Tag: Walks

Thoughts on Vancouver Island: Tofino

I have had the opportunity to travel back and forth from Vancouver Island many times, but I mostly found myself in the heart of Victoria. There are many smaller towns which have absolutely charming attributes, and nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered. My parents took me to Tofino many times as a child, and as I venture back there as an adult, the outward appearance may have changed a little, but the spiritual heart of the town never escaped me. Tofino is an absolutely picturesque, healing and calming place. It is located on the tip of Vancouver Island, and […]

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park

If you have only one day, or even one afternoon to spend in Vancouver, go to Stanley Park.  It is one of the largest urban parks in North America, with 1,000 acres of woodlands, gardens, trails, flowers, lakes, beaches and wildlife. I’ve lived one block off of Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park for the past seven years.  “The park is like our backyard” is a common saying among apartment-dwellers in Vancouver.  In our case, we live by this statement.  Even in the winter months, we regularly walk around Lost Lagoon to see the different animals and birds.  We also go […]

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Ghostly Encounters in Victoria BC

After compiling a couple of articles concerning Victoria B.C. and things to do, museums, shopping and dining, I thought it would also be interesting and entertaining to address Victoria’s ghostly nature. Victoria is the second most haunted city in North America, New Orleans being the first. As I was on one of Victoria’s “Ghostly Walk” Tours (leaves from the tourism building across from Empress Hotel), I learned that Victoria’s Inner Harbour, back in the 18th, early 19th Century, was the site of a huge First Nations burial ground, along with long-drowned totem poles built for elders who had passed on. […]

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Hopkins Landing Beach

Hopkins Landing is a short walk from the Langdale ferry terminal and a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon while visiting BC’s http://www.TravelInBC.com/SunshineCoast.cfm . There is a park bench out on the dock which stretches far enough out into Howe Sound, that you get the feeling you are actually out on the water. You can gaze back at the public beach that stretches 5 km all the way into http://www.TravelInBC.com/Gibsons.cfm . You can sit, relax and listen to the birds and the constant ebb and flow of the tide. In the summer, this is a popular swimming spot and […]

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Walking or Riding the The Spit at Iona Beach

Want to get out of Vancouver but avoid that long congested drive to go anywhere?  Since spring is almost here I am giving you another quick get away that involves you riding or walking: Iona Beach otherwise known as “the Spit”. Located in West Richmond adjacent to the Vancouver International Airport and the Iona Island sewage treatment ponds.  To get there: head to the Vancouver airport, and at the last set of lights  – turn right – there is a small sign that leads you to Iona Beach.  You can park the car about 200 meters from the right hand […]

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Othello Tunnels

The Othello Tunnels are well known in the Hope area and are a part of the Kettle Valley route. The tunnels are also known at the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. The tunnels turned walking trail are part of the abandoned railway tunnels through the mountains of the canyon. The circle walk is easy with a 6 km length or just to walk and view the tunnels and perhaps catch a glimpse of the salmon running will only take 1 hour. This is a must see in the area.

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A Long Vancouver Beach Walk

A lot of attention is paid to Vancouver‘s downtown, but just over the Burrard Street Bridge in the Kitsilano neighbourhood is a bike/walk that allows visitors and locals to enjoy beaches and views. The best place to start is at the corner of Cypress and Cornwall where the No. 22 bus, which goes to/from downtown, stops. Once there, head north on Cypress St. and walk by the homes and look for the big totem pole in front of the Marine Museum. You will see a walking path that heads west and then curves to the south. At this point you […]

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Vancouver and Lower Mainland Walks

With Vancouver regularly rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it’s no surprise that there are great walks to take. Check these out: Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver This is an 8.8 km (5.5 mi.) walk around the huge Stanley Park. This is both a scenery and people-watching walk as there are bikers, walkers, joggers, inline skaters, strollers and more all taking in the beauty. The easiest way to access it is to go down Denman Ave., enter Stanley Park, bear right and follow the path and people. Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver This walk […]

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Taking The Path more Haunted

Rosewood Victoria Inn of Victoria suggests: Discover The Past offers a wide variety of haunted walks and tours around Victoria, BC. You could enjoy “an evening with doris” at the Victoria Golf Club, or take a walk around Chinatown. Tours are conducted by long time historian, John Adams and his team of guides. www.discoverthepast.com

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Lighthouse Park

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 […]

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