Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Flash backward: Expo’86, the #3 Main Street bus, I was a visiting eight year old. I thought every culture in the world lived in Vancouver and the city smelled damp like spring time and green everything. This small-town, interior B.C. girl was as overwhelmed and overjoyed when we stepped off the bus to go to Science World. I remember thinking that Vancouver was the coolest thing since Jem and the Holograms and Kraft Dinner.

Flash forward: every time I step out of YVR or drive home down Davie Street, I still inhale deep Vancouver’s fresh, moist air I loved so much as a kid. And, I still think Vancouver is pretty cool – better even than a Tupac hologram or late night poutine.

For the last few weeks, as my little family and I prepared to cross the Rockies to our new home in Edmonton I’ve been unusually weepy.  Every time I crossed Lion’s Gate Bridge, walked in Stanley Park or visited one of my favourite spots (there are so, so, so many) I became a bit weepy because it could be my last (for a while).

Exactly 10 years, seven months and 16 days ago I moved to Vancouver in search of a job, friends and a home after 15 months of international work and travel. I’ve lived in the WestEnd mostly with appearances in Kitsilano, East Van and Chinatown/Main Street.

It was such a privilege to share some of the places, people, activities and eateries/drinking holes that I admire with Inside Vancouver readers over the past year and a half. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing your views. I’m a list maker, so as a farewell to you and to my favourite Canadian city, here’s my personal ‘Best of’ list.

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Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

First Impressions, Part 5: Vancouver’s Mountains

High View Lookout Morning Photo Credit: Anders Falk via Flickr

High View Lookout Morning Photo Credit: Anders Falk via Flickr

Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: great sports teams, delicious restaurants, beautiful parks, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

A perfect example? Vancouver’s mountains.

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Spring Skiing on the Vancouver Mountains Begins

Cypress2014-17After a challenging season for Vancouver ski mountains, the snow has finally arrived – better late than never. March is serving up some of the best conditions of the year, and ski and snowboard fans are betting on a solid April.  I decided to check out the “spring skiing” vibe at Cypress over the weekend.

Well, I guess it wasn’t exactly spring skiing.  No one was in a t-shirt, let alone a bikini top.  But the sun was shining under a blue sky on Cypress Mountain and the temperature at the base was a balmy 5 degrees.  Better still, the mountain had been dumped with 8 centimetres of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Scenic Viewpoints

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on scenic viewpoints that showcase the Vancouver travelers think they know-and a few that they don’t.

What You’ll Need to Go on a Scenic Exploration
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• A good quality camera (Doesn’t necessarily have to be an SLR, but should have a good zoom function)
• A tripod (to make it easier for panoramic shots)
• A picnic lunch
• A swim suit
• Good quality hiking boots/walking shoes (You’ll be doing a lot of walking)

Day One

Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon 11am to 1 pm

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

11 am
Start your day off after breakfast in a Vancouver viewpoint not even many locals know about. Located on 999 Charleson Street and a mere 6 minutes from the downtown core is a hidden gem in the Charleson neighborhood. Charleson Park gives you amazing views of False Creek and Downtown Vancouver without having to deal with the crowds across the way at David Lam Park.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Thrill Seekers

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on Inside Vancouver featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on thrilling adventures for travelers who love to add a little spice to their vacations to make things interesting.

What You’ll Need for This Adventure:

• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Surfboard/Kiteboard
• Snowboarding Gear/Clothing (Equipment can be rented on the mountain)
• Hiking Boots
• Warmer clothing for higher altitudes
• Mountain Bike
• Daredevil Attitude

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