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The Best Hikes in Whistler: A Guide to All the Trails

As a life-long Vancouverite, I’ve been to Whistler more times than I can count. Since I’m not a skier, hiking in Whistler is my favourite thing to do when I visit. I’ve hiked most of the trails near Whistler and put together a list of the best hikes for you. There is a Whistler hike …

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15 Ways to Avoid Crowded Hiking Trails

If you’ve been out on the trails in the last few years you’ve probably noticed something: it’s crowded out there. Hiking has really grown in popularity recently. Some people point to Instagram, others say it’s just part of a trend towards different types of outdoor fitness. Either way, I think it’s a good thing that …

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Your Guide to Camping and Hiking at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park

In July 2018, I FINALLY made it to Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park. It’s such a gorgeous area that I actually struggle to describe it. Of course, there’s a brilliant blue-green alpine lake, with towering mountains reflected in its still waters. But there is also a truly fantastic trail system that leads away from …

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Alternatives to the Grouse Grind: Steep Workout Hikes Near Vancouver

If you hike in Vancouver, chances are you’ve done the Grouse Grind or at least heard of it.  It’s a super steep hike up to the top of Grouse Mountain. It’s considered a bit of a local bucket list hike or a fitness challenge. And it’s so popular that hikers are now tackling a bunch …

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Active Vancouver: Book Review

If you want an introduction to outdoor activities in Vancouver, pick up a copy of Active Vancouver by Roy Jantzen.  It’s got local recommendations for hiking, trail running, paddling, snowshoeing, cycling and more. Each adventure has a really cool “Eco-Insight” section with fun info about some of the plants, animals, climate or geology you’ll see. …

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How to Hike and Camp at Toleak Point in Olympic National Park

If you’re looking to explore some of Olympic National Park’s rugged coastline, I recommend hiking to Toleak Point from Third Beach. It’s a moderately challenging trail that travels along beaches and across steep headlands. The area around Toleak Point is dotted with dozens of offshore islands and sea stacks, making it really picturesque. Plus there …

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The 11 Most Beautiful Lake Hikes in Colorado

 I’ve hiked to lots of alpine lakes near Vancouver, but so far I haven’t made it to the famous Rocky Mountains in Colorado. And that’s a shame since there are so many awesome hikes in Colorado. So I’m pretty stoked about this post. It’s from Colorado local Sarah Maurer of missadventurepants.com. She gives us a …

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

Many people don’t know this about me, but I collect guidebooks. I own several hundred of them! They date from the 1960s to present and are mostly focused on southern British Columbia. So of course I get excited when a new guidebook is released. I was especially excited when I heard about The Glorious Mountains …

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