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.
October 01, 2005 | Tips from Us >
Vancouver, Breweries, Distilleries & Cideries
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I have a wee bit of a headache. Yep, that's right, I went to the Autumn Brewmasters' Festival
last night. It was my first time and I don't think it will be my last. For $25 I received a four ounce plastic beer glass and three token chips to trade in for BC brew samples (I have one left I would now love to trade in for a Tylenol). I purchased more tokens at a price of 3 for $5. As the night went on, the crowd got busier, the music got louder and the beer needed to be lighter. I started out with a good hearty chocolate and coffee infused Stout, by half-time I was drinking Amber ales, and at the end of the night I was looking for golden Lagers. The other thing that progressed throughout the evening was the length of the line-up for the washroom. In total I tasted about 20 samples from Breweries all over BC; my top picks were from Crannog Ales, located in Sorrento, and Steamworks Brewing Company, located in Gastown
. The event sells-out each year, so if you are already planning on going next year purchase your tickets in advance.