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“WINTER WONDERLAND”

Mount Seymour Provincial Park
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A 30-minute drive from downtown, this wilderness park includes a ski area and numerous hiking trails.
Powell River, Canada
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706 reviews
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“WINTER WONDERLAND”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

A family park that you can either pay the cheapest rates to ski in the lower mainland or toboggan for free! Rent anything from snow shoes to snow boards and take lesson. Group lessons are very reasonable and you get great instructors and smaller classse.

Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Bike or rollerblade the Seymour Demonstration Forest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

If you want a defining experience of the Rain Forest with the leisurely pace of a bike ride, or traffic free inline skating , then this is the place for you.
here's how you get there;
Go over the Second Narrows bridge and take Exit 22A Lillooet Road.
North past Capilano College, North Vancouver Cemetery and then follow the signs to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve at the north end of Lillooet Road. This is a long road with lots of speedbumps, keep on going 'til you get to a large carpark on the right hand side You can park here for free and this is where you unload your bikes or strap on your skates.
It is a paved road free of motorized vehicle traffic, has some quite difficult hilly spots but it is worth the effort because there's some great downhill stretches.
Despite the traffic free designation you have to keep your wits about you 'cos there a quite a few headbangers plying the route , the racing cyclists in particular are the rudest I have seen anywhere in my travels.
I don't know why, but hotshot cyclists in the Vancouver area seem to think they are something special and feel they have the right to barrel along and intimidate any of the no- accounts who are just out for pleasure. Put one of them in an evening criterium in Europe and they'd be off the back within 200 meters!
Nonetheless there's still enough room to enjoy yourself in an area where lots of Sci-Fi TV shows are filmed. Massive trees on both sides of the causeway give you the mountain bike experience without the skills required to negotiate the trails.
You might get lucky and see a bear or two along the way, remember you don't have to outrun the bear , you only have to outrun your companion.
It's about 10K ( 6 miles ) to the trailhead which is where most people ( and all of the spandex hotshots) turn around. But... if you carry on the dirt road you will find a boardwalk forest trail which crosses a couple of bridges and comes out at the fish hatchery, if you carry on a little bit further you'll get to the dam across the Seymour River. It's well worth the extra effort as you get close to the river and see the forest floor up close... just magic!
Check on the weather before you head out as it can be very cold up there while it's warm in Vancouver. Also make sure you take windproof clothing and layer yourself, as you cool down very quickly on the downhill sections.Take water too as there are no facilities on the route
It's about 2 -21/2 hours for the round trip and if you're a tourist it will be one of the highlights of your trip.

Visited September 2013
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“Cycle spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

My first excursion for this trip to Vancouver. It was beautiful to take in the environment of BC. We went for a 9km ride along a nicely made path. The only issue is that I don't think there is public transport to this spot, so you'd need a car.

Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Great in Winter and Summer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

Its a very good ski area - and Mount Seymour Provincial Park on the North shore of Vancouver is one of the wonders of the world - there is great university called Simon Fraser University - that part is called Burnaby Mountain - its a must ... get a map - or get lost like I have on the summer paths.

Visited October 2012
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“Worth the hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

Part of the trail is fairly challenging but once up to the top the view is definitely worth the hike!

Prepare enough water, quick snack for on the way

Visited September 2013
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