Season 2 Episode 2 – Location Info
Roscommon is truly undiscovered, a place where every highway and byway seems to deliver you far from the madding crowd. From peat bogs to wild flower meadows, native woodlands to turloughs, lakes & marshes, it’s the perfect place to escape into the wild.
Set on the River Shannon near the meeting point of Roscommon, Leitrim and Longford, Roosky is a friendly, picturesque village and a popular angling hub. Its harbour and marina are regular ports of call for summer cruisers, and it is the birthplace of former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds. Roosky is a friendly, picturesque village and a walk down by the Shannon to the lock is recommended. 20mins drive is Elphin. The Episcopal college at Elphin is believed to have been one of the first monasteries founded by St.Patrick – highlighting the religious signi cance of the town in pre-Reformation times. Nearby is the restored Elphin Windmill, built in 1720, and the oldest of its kind in Ireland.
In this episode, we visited some of its most popular sites such as the Vancouver Seawall, Stanley Park,
sampled fresh produce at one of the biggest indoor markets in the city, Granville Island Market, took a ride on the Grouse Mountain Gondola which offered stunning views of Vancouver as well as being the home of orphaned Grizzly bears Grinder &Coola. Asian cuisine is huge in this city, with over 600 sushi restaurants, it was only right to head to Miku Waterfront sushi restaurant.
Vancouver is home to many vibrant and interesting areas and the city is broken into 14 areas.
- Coal Harbour
- Commercial Drive
- Davie Village
- Granville Island
- Granville Street
- Punjabi Market
- Robson Street
- South Main
- West End
Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically
diverse cities. Also know as Hollywood North as it’s now a very popular filming location for movies and TV shows. Vancouver is surrounded by mountains, with quick and easy access to Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island, and of course, endless year-round water and land sports, whether you’re looking for extreme sports or family fun, you’ll find your personal adventure here. Vancouver also is the home port for Alaska cruises May through October. Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Canadians are known for our friendly nature, and Vancouver’s citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets – day or night, all year round.
Vancouver’s North Shore is also considered by many to be the birthplace of freestyle mountain biking. While there are more than a few serious single track options that can scare even the most seasoned mountain bikers, the North Shore has numerous intermediate and beginner options, too.
For adrenaline junkies, Whistler Bungee at the Bungy Zone send people off a 50 metre (160 feet) bridge spanning forest and a glacial-fed river in a spectacular mountain setting. And Ziptrek Ecotours and Grouse Mountain’s ziplines allow fresh-air enthusiasts to soar high above the forest floor on tree-to-tree zip-line courses through old-growth forests.
Less adventurous visitors can explore some of the magnificent sites in Whistler, Victoria, Harrison Hot Springs and beyond with operators such as Landsea Tours, who are go-to experts for exploring the mountains, valleys, waterfalls, vineyards, gardens and richly varying landscape of the region.
In the early 1900s, Granville Island was home to factories, plants and sawmills. Things are a little different today—Granville Island is both a locals’ favourite and a huge draw for visitors. Technically a sandspit and not an island, the neighbourhood sits just south of the downtown peninsula, right under the Granville Bridge. The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, but it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios.
Granville Island Market
Is an indoor market on Granville Island in the harbour featuring a fascinating assortment of colourful food and produce stores, showcasing handcrafted products and the very finest in unique gifts. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. A fascinating assortment of colourful stalls, showcasing unique homemade products, and the very finest in gastronomic delights. With a mix of unique crafts, skilled artisans, outdoor outfitters and deluxe gourmet stores, Granville Island is one of the best places in the city to purchase souvenirs for back home. The public market is a great place to start; pick up smoked salmon, exclusive teas, and other gourmet goodies. Check out First Nations artworks, B.C. wines, visit the artisan studios where glassblowers, potters, jewellers and even a broom maker ply their crafts.
The market itself is often described as a “food lover’s paradise,” and an impromptu picnic is easily picked up between vendors offering cheese, charcuterie, bread and fresh produce. If you’re looking for something casual but already put together, try the popular food court at the end of the market building. If a restaurant is more your style, there are some great seafood offerings down here, and there’s nothing like dining by the waterfront. Don’t forget to fill your glass while you’re down here! The area is home to an artisan sake maker (the first in Canada), a spirits distillery, and two breweries.
Asian Fruits: some of the fruits we saw and tasted at the Granville Island Produce stall.
