Top 5 Spring Break Adventures Built for Kids

When I was a kid, one of my favourite things to do was experience places related to nature or history—museums, galleries, nature parks. Luckily, my mom really liked taking my brother and I (plus our cousins) to educational and cultural institutions during spring break and summer break. From exploring the great outdoors and getting up close to wildlife, to tapping into your creative side or solving science mysteries, below are five adventures that will keep your kids entertained this Spring … [Read more...]

Sea to Sky Gondola Squamish Adventure – Vancouver Excursions

To say that experiencing the Sea to Sky Gondola was a transformative experience, would be an understatement. It's hard not to feel all the things I most love feeling: alive, free, adventurous, exploratory, and joyful, when I'm spending time in nature. Doing so in a whole new setting over 800 metres above sea level (even higher than the Stawamus Chief trail I'd hiked a few years ago, which is nearby and can be seen from the top of the gondola and a viewing platform) increases those feelings … [Read more...]

Four Ways Vancouverites Can Give Back this Holiday Season  

Giving back to those less fortunate is top of mind throughout the holiday season. Whether you’re in search of Santa, a tree-lit beach walk or a mountain-top view of Howe Sound, these activities boost Christmas spirit while offering an opportunity to give back. Here is a quick round-up of four ways Vancouverites can give back this holiday season. Do you know of others? I'd love to hear from you! Stanley Park’s Bright Nights: Find your seat on the Christmas Train and experience three million … [Read more...]

Visit Fort Langley National Historic Site – Vancouver Area Travel

When I think about the types of places I most like to visit, one that comes to mind is a small village. I’m sure you can picture, it now—one main street with little cafés, restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, maybe a hardware store, too. The façades are a little older and time-worn, benches line sidewalks, people stroll along—there’s no hustling here. The word idyllic comes to mind. That is exactly how one would describe the village of Fort Langley. After spending time wandering the main … [Read more...]

Salt Spring in the City Vancouver Event Preview

What are you doing this weekend? You don't have to leave Vancouver to visit Salt Spring Island. Crazy, right? On March 27-29, Salt Spring in the City will bring the island’s bohemian lifestyle and fresh finds from its most awesome artisans to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall (15th and Main). From the modern to the rustic, chic to traditional — with over 30 unique brands to discover, there’s something for everyone!  … [Read more...]

3 Things that Make me Feel Lucky

Beyond having the basics—food, shelter and clothing—I feel so lucky to have things in my life take things to the next level. It's so easy to focus on the things that aren't going so well, and maybe dwell on them a bit. When I find myself in a negative state of mind, it really helps to think about the things and people I'm grateful for. It doesn't take long to turn things around when I start thinking about these 3 things (and others: … [Read more...]

The Wellness Show Vancouver 2015

This past weekend, I attended the Wellness Show at the Convention Centre in Vancouver. The show ran from February 13, 14 and 15th. With the amount of workshops going on throughout the day, it was hard for me to decide where to spend my time! Should I learn about overcoming allergies or watch a cooking demo?! #wellness15 @TheWellnessShow pic.twitter.com/zqSY9pe7hq — Tazim Damji (@beingtazim) February 15, 2015 Obviously, I chose to attend the "Got Allergies" talk given by Lisa Kilgour at the … [Read more...]

Vancouver Travel for 20-Somethings

Vancouver is well-known for a few different things: its gorgeous natural scenery, and maybe the high cost of living. That last one need not effect travels, though—and there are plenty of free or inexpensive things to do and see in the city. Here are just 20 things to do in Vancouver for 20-somethings (that other age groups will likely also enjoy): … [Read more...]

YVR Foodies Event — Where Vancouver Foodies Come Together

On June 1st, members of Vancouver meetup group YVR Foodies descended upon a foodie paradise. I never would have imagined that a black brick building along Hastings St. would contain an authentic Italian restaurant, catering service and private function room. The Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria served food, and hosted a group of foodies, bloggers and food bloggers. YVR Foodies is the joint venture of Ricky Shetty, Justin Ruscheinski, and Nadeem Ahmad. YVR Foodies has a meetup group page and a Facebook … [Read more...]

The YP App Shows me the Local Essentials: Coffee Shops and Gas Stations

Let's talk way finding. With the lovely weather and a long list of things to do and experience on my summer-fun-list, my sweet station wagon is going to be getting a lot more use soon. Okay, so picture this: I'm out driving around, enjoying the sunshine and beautiful views. I want to keep going—on a drive that may include stopping by some local malls or shopping areas—but I need a coffee pronto! What's a girl to do? Now, I just pull out my iPhone and use the YP App to super-quickly give me … [Read more...]