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Local’s Tip: a Transit-Accessible Hike in North Vancouver via Explore BC

Sept. 03, 2014, Leah Poulton wrote an article about transit-accessible hikes around Vancouver and name-checked a few of my faves. So, i chimed in with some annotations which are shared below to augment the original article.

May I offer a few tips from someone who has marauded through these trails in various patterns over many years?

First, by starting the trip in Deep Cove and ending up in Lynn Valley, it makes for a little bit of a shorter trip getting home if you live in Vancouver. But either way I advise a stop at The End of the Line Café.

This location has housed a general store of some kind since the old logging days and now is filled with a ridiculous assortment of imported candies (esp. England and The Netherlands), plus a variety of chutneys to make your picnic lunch extra special, neat toys (balsa wood airplanes and sock monkeys) and decent coffee… and my favourite: trail pucks. Tell them Uncle Weed sent you. You won’t be disappointed whether you start or finish there it’s right by the trailhead.

Next, as a young Scout growing up in Surrey, we hiked along the Baden Powell trail in various parts a few times when it was still more primitive (or i recall it that way) and the houses weren’t built up so close to the trail. I remember camping along the Baden Powell trail – which seems like it would be verbotten now.

I remember one particular night sitting around the campfire at about 12 years old with the other scouts from Whalley when a mountain lion came and sat right in our camp fire circle with us. You could see his/her muscles, sinews, teeth and quickly realized there was nothing you could do except chillout and make no sudden movements. Fortunately my fellow Khaki Scouts didn’t freak out as we watched this creature, larger than any of us, including our wide-eyed volunteer scout leader. I don’t know if s/he stayed for 10 seconds or 20 minutes but it’s moment I’ll never forget.

Finally, one more transit tip. If you decide to go from Deep Cove to Lynn Valley (this was my preferred method because my house was right by the Lynn Canyon end of the trailhead and had a sauna for warming up after and autumn or winter hike) and you’re eager to get home, you can take the 210 bus.

Catch it just around the corner from the aforementioned End of the Line Café, and it’ll roll ya to the very houseline to the top of Mountain Highway, then all the way down through Lynn Valley Centre, to Phibbs Exchange, across Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and then express service through East Van (stops at Renfrew, Commercial, Nanaimo & couple more) finally ending up at Burrard Skytrain station.

Certainly not as scenic as the “three dollar harbour cruise” Sea Bus, but if you are in a hurry, and especially if you live in East Van, this can be a winner.

Great article Leah! I’m hoping your next one is a brewery tour of the North Shore with 3 stops (at least) now pouring.

The section of the Baden Powell Trail between Lynn Canyon and Deep Cove in North Vancouver is a great transit-accessible hike in Vancouver. One of the things I really love about Vancouver is that it’s completely possible to live or visit here without having access to a vehicle.

Source: Local’s Tip: a Transit-Accessible Hike in North Vancouver – Explore BC

“Navigating New Territory” – More from #SOMET12

November’s #SoMeT12 – a symposium about Social Media in the Tourism industry – held in El Paso, Texas does seem like ages ago now. But every so often – like now, just getting back into the swing of things in Vancouver and dealing with the unenviable task of sorting through hundreds of emails in my inbox – something pops up from the past.

I had a great time speaking to delegates representing many countries, regions, cities and so on at #SoMeT12 and it was great to find myself quoted in a story about all things SoMeT.

Here’s an excerpt:

Dave Olson, vice president of community at HootSuite, ended his presentation about building an impassioned and actively supportive community around a brand or destination by asking the question, “How do you measure happiness?” On the surface, it seems a flip remark for a serious business to consider, but most businesses know that a happy customer is a returning customer. Just as most meeting planners know that a happy conference community keeps attendees coming back.

For the full post, checkout Rob Hodge’s article Navigating New Territories in Connect magazine.

