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When he's not tackling the North Shore Mountains, you'll find David Webb at New Brighton Park with his dog—or possibly at the counter at 33 Acres.
As the editor of explore magazine—Canada’s most-read outdoor adventure publication—David Webb is firmly entrenched in the outdoor industry. David has been editing and writing for recreation and lifestyle publications for more than 15 years, and has hundreds of published articles to his credit—and plenty of on-the-ground time assessing equipment in the great outdoors.David will be judging our Fitness category for the Made in Vancouver Awards this year—everything from athletic accessories to outdoor gear. More about this judge—and his favourite takes on our fine city—below. Judge David Webb in his element. (Photo: William Fraser)
I’m more of a craft beer guy, but I do enjoy a margarita on a hot day—made with top-shelf tequila, fresh lime and on the rocks.
I’ll likely put more days in at Whistler Blackcomb than any other single hill, but I also enjoy sneaking away to lap the Brockton Chair at Mount Seymour on a powder day.
Flute Bowl at Whistler Blackcomb (Photo: Ruth Hartnup)
33 Acres (Photo: Ariana Gilrie)
New Brighton Park (Photo: Ruth Hartnup)
I’m almost hesitant to talk about it—but I think New Brighton Park is Vancouver’s hidden gem. It has the best dog park in the city. It has one of the only beaches in East Van (including a dog-friendly one!). It has a gorgeous outdoor pool that you can actually get into, rather than wait in line for. Vistas of the North Shore mountains, plus the Burrard Inlet and its up-close views of passing ships. And it’s never busy. Or at least it wasn’t.
Bells and Whistles (Photo Thomas Bullock)
It has gotten busier. Which, in many ways, is a good thing. More people respectfully enjoying our trails and parks means more people living a healthy lifestyle and connecting with nature. There are some casualties when spots get overrun—Joffre Lakes comes to mind, with Instagram culture being a culprit here—but there is a lot of wild country left to explore. So if you can’t find parking at Quarry Rock, time to research somewhere new. It’s why I love Vancouver—a city next to nature.