You needn’t venture far — or overnight — for adventure

August 26, 2008 · Print This Article

You needn’t venture far — or overnight — for adventure

Dana Gee, The Province

Text CR Dana Gee
Photo CR Louise Christie

Published: Monday, August 18, 2008
Original Article

Plain and simple, my idea of camping is no room service.

Now I know that sounds like something a spoiled princess would say, but really, it’s just something someone who doesn’t like to carry heavy things on her back and be dirty would say.

But just because I have no desire to zip myself into a sleeping bag doesn’t mean that nature is out of the question. I am a fond sampler of the great outdoors — I just like to do it one day at a time and have a roof over my head when I am finished.

So that in mind, the Vancouver area is the perfect place for low-impact adventurers like myself to enjoy recreation-based day trips.

“You can do everything year round,” says Jack Christie, a Vancouver-based recreation and travel journalist. “I don’t think there is a better place than Vancouver.”

Christie, the author of 52 Best Daytrips from Vancouver, says the day-trip opportunities are growing every day.

“I think it’s a sign of our times,” says Christie. “It’s kind of like the slow-food movement. You know, eating food from nearby. It’s a slow-travel movement. People want to explore closer to home.”

Christie and his photographer wife, Louise, travel every week of the year. Sometimes they go far, but most of the time it’s day trips such as the one they took to Squamish recently.

“We kept going from one thing to another and really thought this town was far out,” says Christie about rediscovering his old Howe Sound friend.

The pair hiked, paddled, swam and walked the Squamish Estuary.

“We did all this and didn’t even do some of our favourite things, like riding our bikes,” says Christie, who suggests people check out the Squamish Adventure Centre ( “I couldn’t believe the choices — that’s what is great.”

A favourite choice of Christie’s is even closer to home.

“The great thing about living here is the number of regional parks,” Christie says of the 24 parks in and around the Lower Mainland.

“Everyone really has a regional park almost right out their back door.”

Like Christie, Brian Jones, the director of the Squamish-based Canada West Mountain School ( — who this past spring reached the summit of Mount Everest, giving him No. 7 in his seven-highest-summits-on- seven-continents quest — loves the day-trip possibilities our location presents.

“I like the region because of the access to mountains, other recreation and that there are still relatively few people out there, even in the popular areas,” says Jones, whose favourite climb of the seven was the 4,884-metre-high Carstensz Pyramid in Papua Indonesia.

“[This area] is so much better than other parts of the world, especially Europe. I have been on every continent in the world and I haven’t found another place like this.”

Jones, who averages three international trips a year, says that, when he’s home, he’s “out locally all the time.”

“I haven’t discovered what my threshold for cabin fever is yet because I’m always out.”

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