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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
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Explore the verdant 400-acre Stanley Park with First Nations guides from Talaysay Tours. During the trek, you’ll take a short stroll along the seawall, discovering the area’s indigenous history along the way. You’ll also...
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1133 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1, Canada
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One of the word’s most famous sushi rolls was invented right here in Vancouver, by culinary legend, Hidekazu Tojo. Take a seat in his elegant restaurant over on West Broadway and either put yourself in chef’s hands and order the omakase or try a...
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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
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Routinely crowned the city’s top seafood restaurant, Blue Water Cafe is also among the continent’s best. After honing his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, executive chef Frank Pabst opened this Yaletown classic to...
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6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
Part of the North Shore mountain range, this 4,039-foot peak offers jaw-dropping views of the city. It’s busiest in the winter, when four chairlifts service 33 ski runs, but remains popular in the summer thanks to the steep, 1.8-mile Grouse...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
The Vancouver Seawall is the most popular recreation location in the entire city, if not in all of Canada, and it's for good reason. This stunning 22-km long trail leads from downtown along the shoreline of Stanley Park and offers some of the most...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
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6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
Part of the University of British Columbia, this museum houses one of the finest collections of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art, including bentwood boxes, feast dishes, totem poles, and canoes from the Haida and Coast Salish people. Some of...
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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
This 27-acre attraction in North Vancouver gets the heart racing with a suspension bridge that bounces 230 feet above a forested river gorge. Even more spectacular, however, is the Cliffwalk, a labyrinth of walkways along the granite flank of...
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70002 Squamish Valley Rd, Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0, Canada
An hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, just a little past Squamish, you’ll find the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it community of Brackendale. Hidden away down a bumpy logging road is one of my favourite places to get...
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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
Downshift on this groovy Gulf Island, just a 35-minute seaplane ride from the city. Here, artist studios abound, as do makers of artisanal food and beverages. Classic stops include the summertime Saturday Market, the Blue Horse Folk Art Gallery,...
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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 #500, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Walk, cycle or people-watch along the shores of Elliott Bay, a downtown stretch known for its circusy flair and spectacular vistas. You can ride the Great Wheel or visit the beloved Seattle Aquarium, home to wolf eels, sea otters, and the world's...
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3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, USA
Seattle's largest public park sits on a sea bluff that's high enough to pierce the city's infamous fog, revealing gorgeous views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Wander its 11 miles (18 km) of paths through forest groves, meadows...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
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Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
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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,...