Forest bathing, also known as “Shinrin-yoku”, is the act of “taking in the forest atmosphere”. Forest bathing has been part of holistic preventive healthcare in Japan for many years, having been scientifically proven that spending time in a forest has a significant positive effect on the human immune system and relieves symptoms of stress and burnout. Researchers have found what most of us already know, spending time in nature is good for us!
Whey-ah-Wichen/ Cates Park is better visited in off-seasons when less busy for forest bathing but the views of the water are incredibly peaceful. However, the area has great meaning and history with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation which you can feel while exploring.
Lighthouse Park has some of the oldest old-growth trees in the region. We recommend finding a spot away from the Lighthouse, the busiest part of the park, in the trees but close enough to the water to hear it crashing on the shoreline.
There are plenty of private spots around the shoreline of Rice Lake at Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.