winter-hikes

Beautiful Winter Hikes

To enjoy Vancouver in this cold weather, here are some hikes you can easily do in winter. English courses in Vancouver offer you the opportunity to explore Canada’s beautiful nature. Please just make sure that you’re prepared for your hikes by bringing enough water and snacks as well as good hiking boots and proper clothing. The 3 hours or 5 km long Foreshore Trail through Pacific Spirit Regional Park, close to UBC, starts and ends at the Acadia Beach parking lot on NW Marine Drive and more than half of it follows Vancouver’s known nudist Wreck Beach. The trail here is rocky and can be slippery but the view is amazing. Take bus 44 to get there. The 45 minutes or 2.5 km long trail through Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is rocky but has nice picnic tables with great views. If you like bird watching, you can try to find more than 200 species of birds here. Take buses 209 and then 212 and start and end your hike in the Maplewood Flats parking lot off the Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. The Lighthouse Park offers different short and easy trails which are up to 2 hours or 6 km long. Looking at the ocean and the city from this park is stunning. Take bus 250 to Beacon Lane, West Vancouver, and start and end at the Lighthouse Park parking lot. Cypress Falls Park is an easy 1.5 hours or 3 km hike along Cypress Creek, through forests and past two impressive waterfalls. Take bus 253 Caufield and it is located by Woodgreen Place, West Vancouver. The 2 hours or 7.5 km long Capilano Pacific Trail next to the Capilano River takes you through thick rainforest, starting at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver and finishing at the Cleveland Dam in … Read more

Lighthouse-Park

Vancouver Lighthouse Park

The Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is a beautiful park to visit. There are many walking and hiking trails stretched over 185 acres = 75 hectares = 0.75 square kilometres. You are here to learn English in Canada but you will have time in the afternoon after your classes to explore Canada’s amazing nature. It is easy to go there by bus from downtown. You can take bus 250 to Horseshoe Bay from West Georgia Street & Seymour Street. After 40 stops, approximately 45 minutes, you get off the bus at Westbound Marine Dr @ Beacon Lane. From there you walk about 600 meters, approximately 8 minutes, to the Beacon Lane parking lot. You will have several options for hiking trails starting there. The most popular hike is the Beacon Lane Trail as direct route to the Lighthouse viewpoint. There is no public access to the lighthouse but you can see it from the viewpoint. It will take you around 25 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Besides the lighthouse at Point Atkinson there are three other viewpoints. Eagle Point is east of the lighthouse and offers a beautiful view of the city, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. You can reach Eagle Point by using Valley Trail, Arbutus Trail and Valley of the Giants Trail. Shore Pine Point and Juniper Point are located north west of the lighthouse. From there you will have a breathtaking view of the ocean. The West Beach Trail and Shore Pine Trail will take you to the Shore Pine Point. Juniper Point can be reached by Juniper Loop and Juniper Point Trail. Picnic tables and washrooms can be found all over the Lighthouse Park. Most trails are rather short and manageable regardless of your fitness level. Please wear good … Read more