Mangosteen – Available from May to late August, this delicious fruit sports a thick, purplish woodsy rind that has the appearance of a lacquered box.
Litchi – it’s also called lychee or lychee nut.. greenish ones with pointy bumps on the skin – no, they
are not unripe, green with red blushes is their natural colour also called “Concubine’s Smile”.
Longan – Grown in northern Thailand and ripe from June through August, this thumb-sized fruit is sold in grape-like bunches. It has a light brown, beige shell that has a suede-like appearance. When removed it reveals a pear-like white flesh that has a flavor reminiscent of that of the lychee.
Rambutan – This unique looking fruit from southern Thailand is ruby to dark red and covered with scaly green hairs. The skin is thick and shell-like, like that of the lychee, and is available from May to September. The flesh is pearly white and tastes a bit like lychee, but sweeter and has a toothsome crunchiness. It’s sure to be a conversation starter at a dinner party.
Sugar Apple – Also called custard apple for the creamy texture of its sweet white pulpy flesh, this is also an exotic looking fruit with it is heart-shaped and about the size of a child’s fist. It has a lumpy, rough green skin and tastes a bit like guava. To eat, simply break or cut it open and eat with a spoon. In Asia it is a very popular base for ice cream.
Rose Apple – It comes in varieties of pale green or pink rosy colours and sports a waxy sheen that makes it appear like it’s made out of jade. It’s peak season is from June to September. In taste it is like a cross between a tart apple and a pear and has the texture of a pear.
Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week: 9am – 7pm
Address: Granville Island Public Market, 1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Contact Person: Scott Fraser, Marketing & Communications Officer
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone No: 604 666 8149 http://granvilleisland.com/
NYC Pickles at Kaylin & Hobbs Pickles – Stallholder at Granville Island Market
We’re two guys from Vancouver (Chris and Scott) who just can’t seem to find a great tasting pickle. So we decided to start a pickle company so we would always have our own supply. But where do you find the best tasting pickles?
That’s easy, New York. Just ask Scott Kaylin a born and bred New Yorker who says “It’s 120 years of pickle making history rolled into one great pickle.” But it’s a lot of things mixed together really, like good ingredients, hard work and a desire to stop at nothing until you get a perfect pickle.
We offer Jalapeño, Kosher Dill, Half Sour, Horseradish, Mustard and Full Sour pickles. All served deli style just like New York. And they’re Gluten Free, Vegan and Kosher too. You can enjoy our pickles with a strong West Coast IPA, on a beach watching Floatplanes land, or simply leaning against your fridge.
Nanaimo Bars at Stuart’s Bakery
Stuart’s Bakery has become well known for our large array of fresh pastries, cookies, cakes, desserts as well as Artisan breads. Stuart’s Bakery is one of the original stall holders and have been there since Granville Island Market opened. All their products are hand crafted rather than mass produced and baked in a Winkler Stone Deck Oven. They also have a wide range of freshly made Granola and Brickle.
We tasted their Nanaimo bar, as it’s a favourite of Lisa’s. Nanaimo Bars are the classic Canadian hand-held dessert. It is a bar dessert which requires no baking and is named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island across the bay. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard flavoured butter icing which is covered with melted chocolate made from chocolate squares.
Stall Name: Stuarts Bakery Contact: Stuart Tyler Email: email@example.com
Travel via Aquabus
One of the best ways to get to Granville Island is via the “Aquabus” one of the adorable mini-tugboat ferries that criss-cross False Creek. The Aquabus provides frequent, daily passenger ferry service to all major destinations in False Creek. Whether you are a tourist, casual rider, or a regular commuter, our comfortable vessels and friendly drivers let you travel with ease while you enjoy Vancouver’s spectacular waterfront scenery. All our routes are wheelchair, bicycle, pet and stroller friendly. Out if you have time to spare take the mini cruise which lasts 25 mins and will travel you all around False Creek and stops at 8 stops from Hornby Street to The Villa.
Miku Waterfront (Sushi Restaurant)
Situated along the Burrard Inlet next to the Vancouver landmark Canada Place, Miku Waterfront continues to deliver gourmet Aburi cuisine paired with its well-known, energetic ambience.
Originally located on West Hastings St in Coal Harbor, Miku first introduced Aburi-style cuisine to Vancouver in 2008. Our new location offers a full bar and lounge area, waterfront patio, private dining room & full service sushi bar.
