Vancouver ranked third in the world for quality of life in a recent survey, and the city is well-known for its natural beauty.
As such, there are many opportunities throughout the region for forest bathing - a practice that is inspired by the Japanese tradition of 'shinrin-yoku.'
Participating in this mindfulness-based practice invites you to disconnect from the business of daily life. As such, it encourages both body and mind to slow down.
Have a look at four of the best places to enjoy some time outdoors in the Lower Mainland.
Stanley Park offers over 400 hectares of park space as well as stunning ocean views. In addition, the park includes plenty of quiet places where people can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. There are also numerous water features throughout the park, which are ideal for peaceful reflection in nature.
Located within Metro Vancouver, Burnaby Mountain offers a variety of hiking options as well as opportunities for a casual stroll. If you are already on the mountain you may opt to walk around the campus and then gaze out from its epic lookout point. Alternatively, you might want to start on one of the beautiful trails, and then find a quiet place to sit down and enjoy the beautiful view.
Lighthouse Park offers one of the most awe-inspiring perspectives of the coastline. Not only does it have a beautiful lighthouse, but it also offers beautiful rocky shores to walk along, as well as deep, lush woods. Best of all – this unique gem is a short drive from downtown Vancouver. As a result, you can easily get in some much-needed time for nature during your day. This hike is also offers Fido-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your doggo at home.
Minnekhada Regional Park
The Minnekhada Regional Park is located in northeast Coquitlam and is over 200 hectares in size. As such, there is ample room to discover its myriad wildlife, which includes Wood Ducks, beavers, and other wildlife. It is also home to a marsh, and has a lovely picnic area. Visitors may opt to go for a longer hike or simply enjoy a stroll through the beautiful area.
Schedule: Forest Bathing in Stanley Park
Nature Connected will host a series of walks this spring that will introduce you to a variety of techniques designed to develop and/or deepen your connection with nature. The four-week series teaches a range of, "techniques designed to develop and/or deepen your connection with nature." A cup of forest tea will be served at the end of every session.
The walks are offered in partnership with the West End Community Centre, and advanced registration is required in-person or online.
Tuesday, May 14 - West End Community Centre Lobby
Tuesday, May 21 - Stanley Park Bus Loop
Tuesday, May 28 - Second Beach Concession
Tuesday, June 4 - Third Beach Concession