Paddling in Paradise – Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Granite Falls Rob Weiss

Granite Falls Photo: Rob Weiss

When the sun is shining and the water is calm there is no better city escape than launching your kayak from Deep Cove, in North Vancouver.  Say Nuth Khaw Yum Provincial Park (aka Indian Arm Provincial Park) protects the shores of this amazing 18 kilometer fjord extending from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. Once heavily glaciated the park now features old growth forest, rugged shoreline, numerous creeks, waterfalls and the spectacular 50-metre high Granite Falls.

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Paddling in Paradise – Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

Cates Park | Dollarton

Photo: Bianca Bujan | Cates Park | Dollarton, North Vancouver

Offering a bountiful selection of beachside splash spots and arborous adventures, BC’s North Shore is the perfect destination for families looking to trek and tumble with tots in tow. From Deep Cove to Dundarave, the options for family outdoor adventure are endless. Unplug, and connect with your kids while exploring these 5 favourite North Shore spots, where locals love to play outside.

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Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

They’re tucked beside small walk-up apartments. Some are located on corners. Others are on busy through streets. Corner stores and neighbourhood shops are everywhere in Vancouver.

Last year I blogged about some of Vancouver’s best, tucked away shops and markets. The sweet little corner stores that reflect an ethos of days gone by – markets that sell fresh food, fashions and gifts. Where shop owners live in the neighbourhood they operate in, know customers’ names and goods are not mass-produced.

From found industrial antiques in East Vancouver to latte and bike mechanic cafe in the Cityhall hood, Vancouver has a range of sweet stops for folks looking to caffeinate, collect antiques, go sailing or stock up on whimsical kitchenware.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II

Dating in Vancouver: 3 North Shore date ideas

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Besides summer, fall comes up a close second on my seasonal love chart. Whether it’s the crunch of freshly fallen leaves underfoot, all the great harvest foods available or just that slight nip in the air, Autumn is a great excuse to head outdoors with your potential mate, then head indoors afterwards to get snuggle in and get cozy.

For this month’s Dating in Vancouver feature, I’m profiling my favourite hood for fall hangouts: the North Shore. The North Shore is all about the elements and geography. The weather is a little bit more omnipresent (rain, fog, snow) and the mountains provide a great view/backdrop/playground for the beginnings or continuation of a romance.

A date in North or West Van is for those with sturdy gumboots, water-proof jackets and an adventuring spirit. While the North Shore contains mountains of date-night possibilities, for now I’ll cover my three of my fave dates.     Continue reading:
Dating in Vancouver: 3 North Shore date ideas

Sail, Canoe and Kayak your way around Vancouver

Photo Credit: Mac Sailing

Photo Credit: Mac Sailing

When it comes to walk-ability, Vancouver’s won the honor of Canada’s most walkable city, not once, but twice. Our neighborhoods are compact, yet distinct, nestled amongst gorgeous waterways and towering mountains.

While traveling via heel-toe-express throughout our city is pretty easy, another fantastic way to explore Vancouver is by water.

National Geographic ranked Vancouver as one of the World’s Top 10 Beach Cities. And why not? It’s a deserved accolade considering that you can launch your sailboat, canoe or kayak from our beaches to visit some of our most scenic areas.  I’ve assembled a shortlist of the best ways to see the city beyond the sands of our beatific beaches and creaky docks.
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Sail, Canoe and Kayak your way around Vancouver

Paddle Boarding Takes Off in Vancouver

Perfect Evening for Paddling #StraitOfGeorgia #YesterEve #03252013 #DeltaBC

 
Imagine a surf board but no surf and you get an idea of paddle boarding. Boarders stand upright, using a single paddle to glide through calm waters. It’s a great workout and a fantastic way for almost anyone to get out on the water.

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Paddle Boarding Takes Off in Vancouver