Vancouver: Cabin Lake

“It is a great art to saunter.” Henry David Thoreau

On my most recent trip to Vancouver, I managed to fit in a couple of short hikes including Cabin Lake on Black Mountain. Although I wouldn’t necessarily call this hike ‘a saunter’ – due to the steep ascent via switchbacks – it was relatively easy compared to hikes I’ve done on previous trips.

We parked at the Cypress Bowl downhill skiing area and then headed passed the chairlifts to the trailhead. My friends Jamie and Nathan had their dog Ellie along for the walk and we took our time, getting to the lake in about 45 minutes.

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Vancouver: by boat

“There’s nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

This year, while in Vancouver, I got to see some of my favourite places from a completely different viewpoint. My sister-in-law, Karen, and her brother, Dean, had purchased a sport utility boat (which Karen described as something between a speed boat and a fishing boat). So, one sunny afternoon, we boarded the boat and set ‘sail’ for English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Vancouver Bay.

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