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Squamish Chief Hike – First and Second Peaks

Squamish Chief Hike – First and Second Peaks

Hiking up the Stawamus Chief in Squamish is one of the most popular hikes near Vancouver. “The Chief” is the second largest granite monolith in the world, after the Rock in Gibraltar. It is made up of three peaks. The first two are the most popular with hundreds of hikers climbing up to see the amazing views. The third peak is the quietest, and the most full of chipmunks. The first time we visited, we hiked up the second and…

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Elfin Lakes Winter Route

Elfin Lakes Winter Route

Marc and I first visited Elfin lakes last summer, and we both immediately fell in love with the trail. It’s mostly because the effort-to-view ratio is just so impressive. It doesn’t feel like you’re trying particularly hard, but the views are spectacular! On the way home, Marc declared that if/when his brothers come to visit us in Canada, he’d like to bring them here. Well, one of his brothers, Tom, and his girlfriend Andreia, came to visit us this spring….

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Brohm Lake and Tantalus view Lookout – Squamish

Brohm Lake and Tantalus view Lookout – Squamish

The Tantalus view Lookout seems like it would be a fantastic trail at any time of year, but it is especially lovely during the shoulder season*, or in winter when the higher trails are too full of snow to allow you to walk. The trail winds its way around the Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest and leads you to several stunning viewpoints that look out to the Tantalus Mountain range. We did this walk in the first week of March. The…

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Al’s Habrich ridge trail – Squamish

Al’s Habrich ridge trail – Squamish

The lovely Al’s Habrich ridge trail is a continuation from our previous hike on the Sea to Summit trail in Squamish. So, we’d woken up early and already hiked 8km and 850m before this hike starts. We’d then stopped for some lunch overlooking gorgeous views of Squamish, Mount Garibaldi and the Tantalus Mountains. However, if you fancy an easier half day hike, take the gondola up the steep section of this mountain, then enjoy this easier hike up above the clouds. Al’s…

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