quarry rock & deep cove

Yesterday my husband and I ventured to the jewel of the North Shore, Deep Cove.  It’s a cozy little town located at the base of Mt. Seymour, and it also lies on the shores of the Indian Arm which is a branch of Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver.  In autumn, the tree-lined streets glow orange in the sunlight and the sailboats, kayakers and paddleboarders fill the harbour with quiet activity.  It’s a very beautiful place to spend a sunny day, whether you’re out on the water, hiking the hills, or walking the streets.

We spent the afternoon hiking one of Vancouver’s most popular hikes – Quarry Rock. The trailhead marks the beginning of the famous Baden Powell Trail and the Douglas Fir and Hemlock tree forest is thick, but light seeps through the trees highlighting the creeks and mountainside. It was a beautiful, and at times strenuous 45 plus minutes of climbing up and down, and back up again.  The elevation is 100 metres and you pass over four different creeks before you reach the huge rock overlooking the Indian Arm and mountains surrounding the community of Belcarra across the inlet.  The view from Quarry Rock is phenomenal and I highly suggest checking out this hike if you’re ever in the area.

up in the air

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Finally, a post about travel and adventure!  I have been sticking fairly close to home lately, so when the opportunity came up last week to take the Sea to Sky to Squamish for a complementary helicopter ride, I jumped at the chance!  We made plans with friends, drove one of the most beautiful pieces of road from Vancouver up to Squamish on perhaps the most amazing day of the year thus far.  The temperature was a good 18-20 degrees Celsius, the wind gentle, and the sun bright.  A local Vancouver company SKY Helicopters was holding its first SKY Flyzone event, where they offered free flights up to see Shannon Falls, the Stawamus Chief, the town of Squamish and Howe Sound, to 100 people who were either invited/drawn as part of their rewards club, or won them.  I was very kindly offered two passes for two – how could I refuse? Continue reading