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Riding the Amtrak Cascades Train from Vancouver to Seattle – Avoid Traffic, Relax and Enjoy the Views

Amtrak Cascades Rail from Vancouver to Seattle

Train travel from Vancouver to Seattle with the Amtrak Cascades is a great and economic way to avoid border traffic, relax and enjoy the spectacular coastal views. With daily scheduled departures, the Train from Vancouver to Seattle is an easy and fun way to travel for families with children. With the recent bridge collapse and temporary fix along a main ...

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Finding Fabulous Hot Chocolate in Vancouver

Leonidas feature

Vancouver’s Best Cups of Hot Chocolate As Vancouver starts to feel the winter chill, hot cocoa is a perfect way to warm the spirit, indulge is something luxurious, and share a moment. After the initial seasonal egg nogs, I turn to something less cloying, something more earthy and complex.  Cacao has a long history, considered sacred by the Aztec, and still ...

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A Perfect Day in Wellington New Zealand


Wellington New Zealand is a vibrant city filled with culture, great hikes, scenic panoramas and great food. This is how I spent one perfect day in the Capital of New Zealand. Starts with waking up in Club Level suite at the Wellington Hotel, an InterContinental City Hotel. This centrally located hotel is close to everything, and in the midst of ...

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Why Are So Many Breweries Opening in Vancouver?

Tasting Room at Parallel 49 Vancouver

Meet the nine new craft breweries opening in Vancouver. It’s been in the news over the last year that many new craft breweries are opening Vancouver. At least 5 have opened up since 2011, joining the stalwarts Granville Island Brewing (est 1984), Yaletown Brewing (1994), Steamoworks Beer (1995), Storm Brewing (1995), and R&B Brewing (1997). If you like craft beer, ...

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75th Anniversary of the Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver

Vancouver Lions Gate Bridge Old and New

75th Anniversary of the Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver 1938-2013. We’ll be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Lions Gate Bridge which opened on November 12, 1938. The 75-year-old span officially took its place as No. 63 on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s list of Places That Matter in July 2013. The Lions Gate Bridge, officially opened in 1938 and was known ...

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Yuji’s From Japan – to Vancouver with Oishii

Yuji's From Japan - Sashimi

Local Japanese Restaurant, Yuji’s From Japan, is like a corner of Yokohama flavours in Vancouver We’re lucky in Vancouver to have Yuji’s back, this time as Yuji’s From Japan, a small but popular japanese restaurant. Yokohama trained, with French Cuisine experience, Yuji’s delivers quality Japanese food, beautiful and fresh sashimi, and some innovative small plates. Opened for less than a ...

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72 Hours in Seattle

Farmers Market at Pike Place

When it comes to travel, crossing borders, no matter how close, is always an adventure. And the easiest of travel is the long weekend. Seattle might only be a three hour, 225 km drive from Vancouver, but for me it is often an exotic adventure. I hope the same can be said of Vancouver from out Seattle neighbours. I recommend ...

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – Worth a Visit Any Time of Year

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classic Chinese Garden Vancouver

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park, Vancouver The thing I love about this beautiful garden, is that it is easily accessible from Downtown, and an interesting walk through Gastown from Canada Place. It is a popular attraction, because of the architectural beauty and because of the landscaping which changes with the seasons. It’s proximity to Chinatown also makes ...

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