Executive Corporate Chef Kazuya Matsuoka and Executive Chef Kazuhiro Hayashi take advantage of fresh, regional ingredients as well as Ocean Wise seafood options to showcase the best of what Vancouver has to offer. Traditional Japanese flavors and techniques are combined with local, west coast elements to create a truly unique dining experience enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Innovative desserts made in house by our pastry team create the perfect ending to the culinary experience.
What does Aburi mean?
Literally translated, Aburi means “flame seared”, but as a company philosophy this word encompasses so much more. When flame is applied to sushi, the heat changes the sushi’s flavour to create something new and exciting. With the same thought in mind, we take traditional Japanese ingredients and techniques and combine them with local ingredients and palates for a truly innovative culinary experience. Our vision is to introduce this fresh and addictive style of Aburi cuisine to the world.
What is Aburi Sushi?
Traditional sushi is crafted by combining raw seafood with shari (seasoned rice). Sushi is considered an art form in Japan, where aspiring sushi chefs must train three years to even be allowed to prepare the shari, and many more years before they have a hand in preparing the seafood. Sushi stresses the balance of flavour and texture, as well as its beauty in presentation.
Aburi sushi is the innovation of flame searing the seafood in order to create new textures while enhancing its natural flavours. At Miku, we have taken Aburi to the next level by adding our own signature twist to this innovative style of cuisine.
How is our Aburi Sushi made?
We start with a base of our perfectly seasoned shari and combine it with the freshest seafood. We then add a touch of our signature European-influenced sauces, carefully selected to pair with each type of fish. Finally, we lightly sear the sushi with binchotan (Japanese bamboo charcoal). The flame caramelizes the sauce, releasing a smoky aroma and bringing out the finest flavours of each piece of sushi. This balance of flavour and texture makes our Aburi sushi an insatiable culinary experience that you cannot miss.
What makes our Aburi Sushi different?
We are proud to be the pioneers of Aburi sushi in Canada! Our signature Miku sauce is a secret recipe created in-house, and few key people know of its ingredients. Our sushi chefs understand that the key to perfecting Aburi sushi is in balancing each component’s texture and coordinating their flavours so that both come together to create the perfect bite. From the flavour and texture of the shari, to the precise degree of caramelization, all the way to the delicate finish of a thin slice of jalapeno, we pay close attention to the details of our cuisine so that our guests have a consistent Aburi experience every time.
Opening Hours: Open everyday except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-3:00pm. Dinner: Sun – Wed 5:00pm-10:30pm, Thurs-Sat, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
*Holidays, 5:00pm-11:00pm. Bar Bites: Daily 3:00pm-5:00pm
Address: 200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4 Web: https://mikurestaurant.com/
Contact Person: Sophia Cheng (PR Person of Restaurant)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone No: 604-828-3102 (Sophia)
Grouse Mountain Skyride (Gondola)
Just 15 minutes from downtown, Grouse Mountain offers the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. Grouse Mountain was named by the first recorded hikers to reach the summit in October 1894. In those days, climbing Grouse Mountain was a three or four day epic journey – there was no bridge across Burrard Inlet and no road to the base. The hardy group of hikers slogged through snow, scrambled over rock and up through the dense forest. Along the way, they hunted a Blue Grouse and honoured the plentiful game bird by calling the Peak “Grouse Mountain”.
Soon after this first ascent, Grouse Mountain began attracting hundreds of intrepid hikers. Among these were Don and Phyllis Munday who built the first log cabin on the mountain. Today, the Munday Alpine Snowshoe Park bears their name in honour of their contributions to mountaineering.
High above towering Douglas firs, breathtaking views of the city of Vancouver, sparkling Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands, and snowy peaks unfold as you journey up the mountainside. North America’s largest aerial tramway system is your gateway to the majestic nature of The Peak of Vancouver, and an experience in itself. Whether you’re in search of the perfect photo, or a romantic dinner at The Observatory, your adventure begins with the Skyride.
The Skyride opened on December 15, 1966, the 45 passenger Grouse Mountain Skyride was opened and dedicated by Premiere W.A.C. Bennett. A new mountain station with two restaurants, gift shops and other facilities accompanied the opening of the Skyride, as did a new valley station complete with 1,000 paved parking spots. Other accomplishments included building Canada’s largest snowmaking system, completed in 1973.
RENOVATIONS AND ENHANCEMENTS
Since 1990, $25M in renovations have been undertaken, merging Grouse Mountain’s rich history with the latest in modern recreational technology and convenience. Among the developments:
•1996 – Renovations to the Peak Chalet further enhance the appeal of the lodge – using natural indigenous materials to build upon its rich heritage.
