Vancouver Cherry Blossoms

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Below is a short 30 second video we put together showcasing some of Vancouver’s cherry blossoms. Enjoy!

Wild About Vancouver – Outdoor Education Festival – April 16 – 22

Discover Outdoors Dog Mountain

Panoramic city view from Dog Mountain Photo: Rob Weiss

Are you wild about Vancouver? I most certainly am!  When Vancouver welcomed the world to Expo 86 I enthusiastically accepted the invitation and travelled to the coast. Without question, the World’s Fair was an exceptional event and I loved every second of it. However, what captured my imagination during my visit was the wild, rugged beauty of this thriving cosmopolitan city.  I decided, almost in an instant, that Vancouver should be my home.  Like the Clampetts, from the sixties television series, I loaded up my truck and moved to “Beverly” – Vancouver that is!

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Wild About Vancouver – Outdoor Education Festival – April 16 – 22

Bike the Blossoms – Saturday, April 9

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It’s time to Bike the Blossoms Photo: Rob Weiss

Grease the chain, grab your helmet and mark your calendars – it’s time to Bike the Blossoms!  As part of the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival, and in partnership with Velapalooza, Vancouver is hosting Bike the Blossoms, a community ride and celebration of all things spring.  I intend to be there with “bells on!”  Over the years, blossom viewing has become an art form and I must applaud Vancouverites on their creativity!  We illuminate the blossoms, we paint pictures of them, photograph them, walk under them, sing about them, talk about them, display them on barges and even toss a few in our salads.  Only our imaginations limit our ability to celebrate our magnificent, flowering cherry trees.

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Bike the Blossoms – Saturday, April 9

Exit the Fast Lane – Stroll Through Colony Farm

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Millenium Bridge, Colony Farm Photo: Rob Weiss

Sometimes the best surprises lie right beneath your nose. Colony Farm Regional Park is one of those surprises. What comes to mind when you visualize the Port Mann Bridge, Cape Horn Exchange and Lougheed Highway? I suspect your blood pressure is rising and you are thinking of tolls and Monday morning rush hour traffic congestion. I challenge you to reimagine the area! Slow down, take time out of your hectic schedule and follow the signs to Colony Farm. Within minutes, you will find yourself in the middle of hedgerows, open fields and wetlands.

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Exit the Fast Lane – Stroll Through Colony Farm

Rainforest Romp – Lynn Canyon Park Day Hike

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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge Photo: Rob Weiss

I love to be alone in nature.  The quiet solitude of a hiking trail is a welcome respite from life in the city.  My husband and I can hike for hours together in total silence.  Not the uncomfortable, stone cold silence of a marital spat.  Instead a warm, comfortable silence created from our shared love of the outdoors.  Mother Nature often rewards those who tread lightly.  Sounds of the wind, a thundering waterfall, a babble of a brook or the call of a bird come to those who are patient.  One of my favourite places to connect with nature is Lynn Canyon Park on Vancouver’s North Shore.

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Rainforest Romp – Lynn Canyon Park Day Hike

Vancouver Date Idea: FlyOver Canada with Your Sweetie

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I’ve driven from Vancouver to Montreal in an unforgettable cross-country road trip, and have been to the Maritimes twice. Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the three territories are still on my list (one day, for sure). My drive across Canada gave me a deep appreciation for the sheer size and geographical diversity of this nation. I was reminded of both when I took a ride on FlyOver Canada (201-999 Canada Place).

When I was in the thick of dating, coffee dates and going for drinks got old pretty quickly. Honestly, they all blurred together. The meetings I remember the most involved an activity that was inventive, often one that was a new adventure in the city for me.

One day on Tinder, I swiped right on a cute guy, and lo and behold, he did too. We texted, with me suggesting we try out FlyOver Canada together. He agreed, and we set up when to meet.

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Vancouver Date Idea: FlyOver Canada with Your Sweetie