Vancouver in pictures: there’s still time for bretzel, haxen, and schnitzel at the Vancouver Christmas Market!

School’s out and wondering where to take the family? You might want to check out the Vancouver Christmas Market at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza open until December 24th. On the corner of Georgia and Hamilton, it is one square block of Christmas magic that is accessible by transit and car. Check out the website here for hours, prices, and vendors.  Continue reading

The temperate rainforest awaits less than an hour away – Lynn Canyon, Vancouver

 

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Just a short drive from downtown Vancouver (or a less than a one hour bus ride), Lynn Canyon Park is a great place to take the family exploring. Located in the temperate rainforest, this park’s 241 hectares makes for a perfect day getaway from the city.

I spent last weekend exploring Lynn Canyon’s trails (pretty much all of them and it won’t take you more than an afternoon to do it) and was happy to find many fellow walkers, runners, hikers, and four-legged friends enjoying a crisp autumn day! Continue reading

Young family? Girls trip? Outdoor enthusiast? – Iceland has something for everyone

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I returned from Iceland a couple of months ago and am looking forward to sharing more of my adventures there with you! In the meantime, here’s what Jenn, Eileen, Sangeeta, and Steph had to say. I had initially posted this on a page but it’s much easier to share with you as a blog post 🙂

Recently, I invited world travelers Jenn, Eileen, Sangeeta, and Steph to share their individual experiences traveling in Iceland. They all had different traveling styles – traveling with a young family, all girls trip, great Icelandic camping adventure; their one unifying factor – they are awesome people. They are also all respectful travelers who really know how to make the most of an overseas adventure. Continue reading

Vancouver’s Hidden Treasure – Pacific Spirit Park

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It’s no secret that Vancouverites love being outdoors and why wouldn’t they? It is literally at their doorstep. Everyone knows about Stanley Park but if you’re wanting to go on an easy hike away from the city without having to travel too far, then Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a good bet!

I had the pleasure of discovering Pacific Spirit Park myself this weekend and it was a welcome escape from the city. What a great place to discover things great and small at your own leisurely pace.

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BuskerFest and 5 seconds of billboard fame – things to do in Toronto

I spent a great afternoon today at BuskerFest. I love a good street festival but BuskerFests are a special breed of street festivities. They remind me of childhood weekends spent in Montreal’s old port. If you’re lucky, you can attend an intimate magic show and an acrobatic spectacular all in one day. Perhaps one of the best parts is that you pay what you can – $1, $5, $100 – it’s up to you!

Toronto’s BuskerFest 2015 opened today and continues to August 30th 2015. Check it out if you have the chance. There is plenty of street eats, artists from around the world, and you’ll be supporting Epilepsy Toronto. Plus, how often does Yonge street (which was mistakenly thought as the longest street in the world until 1999) close for your pedestrian enjoyment?

Commuting by transit is probably your best bet but if you’re driving, the Eaton Centre parking remains open from both the Yonge and Bay street entrances.

Also, don’t forget to bring lots of change to support all the great artists whose work you’ll be enjoying!

Here’s a sample of what you might find at BuskerFest TO 2015:

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Close Act – Saurus

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Nathaniel Rankin

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Witty Look

Bonus: if you tweet your post with #SamsungBusker, it’ll appear on the the Samsung billboard screen in Dundas square and a $1 will be donated to Epilepsy Toronto. 5 seconds of fame for a good cause? Why not! I was super excited to see my tweet up on the screen 🙂

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Have fun travelers!