Talking Social to Tourism Students at Capilano University

Talking Social Tourism in El Paso at #SoMeT12 – Artifacts

I was recently asked to present at #SoMeT12 – a symposium about Social Media in the Tourism industry  – held in El Paso, Texas.

On November 8, 2012 a day after the US election, plenty of stories and hugs were passed around to the delegates representing many countries, regions, cities and so on. It was great to connect with everyone and talk tourism and social media, plus enjoy some Tex-Mex food and a wee splash of sunshine in a historic park.

SoMeT12 Portraits

Read on for some fun highlights of my visit:

Social Media Tourism Symposium Official Recap

Mikala Taylor wrote a detailed re-cap of my talk – here’s an excerpt to set the stage:

One of these kids was doing his own thing: and at SoMeT12 that kid was HootSuite’s VP of Community, Dave Olson. Dressed in a burgundy jacket and sporting impressive mutton chops, Olson woke the bleary crowd at 8:30am with an energetic talk about sparking conversations, and how to create a social media journey.“I’ve been to destinations”, he joked at the tourism crowd, before reminding everyone that travel really is just about “making friends and sharing stories.” “Five years from now,” he said, “the tools will be totally different…Social media is just a weird term of convenience. It’s just about listening.”

SoMeT12 Portraits

Click here for the full article, HootSuite’s Dave Olson: “Social Media is a weird term of convenience. It’s just about listening”

Slides

Here is the slide deck I used during my talk made up of both personal and professional anecdotes including my experiences hitchhiking around Europe, Japan and elsewhere:

Bonus: Check out more DaveO presentations

Photo Gallery 

With an audience of social media enthusiasts, no doubt the tweets and photos flowed on, catch a few below or more at Clemens Schuster’s Flickr Stream (who travelled all the way from Austria for the event):

Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 4.19.24 PMPhoto courtesy of SoMeT12

Snapshots

I also took a few snaps while out on a walk around town plus a visit to the Hoppy Monk bar on the Mexican border, out for a few tasty meals, and glances at various pawn shops and parks.

Elvis at Dave's Pawn Shop in El Paso

Dave and Elvis in El Paso

Boxing Hall of Fame in El Paso

En Route to Airport in El Paso

See, my tiny old hard shell suitcase with stickers all over it. I don’t travel without it!

Here’s my suitcase and Owly.

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Photo courtesy of @vlpmeriposa

Check out Toque and Canoe’s feature, In the Suitcase with Dave Olson, for my packing secrets.

Visit my flickr set, El Paso Mission, for more photos.

A couple of highlights I enjoyed most were handing out some mad HootSwag and asking the social media savvy audience to tweet my mom (@manorbrooks) during my presentation.

More tweets & highlights at  HootClub’s #SoMeT12 Storify page

Audio Dispatch

After the conference, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Catherine Heeg (@catherineheeg) of Customized Management Solutions to talk about the #SoMeT12 conference and HootSuite’s new and exciting features (we caught up at the airport of all places, and were briefly interrupted by the PA system as you’ll hear in the interview). Read the interview recap at Catherine’s Customized Management Solutions Blog.

Catch my interview with Catherine Heeg here

Destination Tourism Marketing Roundup #SoMeT12

CMTY Building: Dave and Connor Talk Tourism and Social Media

Dave, VP of Community at HootSuite and colleague Connor chat from the coffee shop on topics including: Tourism conference in El Paso, my first trip to Europe in 1993 and the role of the Internet in travel.

Midnight Riverside Joint with the Dopefiend – Choogle on #51

With a enormous joint of Kemo bud, Uncle Weed hauls his UK counterpart The Dopefiend into the woods on Vancouver’s North Shore to talk about stoner travel delights in BC, break down the cult of the Purple Kush and explain the true meaning of chooglin while the the river rolls by while the stone mason rambles a tune from the woodshop.

Toke up Midnight Riverside Joint with the Dopefiend – Choogle on #51 (15:09, 13MB, .mp3)

Midnight Riverside Joint

Bonus:
Lynn Valley Park Suspension Bridge pics: