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Head out for a fun few hours paddling in North Van with Takaya Tours, a First Nations-owned eco-tourism outfit who mix outdoor adventure with cultural interpretations of the Coast Salish People’s history. Experienced guides lead guests on an...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
In Vancouver, B.C., on business this fall, I spent one morning zipping around Stanley Park on a bike I borrowed from my hotel. These totems, which were carved and painted by people from the Squamish Nation, stand to honor the original residents of...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Wander into the vivid green forest of Stanley Park and walk amongst the Red Cedars and soaring Douglas Firs on an interpretive walk with a First Nations guide from Talaysay Tours. Learn about the forest and the way of life of First Nations people...
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1133 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1, Canada
First spot prawns of the season prepared by Tojo at his namesake Vancouver sushi restaurant.
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1226 Bute St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z8, Canada
Probably one of the most traditional sushi bars in the city, Maumi is a tiny spot just off Davie Street at Bute. You’ll need a reservation and they don’t serve alcohol but you’ll just be coming here to experience superb seafood from Japan made by...
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1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4, Canada
Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge but it’s likely some of the best seafood you’ll eat in North America. I love the seafood towers, especially when they showcase the incredible bounty of all-BC seafood. Chef Frank Pabst is one of the...
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6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
At the top of Grouse Mountain I came across the bear enclosure and managed to see this beautiful baby Grizzly Bear. Whilst being Summer time, there was still snow prevalent on the top of the mountain, which is also called the Peak of Vancouver.
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Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
It's 22km long, but you don't have to do all of it. We started at the and walked a short section from Cardero Park to Canada Place, and in that time we saw a dozen sea planes take off and land, not to mention a cruise liner head off on its way to...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Granville Island Market was pulsing with energy from musicians, tourists, and a frenzy of food markets. After living in a desert region for so long, it was awesome to get a hold of fresh fish, fresh fruit, and the German sausage was pretty amazing...
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6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
The UBC Museum of Anthropology has an incredible collection of artifacts from all over the world. It's the most extensive collection I have ever seen, not to mention an excellent resource for the history and contemporary perspectives of the First...
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3663 Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3G3, Canada
The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, in northern Vancouver, is one of Lynn Valley's best-kept secrets. The 50 meter high bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon with waterfalls and deep pools below. The best part is, it's free of charge. Crossing...
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3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
A quick side trip from Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It's high, it's surrounded by delicate and gorgeous scenery and is something that you can't do everywhere. High above the ground, you are transported to a wonderland in the forest...
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70002 Squamish Valley Rd, Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0, Canada
I’m a sucker for whitewater, so I jumped at the opportunity to raft the Elaho River during my visit to Squamish, BC. As it turned out, there was some actual jumping involved...but we’ll get to that in a moment. The trip began at Sunwolf, a rustic...
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36800 BC-99, Squamish, BC V0N 3G0, Canada
Rain or shine you'll have an amazing time at the new Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, just an hour's drive down the picturesque Sea to Sky Highway from Whistler. The Gondola whisks you on an 885 meter climb above sea level, giving show stopping...
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121 Lower Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T4, Canada
A 35-minute floatplane ride from the city, this Gulf Island operates at a laid-back pace that’s a departure from the rest of Metro Vancouver. Artists and craftspeople have built a community here; the Saturday market sells many of their...
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Victoria, BC, Canada
If you can afford to go by air, then flying over the Salish sea is a fantastic way to go to Victoria: both Helijet and Harbour Air offer great deals, so check their sites to bag a bargain. That said, travelling by BC Ferries is kind of magical...
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Washington, USA
Sunrise is the highest-elevation area in Mt. Rainier National Park that can be reached via car. From here, you can see Mt. Rainier, Emmons glacier, beautiful wildflower meadows, and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range, such as Mount Adams. The...
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Mount Rainier, Washington 98304, USA
Enumclaw, Washington, is the best kept secret in all of Puget Sound. It is an "AFAR" small town at the foot of Mt. Rainier. 40 mins from Crystal Mountain (the biggest ski resort in the area) and 50 mins to downtown Seattle, it is the best...
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Washington, USA
For several summers, I just couldn't seem to get the timing right for wildflowers while hiking around Mt. Rainier: too early, too late, too cold, rain...Finally, one summer, although the skies were grey and getting lower on the glaciers, I arrived...
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85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
locals and tourist alike congregate here to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, books, fish, french cheese and antiques, to say the least. The variety is endlessly entertaining and refreshingly authentic.
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3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, USA
From a hilltop high enough to be above the fog on a fall morning, looking south toward Mt. Rainier; when "The Mountain is out," as Puget Sound residents say, everything else pales...This glacier-covered volcanic giant presides over the entire...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Go for a quick drive east of Portland, Oregon. Enter the Columbia River Gorge, winding above the southern bank of the river...and you'll be able to walk a short trail to Multnomah Falls—the height of a 60-story building, one of the tallest...
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You can catch a glimpse of Mount Hood looming on the horizon from the city of Portland, Oregon. Look through the Douglas firs and find it. If you're in Portland, seek higher ground—preferably a rooftop or balcony—crack open a Mirror Pond, Rogue,...