We don’t get many opportunities in our adult life to hangout in a tree house. A secret tree house at that. City living, for many of us in Vancouver, means a lack of a back yard and definitely no woods to call our own.
That’s alright, though. Some awesome people built a secret tree house in East Vancouver for us all to enjoy. Just don’t all go enjoy it at once, k?
It’s actually pretty easy to find once you know where to look.
Park your car on Fellowes Street by Bates Park and head down to the Trans Canada Trail that goes through the woods. Go left, towards the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, and you’ll see a big wooden ladder going up an even bigger tree.
Atop that tree? You guessed it. The aforementioned tree house. The view from up there is pretty great. So swallow your fear (and perhaps your beer) and climb on up.
We’ve gone back a few times now, and it’s never very crowded. We’ve seen a couple people hanging out before but they usually only stay for a short period of time and then you’ve got the tree house to yourself.
The last time we went I was 6 months pregnant. Which is something I would strongly advise against. A pregnant belly with a shifted center of gravity does not go hand in hand with heights! (The time I went when we drank the growlers of beers pictured above was NOT the time I was 6 months along. Just thought I should clear that up for the record…).
A big thanks to our good friend, Hep, for showing us this sweet secret hangout in Vancouver. Did you miss the post about the other one he showed us? The secret bunker in Lighthouse Park? You can find it here:
Vancouver is such an awesome city with a plethora of things to do that go above and beyond the obvious Capilano Suspension Bridge and biking the Stanley Park Seawall. Y’know, those usual “must-do” tourist lists you find online that all offer the same ten activities.
We look forward to sharing more of these hidden gems with you over the coming months so you too can experience the Vancouver that us locals love.