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Vancouver Celebrates Its Tenth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s that most beautiful time of year again in Vancouver: Cherry Blossom Season, a brief lull through the soaking rain, grey skies and all-round blahs of the first few months of the year. The West End of Vancouver where I live has exploded with...Read more...

Vancouver International Wine Festival Tasting Room Quest: Find Five Alternative to Pinot Grigio

In the darkness and gloom of February in Vancouver there is one bright spot to look forward to: the Vancouver International Wine Festival. One of North America’s biggest wine fests, VIWF brings a head-spinning variety of wines from around the...Read more...

Happiness (and Endless Tapas) Found at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

I slid down into the warm pool, lying on my back, my ears pop-pop-popping as they filled with water… And then music. I pushed back and floated across the pool, the bass reverberating in my chest and belly. I’d read about the mineral...Read more...

Beautiful British Columbia: Where to be Wowed on the Road

Ever since I moved to British Columbia I’ve become quite the ‘nature cryer’. Movies about scattered families or lost love tend to leave me dry-eyed. Those Christmas ads that have everyone else reaching for the Kleenex all...Read more...

Cape Breton’s Beggars Banquet

My heart sank when I saw it on the tour itinerary; a themed costume dinner, where you have to dress up too. My basic nightmare, in fact. But what I hadn’t counted on was the sheer joie de vivre of the Beggars Banquet experience which had...Read more...

Grouse Mountain’s New Light Walk

I’m ashamed to admit it but this is the first time I’ve been up to Grouse Mountain in the winter; I don’t ski and charming though a trip on Santa’s sleigh sounds, I just hadn’t made it up there. But whereas...Read more...

Crazy-Sexy-Cool: Montreal’s W Hotel

Maybe the W stands for ‘wow’, because that was certainly my reaction when I walked into my suite at the W Hotel Montreal. I’m not much given to hotel hyperbole but sometimes you open a door and all you can do is whoop with...Read more...

Seasonal Signs… It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas in Vancouver

I never used to get into the festive spirit: the sound of sleigh bells and carols on the radio left me cold, those supposedly-heart tugging Christmas adverts made me feel even more Grinch-like than usual and really, it just seemed so… ugh....Read more...

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2016 Tickets Released

It’s one of my favourite events in Vancouver’s culinary calendar, the Vancouver International Wine festival; a blizzard of fun wine-based events, tastings, and special winery dinners which takes place each February, just in time to give us all a...Read more...

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