•1997 – The híwus Feasthouse and cultural centre is constructed on the shores of Blue Grouse Lake. Offering visitors native dining, culture and entertainment, this beautifully carved cedar longhouse has been praised for its authenticity and uniqueness.
•1999 – The Observatory Restaurant opens, providing visitors the finest in contemporary British Columbian cuisine high above the city.
•2000 – Grouse Mountain invests $4.3 million to enhance its winter operations – including Vancouver’s first high-speed quad chair the Screaming Eagle. Snow-grooming and snowmaking operations are also improved, providing an exceptional winter experience.
•2001 – Grouse Mountain brings the world-renowned UCI Mountain Bike World Cup to Vancouver for the first time, and is commissioned to host the event for three consecutive years.
•2001 – The Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife launches. Grinder and Coola, two orphaned grizzly bears, are the first to call the Refuge their home.
•2001 – Wraparound decks are added to the Peak Chalet, providing optimum viewing of the city below. Renovations are completed in the popular Lupins Café.
•2002 – Orphaned grizzly bear brothers Cari and Boo are given a second chance at life in the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. Their critical first winter successfully passes in a custom-crafted hibernation den.
•Summer 2002 – Renovations are completed in Grouse Mountain’s newest dining venue Altitudes Bistro. Boasting one of the greatest patios in the province, Altitudes offers casual West Coast fare in a sleek mountaintop setting.
•2002 – Extensive renovations to Grouse Mountain’s Guest Services and Rental facilities are completed, streamlining operations and allowing guests to get started on their mountaintop adventures more promptly.
•Winter 2002 – The Magic Carpet lift is built, especially designed to facilitate the beginner’s ski and snowboard experience. A new intermediate run, Heaven’s Sake, is introduced off the Peak, increasing Grouse Mountain’s skiable terrain. In addition, 5 new snowguns are added to the fleet, bringing the grand total to 35 machines.
•2003 – Grouse Mountain introduces snow skating to its repertoire of winter activities. Snow skaters are permitted access to Grouse Mountain’s greatly enhanced Terrain Park for the cost of General Admission.
•2003 – Grizzly cubs Cari and Boo depart the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife to anchor phase two of the grizzly bear rehabilitation project. The 2-year-old brothers move to the world’s largest protected grizzly bear habitat at Kicking Horse Mountain in Golden, BC. Following Cari and Boo’s move to Kicking Horse, remaining grizzlies Grinder and Coola inherit free reign over the entire 5-acre grizzly habitat at Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
•July 2003 – Following Vancouver’s successful candidacy as host of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Grouse Mountain announces plans for a $4M upgrade to its winter infrastructure in the form of a new high-speed, detachable quad chair, the aptly named Olympic Express.
•June 2004 – A pack of adult grey wolves arrives atop Grouse Mountain. The wolves are retired film industry stars that were born into captivity and hand-raised. Grouse Mountain is proud to have given these wolves a large protected home where they could roam freely for their remaining lives.
•June 2008 – Mountain Ziplining arrives at Grouse Mountain. This experience puts guests high above the alpine rainforest, careening through the air at speeds of more than 50 km/hour.
•November 2008 – Grouse Mountain invests $3M to enhance winter operations by building two new quad chairs – the Greenway and the Peak Chair.
•2009 – Phase two of Mountain Ziplines opens, expanding the circuit to five lines. It spans further and faster across a canyon to neighbouring Dam Mountain. Speeds on the tour reach 80 km/hour.
•2009 – Construction begins on BC’s first commercially-viable wind turbine atop Grouse Mountain, the first of its kind in the world to feature an elevator accessing an observation pod.
•2009 – US television giant NBC announces its popular daily morning news show “Today” will broadcast from Grouse Mountain throughout the 2010 Olympic Games.
•2010 – The Grouse Mountain wind turbine opens to inspire, educate and exhilarate the public about the benefits of alternative energy sources and the viability of wind energy. BC Premier Gordon Campbell inaugurates The Eye of the Wind.
•2010 – Grouse Mountain opens 24 hours a day for the duration of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games as Canada welcomes the world to Vancouver and Whistler.
•Fall 2010 – Vancouver resident Sebastian Salas sets a Grouse Grind official course record time of 25:01 in the 2010 Grouse Grind Mountain Run; and also sets the unofficial record (outside the annual race) in a time of 23:48.
