beach that I often forget about, but whenever I go I never want to leave. 1001 steps beach is truly a treasure. This beach is always different depending onĀ  whether the tide is in or out. To get to this beach you have to go down a flight of stairs (not actually 1001 steps by the way), then follow a gravel path to a tunnel that leads you under the train tracks and to the beach. This is a very rocky beach so you have to be careful with your footing, but the sea creatures that you get to see here are incredible. Yesterday I got to see fish, starfish, crabs, sand dollars, and others that I most likely didn’t even notice. I always feel like a little kid again when I go to this beach in awe of the creatures around me. This beach also has many big rocks to sit and relax on. I like this beach because it is the perfect place to go exploring as well as relax in the sunshine.

 

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Cheam Wetlands Regional Park

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Yesterday to end my long weekend (Victoria Day here in British Columbia) I ended up exploring a new park. As much as I love the regular parks and hikes that I do there is something very satisfying about finding a new place to visit that just seems to spark that explorer side of me into vision. Cheam Wetlands Regional Park in Chilliwack has an incredible view of Mount Cheam and this time of the year it is still snowcapped so the view is even that much more spectacular. When you first enter the parking lot you can see the wetlands as well as several picnic tables under shady trees. Next time I come I want to bring a picnic with me as this is the perfect place for a picnic and a good book while listening to all of the birds in the background. This park has a very peaceful vibe to it. There is a ‘floating bridge’ trail that leads you on a boardwalk over the water where you can see several kinds of fish and birds throughout the area. There are also two other trails about 1 km in length too. I did the creek loop trail so I would like to do the other trail next time. The trail was flat and accessible to anyone which was nice. I really enjoyed the forested view this trail had as well as how well maintained the trail was. This is definitely a park I will be recommending to people and a park I hope to visit again in the future.

*As a side note I would like to recognize that wordpress sent me a notification that it has been two years since I started this blog! Time flies! I am so happy that I took the jump to start this blog. Writing has always been something that is very important to me. Writing is one of my favourite ways of expressing myself. Along with writing about adventures I also have a daily journal that has really helped me along my journey these last few years. Here’s to another year of writing, blogging, and adventures along the way!

 

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Jug Island

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Jug Island is another great warm up hike for hiking season. It takes about an hour each way depending on how many breaks you take and has both flat sections as well as some steeper sections. There is a decent sized beach area once you reach the lookout of Jug Island. Some people swim here as well as go kayaking and canoeing which is something I would like to try one day. The water is crystal clear here, but cold. This hike is located in Belcarra Park which is a great park for picnics. There is also a dock for fishermen which is enjoyable to watch. The two times I have gone to this park I was also lucky enough to see a seal poking her head up looking for leftovers. This hike is a great hike to do if you are short on time, but also if you want an easy accessible beach to sit at as a reward at the end.

 

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Tulip Festival

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This last weekend I did not necessarily ‘hike,’ but I still did experience something incredibly beautiful. The Tulips of the Valley tulip festival did not disappoint. It was my first time attending this festival and it was just as majestic and beautiful as I thought. Last year I went to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival which was beautiful as well, but seeing as it was sold out and incredibly conjested on the day I set out to go I decided it was worth the extra drive to carve out some peace and quiet. It was still busy at the festival, but not so busy that there was more people than tulips at least. There is something so magical about seeing the full rainbow of tulips before you. This festival is definitely something worth checking out. I was also excited about the fact that they sell bunches of tulips for just $3. I purchased one bunch as a memory and hope they don’t die on me too soon!

 

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Abby Grind

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The Abby Grind is one of my favourite hikes to do to warm up for hiking season because it is not too challenging, but just challenging enough to get your heart and legs going. This hike is quite steep after all it is called a “grind,” but unlike the infamous “Grouse Grind” in Vancouver it does not contain any stairs, but instead a steep incline with some roots to walk over. This hike takes about an hour to do depending on your pace and amount of breaks. There are some nice viewpoints throughout the hike overlooking the farm fields that make up a lot of Abbotsford. This time of year you can also catch a glimpse of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. I was quite proud doing the hike this time around because I remember doing this hike last year around this time and literally huffing and puffing, but this year even though it was still a good challenge I found the hike much more manageable than I remembered. This is something I am quite proud of because it shows that my walking and gym trips are paying off. Now to start going for runs to really build up my cardio endurance. It is always really exciting to see progress that I can actually see and recognize. I am glad I have been pushing myself out of my comfort zone and hope to do so now by starting to go for runs. Will see how it goes! Any running advice is appreciated!

 

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