It is Victoria Day Weekend in Canada: the first long weekend that officially kicks off the summer. Regardless of the weather.

We tossed around a few possibilities for an activity and ruled out a road trip. We thought of going to Saltspring Island for the Saturday market but, from here, it is a 3 hour ferry ride each way. And we decided we wanted a movement kind of weekend – not a sit-down event.

So we decided to cross off a couple of hikes we haven’t done in Vancouver yet – in North Vancouver. On Saturday we went to Lynn Canyon Park where a suspension bridge crosses the ravine. Impressions: tall trees, fragrant air, and stairs. Hundreds of them. And a ravine with emerald-green water.

After we got back to the car, we went further back down the road to Deep Cove where we immediately thought about staying. Forever. It is just that pretty.

Deep CoveLooking for a spot for a nibble, I jokingly said we should ask for the raw, vegan, gluten-free place in town and on the next block we found just that. They make gluten-free crepes with so many delicious choices it was hard to choose. I had Nutella and banana crepe – for the magnesium in the banana you understand.

On Sunday we decided to head out to North Vancouver in the opposite direction and go Squamish, to the Sea to Sky Gondola to take us up to wondrous views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains.

Two days of fresh mountain air, scented with pines and cedars, and being active. We had to drive to get to both of these places of course, but so much less of a drive (and no waiting in line) as we would have had we gone to one of the Islands or across the border. And the best thing is that we didn’t buy any stuff.


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