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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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Northern Lights in Alberta

Chasing northern lights photos in Alberta

By Jon Reaves

Elk Island National Park is one of the best places to see the northern lights in Canada. Battling mosquitoes, this intrepid photographer shoots a dazzling photo!

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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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SoHo Toronto

A cold winter’s visit… and a warm stay at SoHo Toronto

By Janice and George

Smack-dab in Toronto’s buzzing entertainment district, the SoHo Toronto (aka SoHo Metropolitan Hotel) is a cool mix of urban hipster and luxury chic.

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photos of the canadian rockies

Rocky Mountain High! 20 stunning photos of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise

By Janice and George

Talk about a Rocky Mountain high. These 20 stunning photos of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise will make you want to pack up and visit now!

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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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