It has been about four months since Women Who Explore launched their local chapters all over North America. The result of empowering so many women, all over, has been more inspiring than I think any of us involved could have imagined.
We All Have Similar Fears
For me, as one of the ambassadors from the Vancouver group, this experience has been a highlight. I get to organize meetups, gain new friends, and we all get to share stories. The result is encouraging and empowering women to have the confidence to explore the world no matter what age, culture, fitness level, or background.
This opportunity has been particularly special for me since I only moved to Vancouver about 6 months ago. I moved with no job lined up and no girlfriends. I was nervous, scared to try and fit in to a new city, and didn’t know where to begin. Turns out I wasn’t alone in my fears. At our first meetup, where we took the time to get to know each other, we started as complete strangers but ended as new friends.
We’ve been knee deep in winter season so our monthly meetups have all been snowshoe hikes thus far; each one incredible in its own way. The first stop was pretty memorable as we took in some breathtaking views on the top of Hollyburn. It wasn’t an easy hike, but with the support of each of the women in the group, we did it. When we reached the top of the mountain, it was like you were on top of the world. More snow covered peaks surrounding you, with the deep blue ocean before you, it was almost like a painted picture. That hike was later followed by another backcountry snowshoe exploration adventure at Cypress.
Explore a different kind of Vancouver
In March however, we decided to mix things up trading in the mountains and snow shoes for a city adventure. We decided to explore Granville Island. When I think of Granville Island the first thing that comes to mind is their vibrant market, that offers every food, flower, and treat your heart desires. I think of all the local shops and cafes. What I don’t think of, is a fun nightlife, but on this recent Women Who Explore Vancouver adventure, Granville Island proved me wrong.
We started the night at Granville Island Brewery trying some delicious local craft beers. The brewery was established in 1984 and was Canada’s first microbrewery. Their flavors are unique, smooth, and delicious. They also really celebrate their Vancouver roots by using local ingredients whenever possible. On top of that, the brewery believes in zero waste, reusing bottles and feeding animals with left over grains. We had some amazing laughs and tasty beers at our first stop.
Stop number two, we made our way over to Bridges restaurant for some food. We reserved a spot on the second floor overlooking the water. The views over the harbor were beautiful as the sun set down. As for dinner, everything on the menu looked delicious but I went with the mushroom risotto. Over drinks, dinner, and dessert, we shared stories and spent time getting to know each other a little better.
The final stop of the night was when the laughs really started rolling as we made our way down to a Theatre Sports League improv show. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we had a chance to watch 12 insanely hilarious ladies perform. The show revolved around famous and successful women and let’s just say they had us in stiches the entire time.
The night was amazing. From getting to know the other women, to exploring the city, it made me realize that there is so much more to Women Who Explore. It truly is a community of excitement and empowerment that loves to get out doors but also just loves to get together for the laid back exploration.
I wanted to say thank you to the amazing ladies that have joined our girl gang. Thank you for your support, encouragement, laughs, and most importantly for your friendship.
What Comes Next?
I can’t wait to continue exploring with these incredible women. Each month we hold a special meet-up where we get outside and go on an adventure. We explore, we discover, we conquer fears and meet challenges head on. Each month we also get to know one another a little better, share a little more, become closer friends. We are currently in the process of planning an awesome April meet-up and we would love to see this community continue to grow. If you would like to be a part of Women Who Explore’s Vancouver chapter, visit our Facebook page and join. Come and explore our city with us with the most incredible women by your side.