March 22, 2006 | Tips from Us >
Vancouver, Art Galleries & Artists
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Don't be surprised if you're walking around in Vancouver and you see a man hanging off a cable as in this picture (by CharlieBrown
) I pulled of Flick. It's the filming of X-men 3 last year. This is one of many movies that was shot in Vancouver. The TV and film business is booming and Vancouver and movie and TV sets are everywhere. Especially the Vancouver Art Gallery
seems to be a favorite spot. So keep an eye out for the little "crew" signs, large mobile dressing trucks, large lights and flying men on cables during your next visit. You might even spot a celebrity.
March 15, 2006 | Tips from Us >
Vancouver, Wineries & Vineyards
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Spring is slowly making it's way into Vancouver so it was time for my first gelato of the season. There are lots of great places to get ice cream and gelato and picking a flavour is always is a challenge for me.
So when I visited La Casa Gelato, I was in for the extreme challenge because La Casa Gelato offers over 200 flavours of gelato and ice cream. Reading all the labels can take a long time but it's fun to see al the different flavours. There are the everyday vanilla, chocolate, lemon and such. But they offer flavours that range from interesting such as Guinness Draft or Pear Gorgonzola to very interesting such as wasabi or garlic. They offer free samples so you don't have to commit to anything to try it.
La Casa Gelato is located somewhat off the beaten path in a bit of an industrial part of town at 1033 Venables St (view on Google Maps). But it's but near Commercial Drive, where you can, among other things, enjoy other Italian foods.
February 13, 2006 | Tips from Us >
Apex Mountain Resort, Skiing & Snowboarding
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The ski and snowboard season has been very good in BC so far and it's only mid-february. After riding in Whistler a few times and a weekend in Sun Peaks, my wife and I crossed off our next resort in BC. We flew into Penticton and about 45 minutes by taxi later we arrived in Apex. Apex is smaller than some of the other resorts but that doesn't mean you'll run out of things to do. The information on HelloBC sums it up nicely.
We had ski-in/ski-out at the the Apex Mountain Inn & Spa and the gun barrel pub was next door. The snow is excellent right now and the runs vary from easy to very challenging. We also spent a great deal of time in the new terrain park.
We took the Sun Bus back to Penticton instead of a taxi and saved ourselves a few dollars. Now that I'm entering this blog from my Hotel in Penticton it has started snowing again so I assume a layer of fresh powder will ensure this season of powder will continue.
February 04, 2006 | Tips from Us >
Vancouver, Arts, Culture & History Tours
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I watched a very cool short film featuring some of Vancouver's landmarks on an Air Canada flight recently. It's created with stills and put together in an unusual but very interesting way. I wrote down the name and after a bit of Googling I learned that the film was made by Guy Roland from Vancouver. He used a digital camera and a PC over two years. The film won the Zoom In Awards
. If you like to see Vancouver a little different, you you can view it here
October 04, 2005 | Tips from Us >
Vancouver, Wildlife Tours
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When visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge
and/or Grouse Mountain
, make sure to stop at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery
. It's right in between these two two attractions and it's free! It's a great way to learn about the lifecycle of Salmon. I spent an hour there with visitors from out of town last weekend and it was fun cheering on the Salmon at a special viewing area as they make their way up the river.
August 26, 2005 | Tips from Us >
Find more information about Vancouver - Dining
I recently discovered the restaurant
at the Jericho Sailing Centre when a friend invited me to sailing for the night. It is open for the public and the patio offers spectacular views of English Bay, the North Shore Mountains and the downtown area. It offers no-nonsense, pub-style food at reasonable prices. Nothing beats watching the sunset there while enjoying a cold beer and a veggie burger on a nice summer night. Check out their website
for directions. Or read our information about Vancouver's beaches
August 10, 2005 | Tips from Us >
Whistler, Ziplining & Bungee Jumping
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I went to Whistler last week for the weekend. I haven't been in Whistler
in the summer for a few years. I forgot how much there is to do in the summer. Just watching the mountain bikers come flying down the mountain was awesome. Then we went Zip Trekking
because I've heard it's a lot of fun. It's also educational as they tell you all about sustainability in between zips. I was afraid the $98 wasn't going to be worth it but it totally is. I would do it again in a second.