Sea to Sky

IMG_0549For my birthday last week the one thing I wanted to do was make sure I was able to spend valuable time with my family and boyfriend. I wanted to share my love of nature with my family and allow them to experience the beauty of it themselves. The perfect way to do this was the Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish. By taking the gondola it meant my family would be able to see the incredible view at the top without straining themselves attempting to hike up the mountain. My entire family loved the gondola and there are several flat walking trails at the top that lead to some amazing viewpoints of the chief and Howe Sound area. The panorama trail has incredible mountain and water views and it was a great feeling having my family see these views for the first time. Their expressions were priceless and it was an awesome feeling sharing this side of my life with them. These views truly are breathtaking. I also enjoyed pushing myself a bit by doing the Wonderland trail as well which leads to a peaceful lake inside of the forest. Squamish is an amazing area for nature, hiking, and views that truly take your breath away.



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Whytcliff Park


One thing that I really enjoy doing is sharing the places that I explore with the people I love-oh-and with strangers hence this blog haha! I was able to take my mom to Whytcliff Park on Sunday in West Vancouver. This park is absolutely beautiful with lots of trees,  a playground, picnic areas, and of course the beach! It is a short walk down to the water and along the water is a rocky sand beach with logs lining the back portion of it. There are lots of places to sit, but it does get busy in the Summer so it is wise to go early. Lots of people walk along the rocks to the island rock and climb up it. I chose not to attempt this, but maybe one day will try it out. The water here is crystal clear and perfect for going for a swim in the Summer. Last time I went to Whytcliff Park I was also lucky enough to see some seals in the water and on the rocks. It was too busy this time to see them, but if you come on a slower day you might be lucky to spot one.



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Steveston Village


Yesterday I went to Steveston Village in Richmond which I have always heard about and seen pictures of, but have never actually had the chance to go there myself. It was quite the experience. This is not a hike in any way, but I do enjoy being able to see these unique touristy destinations as well. There were many restaurants to choose from and some intriguing gift shops as well. The boardwalk on the water had boats lined up selling fish and seafood. Fun fact is I actually don’t like sea seafood in any form, but I did enjoy seeing all of the other people purchasing it. There are signs everywhere warning about a sea lion due to the viral video with the sea lion pulling the girl into the water. I did not get the chance to see any sea lions yesterday, but lots of fish. Along with this boardwalk there is also a walking path that leads to the old fish packing houses. Walking through this path was neat because there are lots of signs explaining the history of this location. It is amazing what you can learn just by reading and immersing yourself in a new place.



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Smoke Bluffs Park


There is something I find very satisfying about being able to discover a new park and even better when it has an awesome hike to go with it! Smoke Bluffs Park in Squamish is a bit of a hidden treasure. I like this park because it is not overly busy, but is quite popular with rock climbers so it is fun to watch those brave souls! The hike to the viewpoint is a short hike and has a great view of the houses below as well as the Chief. I enjoyed the unique viewpoint that this hike had to offer and I think it is a great hike to do if you are short on time or even on a weekend when all of the other hikes are overcrowded. Will definitely be back!



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Bowen Island Lookout


The Bowen Island lookout hike on Cypress mountain continues to be one of my favourites. It is a relatively short hike being only about 45 minutes, but definitely gets your heart pumping because it is basically all uphill. The trail is quite steep at parts, but is a complete gravel trail  which makes it easy to navigate. The view at the top is spectacular. I recommend going on a sunny clear day to get the best unobstructed view. There are jack sparrows, ravens, blue jays, and chipmunks at the top all fighting for attention. One day I would love to continue further on this hike and hike up to the Lions. I hopefully will be able to blog about this soon. While being on summer break in the next week I hope to update my blog a bit. I will also have more trips this summer so I am hoping for a good update here on my blog and more photos to come. A big thanks to anyone who takes the time to read my blog posts! 🙂



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Murrin Provincial Park


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


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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