Sunday December 8, 2013
I love haunted walking tours, as much because of the historical details they highlight as for the ghost tales.
On a recent Ghostly Walk with Victoria's Discover the Past, I learnt so much about the historic British Columbia capital and its most unsavory tales.
Our guide connected the dots of history, from the First Nations burial ground at Laurel Point and the early days of Fort Victoria, to the Gold Rush, Chinatown, and Emily Carr. I highly recommend scheduling time in for the tour on your next trip to lovely Victoria -- you won't look at the old Pendray mansion the same ever again.
Here's my full review of the Victoria ghost tour.
Friday December 6, 2013
We all know how important it is to get home safely anytime you're drinking. Unfortunately the widely known Operation Red Nose doesn't operate in the City of Vancouver, but other private services offer a similar service.
While I usually opt for public transit or taxi, I recently test drove a sober ride-home service.
I called Sober Ride (778-892-7433) earlier this week. It took about 45 minutes from the time of the first call to when the two designated drivers arrived. One driver gets your car and you home safely, and the other driver follows in a second car.
I was surprised at how economical the service was -- it cost about $10 more than a one-way cab fare ($25 total for us), and was very convenient. If you're drinking and need a safe way to get home, I'd recommend giving it a try. But if you can, call early and book ahead.
Thursday December 5, 2013
It is important to take time away from the holiday to-do lists and enjoy the season. And in Vancouver, there are an array of fun, festive, and family-friendly activities that let you do just that.
My holiday season favorites include the dancing light show on Livingston Lake in VanDusen Botanical Garden, reindeer strolling through the snow on Grouse Mountain, and lanterns on the winter solstice.
This year, I plan to check out the lovely decorations at Burnaby Village Museum and the world's tallest Christmas tree at Capilano Suspension Bridge. But here are more ideas for things to do over the holidays.
Sunday November 17, 2013
The Vancouver Christmas Market opens for the holiday season on Nov. 22, 2013. Even though it is an outdoor market, it's a cozy spot filled with twinkling lights, toasty smells, and tasty eats.
Here's a blog post about my visit last year to the German-style market. But these photos also give a sense of the event.
- Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 649 Hamilton St.
- When: Nov. 22-Dec. 24
- Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Cost: $6 adults, $3 children 7-12, kids 6 and under free