Joffre Lakes

To say that Joffre Lakes is stunning would be an understatement! Rob and I decided to take some well earned vacation this week and thought Whistler would be the perfect overnight getaway! We visited the Scandinavian Spa (which was unreal – and a must do) and spent the night at our friends condo in Whistler. The next morning we were up early and headed toward Pemberton and Joffre Lakes Provincial Park to experience first hand the awesomeness of this hike we have heard all too much about!

It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the third (upper) lake (mostly because I stopped every few minutes to get photos… I was clearly excited), and we took an extra hour to venture around the lake to the campground where there were less people, and many more spots to have our picnic! Surprisingly the hike back down was very fast; taking us only an hour (but we didn’t stop at all for pictures or breaks). Needless to say, I will be back!

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The Chief!

It only took me a little over 3 YEARS to finally hike the chief; and it was worth the wait! I will admit that I was huffing and puffing a little throughout the journey to the summit, but who wasn’t?! Right?! The view from the top (Peak 1) is simply breathtaking; and was the perfect spot to enjoy our lunch before heading back down! Nonetheless, below are a few pics from today’s adventure!

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Decided to go on a little road-trip adventure today, and ended up at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival! The sun was shining (and I have the burn to prove it), and the crowds were out in full-force to enjoy one final day of the beautiful tulips! Below are my favourite shots from the day – ENJOY!

Granville Street Bridge Views

Ended up on a little stroll along the Granville Street Bridge last night and had to stop at a few spots to capture (what I think) are some funky photos! I’ve been trying to get a picture of the painted silos for a while but could never find an angle that I liked; but I like how this angle allows you to see the city in the background. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the weather warming up a little more so I can get out to take more night shots (well, so I can take more and not be cold).

Lynn Canyon

It still amazes me, even after living in Vancouver for three years, just how beautiful this city is. The ability to hop in your car and be in the mountain, or lounging on the beach (when it isn’t freezing cold in the middle of January), or exploring a nearby park; the options are limitless. Having said that, my current favourite place to take friends and family who are visiting is Lynn Canyon. It is free to visit, there is an amazing suspicion bridge, and a small hike that is suitable for nearly everyone. Rob and I were bored last weekend and looking for something to do, and after driving around for a few minutes in North Van (we may or may not have gotten a little lost) we somehow ended up at Lynn Canyon. It was a beautiful day so we decided to hop out and go for a stroll. Below is a few shots from our short hike! Enjoy!

Whistler Wonderland

With clear skies in the forecast yesterday was the perfect day for a road trip to Whistler. We hopped in the car, escaped the fog, and arrived just in time for the gondola to be CLOSED for tourists… oh well! We made the most out of the situation and went on a small hike by the creek instead! It truly felt like we were in a “winter wonderland” – there was so much snow and we both needed an escape from the city. It was particularly beautiful as the sun went down and the peeks of each mountain glistened with gold; but I was too busy having a beer to capture that with my camera! Nonetheless, we have already planned our next trip back to ski and to participate in “Winter Pride!”

Purple and Pink Skies

As I was driving down Cambie street, and after spending the day shopping for my belated Christmas celebrations, I simply had to go check out the sunset. The sky was radiant with pink and purple, and I had my camera in the back seat! I wracked my brain to think of a vantage point to capture the city and sky, but couldn’t think of anything so decided to pull over at 12th and Yukon to snap a picture. After a few minutes I thought I would go down to Granville Island but on my way came across the most amazing view and yet again had to stop to capture what I saw! Take a look and let me know what you think!

PS – I’ve included the location below of where I captured the second picture from.