Wander Woman – Waterfront Renaissance Trail

Wander Woman – Waterfront Renaissance Trail

The mighty Columbia River that sustained indigenous tribes for generations, that transported Lewis and Clark on their journey of discovery, that Woody Guthrie sang about in the 40s and that today is the backbone of the Pacific Northwest’s economy, also makes a lovely backdrop for a stroll on a warm spring day.

The Columbia Renaissance Trail follows the Columbia River from Esther Short Park near the Interstate Bridge (I-5), to Wintler Park down by the Glenn Jackson Bridge (I-205). With Mount Hood standing watch in the distance, this flat, five-mile trail is perfect for a walk, a bike ride, or even rollerblading. On a beautiful spring day, my kids, some friends and I decided to check it out.

To find out what we discovered, pick up a copy of the May 2016 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Find more of my adventures here.

What are your favorite sights to see along Vancouver’s north shore? Let us know in the comments below!

Afton Nelson is a wife and mother of three boys, and a writer who loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family. Get to know her better at

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