After finishing the 4 semesters of my program I was taking, we had to do a month long practicum to graduate from the program. My program itself was based in Edmonton, Alberta but the practicum we could do at any hospital in Canada we wanted to. Some of the managers came over from Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering and said we could do our practicums in the hospitals in the Vancouver area if we wanted and that there was possibilities for jobs since they were expecting many vacancies. I had always wanted to see what the west coast was like felt like this was a great time in life to see what it was like.
I ended up finding a nice place in North Vancouver to live for the summer. I gotta say one of the most amazing things about living here was how close the hikes and amazing scenery was. A majority of the photos you will see in this gallery are no more than an hour drive from where I was living and I only lived about 20 minutes taking transit away from downtown Vancouver.
The weather during the summer where I resided in Vancouver was amazing I gotta say. I was expecting it to be fairly rainy and I was quite worried about the smoke from the upcoming forest fire season but the summer was actually fairly dry and western Canada had a very quite fire season fortunately.
The two photos above were taken at Lighthouse Provincial Park, accessible via the beautiful but sometimes busy Coastal Highway. This was my first time watching the sunset from the on shores like this and I gotta say it might have been the most peaceful moment of my life yet. I don't exactly think we were supposed to be up here at this time since there was absolutely nobody around but that's honestly what made it. I can remember the sounds of the waves crashing into the rocks below, breathing in that cool ocean air, and the golden light as the sun set behind the mountains in front. There was even a seal or two in the water below.
This set of photos above and below were taken in Lynn Headwaters and Lynn Canyon Regional Park. Only 15 minutes away from where I lived. The whole time I was there I just couldn't believe how close an area like this was. Living in Edmonton for the last few years I was kind of use to driving 4 hours to see this. I guess Vancouver is located in the Temperate rainforest afterall and North Vancouver is almost built going up the side of a mountain.
The photo on the left was taken from of the peaks of the Squamish Chief, located close to the town of Squamish and the two to the right of it were taken near and on the summit of Brunswick Mountain, the tallest of the North Shore mountains at 1,788m. Brunswick was a pretty fun climb, you end up climbing on all fours for the last bit of the climb and the views are just spectacular. The chief was interesting, had a couple fun sections with chains and ladders to help you get up but was also absolutely packed with people. Especially at some of the choke points, we had to wait 10-15 minutes just to get past.
The last two photos here were taken up on the way to climb Mount Seymour in you guessed it Mount Seymour Provincial Park. The friend I was going with on this day had been up this before with a group for sunrise a few weeks prior and said the views from up top were just amazing. We had set out with the intention with catching sunset on the summit and hiking down at dusk. The photo on the bottom right was taken on a hike over to Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park. We didn't quite make it to the top since the conditions really were not the greatest with visibility at basically nothing and it actually started to hail quite hard on the way back down. The hail actually looked quite neat and wished I took some photos of it on my camera.