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Running in Vancouver

6 Jul

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling out to Vancouver for work for a week. As Vancouver is one of my favorite places to run, I excitedly packed my running gear and planned to get in several runs while out there.

I typically run on my own but a colleague of mine convinced me to let him tag along. I knew I could maintain roughly the same pace so I reluctantly agreed.

As it turns out, I ran stronger running with someone else, had a good chat with a colleague and had someone with me who could take my photo in beautiful, scenic Vancouver! Definitely beats out the million running selfies I have taken myself.


Work had us staying at the Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard, right downtown. Having been to (and run in) Vancouver before, I lead my colleague on our run. On the first day, I headed down Burrard towards the harbour and ran along the waterfront until we reached Stanley Park and the Seawall.


We ran along the water (and stop as I posed for the photograph above) and then looped back through the park for our return. Stanley Park is an absolutely beautiful place to run. For anyone traveling to Vancouver, I highly recommend running, walking or biking through the Park. A must see in the city.

On our second run, we took off on Burrard in the opposite direction towards the Burrard Street Bridge. We took the stairs just under the bridge to run along the water towards Stanley Park. I wanted to run by the beaches in the area and happily past English Bay Beach and Sunset Beach. It was a windy day and the entire first half of the run along the water felt like running into a wall. Good thing the view was nice!


My third run was a solo run. I didn’t have my photographer with me that morning and didn’t want to take any running selfies this time. That day I headed out towards the Burrard Street Bridge again but instead of going towards Stanley Park, I turned the opposite way and ran along the water all the way to Science World.

I passed amazing looking waterfront condos and imagined what it would be like to live there and runs these routes year round! Then I snapped back to reality realizing I could NEVER afford to live there but could happily settle for running these amazing routes every time I visit this great city!

From Vancouver,  I flew directly to Newfoundland and of course managed to sneak a couple runs in there too – stay tuned for that recap!




Running in Canada

3 May

Last summer I did a lot of traveling in Canada and took the opportunity to run in as many different Canadian communities as I could. I love running when I travel (hence the origins of this blog), and I hope to keep it up again this summer as I have a few more trips planned.

Last summer I didn’t have a chance to post a blog about every Canadian province and city/town I ran in, so I wanted to include a bit of a wrap up here:

Province: Quebec   –     Community: Sherbrooke

I was in Sherbrooke, Quebec in August 2013 visiting my husband who had been there for 3 weeks for the 2013 Canada Summer Games. I was training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon at the time and had a long run scheduled for when I was in Sherbrooke, so I set out early one morning to tackle the paths in Parc Jacques Cartier.


It was a beautiful August morning and not really knowing where I was going in Sherbrooke, I thought it was easiest to stick to the Parc and the pathways in it.


The scenery in the Parc was beautiful. I had to do a couple loops of the paths to get in the mileage but since it was around a gorgeous lake, I did not mind.


Province: British Columbia      –     Community: Whistler

After my short stay in Sherbrooke, my husband and I headed west to British Columbia. We had never been to Whistler so headed there are a few days and needless to say, loved it.


There are so many trail in Whistler that there was no shortage of places to run. I headed out on the trails as my husband set out on a mountain bike.


Before long, I was in the woods and greeted by gorgeous lakes and mountains – certainly not what I am used to see living in Eastern Canada.


I loved running in Whistler. I was lucky enough to have a perfect day and hope to get back there one day,


Province: British Columbia       –      Community: Vancouver

From Whistler, we headed to Vancouver for a few more days and I certainly did not want to miss my opportunity to run in that great city. I knew I wanted my first run there to be around Stanley Park and as we were staying right downtown this was not going to be a problem.


I started near the Olympic Cauldron and headed for the one and only Stanley Park.


I had been to Stanley Park a few times but never on the run. I would love to live in Vancouver for the simple fact that they can run outside year round without as much hassle as we have in Ottawa.


The path was as crowded with runners, cyclists, walkers and tourists as you would expect for a mid-August day but that didn’t take away from any of my enjoyment of the run.

I ended my run at English Bay and loved that there was a beach so close to the downtown. IMG_1815

I had a few other runs in Vancouver throughout various parts of the city but didn’t have a camera with me to document it. I think Vancouver and Whistler are certainly a runner or any outdoor enthusiasts’ dream.

