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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YVR Food Fest

YVR Food Fest

On Saturday we went to the YVR Food Fest at Olympic Village. Known for the past 4 years as the Vancouver Food Cart Fest, the event has rebranded and expanded to include more food vendors, parties, and food talks. Wandering around the venue and seeing what’s on offer in street food in Vancouver was an awesome way to spend the day. The trucks were laid out in a large circle chuck wagon style which made it easy to wander around and…

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Happy Pride!

Happy Pride!

The last time I went to the Vancouver Pride parade was at least 7 or 8 years ago. I remember that it was a super hot day, just like this year. I remember Jack Layton camping it up in the NDP float – that was cool because he had been a longtime LGBTQ supporter. I loved celebrating Pride but what I did not enjoy was that there were many other political entities, financial institutions and corporate groups in that Parade that didn’t have much of a history with the LGBTQ community….

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Bear Watching in Prince Rupert

Bear Watching in Prince Rupert

Ok I won’t lie. When we decided to go up North I knew that  for me this bear watching excursion was going to be the highlight of my trip. Being from New Zealand where there are NO BEARS (actually there are no predatory animals PERIOD), even the thought of encountering a bear scares the bejeezes out of me. Yet as a photographer I am fascinated by them and definitely wanted to see them in their natural environment. On our trip…

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Travelling Smithers to Prince Rupert by Train

Travelling Smithers to Prince Rupert by Train

In June we were lucky enough to spend a few days touring part of Northern BC. Our plan was to fly into Smithers, spend a few days catching up with Susie’s awesome sister Liz and her husband Bill, then take a train to Prince Rupert, enjoy some activities there and fly back to Vancouver.  In this post I’ll talk about the middle part of our trip –  from Smithers to Prince Rupert on the ‘Skeena’ train. The train runs from Jasper to Prince…

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Save the Vaquita!

Save the Vaquita!

The Vaquita is the world’s most endangered marine mammal. Found exclusively in the Gulf of California, Mexico, these small porpoises are on the brink of extinction with only about 60 remaining. How can we help save them?