Photo Tour: A Peek Inside The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder | Photo: Disney Cruise Line

From the top of its mouse-ears-adorned funnel to its red-dipped ship base, the Disney Wonder cruise ship drips with Disney magic inside and out, while maintaining its reputation as a high-class luxury vessel.

First launched in Venice, Italy in 1999 (where the ship was built), the second oldest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet is known for its perfect balance of classic sleek and modern chic interior, boasting Italian-inspired decor that reflects the history of the venetian vessel in a classy yet stylish way.

After cruising regularly between Port Canaveral, Florida and The Bahamas for several years, the classic ship added Vancouver to its roster of departure cities in 2011, and became the only Disney cruise ship to call Vancouver home. The ship can be seen tucked up against Canada Place during the Spring and Summer months, offering regular sailings between Vancouver and Alaska from its downtown port.

For those of you who have only dreamed of boarding the dashing Disney vessel, here’s a peek inside the 11-deck ship.

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Photo Tour: A Peek Inside The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

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Lara Barlow, country manager for Travelzoo Canada, tells us that 83% of Canadians are traveling this year, and a survey says 51% of those who are travelling within Canada plan to visit BC and 32% plan to visit Vancouver specifically. Continue reading:
Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Vancouver International Children's Festival | Photo: VICF

Vancouver International Children’s Festival | Photo: VICF

Since 1978, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF) has been a staple event in Vancouver, leaving a lasting impression on the kids who attend the annual outdoor affair.

For me, 1986 was the most memorable year. While it was also the year of Expo ’86, my fondest memories are of the VICF – having my face painted, dancing along to the musical performances of my childhood idols (Raffi, Sharon, Lois & Bram, and Charlotte Diamond), and laughing at my favourite clown, Gumboot Lollipop, as she toddled and twirled on stage.

While the artists and venues may have changed over the years, the magic that surrounds the festival continues to shine year after year. Here are just 5 of the reasons why you should check out the Vancouver International Children’s Festival with your kids this month.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

Kidtropolis

The streets of Kidtropolis | Photo: Kidtropolis

Imagine a miniature city – its streets lined with decorative lamp posts and colourful store fronts. Complete with a hospital, a pizzeria, a grocery store, a theatre – all of the amenities of a real-life metropolis, with the buildings of the tiny town reaching no higher than 6 feet tall. All it takes is one ingredient to bring this magical city to life: imagination.

Kidtropolis, a new play place located in Richmond, BC, offers a refreshing take on indoor play spaces for kids. Packed with real props, costumes, and life-like architecture, the 17,000 square foot city is jam-packed with imagination stations – perfect for a day of pretend play. I recently visited this charming cityscape with my 3 children (ages 2, 6, and 8), and they absolutely loved it. Here are some of the highlights from our visit. Continue reading:
Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

While the quaint seaside village of Steveston has reached peak popularity thanks to fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time – who visit the spot looking to scope out the real-life version of the town where the show’s story takes place, the village is loved by locals for the real-life magic that the whimsical town has to offer. While the heritage fishing village of Steveston  features the perfect combination of modern, eclectic shops, diverse dining options, and historic sites, it is also an ideal destination for picnic lunches and frolicking in the sun while soaking up the surrounding scenery.

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Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

2016 Richmond Night Market Brings More Food and More… Dinosaurs?!

Richmond Night Market 2016

Image courtesy of Richmond Night Market | Facebook.com

Starting tonight, the Richmond Night Market will be opening its gates for the summer season to bring us food, cheap socks, and entertainment during Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May until October.

But, what’s more exciting is that the biggest night market in North America is getting even bigger for 2016 with the launch of an exciting new kid-friendly dinosaur exhibit as well as hundreds more food vendors to satisfy all your cravings.

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2016 Richmond Night Market Brings More Food and More… Dinosaurs?!

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

BC boasts a bounty of beautiful lakes, attracting tourists from around the world to swim, boat and enjoy a quiet lakeside getaway, but there are some lesser-known watering holes located right in the Metro Vancouver area that are equally as enchanting.

All less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, these 4 lakes are worth the short trek, even if some are not suitable for swimming. Stroll, bike, bird watch, picnic or play in one of these sweet little sanctuaries, without having to leave the comforts of the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City