8 experiences you can not miss out on in Seattle.
8 Seattle activities that will guarantee a great visit to this rainy city written by a local Seattleite…. Read More
Make the effort to do something you might not do often: get up in the dark, grab an Evo (or your car, if you should be so lucky) and park up near the water at Coal Harbour to begin your walk over the bridge from the Vancouver side – this is important because the sun will be rising from the right side of the bridge, hence you don’t want to be walking over on the wrong side or the bridge (and the traffic) will obstruct your view of Mt. Baker in the distance!
The beauty of having hired an Evo means you can drop that baby off on one side and pick up a new one on the North Vancouver side of the bridge. This saves you walking both ways and adding up those extra kms. If you are that lucky Vancouverite who owns your own car, well then I guess you’re getting some extra exercise this morning.
OK, you’re probably realising that I’m a little bias because I really enjoy sunsets and sunrises but c’mon, don’t you?!
This spot is a GEM because not every man and their dog goes out here for sunset. In the summer, it is a perfect spot to take your dog for a walk and sit down and take it all in as the sun sets on the horizon. All the trails are pretty short and easy, but I would recommend taking Juniper Loop to Shore Pine Trail, then take West Beach Trail to the rocks – this is where you’ll find the best rocks to watch the sunset, maybe have a picnic, you could even jump off the small rocks into the ocean if the day is warm enough!
The sun sets in the west so you will be able to enjoy a completely unobstructed view, allowing for one of the longest sunsets you can see in Vancouver.
If you need some extra help with navigation use this map
Ha! I got you again. It’s another sunset because THEY ARE GREAT.
I know what you’re thinking: why would I do this in Winter when I could be at home, warm and cozy?! WELL, stay home 6/7 other nights of the week and allow yourself one epic night because Winter is the PERFECT time to do this one for the following reasons:
1) There are like 1/4 of the amount of hikers and tourists as you would see in the summer
2) It’s cold and that makes carrying that warm blanket and flask of hot chocolate all that much more worth it
3) The sun sets earlier (could be 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm) meaning you can still get home to watch your favourite TV show at 7pm or wash your hair, eat a home cooked meal, I could go on…
4) The snow actually makes it EASIER to get back in the dark. It stays lighter through the trees because you get the reflection of the snow lighting up the forest. Just make sure you take some solid boots that are water and slide proof!
Dog mountain is a no fuss, super chill hike out to the viewpoint, taking roughly only 45mins – 1 hour (depending on YOUR fitness level) with some ups and downs. Mount Seymour parking lot doesn’t close either so you don’t need to worry about rushing back to your car.
Take your snowboard, or rent one, grab some of your pals and maybe a little “Mickey” of Fireball (for warmth, of course) and head up Cypress Mountain for a night ride. You’ll be able to watch from afar as the city comes to life and lights up the night sky.
This one is a treat for all you wine lovers who hate beer and can never get a ‘wine flight’ anywhere. Well fear not, at The Belgard Kitchen your dream comes true.
Head down to The Belgard Kitchen in East Vancouver for dinner and have a night of indulging in your senses. The brewery style restaurant has a warm atmosphere with wine barrels used as a barrier between their brewery and restaurant.
Their menu is designed to share but the portions are decent and their food is absolutely to die for. I’ll give you some of my favourite recommendations:
Roasted Mushroom + Country Bacon Pizzette (caramelized onions, aged white cheddar, goat cheese, sunflower seed pesto)
Yam Gnocchi w/ Lamb Ragu (braised pork shoulder, brown sage butter, sweet peas)
Roasted Cauliflower (romesco sauce, crispy capers, toasted almonds, herbed breadcrumbs, grana padano, fresh lemon)
If your mouth isn’t watering right now then you’re either dead inside or those options just didn’t tickle you and that’s OK, but the rest might – check out the menu.
The turquoise blue waters of Hayward Lake are a great spot for a floaty as there are log barriers which mean you can day drink or just fall asleep on that floaty and you won’t float too far away. Only the locals go here so don’t ruin it, just enjoy the fact that the whole population of Vancouver isn’t out there too. It’s a whole lot less crowded than White Pine Beach.
No link because I wan’t you to do a little bit of work for yourself. Trust me it’s worth it.
This one is a goodie because no-one else is camping up there (mostly because there are no sites, no water (other than the small trickle of a nearby stream) and no out-house, which means PACK IT ALL OUT PEOPLE.
Alouette Mountain isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s no easy feat by any means. It took 5 hours for myself to carry a full pack of camping gear up in the snow so start early and be well equipped. This isn’t a “well just see what happens” scenario. You MUST be prepared for this one. Take enough food, take a way to boil snow or water, take lots of warm gear and take your camera because she is a beauty!!
I would advise reading all about the trail before planning your trip.
Pier7 is located at Shipyards in North Vancouver and they serve a great Hot Toddy. The best part is you can sip on it while you look at Vancouver city through their glass wall on the waters edge. Pier7 also has an outstanding menu that caters to all Meat Lovers, Pescatarians, Vegetarians, Vegans and whatever else you can come up with.
Head down to Granville Island and hire a kayak for an hour or two and paddle that bad-boy either out to sea or up False Creek to see Science World from the water. It’s not often that you get to see a city by paddling around it.
Let’s be honest, you’re spoilt for choices of which night it will be raining so this is the most Vancouver of them all.
Grab your girlfriend/boyfriend, a large umbrella, and head out into downtown and soak up the city when you can actually walk it without crashing into 10,000 other people with their heads down looking at their phones and ignoring all concept of the fact that there are others on this earth. My advice: grab a Dark Belgian Hot Chocolate from Blenz or maybe even a little slice of something heavenly from Breka Bakery & Cafe.