Hiking to Crooked Falls, Squamish, BC

The hike to Crooked Falls is a scenic 1.5 hour drive from downtown Vancouver. The challenging 3km ascent (6km round trip) will take you past a scenic outlook of Squamish Valley then two stunning views of Crooked Falls. Plan about 3 hours for the trip.

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Lighthouse Park – an exploration of shapes and textures

I’m continuing my exploration of the beautiful hiking trails easily accessible from Vancouver. Today I went to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. With its dense forest, steep cliffs, and shoreline trails, it’s no wonder many photographers hit these trails to capture that perfect view.

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New in town: My First Impressions of Vancouver

I moved to Vancouver in late summer last year. New places can be exciting and isolating as you find your pace in the rhythm of a new city. This short video captures some of those first few weeks and months of discovery.

There’s a feeling of home starting to creep in but there’s still a palpable foreignness. Having lived across Canada, I sometimes feel like an unofficial cultural ambassador. There are obvious differences in landscapes, languages, and cultural diversity across the country but there are also social subtleties that take a little more time to understand. I haven’t quite been able to put into words some of the moments here in Vancouver that catch me off guard so I’ll start by letting these images do the talking. Continue reading

Vancouver: Uncovering the Secrets of a New Home

I moved to Vancouver in late summer last year. New places can be exciting and isolating as you find your pace in the rhythm of a new city. However, if you keep your heart open, even just a little, the secrets that make a city great slowly reveal themselves.

This short video captures those first few weeks of discovery, the first few weeks of finding myself within a new home. The music played by pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh was recorded at the public concert at the Vancouver Facade Fest 2015.

Hope you enjoy TheTravelingUrbanite.com’s first video!

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Vancouver in pictures: there’s still time for bretzel, haxen, and schnitzel at the Vancouver Christmas Market!

School’s out and wondering where to take the family? You might want to check out the Vancouver Christmas Market at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza open until December 24th. On the corner of Georgia and Hamilton, it is one square block of Christmas magic that is accessible by transit and car. Check out the website here for hours, prices, and vendors.  Continue reading

The temperate rainforest awaits less than an hour away – Lynn Canyon, Vancouver

 

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Just a short drive from downtown Vancouver (or a less than a one hour bus ride), Lynn Canyon Park is a great place to take the family exploring. Located in the temperate rainforest, this park’s 241 hectares makes for a perfect day getaway from the city.

I spent last weekend exploring Lynn Canyon’s trails (pretty much all of them and it won’t take you more than an afternoon to do it) and was happy to find many fellow walkers, runners, hikers, and four-legged friends enjoying a crisp autumn day! Continue reading

Vancouver’s Hidden Treasure – Pacific Spirit Park

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It’s no secret that Vancouverites love being outdoors and why wouldn’t they? It is literally at their doorstep. Everyone knows about Stanley Park but if you’re wanting to go on an easy hike away from the city without having to travel too far, then Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a good bet!

I had the pleasure of discovering Pacific Spirit Park myself this weekend and it was a welcome escape from the city. What a great place to discover things great and small at your own leisurely pace.

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Videostream goats on the roof? Coombs, BC – Postcard Monday

Coombs2A happy thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. Here’s a postcard from Coombs, Vancouver Island, BC. As with many of my postcards, they’re sent to me from places I have yet to visit. This postcard shows the old country market in Coombs; you can even live video stream their goats on the roof here. Who would have thought! It’s even better than goat simulator!

I’m grateful to have friends who share their amazing experiences with me; it might be a small world but there is a lot we still need to learn from each other.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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