5 Family Outdoor Excursions for Spring Break

5 family outdoor excursions to explore over spring break around Vancouver, including Whytecliff Park, Rice Lake, Stanley Park, Capilano Canyon, and the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.

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The Best Coastal Viewpoints at Lighthouse Park

Spectacular views of the Strait of Georgia combined with hiking trails that lead through beautiful west coast forests makes Lighthouse Park one of the best year-round parks to visit on the North Shore. It’s the viewpoints around the park that make this area a must to visit as the coastal scenery are some of the best in the Vancouver area.

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Deer Lake – Walking In Winter

Deer Lake is a great place for a quick walk year-round but if you can time it right during the winter months when the sun is shining and there’s a bit of snow on the ground, your outing will be that much more special.

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The Heather Trail in Manning Park, BC

The picturesque Heather Trail in Manning Provincial Park is a popular hike because of it’s incredible scenery and access to the trail is relatively easy. A partial version of the trail can be done as a day-hike or the entire trail can be done as a 2-3 day camping trip.

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Hiking Books for Southwest British Columbia

Even with a lot of hiking trail research being conducted online, it can still be useful having a hiking book or two to thumb through for inspiration. This post recommends several local Vancouver and Southwest BC day-hiking books.

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Camping Near Garibaldi Lake

Camping at Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows allows you to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery while giving you additional time to explore nearby Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge. Lori Pederson from Hiking For The Scaredy Cat discusses the camping experience in Garibaldi Provincial Park and what to expect at each campsite.

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Camping at Joffre Lakes near Pemberton, BC

Located north of Pemberton, Joffre Lakes offers a great camping experience and the opportunity to hike by three scenic, turquoise coloured lakes. Written by Lori Pederson of Hiking For The Scaredy Cat, this article provides information about the BC Parks campsite and the surrounding area.

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The 5 Most Challenging Hiking Trails Near Vancouver

The most difficult hiking trails near Vancouver and Whistler often have some of the best views and alpine scenery. This list covers the five most difficult hikes, including Golden Ears, Wedgemount Lake, The Lions, Panorama Ridge, and Black Tusk.

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5 Hot Spots for Bird Watching around Vancouver

Linda Bakker from the Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia provides her top picks for the best 5 locations for bird watching around Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.

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Popular Exercise Hikes

These hiking trails are primarily for exercise and less about the scenery or view. The list includes trails near Vancouver, Squamish, Harrison Lake, and Chilliwack including the Grouse Grind, Upper Shannon Falls (Sea To Sky Gondola), The Chief, Burnaby Mountain, Teapot Hill, and more.

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