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EXTRA, EXTRA CURRICULAR: Teen scribe blogs about best summer in Deep Cove

August 10, 2017


McKenzie,13, will be starting high school at Windsor in September. photo supplied

Some aspiring scribes at Seymour Heights Elementary are now published authors. The young writers took part in a pilot project spearheaded by North Vancouver Recreation and Culture and the North Vancouver School District, shortly before school let out for the summer. The assignment was for the youth to write about what they love to do for recreation and leisure, spanning topics such as sports, nature, the arts and other hobbies. Their stories can now be found on the Active Living Blog at In this column we are sharing a blog post by 13-year-old McKenzie, a Seymour Heights Elementary graduate who will be starting high school at Windsor in September.

Growing up outdoors

As I’ve been growing up, I’ve had the most amazing experiences and have been so very lucky. As a young girl I lived in a complex with many townhouses around ours. Every day I could spend outside with the kids in the neighbourhood was filled with its fullest potential. We would wake up super early and join each other outside with either 100 layers on to play in the snow, or shorts, T-shirts, and no shoes in the summer. Mom, I can’t thank you enough for washing my feet each summer night and making me hot chocolate when I was too numb to play outside any longer.

Getting older

Later on in my life of outdoor love. When I was 11 years old, me and my family stepped into our new adventure and moved to a beautiful house surrounded by trees, across from a river, and in walking distance to endless trails. I was truly in awe. I would go on walks with my family and of course there’s no forgetting our two bulldogs, or jump into the freezing cold river with my friends. Every day I become more grateful for the beautiful place I live in.

Outdoor memories

I will hold endless memories of the outdoors with me forever, including the summer of 2015 when my family and I hopped into our car and drove for hours to stunning Tofino, B.C. That experience was one of my all-time favourite things I’ve ever done. Especially the pink sunsets on the perfect sand beaches, and the small town with such kind people. Although at the time I hate to admit that I wasn’t very fond of doing it, I look back at it and ask myself why I wasn’t smiling the whole way. This experience was my family and I going on a board walk in a beautiful forest that took us to a small beach with crystal blue waters and wildlife at our fingertips.

Best summer ever

Here is another experience I will keep forever as my best summer ever! The summer of 2016. The summer began and ended in Deep Cove, what I may as well call my favourite place in the world. The way my hair turns to tight ringlets when I swim in the salt water then let it dry in the warm sun, or how wrecking my feet walking on rocks isn’t so bad when my toes finally hit the water. From having pizza and shaved ice as my daily meals to paddle boarding and swimming with seals, I can defiantly say I truly love North Vancouver and all its beauty.

Although as I get older I start spending more time on homework, phones, and staying inside, the little girl biking with my dad, or planting flowers with my mom will always be there and I will forever appreciate, admire, and love the outdoors and be grateful for all the joy it has brought me.

Every month we ask a Seymour or Deep Cove student to send us their musings on life and what they are learning in their elementary or high school. If you know a student who would like to participate, please email Crier editor Maria Spitale-Leisk at 

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