I’ll be the first to admit, be it the computer, my cell phone or Netflix; I spend a lot of time in front of a screen and as a result so does my son. Unfortunately this is all too common in families these days, with people working longer hours and technology, the screen on devices has become a part of our everyday lives for work, studies and leisure.
Growing up my days, outside of school and extracurricular activities, were spent riding my bike with my sisters around the neighborhood, exploring Squint Lake and the many creeks that run down off Burnaby Mountain, getting dirty and building forts in the nearby forested area with my friends. Of course we had computers but it was not until my early teens that social media and cells phone where as big as they are now. And now everything is a computer and there are so many game consoles for adults and kids to get caught up in after they’ve already spent a number of hours in front of desk top or ipad for work or school. So why not fight back against these seductive technological devices by stepping away from the screens and into the world!
Vancouver has a reputation for being wet, very wet and has been dubbed “The Raindrop City” and the weather can be discouraging in terms of getting away from that screen and outside to enjoy the beauty that this province holds but with the recent weather why not take full advantage of it and go have some real, good, natural old school fun with friends or family?
Below are some of my favorite outdoor places/activities in the Lower mainland that I try to take advantage of during the sunny days here in Vancouver:
1 -- Deer Lake / Burnaby Lake – sure these lakes aren’t the pinnacle of beauty but they are my little gems within the city.
2 – The Cleveland Dam – situated in North Van this place is great for a short hike with some stellar views.
3 – Lynn Valley / Lynn Canyon -- also situated in North Van, this oasis is a popular place for Vancouverites and tourists alike. There are many trails within that can be found for a more peaceful hike.
4 – Stanley Park / False Creek Sea Wall – walk or ride your bike along the sea wall and breath in that fresh sea air!
5 – Grouse Mountain/ Seymour Mountain
For the kids
1 – Queens Park – this park is situated in New Westminster and holds a fun park and Water Park as well as a petting zoo during the summer months.
2 – Maplewood Farm – this farm is a great way to spend the day with your little one while taking in some sun rays and interacting with the farm animals.
3 – Vancouver Aquarium
4 – Granville Island Water Park
5 – Capilano Suspension Bridge
And all of these are just scarping the surface of things to do outside this Spring/ Summer. I have made it a goal for myself and my son to take full advantage of the beautiful weather by getting outside on days that don’t require gum boots and an umbrella. Even if we can’t make it far we will at least hit up our local park. So put down the screen and step outside. It is more than worth it in this beautiful place we call home.