Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!

Daffodils and English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

They say patience is a virtue, and if you are an avid fan of spring flowers and blossom viewing, this year’s unusually long, cold, snowy winter has certainly tested your patience. But, dare I say the wait is over!  Snowdrops are dropping, daffodils are dazzling, and the promise of new growth and regeneration is in the air.  Congratulations – we made it! Our beloved cherry blossoms and spring flowers are returning with a delightful vengeance.

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Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!

Island Hopping – Barnston Style

Barnston Island Ferry Photo: Rob Weiss

Island hopping vacations are often described in tourism magazines as “active holidays combined with a relaxing cruise.”   Although Port Kells may not be considered by most as an exotic destination, it is a wonderful launch site for a bicycling day trip and island hopping excursion to Barnston Island. Home to the Katzie First Nation, this terrific, little island, is located on the Fraser River between Surrey and Pitt Meadows.   Charming, quaint, peaceful, this gem is the ideal destination for a family cycling adventure.

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Island Hopping – Barnston Style

Savouring Lemonade at Horseshoe Bay

BC Ferries Terminal – Horseshoe Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.  That proverbial phrase rang true for me during my recent excursion to the Village of Horseshoe Bay.  Running late, despite my best attempts to adhere to the BC Ferries schedule, I literally missed the boat!  From the comfort of my car, I witnessed her slip out of the terminal and begin her journey across the Salish Sea. Disappointed and frustrated, I pondered what to do with my time.  Glancing up from the dashboard of my vehicle, I noticed a sign directing ferry customers to the Village of Horseshoe Bay.  Voila – lemonade!

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Savouring Lemonade at Horseshoe Bay

Your Better Starts Here

Get inspired and never stop in 2017.

A short video about pushing your limits, created by INFRAME Films.
Music: Oh The Larceny – Can’t Stop me now.

Rock On – Vancouver’s Rock Balancing Artists

Photo: Flickr Mark Klotz

Being an “outdoorsy” type I naturally, pun intended, gravitate to artists who find their inspiration in the great outdoors.  Photographers who capture the magic golden hour light over the North Shore Mountains, visual artists who skillfully paint landscapes and seascapes and musicians who portray the beauty of nature in their work.  Particularly intriguing for me are those artists who implement natural materials in their creations.  Astonishing sculptures made only of driftwood, roots, and burls trigger my imagination.  Gravity defying sculptures made of rock cause me to pause and reflect.  I find this artistic collaboration between man and nature captivating!

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Rock On – Vancouver’s Rock Balancing Artists

Cycling Vancouver’s Side Streets

Spring is Just Around the Corner – Cycling Vancouver’s Side Streets Photo: Rob Weiss

Snow, snow and more snow. An unusual west coast winter to say the least!  One that has dramatically impacted the time I have spent on my bicycle.  Of course, the stoic, die-hard road warriors and passionate cycling commuters continue to bravely navigate our city streets, but I am more of a fair-weather cyclist.  Frequently, I find myself staring longingly at my bike, imagining spring blossoms and warm summer days.  Instead of riding, I have passionately dedicated myself to the spring tune-up.  Tires inflated, chain greased, brakes checked, I am ready to go! Vancouver’s extensive network of bike friendly paths, greenways, and separated bike lanes beckon!

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Cycling Vancouver’s Side Streets

Orca Whales in Vancouver Harbour

“We were boating back from a day trip to Bowen Island and saw the small pod of whales. We drifted along watching them for about 45 minutes as they circled through the harbour.”
– James Tansey (via YouTube)