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6 of the Most Amazing “Undiscovered” Restaurants in Vancouver, Coast & Mountains, BC

When you think about dining in the Vancouver area we all know about the hottest restaurants with the crazy reservation list, or even worse, the line-ups, but what about when you want an amazing, but more low-key meal? There are so many places to eat in the region that it’s daunting to know where to start, so we’ve done the research for you and are pleased to present the following “undiscovered” restaurants for your dining pleasure. Read more…

Celebrate BC Craft Beer Month by visiting these 10 “Off-the-Beaten-Track” Craft Breweries

Vancouver has long been recognized as the capital of craft beer in Canada, but the folks at Vogue Magazine (yes, that Vogue Magazine) think that it might actually be the best in North America. And we can’t help but agree. With over 125 craft breweries and brewpubs, it really is a great time to be a beer lover in British Columbia. It seems that every week an amazing new microbrewery is popping up to provide locals and visitors the opportunity to discover new styles of beer. Whether your taste runs to hoppy IPAs and dark, creamy Stouts or to mouth-puckering Sours and crisp Pilsners, there is a craft beer for everyone. Read more…

Planning a Family Vacation – Three Generations Hit the Road to Penticton, BC

Every year, my mom and her husband take a road trip to the Okanagan, and this year they invited us to share in the tradition. The challenge? Juggling three family units, kids of varying ages (from 1 to 7), and opinions on everything from food to activities. Read more…

The Top 5 Things to Do in Penticton with Kids

Just a four-hour drive from Vancouver, Penticton is a lake city with small town charm, yet lots to do. We explored Penticton with our two kids, ages 7 (Fraser) and 3 (Douglas), for a week. It’s hard to choose our favourite activities so we left it up to them! Here goes. Read more…

10 Late Summer & Fall Picnic Spots in Vancouver, Coast & Mountains, BC

This time of year, with summer soon to become a memory, we find ourselves wanting to be outside as much as possible and we’re constantly on the lookout for great spots to throw down our picnic blanket and enjoy our meals al fresco! The evenings may be getting a little cooler, and the leaves may be starting to change colour, but we think that first hint of fall foliage makes our picnic spots even more special. And, whether it’s a simple sandwich, a multi-course takeout meal, or a basket full of fresh, local goodies, a picnic is a wonderful way to experience the region. Read more…

Fall Coho Fishing off Vancouver Island, British Columbia

On the southern tip of Vancouver Island Coho salmon enter the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the Pacific Ocean as they migrate to their home streams to spawn. This presents an opportunity to experience the thrill of Coho fishing!! Read more…

Hiking Near Whistler, British Columbia

The Whistler area is known to offer ample outdoor fun during both summer and winter months. I love going to Whistler because it’s less than a two-hour drive from Vancouver, yet it feels like a getaway, and is close enough for a quick weekend mini vacay. Whether you’re staying at a hotel or camping in the woods, the nature and stunning views in the surrounding area are simply breathtaking. Situated in the alpine forests, overlooking the coast mountains of the Squamish area it is the perfect home base for the outdoorsy souls. Read more…

Mosquito…..help? Ideas to combat the pesky bug!

Most of us who enjoy the outside during the spring, summer and early fall months have encountered a mosquito bite or two from these pesky little flies who play an important meal role for birds, bats, spiders, fish and others – but are ever-so-hated by humans. Read more…

9 of the Top Summer Music Festivals in Vancouver, Coast & Mountains, British Columbia

Summer is here which means that music festival season is upon us and the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region has music festivals to suit every musical taste! This summer festival-goers will enjoy everything from jazz and folk music to house music, blues and electronic dance music. And as amazing as the music will be, the locations are equally spectacular. With backdrops of mountains, oceans and rainforest this summer’s music festivals promise to be epic. Here are 9 of our favourites: Read more…

Ferry Trip Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, British Columbia

I had heard that the BC Ferries trip from Prince Rupert in the north to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island is like taking a cruise at a fraction of the price. As Prince Rupert is nearly 54 degrees latitude, mid-June is a wonderful time to do so, being light from early morning to late evening. I was heading south to my home on Vancouver Island. Read more…