Parks and Recreation – Enjoy the natural beauty of British Columbia

June 5, 2012 | By
Maple Ridge - Allouette Lake

Maple Ridge - Allouette Lake

British Columbia offers amazing nature and outdoor adventure for those of us lucky enough to live here…

With the amazing weekend weather we’ve recently been having, you would be remiss to neglect the beauty that abounds here in British Columbia.

From most any location in the lower mainland, we can look out our windows and encounter a breathtaking view. From the mountains, to the oceans, to the green foliage that surrounds us (due to – yes, the rain!). But if you haven’t taken the time to visit the parks and recreational areas that lace these mountains and oceans – let me take a minute to tell you about my recent run-ins with nature.

If you take a short drive over the Golden Ears bride from Langley into Maple Ridge,

View from the Chief

View from the Chiefyou will soon find yourself at

View from the Watershed patio

View from the Watershed patio

Allouette Lake. Part campground, part horse trail, this area also lends itself to a beautiful lake nestled amidst towering mountains. There are trails for walking and a concession stand for snacking, so grab a towel and head out to this little piece of natures nesting ground. It’s a day trip well worth the drive.

Head out a little further onto the Sea to Sky Highway and the options begin to mount. Shannon Falls is a 5-minute walk from your car to the base of her glory. Bring your camera …this Kodak moment is few and far between.

If your motivation is in full swing, take a walk past the falls and onto a trail that takes you on a hike that results in a breath taking view. Skip the stairs and walk through the forest past Shannon Falls to the Chief. This hike take 2-4 hours depending on your fitness level, and most would tell you the first peak is as far as you need to go for “simply amazing”. From atop this granite rock the view is spectacular and the accomplishment is “pat-on-back” worthy.

Stop for lunch at the Watershed before you make your way further down the road. This little gem, perched along the river in Squamish, has amazing food in an understated yet picturesque environment. It’s truly a destination point that will have your Facebook friends “liking” your photos and asking directions!

From there, there is a tiny stop right before your last lag to Whistler – known as Brandywine. It has an interesting history and an ominous waterfall …very different than the Shannon Falls and very much worth the 8-minute stroll to get there. It’s spectacular to say the least.

Take a day trip to any one of these jewels of nature, or make an adventure of it for the entire weekend. You won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face or the memories from your mind. Epic!


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Andrew is a West Coast enthusiast through and through. He is a native of the area that you will often find adventuring on one of the many sea to sky activities that abound in the Fraser Valley. Along with being in love with the place he calls home, Andrew is a well known and respected Realtor focusing on helping others to find their own perfect home in Langley, Surrey, White Rock and beyond! Visit to find your perfect home.

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