Vancouver area and Squamish

Vancouver Area

Mount Seymour: This was such a beautiful hike with views of the city in the distance. It was a steady climb that was quite steep in places. Make sure to follow the signs and pay attention to the trail. In some places it could be a bit too easy to wander off the trail.

Lynn Canyon: Stumbled upon this awesome woodland area whilst trying to find Mount Seymour. Wandered around the well maintained paths through woodlands; beautiful river with a suspension bridge and all! This water hole would be so much fun to swim in in the warmer months.

Squamish

I really loved Squamish as a town. It’s so close to Vancouver yet has a completely small town feel. I spent a nice evening at the brewery. I was minding my own business reading my book but ended up have a beer or two with a French man who’s moved to BC to try something new. He left his white collar job to work as a labourer, and left his high society lifestyle to pursue the outdoors, serenity and his yoga instructor.

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Garibaldi Lake: an 18km trail of 1000 switchbacks with an elevation gain just shy of 1km. The first 9km is straight up hill on seemingly never, ever ending switchbacks. It’s not particularly scenic as it’s through woodlands. But the occasional break in the trees offers a beautiful view across the valley. Once you reach the first lake, you’re not too far from the final destination which makes the switchbacks all completely worth it.

Stawamus Chief: This was such a fun trail. I chose to hit all three peaks and it was so satisfying. The trail to the third peak from the car park is a bit of a scramble in places. It’s very steep and there are a lot of places which called for climbing with hands as well. I spend the first half of the walk with an older gentleman and his nephew. The nephew was cycling from Northern BC to Mexico and had so many incredible stories. They were collecting mushrooms to sell to their local grocer. The second half of the hike was spent with a nice guy from Vancouver who had just moved back after a long time away. It was interesting hearing how he was adjusting being back in his home area and getting started on a career path.

 

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