Mountain Sunset

I just can't get enough of these beautiful winter sunsets! One of the best things one can do in the midst of our winter is to spend an afternoon on one of the local mountains. I thought Vancouver's winters were gloomy until I discovered snow shoeing!

Mountain Sunset, acrylic, 24x30 by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki
(available in Buckland Southerst Gallery, West Vancouver)

The best thing about show shoeing is that it is easily accessible and there are many free trails! The trails are so well used that you don't even need snow shoes - just normal hiking boots are sufficient, although I recommend using slip-on spikes to prevent from slipping. All three Vancouver mountains have great winter trails:

- Seymour: Dog Mountain Trail ,  Brockton Point and Second Pump Trail
- Cypress: Hollyburn Trail
- Grouse: Dam Mountain Trail

Even if you don't like to hike, just driving to the top parking lot on Seymour or Cypress Mountain, or taking the Grouse Mt. gondola (not free) will give you access to walk around in the snow and see stunning views, especially at the sunset time. The spring is sneaking in, so there won't be much more opportunity to see those snowy trees - at least not until next winter.