Mystery Lake

Had quite the adventure yesterday up on Seymour Mountain. Often I get to this mountain either in the summer or the winter when it’s snowing so was quite a unique experience exploring it in the fall. The weather could not make up its mind between sunshine, fog, hail and rain. If I am being honest I should of prepared my outfit a bit better for unpredictable weather, but now I know for next time. For this trip I did Mystery lake and Mystery Peak. The trail to Mystery Lake is not very difficult you just have to watch out for the roots. The lake itself is peaceful and I loved seeing the fog throughout the trees while doing this trail. It definitely added more mystery to hold up to this trail’s name. After visiting the lake I went up to do Mystery peak. My boyfriend and I went to the edge of the lake and hiked up the rocks there to get to the peak. This climb was a bit steep with loose rocks, but only took about about ten minutes. At the top the view was at first all fog, but thankfully after a few minutes I got a great view of the Vancouver area. However, after a few minutes admiring the view I also caught glimpse of a black bear and scurried off with my boyfriend to head back down the trail so as to not cross paths with him. It was a bit surreal seeing this bear so close. Was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Thankfully the bear was not aggressive and did not seem to notice me there, but I am very lucky that the encounter did not go another way. Am also lucky that the bear didn’t decide to take my route down! I have seen a few pictures from the this past weekend of black bears on Seymour Mountain so just keep your eyes open and be bear aware as they are fattening up for winter right now. Don’t forget your bear bells and spray! This was an experience I won’t forget. Be safe and happy trails!!

 

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Horseback riding

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Recently for my sister’s birthday I stepped way out of my comfort zone and went horseback riding. I have always loved horses, but have also always been a little fearful of actually riding one even though it is something I have always wanted to try. I am so glad I did! I went to Glen Valley Stables and went for a trail ride in Campbell Valley park. Their horses were absolutely amazing and very well trained. I loved how patient and calm they were with all of their beginner riders. The experience definitely helped me see the bonuses of stepping out of my comfort zone and made me realize I need to do this more often. I did a one hour ride and it was awesome to see a side of Campbell Valley park that I never even knew existed. I will definitely be back for another ride. When my legs and butt stop hurting that is! Worth it though!

 

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Bowen Island

For the longest time I have wanted to explore Bowen Island. I have done a few trails that have led me to viewpoints of Bowen Island, but I had never actually explored it myself until a couple weeks ago! I also discovered that walking on to a BC ferry to the island is an amazing cheap way to do a quick day trip of Bowen Island or any island nearby for that matter! After arriving at Bowen island I immediately saw an ice cream shop that had London fog ice cream and I was sold. It was delicious by the way! Bowen Island has a cute town that is fun to walk through and explore. After exploring the town my boyfriend and I went to do the Dorman Point hike. This hike is relatively short and leads to a lookout of the Howe Sound area. The trees are mostly in the way of this view, but it is still worth checking out. You can actually see Whytclif Park from this view. I also stopped by the harbour to enjoy the beautiful sunshine I was lucky to have that day. For this day trip I had a hot dog stand dinner, but next time I would like to try one of the restaurants because there are actually many to choose from! The last hike I did that day before heading back was the Bowen Island version of Bridal Veil falls. The waterfall was a little underwhelming this time of year, but it was definitely fascinating to see the fish ladders which I have never seen before. Would love to come back in October or November to see it in use by the salmon. All in all it was a amazing day trip and I would love to do some more island day trips in the near future. If anyone has ideas let me know!

 

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Mill Lake

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Mill Lake is a go to walk of mine in Abbotsford. It’s flat and paved which makes it easily accessible for anyone which is nice. The walk circles around Mill Lake and has several benches around with some nice views of the lake. This trail is about 5km so takes about half an hour to do at a quick pace. I love the board walk section  (pictured above) which takes you across the lake and you can see the lily pads, birds, and sometimes even a turtle or two sitting on the logs. This park is fairly well kept and has lots of grassy areas and a water park and pool for the summertime. It is a park that is not too far away (from me anyway:P) and is awesome for days where you just don’t have enough time for a full day hike. Definitely worth checking out!

 

 

 

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Mud Bay

Yesterday I went to a park I haven’t been to in a while and that was Mud Bay. I forgot how beautiful it is there and how relatively close to home it is which is an added bonus as the days are starting to get shorter again. This trail is flat and has trails along the ocean. There are a few loop trails to do and one day I would love to do the longer route on my bike and make it to Centennial Beach. It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday and I absolutely loved the views of the wild flowers this season. The tide was in when I was there, but sometimes if you’re lucky you can catch the trail while the tide is out and see birds searching for their next meal. It really is a unique park to explore!

 

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Coquitlam Crunch

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On Sunday I tried a hike that I have been hearing lots about, but have never given it a try for myself. It has mixed reviews online so it was never really the top on my list and is known as an ‘urban hike’ which also usually made me turn towards doing something else. However, I am so glad that I took the chance to try it! It definitely is an ‘urban hike,’ but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this hike. It takes about an hour and a half up and down and the first portion of the trail is stairs while the second half is a gravel trail. I liked how well kept this trail is as well as the encouraging signs telling you how far you still have to go. This hike is definitely a great workout! Lots of people were running the trail and/or doing it several times to really reap the benefits. My greatest challenge while hiking I find is both stairs and my cardio so I enjoyed pushing myself through this hike. I just wish this trail was closer to my home! Would definitely love to do this trail more often I think it is a great workout and great training for people who want to get fit or even do more challenging hikes.

 

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Banff Road Trip

Last week my boyfriend and I got the oppourtunity to do a week long road trip. We stopped in Kamloops, Revelstoke, and Banff. There were so many pictures and highlights so I wanted to take the chance to lost some of my main highlights here. Pictured above are the Sunset hike view in Kamloops, Bow River in Banff, Lake Louise in Banff, and Peyto Lake in Banff.

Kamloops–> The first stop on our road trip and we went to Kenna Cartwright Park and did the Sunset trail. This was definitely a long, sweaty, hot hike, but the view at the top was worth it. It almost looked like we were on a different planet with the rolling dry hills. We also went to the wildlife zoo in Kamloops and it was my favourite zoo experience. The animals seemed to be very well taken care of here and I definitely learned a lot after going here.

Revelstoke–> I was excited to go to Revelstoke because it’s a place I never really had heard much of before. I loved the enchanted forest because it let me be a kid again with fairytales coming to life around me. I also enjoyed doing the trail in the forest and going for my first canoe ride. Revelstoke National Park is also a gem itself. I loved the meadow parkway with its incredible viewpoints along the drive and beautiful wildflowers along the entire drive up. There was also a beautiful peaceful pond at the top along with more trails and viewpoints. I did the Eagle Knoll Trail which had a great view of the Columbia River at the top. The Giant Cedars boardwalk was another trail I enjoyed in the National Park. It was very well kept up and had a lot of knowledgeable signs built into this short, but enjoyable trail.

Banff–> Banff was our grand finale for our road trip and it was definitely worth it. I enjoyed walking into the village and seeing the gift shops. The Bow River was fun to walk by and see Bow Falls. I loved how most of the water in Banff has an incredible blue or green colour to it. Also loved driving by Minnewanka Lake and being able to see both mountain goats and elk. Another highlight of Banff was Lake Louise and hiking to the tea house at the top by the glacier. The beauty of this lake is hard to put into words with both its blue water and surrounding mountains. I also loved driving part of the icefields parkway to see Peyto lake as well. I have always seen pictures of this lake, but was something else to see it in person.

Hope you liked my highlights of my road trip. I can not wait for my next one. Will definitely need to go back to explore the places and sights that I missed!

 

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