Vancouver’s Great Duo – Paddling & English Bay

Dragon Boat – English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think of great duos? Simon and Garfunkel, peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips or perhaps Beauty and the Beast? Personally, one of my favourite duos is the combination of English Bay and paddling. It doesn’t matter what you’re paddling; dragon boat, kayak, canoe, rowboat or stand up paddle board. The thrill of viewing Vancouver’s skyline, Stanley Park, and the spectacular North Shore Mountains from the ocean by a self-propelled watercraft is undeniable.

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Vancouver’s Great Duo – Paddling & English Bay

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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What’SUP – Paddleboarding in Vancouver

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Sunset Paddle English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

I have been paddling for as long as I can remember.  From the rugged northern lakes of Algonquin Park in Ontario, to the white-water of Alberta’s magnificent rivers and the natural oasis of BC’s oceans, I have yet to meet a body of water that I haven’t wanted to paddle.  Honestly, when Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) first came on the scene, I thought they were a little silly.  Why would one choose to stand up on a board, when canoes and kayaks are viable options?  Eventually, I decided it was time to be mature, try Stand Up Paddleboarding and discover for myself the attraction of the sport.  After all, how could so many people be wrong?

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Single (and fabulous) in Vancouver for Valentine’s Day?

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

With Valentine’s Day rolling around it’s all too easy to feel overlooked if you’re single on the big day. But hold on a minute before you throw an epic pity party just for one – what are you really missing out on here? Expensive – and unimaginative – gifts of red roses? Heart-shaped chocolates when you’re just getting back into your jeans after losing that holiday weight?  Cheesily themed all-pink set menus in restaurants stuffed with two kinds of diners: disappointed long-term couples with nothing to say, glaring at each other over the cut-out cupids, and the Dear God, Get A Room couples who just met and can’t quit groping each other between courses. Um, no thanks.

Instead of taking part in this carnival of commercialism, I propose you celebrate your awesome state of singleness by doing things that only YOU can do alone. From taking a meditation class or paddling solo, to chilling in a one-person float tank or indulging in an epic guilt-free shopping session, repeat after me: Valentine’s Day is the best day to have fun with me, myself and I. Continue reading:
Single (and fabulous) in Vancouver for Valentine’s Day?