Kids In Vancouver: 5 Fun Ways To Spend Family Day

Family | Photo: Stephen Morris

Family Day is still a fairly new holiday for BC locals, only in its fifth year since it was first introduced in 2012, and officially observed in February of 2013. After a post-holiday lull, the second Monday in February seemed like the perfect timing for families to take a much-needed break and enjoy each other’s company over a long weekend, and thanks to a city filled with fun activities for the whole family, there’s lots to choose from when it comes to finding ways to celebrate this special day. Here are some ways that you can partake in the Family Day festivities during your Vancouver visit, or create new traditions as a local family.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Fun Ways To Spend Family Day

Sea to Sky Gondola Holiday Events

You still have time to get some winter wonderland into your holiday season. The Sea to Sky Gondola, just south of Squamish, is just a few minutes away from Vancouver – and extra easy to access if you hop the shuttle service from numerous places downtown. Continue reading:
Sea to Sky Gondola Holiday Events

5 Instagram-Worthy Spots to Snap Up in the Vancouver Area this Halloween

Photo: @ghosttrainyvr / Instagram

Photo: @ghosttrainyvr / Instagram

From breathtaking views of Howe Sound to ghosts and ghouls in Stanley Park and a train ride through a mountain tunnel, it may not be the costumes that beg for a photo this Halloween. Here are the best spots to fill your Instagram feed with spooky snaps.

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5 Instagram-Worthy Spots to Snap Up in the Vancouver Area this Halloween

Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

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Summer hiking in Vancouver | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Vancouver is known for its stunning sea-to-sky adventure scene – from zig-zagging down the ski slopes of the local mountains, to trekking up the tree-lined mountain trails, to kayaking and paddle boarding along the city’s coastline – the city has something to offer for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

While my family is fortunate to have been born and raised in the picturesque city of Vancouver, there are a number of local adventures that we have yet to try. That’s why each Summer, we put together a bucket list of new local gems we’d like to explore. Here’s what we’ve added to our Summer bucket list for this year.

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Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

Hike Upper Shannon Falls – the Sea to Summit Trail

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Shannon Falls Photo: Rob Weiss

Do waterfalls capture your imagination?  A waterfall, almost any waterfall, is fascinating mesmerizing, awe-inspiring.  We stand for hours listening, admiring, photographing, painting.  For centuries waterfalls have inspired poets, artists and musicians. Today we post pictures to Instagram and tweet on #WaterfallWednesday.  Personally, I find myself inexplicably drawn to their power and beauty.  Something about the thundering roar of water cascading down a mountain stirs me deep inside and energizes me to follow the trail toward them, as if drawn by their sheer energy.

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Hike Upper Shannon Falls – the Sea to Summit Trail

Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper

Sourced from the Sea to Sky Gondola website

Sourced from the Sea to Sky Gondola website

A couple days ago, I saw a look of distress in my boyfriend’s eyes as he suddenly realized that Valentine’s Day was less than two weeks away. “S” is sweet and kind but since he can’t translate romance into a mathematical equation, he finds it hard to grasp the concept. However, he’s made a resolution to up his boyfriend game this year, and assured me he will come up with something impressive (we’ll see).

Fortunately, if you’re like S and romantic creativity is not your strong suit, a Valentine’s Day package offered by Sea to Sky Gondola might just be the thing.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper

Four Ways Vancouverites Can Give Back this Holiday Season

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Giving back to those less fortunate is top of mind throughout the holiday season. Whether you’re in search of Santa, a tree-lit beach walk or a mountain-top view of Howe Sound, these activities boost Christmas spirit while offering an opportunity to give back.

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Four Ways Vancouverites Can Give Back this Holiday Season