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
Friday November 15, 2013
We travelers love public markets. With their eclectic eats, busy atmospheres, and passionate locals, public markets rank among the top attractions in cities like Vancouver, Montreal, and Seattle.
Victoria is on the way to joining them, thanks to the opening of the new Victoria Public Market at The Hudson.
It's still early days for Victoria's public market, but there are currently about a dozen local-food vendors in the bright, modern space.
Some offer eat-now options like the pastries at The French Oven (which had sold out save for two brioche on my visit), pies at Victoria Pie Co., and rotisserie at Roast. Take-home eats from Sutra (an off-shoot of Vancouver's famed Vij's) and Cowichan Bay Seafood are ideal for locals, along with the farmers' market on Wednesdays. Unfortunately, my Saturday visit meant I missed the farmers' market. But I'll be back.
The Victoria Public Market is located a block from Chinatown. So, while the setting itself is perhaps not as stunning at Granville Island in Vancouver or the Lachine Canal in Montreal, there is a lot to explore within a couple blocks.
Address: 1701 Douglas St, Victoria
Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m
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Friday November 15, 2013
I spend a lot of time hiking, but as the rainier weather of autumn sets in, it's nice to have that extra bit of motivation to get outside and enjoy the BC wilderness. Take a Hike Day is just that.
I'm not sure about the origins of the day, which is coming up on Nov. 17, 2013. I do know, though, what a fantastic region British Columbia is for hikers.
Near Vancovuer, head to the North Shore for endless forest walks, hilly climbs, and panoramic viewpoints. Lighthouse Park has many easy loops, Quarry Rock in Deep Cove presents a steep but fairly short climb, and Lynn Headwaters Regional Park has lengthy trails alongside the creek.
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