Shannon Falls and The Stawamus Chief (day hike)
One of the great things about my blog is that it does actually serve as a repository of all the cool things I’ve done in my life in Vancouver for the past three years. While quickly searching for the last time I wrote about Shannon Falls and The Stawamus Chief, I found out that JT and I had last visited these provincial parks in September of 2007, almost two years ago. However, both of us have very fond memories of this hike, and we wanted to ensure to at least come once a year. So this past Sunday we headed north in the direction of Squamish (British Columbia) for a quick day trip. We both thoroughly enjoy hiking and we’ve done it enough times together that we know the pace that we enjoy. Moreover, this is perhaps one of the few hikes where we can actually have meaningful, in-depth conversations, an activity that (while tiresome, at times) we very much appreciate. I find that The Chief is a day hike that is usually best enjoyed when you engage in 2 or 3 additional activities, such as a short visit to the Shannon Falls Provincial Park, or a stopover at Pourteau Cove, a picnic near the lake, or even a quick visit to Squamish. I do have a couple of friends up there whom I am sure would have loved to have me and JT over to hang out and maybe have some tea. Next time, I am sure. JT and I went up for a couple of hours (we just reached First Peak) and then came down and stopped at Mountain woMan for burgers. I’ve written about this cute little place before but its history deserves its own entry. If I had to recommend a day hike, I’d always go first for Shannon Falls/The Chief. Not to be missed if you live in British Columbia.