Getting outside Vancouver is an easy adventure now that the upgrades to the SEA to SKY highway has been mostly completed and there are now more lanes to speedily make way to Squamish, a small town between Vancouver and Whistler. A hidden gem exists here that you must see: The Stawamus Chief. Its brooding profile rises 650 meters from sea level, about 1.5 times taller than the world’s tallest building. What lured me here was its granite face also well known to other climbers around the world as being “the best” rock to climb on. A short 45 minute drive […]
The Skookumchuk Rapids is a beautiful scenic hike. It is about an hour hike in and another hour out. If you time your hike with the tide schedule, you will see the rapids!
This 1-2 your hike will bring you to an amazing grove of ancient cedars. The diameter of some which could link the arms of 10-15 persons! The access road is just outside Whistler and unpaved, but manageable in most rental cars. It is through old growth forest with beautiful mossy carpeting and ferns. Someone has spent a lot of time making “cairns” along the way (cairns: delicately balanced pillars of rock). My guests did this one morning and then Cheakamus Lake (Garibaldi Provincial Park) in the PM.
The Lighthouse at on Point Atkinson was built in 1874 and its preservation left us a legacy of trails that take you to a spectacular view of the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. As you take the marked circular route, watch for some of the largest Douglas Firs in the Lower Mainland and, of course, the lighthouse itself. If you walk past the lighthouse, you will encounter very rocky terrain which, with care, will lead you to the ocean and its views. Lighthouse Park is off Marine Drive in the western part of West Vancouver. Look for the small […]