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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver September 28th 2022

The Vacationer conducted an online survey of 1,098 American adults 18 years and older. They were asked, “When flying on a plane, which behaviors from fellow passengers annoy you?” There were frankly no surprises in the responses. The top two most annoying behaviors were tied: disruptive, drunk passengers and having the back of your seat kicked, both coming in at 59.11%. A close third with 48% is smelly co-passengers with either too much perfume or poor hygiene. Poor parenting skills also made it to the list with 46.81% people hassled by inattentive parents. Some of the other offences were smelly foods, armrest hogging, seat reclining, talking too much, boarding/deplaning out of turn, loud music, and taking off shoes. People are also vexed by couples indulging in PDA and fliers getting up to use the restroo... read more
Just the worst!
Hard to believe

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver July 15th 2022

Vancouver, 14 juillet De toutes les villes que j'ai visité, elle gardera toujours une place particulière. La métropole de la Colombie-Britannique, nichée au pied des montagnes sur les rivages du détroit de Géorgie, a un charme certain qui attire migrants et touristes par milliers. Malgré un coût de la vie ahurissant (le prix moyen des maisons dépasse ici le million de dollars), la grande qualité de vie que l'on y retrouve, le décor splendide, la mentalité "West Coast" (certes plus cool et écolo que l'Alberta voisine) et les nombreux attraits naturels et sportifs tout proches (la mer et la montagne, le beurre et l'argent du beurre quoi!) rendent cette ville tout simplement irrésistible. La ballade sur le seawall dans le célèbre Stanley Park nous a encore une fois comblé, avec une trempette d'orteils sur la non ... read more
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver June 25th 2022

I woke up this morning to beautiful, bright sunshine! I’ve had awesome weather during my stay here in Sechelt/Vancouver. I slept in this morning waking up around 7:30 or so. I had a shower and went downstairs to enjoy the breakfast that the hotel puts on. It was pretty decent. Scrambled eggs with turkey sausage links, some ’home fries’; chunky potatoes with some chunks of sautéed peppers and onions. Coffee, of course. Finishing that, I went back up to the room and then got things tidied up. I then went out to start my day. I walked from here to the post office to post a parcel in the mail to Mom, and then walked to Gastown. I wanted to buy a couple of t-shirts for the family, and took some video and photos (see attached). ... read more
Bacon Cheddar Burger
Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown
Store display in Gastown

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver June 24th 2022

I had a good sleep last night. I woke up and stripped the bed and then got the sheets into the laundry to have them washed and dried so Jeanne wouldn’t have to make the bed when I left. Quick shower and then a ‘gather everything up’ bit of time in the condo. I served Jeanne the last of her pancakes from Ricky’s and coffee with bacon. We then sat and chatted for a while. I brought up a picture taken of Jeanne when she was about five years old. That brought an exclamation and broad smile to her face! I did a few more errands for her and made sure there wasn’t anything she needed to do when I left. Then, it was time to say goodbye. I left the condo and walked down the ... read more
At the bus stop in Sechelt
On the Queen of Coquitlam
Jim coming in for the selfie

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver December 15th 2021

I am little a obsessed with whale, always have been. On our visit to Vancouver we decided to join a whale watching tour. We choose Sea Breeze Adventuresin Stevenson not far from the city. They had two different boats going out that day. We chose to take the Zodiac, a big blow up boat that seated around 10 people. We were pretty lucky quiet because early on at our tour we spotted three humpback whales. Usually they won’t stick around very long as our tour guide told us, but these guys seemed to enjoy our company and were really curious too. The whales were waving their tales and popped their heads up several times. We even discovered that day that whale poop is pink. And there was a lot of whale poop swimming on the waters ... read more
Whale poop
Whale tails
Getting ready

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver September 24th 2021

Chatterbox Falls; About Time We chartered “About Time”, a Catalina 425, from Cooper Boating on Granville Island, Vancouver to sail up to Catterbox Falls on the Westcoast of Canada. We drove to Vancouver on the wettest day of the year, the day Vancouver was drenched with more rain in a day than they had received all year. A strong low-pressure system in the Pacific delivered 40 knots winds from the NW. Not great for heading up the Sunshine Coast in a north westerly direction. Granville Island has an extensive market where we could gather provisions for our week-long trip. Fresh fish is a specialty. We stowed the provisions in the rain and decided to drink scotch on the boat instead of venturing out into the rain to find a restaurant. We spent a happy Friday night ... read more
Sechelt Rapids
Princess Louisa Inlet
Blue Heron

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 23rd 2021

Le 23 août 2021, Il est déjà temps de quitter Ucluelet pour gagner la belle ville de Vancouver. Mais on devra d'abord repasser par ZE route... Celle ouverte à peine quelques heures par jour et ne permettant le passage de la circulation qu'une seule fois par heure pendant la période d''ouverture... Et il nous faudra en plus être dans les temps pour attraper notre ferry, prévu à 13:25 tapant. Bref, nous avons un petit défi logistique ce matin... Heureusement, la chance nous sourit, le départ se fait sans anicroche et on arrive au point de passage une dizaine de minutes avant l'heure d'ouverture prévue. Bingo, on passe et on poursuit notre chemin jusqu'à Cathedral Grove, où un court sentier nous permet de nous balader au beau milieu d'arbres cpmplètement gigantesques. La petite pause de 30 minutes ... read more
Jeu de Tetris dans notre mini-bolide
Impressionnant pont suspendu

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 20th 2021

Early Morning tour - English Bay English Bay is the body of water where the shores of Vancouver meet the Pacific Ocean and that is where Patrick’s tour ‘Guide’s Choice’ commenced. It was 7am and very few people about but plenty of gulls on the pebbly beach. The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beach. The Silvia Hotel is an ideal place to enjoy a cocktail & watch the sunset. Virginia creeper is the ivy-like plant that covers more than half of the property. The plant is a trademark feature of the hotel and a well known landmark in the city. In 1975 the City designated the Sylvia a heritage building, ensuring its survival for many years to come. We saw an amusing sculpture ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 20th 2021

Road Trip to Vancouver Part 1 - Squamish. Squamish calls itself the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”, today Finn joined his dad as we strolled around this pretty town. They town had recently been the location for a Christmas movie which is why we saw snow and Christmas trees laying around. The community garden looked well looked after. The Stawamus Chief, officially Stawamus Chief Mountain (often referred to as simply The Chief, is a granite dome located adjacent to the town. It towers over 700 m above the waters of Howe Sound nearby. It is often claimed to be the “second largest granite monolith in the world”. The indigenous people from this area, consider the Chief to be a place of spiritual significance. The great cleft in the mountain’s cliff-face in Squamish legend is a mark ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver July 10th 2021

Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples: the Squamish, Musqueaum, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Rising 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above Vancouver. The Mountain was named by the first recorded hikers to reach the summit in October 1894. The hardy group of hikers slogged through snow, scrambled over rock and up through the dense forest. Along the way, they hunted a Blue Grouse and honoured the plentiful game bird by calling the Peak "Grouse Mountain". In 1949 the world's first double chairlift was built, replacing a two to three hour hike from the base of the mountain. The first chairlift for The Cut was built in 1951 and, for the first time, skiers and visitors could reach the mountain in a two-stage trip. Patrick had taken the Grouse Grind ... read more

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