Seymour Suspension Bridge

On December 7, 2014 a large rock slide flooded the Seymour River canyon taking out an important pedestrian bridge linking the west and east side of the river. The decommissioning of what was once known as Twin Bridges resulted in some popular hiking loops being no longer viable.

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Kennedy Falls

We thought we’d be discovering. We thought we’d be exploring trails no longer traveled, finding a long forgotten waterfall at the end of a an uncertain journey. But after being prominently featured on various hiking sites about 3 years ago the trail to Kennedy Falls no longer offers the touted solitude and we were running into droves of other people hungry for adventure.

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Boundary Bay

Whenever the local forecast calls for SOME rain yet no one, let alone Environment Canada, knows exactly when or how much of it, on days like that I reach for my list of regional parks. Oh, bless the creators of Metro area regional parks. Never more than one hour drive away, often accessible by transit & bike and offering a good selection of easy trails in interesting places – they are great when you have a 4-hour window like we did today. Today our choice was Boundary Bay.

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Mount Bishop

Mount Bishop summit has been eluding me for a few years now, but not for the lack of trying. On our last attempt (#3) we got REALLY close but had to retreat because we were running desperately out of daylight. And that happened because after having biked all the way to the Seymour Hatchery, the obedient citizen Chris refused to trespass over a newly constructed Bear Island bridge (which was like 2 days before an official opening), so we had to backtrack aaaaall the way to the Hydraulic Connector, loosing 1.5 hrs of daylight in the process? Well, no hard feelings there but it left me with an urge to get to up Mt. Bishop for real.

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Burns Bog

Burns Bog is a large swath of wetland covering most of the area between highways 17, 91 and 99 in Delta. It is eight times larger than Stanley Park but only a minuscule part of it is accessible to the public. I always imagined Burns Bog as a bubbly swamp with fog rolling over it and a monster’s hand reaching out from the depths and after you ankle. Well, on Sunday we went to find out.

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Belcarra Park

As part of our All Regional Parks quest we decided to visit Belcarra Park in Port Moody. There are many ways how to explore Belcarra – hike, bike, stroll, swim, kayak or enjoy a picnic. We had a few hours to work with before the forecast rain was supposed to hit at 2 pm so we brought our bikes to cover some good distance and set off down one of the trails. And were we ever pleasantly surprised!

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Barnston Island

Five adults and seven kids, all under the age of four, was the tally for this local cycling trip. Despite being only a 30 minute drive from Vancouver, I have never heard of Barnston Island before. This gem of a farming community in the middle of Fraser River was unearthed earlier this week by a CBC radio host who mentioned it in a fleeting moment during the morning show.

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