Province: Prince Edward Island        –     Community: Lakeside

I also ran in Prince Edward Island this summer and blogged about it here. I’ve mentioned it on the blog before but this is probably one of my favorite places in Canada, Lakeside Beach, a place that I have run since I was a child and somewhere I hope to continue to run (or walk) until I am in my old age…..I never tire of this place….


So that recaps my cross Canada running adventures last summer. Stay tuned for this summer as I venture both east (to Newfoundland) and west (back to Vancouver).

I think it’s time I make a new running goal. I don’t have a time frame for this but I would like to make it my goal to run in every Canadian province – if I can make that a race in every province, even better. So, if you know of any awesome races in Canadian cities or can share any of your favorite running routes, please let me know so that I can reach this goal!


Running Advent Calendar – Day 17 – Victoria, BC, Canada

17 Dec

Today is Day 17 of my Running Advent Calendar. I have been exploring different running route from around the world everyday for the first 24 days of December leading up to Christmas. As it has been several days since I mentioned a running route in my home country, today I bring you a running route from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


As large as Canada is, it is just as diverse. Victoria, BC is located on the far western part of the country, and experiences weather and climate differently than cities in the eastern part of the country do (where I live).

Although only having been to Victoria twice, I have fallen in love with its beauty and wonderful, temperate climate. It is located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, and has the mildest climate in all of Canada. Its appeal of being able to run in shorts year-round has not been lost on me!


There are a multitude of beautiful routes that can be accessed year route, but again, I am a sucker for routes near water and major sites in a city, so I have selected a running route through downtown Victoria, around the Inner Harbour and with a final loop around nearby Beacon Hill Park.


This route takes in a lot of the major sites in Victoria, my favorite of which is the gorgeous waterfront views of the famous Empress Hotel and the stunning Legislature building.

Stay tuned for Day 18 of the Running Advent Calendar tomorrow and check out Days 1 – 16 of my Running Advent Calendar here in case you missed them:

Day 1: Lakeside, PEI, Canada

Day 2: Loch Lomond, Scotland

Day 3: San Francisco, California, USA

Day 4: Gatineau Park, Quebec, Canada

Day 5: Central Park, New York, USA

Day 6: London, England

Day 7: Paris, France

Day 8: Rome, Italy

Day 9: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Day 10: Boston, MA, USA

Day 11: Great Wall of China

Day 12: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Day 13: Hong Kong

Day 14: Venice, Italy

Day 15: Chicago, IL, USA

Day 16: Sydney, Australia 


Running Advent Calendar – Day 9 – Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada

9 Dec

It’s now Day 9 of my Running Advent Calendar (24 different running routes from around the world in 24 days) and after exploring some international routes the past few days, I bring it back to my home country of Canada – this time to Vancouver, British Columbia, specifically to Stanley Park.


Based on many of my past posts, it would appear that I have a great affinity for running in large, urban parks. Stanley Park is another one of those – and what an amazing park it is.


I have traveled to Vancouver twice and had the great opportunity to spend almost an entire day walking through Stanley Park with a friend. I have yet to run in the park, but thankfully was able to appreciate all that it offered on a walk.

I might be in Vancouver next summer so will certainly bring the running shoes and get out there for a run.

From what I remember, the seawall was a beautiful spot for a waterfront run, and the trails within the park offered spectacular views of the natural West Coast rainforest. The trees were by far the biggest trees I had ever seen in my life.

Trees in Stanley Park

The park is said to be bigger than Central Park, and is conveniently located near the downtown core of the city, making it easily accessible if that’s where you are staying.

This is most definitely a running route I hope to tackle one day in the near future!

Stay tuned for Day 10 of the Running Advent Calendar tomorrow and check out Days 1 – 8 of my Running Advent Calendar here in case you missed them:

Day 1: Lakeside, PEI, Canada

Day 2: Loch Lomond, Scotland

Day 3: San Francisco, California, USA

Day 4: Gatineau Park, Quebec, Canada

Day 5: Central Park, New York, USA

Day 6: London, England

Day 7: Paris, France

Day 8: Rome, Italy