Essentially, urban exploration is just that: the exploration of urban or man-made areas. Every place has its own kind of building to explore, depending on the area’s history and geography. Every urban explorer’s dream is to visit Detroit, a city with entire blocks of abandoned buildings — including schools, theatres, hospitals, and so on — but British Columbia has a lot to offer as well.
The Trans Canada Trail comprises the longest network of recreational trails in the world. Stretching from the west coast of Vancouver Island to Canada’s east coast, one notable portion of the trail — the Rotary Trail — runs through Chilliwack, which allows you to enjoy various sections of the north dyke of the Vedder River. While the trail also offers up spectacular views of the surrounding mountains (including Cheam and Slesse), perhaps its most significant feature is its multi-use nature.
A guide to the trails and mountains worth visiting during the summer break by sports editor Vanessa Broadbent
Like the rest of Sasquatch National Park, the Hicks Lake area is dominated by thick second-growth forests which are home to all kinds of wildlife; a pair of deer bounded across the road in front of our car as we drove in, and we spotted several bald eagles. But the lake itself is the main attraction: soft, sandy beaches strewn with driftwood and outcroppings of ancient glaciated rock, with Mount Cheam peeking over the hills on the southern side of the lake.
The first thing you see when you approach the Mount Thom trail on Promontory Mountain in Chilliwack is stairs.
When you ride down the parallel road toward Abbotsford you are able to glimpse the people inside passing vehicles on Hwy 1: blank-faced drivers, passengers absorbed in their smart-phones, and back-seat sleepers. As I pedalled onward — clocking in at 55 minutes as Whatcom Rd. passed by — the sweat soaked my shirt and my legs started to ache. Yet I felt as if nothing this day had in store for me could weaken my spirit.
What is remarkable about the Othello Tunnels is not so much the view; it’s their rich history.
The first time I hiked Teapot hill, I didn’t notice the teapots.
The health benefits of walking are underestimated. Not only does it get you moving — which aids your muscles, heart, and joints — but it also reduces stress levels.
If you need a dose of Mother Nature and Mill Lake isn’t cuting it, try the Matsqui Trail.
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