parks & gardens

Northern Lights in Alberta

Snapshot Story #23: Chasing northern lights photos in Alberta

By Janice and George

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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best city to visit in canada

5 reasons why Victoria is the best city to visit in Canada

By Janice and George

It has great restaurants and a lovely island vibe, and it’s blooming pretty! Just 3 of 5 reasons why Victoria is the best city to visit in Canada.

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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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Singapore Botanic Gardens

A tropical Eden: Visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens and orchids

By Janice and George

Green thumb or not, you’ll love visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens! See Swan Lake, over 60,000 beautiful orchids and strange carnivorous plants. Bonus: no more crocodiles today.

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Bonn

See Beethoven’s house – and other things to do in Bonn, Germany

By Janice and George

Beethoven was born in charming Bonn, Germany. You can visit his old house (see his pianos). But there are more things to do in Bonn too, like taking a short river cruise to Drachenberg Castle.

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Jasper National Park holiday

Is it summer yet? Jasper National Park holiday

By Janice and George

What do you get when you mix mountains, forests, glaciers – and families of fearless elk that stride past you REALLY close (you can almost touch them)? Jasper National Park.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden - spring rhododendrons

Getting our spring flower fix at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden

By Janice and George

Visiting VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, we learned about widow-maker trees that sprout 2.5 kilo pine cones and stuck our noses inside carnivore pitcher plants.

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Top 5 Victoria Gardens: It’s blooming in B.C.’s capital!

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 Harbour.

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Hawaii cruises for families

Aloha! Hawaii cruises for families

By Janice and George

Whale watching, volcano exploration and surfing! There are loads of fun things for kids to do on these Hawaii cruises for families.

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visit San Miguel de Allende

Visit San Miguel de Allende: A fairytale colonial city (Part 2)

By Janice and George

A mask museum? Botanical gardens? Yummy restaurants? Visit San Miguel de Allende for more than just art galleries and colonial architecture.

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Spring flowers - Vancouver

Snapshot Story #8: Spring flowers in Vancouver

By Janice and George

They say April showers bring May flowers. But Vancouver is blooming right now with spring flowers. Tulips, bluebells, rhodos and more are all in beautiful colorful bloom.

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Vancouver cherry blossoms

Snapshot Story #6: Vancouver’s cherry blossoms are blooming!

By Janice and George

Each spring, cherry blossoms on 40,000 cherry trees in Vancouver burst like pink and white popcorn. A Cherry Blossom Festival even celebrates the blooming of the trees.

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It’s prickly at the Wirikuta Desert Botanical Garden!

By Janice and George

If in Los Cabos, check out the Wirikuta Desert Botanical Garden. It’s home to over 1 million plants, with lots of desert plants from around the world. 

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What’s the best Four Seasons resort on Lanai?

By Janice and George

By the beach at Manele Bay? At the French country-style mountain Lodge at Koele? The best Four Seasons resort Lanai is a matter of personal preference.

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