This is Vancouver’s Most Awesome Outdoor Destination in 2014


mostawesome2014 Two things are guaranteed when you visit Capilano River Park i North Vancouver. The first is that you’ll see moss. Lots of moss. Lining the trees and the stumps and the rocks and anything along the sides of the numerous, miles-long trails – the shrouding of the rainforest that surrounds the river in this protected public park makes for ideal growing conditions – making sure your visit will be filled with visuals containing the greenest of greens, and the freshest of oxygen.

The third (and arguably most awesome) thing that’s certain is that you’ll see fish – MANY fish – and you’ll learn things about these fish that you probably didn’t know before you arrived. FOR FREE. Adjacent to the parking lot where you arrive is a working fish hatchery with a number of rearing ponds, displays and educational boards which walk you through exactly what’s happening with this most iconic of BC fish: the salmon. A few species of the fish are bred here and when they mature they are released, make their way down to the ocean and then years later they return up the river as adults. They go up a fish ladder which you can view through glass as these salmonids reach their very birthplace to lay/fertilize their eggs, filter the last few hits of oxygen through the water in their gills, pass away at their final destination… and then be eaten by birds and such. It is a wonder to see, only 20 minutes from the heart of our city.

Photo: Bob Kronbauer
Photo: Bob Kronbauer

This is one of our Editor’s Picks! Check out all of the winners of Most Awesome Awards from the Readers Choice below.

2014 Most Awesome Awards – Readers Choice

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Nominated by the readers of Click the links in each slide to learn more about the winners!

  • Most Awesome Building Manager

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    John Davis!

  • Most Awesome Teenager

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    Tomas Lang!

  • Most Awesome Amateur Sports League

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    Terminal City Roller Girls!

  • Most Awesome Sharing Advocate

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    Joni McKervey!

  • Most Awesome Good Will Ambassador

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    Bif Naked!

  • Most Awesome Graphic Design Advocates

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    Ross Milne and Grace Partridge!

  • Most Awesome Doctor

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    Doctor Julio Montaner!

  • Most Awesome Charitable Entrepreneur

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    Ken Lyotier of United We Can!

  • Most Awesome Sports Fans

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    Vancouver Whitecaps FC supporters!

  • Most Awesome Librarian

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    Sheila Mclean!

  • Most Awesome Free Thing

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    The Vancouver Public Library!

  • Most Awesome Walking Bridge

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    The one in East Van featured in The Raymur Mothers!

  • Most Awesome Place to Regain Faith in Humanity

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    Sol Convenience Store!

  • Most Awesome Public Park

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    Stanley Park!

  • Most Awesome Knitters

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    Knit Social!

  • Most Awesome TV Show

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    My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic!

  • Most Awesome Soup

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    Peaceful Noodle’s Spicy Tangy Dumpling Soup!

  • Most Awesome FREE Music Event Series

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  • Most Awesome Ocean Conservation Program

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    The Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise!

  • Most Awesome Local Food Advocate

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    Chad Brealey from Salt, Fresh & Field!

  • Most Awesome Animal Rights Organization

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    The BC SPCA’s Vancouver branch!

  • Most Awesome Kitchen Rescue Organization

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Bob founded Vancouver Is Awesome in 2008. He heads up the publication as our Publisher and Editor-In-Chief.