Mundy Park

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Discovering a new park is always an exciting feeling for me. It’s definitely the smallest things that seem to always mean the most. For some reason I was hesitant to check this local Coquitlam park out because I was unsure of what to expect, but I was very glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and went for it. This park is actually much larger than I expected and has a wide range of trails inside of this park. There are actually two lakes both Mundy Lake and Lost Lake. I was fortunate enough to be able to check out both lakes. As you can see in the picture the beginnings of the winter season left its mark in the forest throughout which led to a bit of a winter wonderland feel the day I went to the park. The trails are all flat in this park, but I still enjoyed checking out the different views throughout. There is something so spectacular this time of year in the forests when fall and winter are colliding. The brisk air and fall colours are incredible. There were also many kinds of mushrooms which was fun to see as well. I will definitely be revisiting this park in the future.

 

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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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