Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Arron Vickery of Sea to Sky Gondola

Arron Vickery guiding a school group at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Arron Vickery guiding a school group. Photo: Sea to Sky Gondola/Taraogradyphoto.com

Have you thought about turning your love of the outdoors into a career? Arron Vickery did just that and now works at Squamish’s Sea to Sky Gondola conducting safety patrols, leading hiking tours, and creating new trails. We chatted with Arron about his passion for guiding and exploring around the Sea to Sky Gondola.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Arron Vickery of Sea to Sky Gondola

Celebrating Vancouver’s Queer-Run and Gender-Inclusive Companies, Past and Present

CMMN GRND; Photo credit @houseofbohn and @karinbohn

When Womyn’s Ware opened in 1995 in Vancouver, its business concept was ground-breaking. Co-founders Janna Sylvest and Otter Louis saw an industry that was often exploitative, and instead wanted to create an environment that was about community and education. “What they wanted to do was create a safe space for their clientele who were, predominantly at the time, lesbian folks,” says Lesley McHale, current co-owner of the business. The name, Womyn’s Ware, was a political statement meant to underline Sylvest’s and Louis’ feminist stance.

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Celebrating Vancouver’s Queer-Run and Gender-Inclusive Companies, Past and Present

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Michael Coyle of Coquitlam Search and Rescue

Michael Coyle and his dog

Michael hiking with his dog Curie. Photo: Michael Coyle

Vancouverites love to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, and camping. But not every adventure goes according to plan. That’s where search and rescue (SAR) comes in. We chatted with Michael Coyle from Coquitlam Search and Rescue about what it’s like to volunteer with SAR, both professionally and personally, and what hikers in Vancouver need to know before they hit the trails.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Michael Coyle of Coquitlam Search and Rescue

Dine Out Vancouver Festival: 20 Years of Supporting Local Restaurants

Twenty years ago, a group of Vancouver foodies and wine lovers got together with Destination Vancouver and had an idea to warm up a relatively cool period, just after the winter holidays, in the city’s restaurant scene. They pitched their idea of a fixed-price menu deal to run for a couple of weeks, in which restaurants could not only get bums in seats, but also feature their own take on West Coast cuisine to a whole new audience. Fifty-seven restaurants jumped at the chance that year and Dine Out Vancouver Festival was born.  Continue reading:
Dine Out Vancouver Festival: 20 Years of Supporting Local Restaurants

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours

Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours foraging on the beach

Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours. Photo: Angela Fama Photography

Many of us are familiar with the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. But how many of us know what it tastes like? That’s where Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours comes in. She offers foraging classes and tours both online and in-person to help us connect with wild foods.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours

Two Local Indigenous Wellness Brands Promote Self-Care, Education, and Sustainability

Lynn-Marie Angus of Sisters Sage; Photo credit: Iulia Agnew

Sisters Sage is the inspiring story of two sisters, Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus, who empowered themselves by launching their own company devoted to wellness products in 2018. The two took a thoughtful look at their lives and came to a decision. “We knew we had to do better for ourselves. We knew it had to be Indigenous. We knew we wanted to be our own bosses. We wanted to promote our health and wellbeing in many different facets of our life, financially for one, culturally, spiritually, socially – all aspects we weren’t getting at that time of our lives,” says Lynn-Marie Angus.

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Two Local Indigenous Wellness Brands Promote Self-Care, Education, and Sustainability

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails

Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails on the Stawamus Chief. Photo: Pavel Boiko

Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails on the Stawamus Chief. Photo: Pavel Boiko

With our proximity to nature, Vancouver has a thriving community of outdoor lovers who help make nature accessible. Judy Kasiama is working to expand that community through the organization she founded, Colour the Trails. They host outdoor events and workshops for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails