I consider myself very, very lucky to live in Vancouver, BC. Although I wasn’t born here, my parents decided to move our small family out west when I was just a wee one (1 years old). Admittedly, I’m not a huge outdoor-sy person but I do appreciate living in the woods, snuggled in between the mountains and the ocean. The air here is clean and crisp and the constant rain (although depressing) makes everything green as can be. I can be up a mountain in less than a 5 minute drive, same goes for being at the beach. It’s lovely.
Although I live on the North Shore, an area surrounded by hiking trails and mountains to climb and explore – I never, ever go hiking. I’m just not a huge fan of bugs or bears and like what does one even wear? I’m definitely a city girl at heart (I was born in Toronto).
However, knowing that I will probably be leaving Vancouver very soon – lack of living-wage jobs and exorbitant housing/rental prices does not make a city very friendly – I’ve decided to take advantage of Vancouver, while I still can. So, I decided to start getting out into this nature that surrounds me. I thought I’d begin with baby steps – don’t wan’t to overwhelm myself like that time I did the Grouse Grind without so much as a water bottle (wtf was I thinking).
Quarry Rock in Deep Cove is a very popular destination for tourists and locals alike (try finding a parking spot after 9am and you’ll see what I’m talking about). It’s a relatively easy hike with a very rewarding view from atop the mountain. Unfortunately, it’s a slow crawl of a hike if you come on the weekends because it’s just so jam packed with people (and the trail is pretty narrow at parts). I suggest coming early in the morning on a weekday (mid-week is best) as there is much less human traffic.
I do prefer to exercise inside a gym as weight-lifting is one of my absolute favourite activities but it was nice to get outside and sweat it out in nature. I felt very calm after the short hike and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to spice up their routine or take a bunch of friends/family who may be visiting.