Category Archives: Canada’s British Columbia

Faces the wind park

Cates Park was located at the mouth of Indian Arm, a thirty kilometre fiord. Across Burrard Inlet from its stony beach was Burnaby Mountain to the south, and Belcarra Park to the east. With over five hundred fires burning in the province, on the day I visited, the outlook was hazy from smoke drifting in from the interior. Continue reading Faces the wind park

Crazy for birds exhibition

I was ready to exit North Vancouver’s Maplewood Flats when the sound of an exquisite guitar player lured me into a building near the entrance to the bird sanctuary. The 25thanniversary photography exhibition was in progress when I stepped through the entrance of the Corrigan nature house. Continue reading Crazy for birds exhibition

North Shore mudflats

I have a thing for mangroves and mud. Perhaps it’s because of the days I followed in my father’s footsteps as he traipsed through mud catching crabs, sinking into the depths of the smooth, squelching ooze. Continue reading North Shore mudflats

Maplewood Flats hiking trail

Located on Vancouver’s north shore, I followed this easy trail, keeping track of the direction I headed because there were no signs to direct walkers back to the exit. Continue reading Maplewood Flats hiking trail

Birdwatchers on patrol

In spite of living only half an hour’s drive from Maplewood Flats Wild Bird Sanctuary, I had only ever driven past heading further a field. This quiet corner of North Vancouver offered excellent views of Burrard Inlet, and I was keen to explore the reserve even though I was no bird watcher. Continue reading Birdwatchers on patrol

Art in the woods

Replicas of squatters’ cabins were sculptured along Maplewood Flats off the Burrard Inlet in the exact location where they  originally stood during the 1940s. Hovering over the tidal mud flats, the cabins on stilts housed a community of squatters who, by the 1960s, were hippies, artists and displaced loggers who craved nature and self-sufficiency. Continue reading Art in the woods

Hidden gardens

Tucked away in a corner of a North Vancouver shopping centre was peaceful Park and Tilford gardens. Sponsored by the merchants of the shopping centre, these gardens were free to wander. Continue reading Hidden gardens