Enchant – Vancouver’s Christmas Light Maze

Enchant – Vancouver’s Christmas Light Maze

Enchant, the world’s largest Christmas light maze, has opened in Vancouver. We attended the Premier Media event to see the lighting of the 60+ foot Christmas tree and to experience all that Enchant had to offer. So how was it? I’ll start by saying the light displays are awesome. The Media Premiere came after a huge storm the night before that saw the venue suffer some opening setbacks, and it poured with rain while we were there, but even so, we…

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Christmas Lights at the Burnaby Village Museum

Christmas Lights at the Burnaby Village Museum

It’s that time of year again. As Fall turns into Winter, the skies are grey more often than not, the temperature drops, and it rains a lot. I often struggle a bit in Winter, both with mood and motivation, but one thing that I do love about this season is the fantastic lighting displays that are created in and around Vancouver. One event I enjoy every year is the Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas. This free event has something for…

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Hiking to St Mark’s Summit

Hiking to St Mark’s Summit

The St Mark’s Summit hike is an 11km round trip, with 460m elevation and some challenging terrain. The views along the way are amazing but nothing can prepare you for the vistas over Howe Sound from the Summit itself. The trail to the Summit can be accessed from the Cypress Mountain Downhill parking lot. Head North towards the chairlift and look for signs for the Howe Sound Crest Trail. St Mark’s Summit is 5.5km along the Howe Sound Crest Trail which…

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Quarry Rock in Deep Cove

Quarry Rock in Deep Cove

The Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, is super popular with both locals and tourists. It’s a 3.8km round trip walk, takes between 1-2 hours, and has an elevation gain of 100m. Start at Deep Cove and follow the signs for the Baden Powell Trail.  Once you enter the forest be prepared to begin the stair master as much of the elevation gain seems to occur in the first part of this hike. After several sets of stairs the trail…

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Capilano Canyon from Cleveland Dam

Capilano Canyon from Cleveland Dam

This 2.6km hike in the Capilano Canyon is great if you want a nice walk, nothing too tricky and/or something that is dog-friendly. The trail begins at the Capilano dam and is a circuit so can be done either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Bear in mind, both ways you’ll head downhill first which will mean some uphill on the way back. The elevation gain is only 100m and the trail is good so it’s not too challenging. There are also a…

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The Fair at the PNE and Wham Bam

The Fair at the PNE and Wham Bam

It’s that time of year again – The Fair at the PNE is on! This summer The Fair runs from August 20 to September 5. As always, there’s a ton of things to see and do. On opening day we headed up the road (the PNE is literally a 15-minute walk from our apartment) to check things out. One of the things I really enjoy at The Fair is the Marketplace. There’s always some really cool stuff to look at and…

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Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

2016 marks the 28th Anniversary of Out On Screen’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Between August 11 and 21, the festival is screening 35+ queer films at several venues around Vancouver. I love the VQFF because it is a chance for the LGBTQ2 community (and friends) to come together and see films that are not mainstream and that tell different stories – our stories. This year Susannah and I chose 3 films to see; Women Who Kill, Aligarh, and Fire Song. We selected…

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Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert

In a couple of earlier posts I talked about our scenic trip Smithers-Prince Rupert on Via Rail and our incredible Bear Watching Trip in Prince Rupert. Apart from these obvious highlights how was our stay in Northern BC? Our flights Vancouver to Smithers and then Prince Rupert to Vancouver were on Hawkair. We really enjoyed the flights and the customer service was excellent, particularly in Prince Rupert where the staff were very friendly. Fun fact: Prince Rupert airport is located…

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