Everything You Need to Know About Community Acupuncture in Vancouver

Photo: Colorado Natural Medicine

I’m not a doctor, believe it or not, but I certainly know what makes me feel good and what doesn’t. Acupuncture is something I was wary of Continue reading:
Everything You Need to Know About Community Acupuncture in Vancouver

Ode to North Shore Search and Rescue

Snowshoeing Photo: Rob Weiss

With headlamps, crampons, climbing rope and first aid kits on hand, the brave volunteers of  North Shore Search and Rescue have become regular fixtures on our local mountains.  These local heroes routinely put their lives at risk to provide help to those injured, lost and sometimes misguided hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers who encounter difficulties while playing in the hills.  Saving lives for over 50 years, our incredible group of rescuers is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the country.

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Ode to North Shore Search and Rescue

I saw Santa Playing Pickleball

Photo: Rob Weiss

Looking for the perfect gift for the athlete in your family?  Maybe, a Pickleball Racquet should be on your gift list.  What’s Pickleball you ask?  Arguably, the fastest growing sport you have never heard of. Imagine a room full of tennis, badminton and ping pong players collaborating to create a game that combines elements from their respective sports.  Throw in a solid wood paddle, wiffleball, mix with a hearty dose of camaraderie and voila; you have Pickleball!

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I saw Santa Playing Pickleball

Snow Days in Vancouver

Light Walk at Grouse Mountain Photo: Rob Weiss

SNOW.  Unlike our friendly neighbours to the east, snow in Vancouver is an anomaly, a rare occurrence to be treasured and enjoyed.  Although for many commuters, the mention of flakes in the forecast stirs up feelings of fear and dread, I find myself thrilled at the prospect.  Thoughts of the fluffy white stuff touch the prairie girl deep inside me, bringing back fond childhood memories of tobogganing, skating, snowball fights and snowmen.  Like frosting on a cake, a touch of snow brings a sort of seasonal flavouring to our majestic city. From the Peak of Christmas to the Robson Square Ice Rink, the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Vancouver.

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Snow Days in Vancouver

What Colour is Your Umbrella? – Vancouver’s Rainy Days

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Last weekend, attempting an early start on my Christmas shopping, I visited Vancouver’s downtown core for a day of commerce and exploration.  Braving the elements, I ventured along the busy city streets in search of whimsical trinkets and treasures. Worn-out after hours of pounding the pavement, I decided to enjoy a well-timed, and well-earned coffee break in one of Vancouver’s welcoming corner cafes.  Savouring my drink, enjoying the warmth and ambiance and biding my time, I began to people watch.

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What Colour is Your Umbrella? – Vancouver’s Rainy Days

Vancouver’s Next Super Highway? Salish Sea Marine Trail

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Tired of ferry line-ups and traffic jams?  The B.C. Marine Trails Network Association (BCMTNA) has the solution!  Imagine a magnificent, 257-kilometre saltwater route connecting Vancouver’s lower mainland to Victoria.  Granted, you will need to rethink the amount of luggage you are toting as you will require a canoe, kayak or small “beachable” boat to travel along the Salish Sea Marine Trail.  This spectacular route, designed specifically for paddlers, will add an impressive water leg to the Great Trail, previously known as the Trans Canada Trail.  If all goes according to plan the trail will be complete in time for Canada’s 150 birthday celebration in July 2017.  Now that’s a birthday gift!

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Vancouver’s Next Super Highway? Salish Sea Marine Trail

Grouse Mountain Light Walk Returns to the Peak of Vancouver

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Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas atop Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain. The wet weather the past few days has helped transform the mountain into a winter wonderland. It’s a great time to dust off the old ski jacket, mittens and snow boots because like it or not – winter is here!

This weekend marks the start of Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas, which brings Santa Claus, reindeer, and outdoor skating pond and more. One highlight of the event is the dreamy Light Walk feature that is coming back for a second year to guide you on a magical adventure through the snow-covered trees.

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Grouse Mountain Light Walk Returns to the Peak of Vancouver