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The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore – A Review

The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore – A Review

I’d like to share another one of my favourite books to for planning and getting excited for climbing (and bagging) Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains; The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore. If you live near Vancouver and like hiking, you will really enjoy this book. It is colourful, full of maps and photos and an absolute pleasure to read. I use it to find out about the myriad of possible routes, and for getting an idea about how difficult trails will…

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High Knoll Trail in Minnekhada Regional Park 

High Knoll Trail in Minnekhada Regional Park 

Although I have really enjoyed our epic hikes this summer, sometimes we both fancy something short and easy. The High Knoll Trail in Minnekhada Regional Park is perfect for those days. We did this walk in the afternoon after sleeping in. It made for a fun relaxing day with just enough effort to make us feel like we hadn’t wasted the sunshine. This park is located in Coquitlam, so about 40 minutes from Vancouver. This hike (or a shorter variation…

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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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Blackcomb Burn – Whistler Hikes

Blackcomb Burn – Whistler Hikes

The Blackcomb Burn is an epic Canadian workout hike that is designed to make your heart beat and turn your legs into jelly. Having said that, it is also really fun, even if (like me) you’re not a fitness freak! The trail winds through several different types of forest, past some giant old growth trees. It also meanders through flower-filled meadows (that are ski runs in winter). On our ascent we even saw a huge black bear! The hike is…

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