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Horse Racing in British Columbia, Canada

There are two types of horse racing action in British Columbia – Thoroughbred racing and Standardbred racing. The Thoroughbred races take place at Hastings Park in Vancouver and are the type of races where a jockey rides the horse. Standardbred racing operates at Fraser Downs in Cloverdale (Surrey) where the horse pulls a sulky and driver around the track.

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Fraser Canyon adventures, British Columbia

I have recently become newly enamored of the Fraser Canyon region in British Columbia. Growing up in the Lower Mainland, my family often camped in the Canyon when I was a kid, but it wasn’t until more recently that I began to appreciate the history and natural features of the area. Here are my top recommendations for a weekend getaway to the Fraser Canyon and beyond.

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Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

When the name Harrison Hot Springs is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the luxury resort that features hot springs pools and hot tubs, but Harrison Hot Springs is also the name of the village, about an hour and a half drive east of Vancouver.

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Koko’s Activity Centre, Port Moody (Metro Vancouver) – Where Kids Have Fun!

Are you looking to banish the winter blues or beat the summer heat?  Koko’s Activity Centre located in Port Moody, British Columbia, has it all for you in a comfortable and safe environment. With ample parking (yes, they can fit your RV), children between the ages of 6 months to 99 years are provided with the opportunity to participate in various activities, which promote physical fitness, socialization, creative expression, with well-defined areas for specific age groups & activities.  When the kids need a cool down, there is a movie viewing area and free face painting on the weekends.

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Baby and Me Hikes: A fresh perspective for a bleary-eyed new parent

When I had my baby, I had only just moved from my social mecca of Vancouver to the quiet suburb of Port Coquitlam with my partner. I found myself truly lost in the social landscape of my new town, without local friends, colleagues or baristas who knew me by name.  After a couple of months of new-family bliss, my partner returned to work, and I took a long, hard look at the community I had adopted.  I needed to get outside, and I needed to get comfortable spending a lot of time close to home. Read more…

The Lower Fraser Canyon, British Columbia

According to Wikipedia the Fraser Canyon is “an 84 km landform of the Fraser River where it descends rapidly through narrow rock gorges in the Coast Mountains en route from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley.”  For Suzan and I it is a beautiful place to drive through enroute to the interior of BC. Read more…

International Peace Arch Park, Metro Vancouver

In the southernmost section of Surrey, near the shores of Semiahmoo Bay, a 67’ white monument known as the Peace Arch watches over travellers between the United States and Canada. This is one of Canada’s major border crossings and joins Highway 99 with Interstate 5 in Washington.

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Best Places to Spot Wildlife in British Columbia

Viewing wildlife is a fun activity for British Columbia residents and visitors, and there are many species of birds and small wildlife such as squirrels, rabbits, and opossums that can be easily spotted. Other wildlife are not so easy to find, hiding in the ocean or in mountain forests. Read more…

Bar rig fishing Coho salmon in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia

Do not own a boat and want to catch salmon? – not a problem, the Lower Mainland offers many quality places to fish. Each fall from September to December (autumn if you are English) I manage to get out for a few days of Coho fishing, usually on the weekend, and this year was no exception. One of the places I have fished twice already this season, with my son and friends, Steve, Lino & Rob, is Two Bit Bar, Fort Langley. Read more…

How to Camp With a Baby without Crying Like One

My partner and I are both avid campers. He does most of the heavy lifting, and I like to organize all of our gear and look for interesting trails and diversions in one of our many books of BC maps. We have enjoyed many nights in off-the-beaten track campsites around the province, hunkered down to play cards by candle light, enjoying a meal cooked on an open flame. Read more…

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