Attractions


Vancouver in August

Always a laid-back city, Vancouver ramps up the chill factor in August. Tourists may be thick on the ground in the downtown core, but traffic is significantly lighter as most locals stay away from work to enjoy the last lazy days of summer vacation. Days are warm–even hot–and the late […]


Vancouver Day Trips: Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Delta, BC’s George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, long known and loved by the North American birding community, deserves a wider audience. For anyone with a passion for nature and a desire for tranquility, it’s well worth the hour-long drive from downtown Vancouver to this wetland oasis in the heart […]


Things to Do in Vancouver: Stanley Park

Vancouver’s Stanley Park–1,000 sprawling green acres in the heart of Canada’s third-largest city–is one of the world’s great urban oases, like Central Park in New York or the Tuileries in Paris. A national historic site, it’s named for Lord Frederick Stanley, Canada’s Governor General in 1888 when the park opened. […]


Best Bet: Top Vancouver Attractions

There are lots of things to do in Vancouver–some free, some for a fee–but not all tourist attractions are created equal. How can you tell the don’t-misses from the don’t-waste-your-times? Here are my top picks for Vancouver attractions that are worth an investment of time and/or money. I recommend these because they’re […]


Christmas in Canada: A Festivus Approach

In a country that prides itself on tolerance and diversity, even using the word “Christmas” makes some Canadians skittish. Political correctness be damned: December 25 is without doubt the nation’s most anticipated holiday, a jewel of light, hope and good cheer in an otherwise long, dark and unadorned season. I […]

Canyon Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, BC

Things to Do in Vancouver

What to do on a visit to Vancouver? If Mother Nature married Mr. Big, their offspring would surely be Vancouver. Tucked between mountains and ocean, adorned with myriad parks and gardens, and blessed with a mild coastal climate, Vancouver is a truly scenic four-season destination offering all the distractions of […]