Sometimes a staycation rather than skipping town on a holiday is much-needed. It’s what I decided to do this time around and I’m so glad I did. I live in beautiful British Columbia, in a place that is widely known as the “rainy city”, but I can tell you confidently that despite the dismal nickname, there’s nowhere I’d rather live. For the most part, our summer season is unpredictable but we have lucked out with beautiful weather thus far and I’ve been fortunate to be able to enjoy some sunshine on my vacation.
If you’re a nature lover like I am then you’ll want to take advantage of the hikes we have to offer. Lindeman Lake in Chilliwack was one of the first hikes I’d gone on years ago. It is on the shorter side at only 3.5km and will lead you to a beautiful turquoise lake at the top – which is a great reward if you’re hiking in the summertime and don’t mind the ice-cold water. The Stawamus Chief, more commonly known as “The Chief” is a popular hike in Squamish with three lookout points: 1.3km to the 1st peak, and 4km to the 2nd and 3rd peak. This makes it pretty doable for most people as you can stop at the 1st peak if you’re unable to push through to the 2nd or 3rd and the payoff is still a beautiful view. If you’re not much of a hiker but still want to spend your time somewhere scenic, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is an excellent option. Great for kayaking, paddle boarding, or enjoying the beach. I went there a few days ago and it is truly what postcards are made of…sometimes when I go to places as beautiful as this I can’t believe that it’s basically in my backyard. (Picture below taken by my boyfriend who has a new-found love for photography)
I am somewhat of a beginner hiker but these are a couple of hikes on my to-do list this summer (I am also currently on the hunt for some hiking shoes as well so if any of you have recommendations please leave them in a comment below!):
This is an 18km hike and takes around 5-6 hours. I may need to work my way up to this one but since the best time to go is between July-October, I figure I have time to work toward it!
This hike is 10km and takes 4-5 hours. The best season for this hike is said to be June-September and might be a good one to do before Garibaldi.
What I’m still hoping to do – before I am back to the grind so to speak – and if sunny weather prevails🙏🏼 is bike along the seawall in Vancouver. For such an expensive city, there are many activities that don’t require a lot of spending – and that works for this frugal girl🙋🏼! One of my favourite things to do is make a day of it and head out earlier in the afternoon, follow it with ice-cream on the beach in English Bay and watch the sunset; may be cliché but still not something that I’ll ever grow tired of doing. When you’re happier than a clam to just be outside and enjoy the city you live in, life is pretty good!
Amy – Happily Canadian and even happier to live in this beautiful province 😀