British Columbia

Things to do in Victoria, BC

A local’s guide to the top things to do in Victoria, BC

By Janice and George

We have great restaurants, parks (can you say Butchart Gardens?) and attractions. Check out our insider guide to the best things to do in Victoria, BC!

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Things to do in Parksville: Rathtrevor Beach

9 Crazy fun things to do in Parksville & Qualicum Beach

By Janice and George

Rathtrevor Beach is great. But there are other super fun things to do in Parksville and Qualicum Beach too. Explore Horne Lake Caves. See the goats on the roof in Coombs. And more!

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biking Stanley Park

Biking Stanley Park and 5 best Stanley Park bike rentals

By Janice and George

Nothing beats biking Stanley Park (and around False Creek) on a sunny Vancouver day! Lots of beaches and parks. A public market and craft brewery too at Granville Island.

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Victoria BC gardens

It’s blooming at these top 5 Victoria, BC, Gardens

By Janice and George

Dubbed the “City of Gardens,” Victoria blooms with colorful flowers and show-stopping gardens. Even in November, hanging baskets of pansies brighten the city’s picturesque Inner Harbor.

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Whistler vs Blackcomb

Whistler or Blackcomb: Which has better skiing?

By Janice and George

You know Whistler is one of the world’s best ski resorts. But what you really want to know is – which mountain is better for skiing and snowboarding? Whistler or Blackcomb?

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best airbnb in victoria bc - art deco manor

Where to stay in Victoria, BC? Utterly charming Airbnb’s and hotels

By Janice and George

Where to stay in Victoria, BC? We’ve stayed at several utterly charming Airbnb’s and hotels – like this Art Deco manor and historic B&B.

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best beaches in victoria bc for swimming

7 Best beaches in Victoria, BC, for swimming in summer

By Janice and George

Pssst… Wanna know the top swimming holes and lakes in Victoria? Here’s our beach chair report on the 7 best beaches in Victoria, BC.

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Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

Dig the shipyard history at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

By Janice and George

See cool yellow cranes and maritime artifacts in the old shipyard building site outside the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, a great 4-star hotel in North Vancouver.

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hiking trails in Whistler - Joffre Lake hike

Hiking the Joffre Lakes trail: But, umm, are there bears?

By Janice and George

Would there be bears on our Joffre Lakes hike? We had bears on the brain. Understandable, once you know we live in bear country. And we once had an encounter with four grizzlies.

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Whistler river of golden dreams

Paddling Whistler’s River of Golden Dreams

By Janice and George

Isn’t the River of Golden Dreams a dreamy name? Well, this river in Whistler really is like its name. And the summer is perfect for paddling a canoe or kayak down it.

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vancouver cooking class

Ciao! Whipping up an Italian feast at a Vancouver cooking class

By Janice and George

Black pepper fettuccini in a white-wine cream sauce? Lemon zested veal? No, I’m not in Italy. I’m grating cheese and boiling fresh-made pasta at a Vancouver cooking class!

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Harbour Ferries Victoria

Explore the Gorge on a fun pickle boat with Victoria Harbour Ferry

By Janice and George

What fun! Tour the Gorge Waterway on a Victoria Harbor Ferry “pickle boat.” See the tidal falls and learn about the daredevil divers.

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Chilko Experience

Chilko Experience: Luxury in British Columbia’s wilderness

By Janice and George

Think of pristine wilderness with awesome grizzly bear viewing, fishing, ATVs, rafting, horseback riding and more. Now add the luxury Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort. Nice, eh?

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Vancouver cruise port

Sailing away from the Vancouver cruise port

By Janice and George

No wonder 1 million cruise passengers love the Vancouver cruise port each year! You can walk to shops, cafes and parks. Our city is particularly beautiful when seen from a cruise ship.

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