A Newcomer’s Observations Vol 8: A World of its Own

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For the most part, cities can be described in a handful of words. Their specific vibe, what the locals are like, the food and beverage scene, the scenery, and so on. From a quick run-down of a city you can normally get a good grasp on what it’s all about, and what you can expect when visiting. Prior to moving to Vancouver I thought I had a solid idea of what it would be like Continue reading:
A Newcomer’s Observations Vol 8: A World of its Own

A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 4: Falling Forever

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Hello Vancouver! I’m Britanny, and I am new to the city. Join me as I uncover new reasons to fall in love with Vancouver each week!

In lieu of Thanksgiving having just passed, I’d like to start by saying that I cannot express how thankful I am to call this wonderful city home. As we speak I am currently experiencing my first fall in Vancouver, so as you can expect my mind is being blown daily. Fall has always been my favourite Continue reading:
A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 4: Falling Forever

Vancouver schools to begin teaching computer coding as part of official curriculum

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Photo credit: KAB2013 | Wikipedia

Goodbye reading, writing and arithmetic. Hello reading, writing and algorithms.

The British Columbia government has just announced groundbreaking plans to integrate computer coding into the school curriculum. Starting in kindergarten, children will learn the foundational skills to solve coding problems, while high school students will eventually be able to specialize in specific types of coding.

Behind the change is a push to capitalize on the province’s newest job wave: technology. The tech sector currently employs an estimated 86,000 people, more than forestry, mining and oil and gas together, according to the Globe and Mail. And tech is one of the few industries that’s rapidly expanding. Continue reading:
Vancouver schools to begin teaching computer coding as part of official curriculum

“Beautiful B.C.” is a fact, according to a new poll

English_Bay,_Vancouver,_BCBritish Columbia is “beautiful.” Alberta is “oil.”

A newly released poll from Insights West asked 815 residents of B.C. to choose one word to describe the province.  The overwhelming first choice was beautiful, followed by nature, diverse, scenery and geography.

When residents of B.C. were asked to describe Alberta in one word, the most popular choice was oil, followed by flat, cold, cowboy and barren.  (Interestingly, when Albertans were asked to describe B.C. in a similar poll, their first choice was beautiful, as well. For themselves, they chose hard-working.)

Of course, B.C. is beautiful. With snowcapped mountains, ocean and rugged coasts, dizzying canyons and brooding forests, what’s not to love?  But some creative branding might also have something to do with the responses.  Continue reading:
“Beautiful B.C.” is a fact, according to a new poll

Best in Roe: BC Caviar Ranked among Best in World

I’m not much of a caviar connoisseur , so I’ll just trust the good people at Travel+Leisure on this one.

According to the magazine’s recent Best in Roe ranking, Northern Divine caviar – raised sustainably not far from Vancouver on BC’s Sunshine Coast – is among the top 5 caviars in the world.  The magazine singled out Northern Divine for it’s “crisp pop and creamy mouthfeel, with even grains.”  Yum.

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Best in Roe: BC Caviar Ranked among Best in World

Dive into BC at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Divers’ Weekend: Jan. 22 and 23

Attention scuba pros, aspiring divers and lovers of the deep blue sea:  This Saturday and Sunday the Vancouver Aquarium is hosting the 12th annual Divers’ Weekend, a two-day marathon of exhibitions, seminars and demonstrations all about the world of diving.

The event is free with admission to the aquarium and certified divers get in for half-price.  35 diving exhibitors will set up throughout the aquarium’s galleries, including representatives from the Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP and Canadian Diving Unit.

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Dive into BC at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Divers’ Weekend: Jan. 22 and 23

Feed your muse: pick up the new Van Dop Arts & Cultural Guide to BC

Pick up a copy of the newest Van Dop Arts & Cultural Guide to BC

Pick up a copy of the newest Van Dop Arts & Cultural Guide to BC

I approach the Van Dop Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia much like a new IKEA catalogue–completely confident that there’s going to be something in there to rev up my creative engines.

The 11th edition of Trudy Van Dop’s labour of love recently hit streets, ferries, universities, theatres and libraries all across Vancouver and I heartily recommend grabbing a copy asap.

The glossy rack-sized booklets are free and fit nicely in a glove compartment–perfect for filling idle time at ferry line-ups and border crossings.

From galleries to gardens, hotels to heritage sites, museums to music festivals, there’s something to inspire every breed of culture vulture whether you want to stay close to Vancouver or plan a short getaway.

My favourite new discovery on page 16 of this year’s edition: the Architectural Institute of British Columbia offers architectural walking tours of key Vancouver neighbourhoods for just $5!