Last year we were living in Toronto and decided that we should plan a trip Christmas trip to Vancouver to visit friends who had recently moved the previous summer.

We had tried to go snowshoeing on Boxing Day but with a 2 hour wait in traffic on Cypress, and then to miss the Nordic area turnoff and end up on the ski runs instead we decided to head back home and postpone until New Year Eve.

So on New Years Eve, we headed back up to Cypress and spent a couple of hours wondering the trail and admiring the beautiful weather and scenery.

Snowshoeing on Cypress Mountain – New Years Eve 2015
Sony A7II with Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm
By the end of the trip, both Geoff and me had decided that we would quite like to move to Vancouver. Of course, we had hoped that we might make it by the end of 2016, so it did take us slightly by surprise when we moved in May.
This year we had talked about maybe snowshoeing on Christmas Day, but since we were going over to our friends for dinner on Christmas Eve, and then hosting them for dinner in return on Christmas Day (and also given I am not the worlds’ best cook and was trying to cook a beef and chicken roast), we thought maybe it would make more sense to delay to New Years Eve.
And so starts a “sort of” tradition….mainly because if we are all in Vancouver during the New Year, then we will try and do it 🙂
This year collectively in the car over coffee and donuts, we finally made a decision to try doing the Dog Mountain lookout trail up on Mt Seymour. And I wanted to practice my driving in the snow.
I am very successful at tiki tours (see #6) so we took a couple of small detours along the way, before finally making it to the mountain turn off.
The new snowshoes got a pretty good run for their money and I was pleasantly surprised that the yoga was paying off and I wasn’t completely unfit. Sadly the weather wasn’t quite as cooperative so the view from the lookout was just fog and snowflakes, but it was still super pretty. There were also lots of lovely doggies to covet the whole way.

Snowshoeing on Dog Mountain, Mt Seymour – New Years Eve 2016
Sony A7II with Canon 40mm
By the time we made it back to the car the snow was really starting to come down, and I decided I wasn’t that keen to practice driving in snow after all. Luckily someone else took over.
I didn’t take nearly as many photos with the big camera this year, although there were a lot of Instagram stories
Anyone else have any New Years traditions that they have started recently?

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