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COVE™ City Guide: Vancouver

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Vancouver has long captured the imagination of some of Canada’s great writers and artists, offering beautiful natural scenery along the pacific ocean. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Vancouver.


Mystery Lake, North Vancouver

Located in Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Mystery Lake is a scenic lake perfect for swimming on hot summer days. The hike is relatively easy due to its short distance, the trail does ascend 150 meters and over tree roots and loose rocks. Picnic here.

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

This is one of Greater Vancouver’s most beautiful parks located along the shores of West Vancouver. Hikes in Lighthouse Park promise Ancient Douglas Fir trees and breathtaking views of the water. The trails here are relativity easy with only a few having a short hill to ascend or descend. Explore the lighthouse too.

Capilano-Pacific Trail, Capilano Canyon

The Capilano Pacific Trail follows the Capilano River, bordering North and West Vancouver, from the sea up to Cleveland Dam. The route is 7.5km (roughly 2 hours) each way and follows a variety of terrain, including beaches, rocky shores, steep canyon cliffs, and dense west coast rain forest. Get ready for a full-day adventure.

Quarry Rock, North Vancouver

On the shores of Deep Cove in North Vancouver sits a large rocky outcrop known as Quarry Rock. This hike offers thick woods of Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees, small creeks from mountain runoff, and the smell of fresh forest air. End at Indian Arm, a fjord that will make you feel like you’re in Norway.


Escape to Salt Spring Island. A ferry ride away from the bustle of downtown Vancouver, Salt Spring Island is home to many artists. Think orchards, forests, adorable cabins and Scandinavian-inspired saunas – Salt Spring Islanders even have their own local currency, the Salt Spring Dollar. This is the perfect island for wandering and making your own fun.

Grouse Mountain

Make your way up to Grouse Mountain for one of the best views of Vancouver. In the winter, take the trolley up the mountain to experience the massive mountaintop ice rink and a sliding zone for winter sledding. In the summer, hike the 2,830 step Grouse Grind, a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”


Tacofino Oasis

What started as a Tofino taco truck has grown to become Tacofino Oasis, a West-Coast-inspired Mexican haven made fresh with quality ingredients. The 1940s and 50s décor will make you feel like you’re eating in a mid-century Mexican resort town.

The Juice Truck

The Juice Truck is Vancouver’s cold-pressed juice go-to. The juicers launched on four wheels first and then expanded into a mini empire severing up delicious plant-based snacks, meals, sundries – and juice, of course!

Revolver Coffee Inc.

One of the most famous coffee shops in Vancouver, Revolver Coffee Inc. is popular for a reason. With an extensive bean selection, you can choose a dozen different ways to have your coffee brewed and crafted. This quaint, very “Gastown”, spot is a must for coffee-drinkers.


  • Rent a kayak Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Search for baby seals while you discover remote beaches only accessible by boat.
  • Watch the sunset at the Seawall while you stroll or bike through Stanley Park. Like Vancouver artist Emily Carr said, “It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw.”
  • Sunbathe nude at Wreck Beach, get dressed and wander through the Nitobe Memorial Gardens and Botanical Gardens just down the street.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Vancouver has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

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Top 10 BC Ski Resorts

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British Columbia houses some of the most impressive skiing options in Canada. with diverse terrain for new and advanced skiers, picturesque pedestrian villages and some of the best “champagne” snow in the world, here are some of our favourite places to ski in bc.

1. Whistler Blackcomb

Internationally loved and known, Whistler Blackcomb is consistently ranked as one of the best ski resorts in British Columbia. Boasting 200 runs situated along the snowy glaciers of the awe-inspiring Sea-to-Sky Highway, it’s no surprise this is a destination resort for local and international visitors alike. If you’re interested in more than skiing and snowboarding, the pedestrian-only village at the foot of the mountain includes plenty of warm après-ski bars and restaurants as well as quaint shops.

  • Location: Whistler, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 1,168cm
  • Total runs: 200

2. Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Located on Vancouver Island, Mount Washington Alpine Resort promises its skiers and snowboarders stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The mountain has grown from its humble beginnings as a small secluded hill to become a skiing destination with a relaxed West Coast vibe. Mount Washington is a less of destination resort and more of a community, with several cozy condo rental options right on the hill. There are also cross-country and snowshoeing trail options for victors during the winter months.

  • Location: Courtenay, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 1,158cm
  • Total runs: 81

3. Apex Mountain Resort

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley region is home to Apex Mountain Resort, a mountain known for its “champagne powder” and family-friendly atmosphere. The resort has a 1km ice skating rink along with 56 cross-country trails for those looking to stay on flat ground. Wind down your trip to Apex by attending its annual Brewski Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits event – admission gets you to drink and food tokens and access to the afterparty.

  • Location: Hedley, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 600cm
  • Total runs: 67

4. Sun Peaks Resort

A family-friendly destination, Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia’s second-largest hill. The impressive mountains Tod, Sundance, and Morrisey surround a charming pedestrian-only village. The village is a nice balance of Europe meets Canadiana where visitors can ski along Sun Peak’s Nordic trail network, take a dogsledding tour, or enjoy après-ski fondue and snacks on the mountain.

  • Location: Sun Peaks, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 599cm
  • Total runs: 135

5. Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort is Canada’s largest ski-in, ski-out resort village. The scenic Big White village boasts over 20 restaurants and nightclubs, 118 trails and the largest night skiing operation in British Columbia – making it hard for skiers and snowboarding to ever leave.

  • Location: Kelowna, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 749cm
  • Total runs: 118 designated trails

6. SilverStar Mountain Resort

SilverStar Mountain Resort is a colourful mid-mountain village, which offers true ski-in, ski-out access to its four mountain faces. SilverStar’s range of hills and progressive terrain make it the perfect place for new skiers. For seasoned skiers and snowboarders, the back of the mountain is a treasure trove of quiet black and double black diamond hills.

  • Location: Silver Star Mountain, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 701cm
  • Total runs: 132

7. Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts the longest vertical descent of any ski resort in North America. As one of the newest ski resorts in Canada, Revelstoke is one of the only mountains in the world that offers lift-accessed skiing, heli-skiing, cat-skiing and backcountry skiing. Most of Revelstoke’s runs are intermediate or advanced hills; making it a destination for talented, thrill-seeking skiers and snowboarders.

  • Location: Revelstoke, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 1,400cm
  • Total runs: 65

8. Red Mountain Resort

Red Mountain Resort located in Rossland, British Columbia – a former gold mining town – is one of the oldest ski hills in North America. During BC’s gold rush, the province welcomed a great number of Scandinavians and who brought with them their love of skiing. Since its inception in 1897, the mountain has become a historical and unique destination for skiers, snowboarders and tourists alike.

  • Location: Rossland, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 762cm
  • Total runs: 110

9. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

If you’re in search of dramatic, stunning mountains you should head to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort nestled in the Canadian Rockies. Also known as the “champagne powder capital of Canada”, the hill is home to large alpine bowls, long steep slopes and short chairlift lines. Kicking Horse also offers some more extreme options, like heli-skiing tours, for experienced skiers.

  • Location: Golden, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 749cm
  • Total runs: 129

10. Panorama Mountain Resort

Known for a more temperate climate, Panorama Mountain Resort is a wonderful place to ski and snowboard for those adverse to extreme weather conditions. Panorama’s lovely village base is home to Canada’s largest outdoor slope-side hot pools for those who may not want to participate in a heli-skiing adventure or prolonged exposure to snow.

  • Location: Panorama, BC
  • Annual snowfall: 500cm
  • Total runs: 122

So get out there and Make Each Experience a Discovery.

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