•Winter 2011 – Grouse Mountain launches the Snowshoe Grind, a challenging snowshoe trail that can be timed using the Grind Timer system.
•2013 – 18-hole Disc Golf course opens on the mountaintop, as does the Grizzly Lookout perched next to Grouse Mountain’s grizzly bear habitat along with the Altitudes Sky Deck located on the upper floor of the Peak Chalet.
•December 2015 – Grouse Mountain debuts the Light Walk, featuring stunning light installations around Blue Grouse Lake, as well as a new Sliding Zone, located just west of the Skating Pond offering two lanes of sliding fun.
•Summer 2016 – Grouse Mountain launches the Skyride Surf Adventure™ : the latest in aerial adventure and a brand new way to experience the iconic Super Skyride.
Opening Hours: (Skyride) Monday-Friday, 8:45am-10:00pm Weekends, 8:45am-10:00pm
Address: Gross Mountain Resorts, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9.
Contact Person: Julia Grant, Manager, Communications
Granville Island Brewery
Our love of flavourful beer runs deep, and it inspired us to open as Canada’s first microbrewery. So back in 1984, Mitch Taylor found the brewery & long-time brewmaster Vern Lambourne joined Granville Island Brewing in 2002. In a time of limited beer options, it became our mission to craft delicious, locally brewed beer that we were proud to share with our friends. Today, that mission remains the same, with every new style offered at our original small batch brewery on Granville Island.
From our very first Island Lager, to the wide variety of flavours we craft today, our beer is as flavourful and refreshing as the moments we spend together. Some are bold and full of life, others are a little more laid back – but every one is brewed with high quality, natural ingredients – and best enjoyed with friends.
Good beer + good people = It’s good to be here.
Brewmaster Vern Lambourne stayed with the company until 2015; he was replaced by Kevin Emms. In spite of the acquisition by Molson Coors in 2009, the company was able to retain the original brewery operating on Granville Island, in a top tourist zone for developing and producing the small-batch beers, the main brewing is done at Molson’s Burrard Street plant.
Stop by our retail store for a tour of where it all began, or sit back & watch a brew in process while enjoying a beer and tasty food pairings in the taproom. We’re always up for chatting about our latest Small Batch releases, seasonal food menu, or the weather – even if we’re experts in only two of those categories.
Recent awards won by the company’s products include a Silver medal for Burly Goat Dopplebock at the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards and a third place in its category for Cypress Honey Lager at the 2016 BC Beer Awards.
Granville Island Brewery names it’s beers after local places/neighbourhoods in British Columbia.
Daily tours and tastings
To book a tour, visit our retail store next to the taproom. Tours can accommodate up to 10 people at a time and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 6 or more can reserve in advance.
For more info on our tours and taproom, email email@example.com or call 604.687.BREW (2739).
Tour times change seasonally $9.75+tax includes 3 x 5oz tasters
3 tours-a-day, Mon-Thur 12pm, 2pm, 4pm / 4 tours-a-day, Fri-Sun 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm
Cycle City Tours And Bike Rentals
Exploring Vancouver by bike is amazing – with generous bike paths and a relaxed biking culture. Our philosophy is to take our new friends to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the city, with tours led by story-teller guides to increase opportunity for learning and local insight. New for 2015 – we’ve opened a rental shop in downtown Vancouver featuring stylish city bikes, kids bikes & accessories, and off the beaten track self-guided maps and insider tips.
OUR STORY AND VALUES
Cycle City Tours was founded from a love for touring Vancouver by bike, and a belief that bike rides are always better when shared with friends. Since 2010 we’ve been sharing stories, laughs, and new experiences with riders from Vancouver and across the world.
Through our guided tours, we tell captivating stories about what’s really going on in the city beyond the glimmering glass towers and incredible coastal and mountain views (though we never get tired of our beautiful city!) Our guides are passionate, connected Vancouverites who have a love for bike riding, telling stories, and meeting new people.
We now have two convenient downtown rental shops with stellar line of bikes and family accessories, self-guided tour maps, and expert local advice always available from our friendly shop staff. See you on the bike path!
The Grand Tour
Our most popular tour because it highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture. Highlights include seawall and rainforest touring in Stanley Park, lunch (on your own) at Granville Island Public Market, Olympic Village and historic Chinatown and Gastown.
Stanley Park Tour
Stanley Park is truly one of the most beautiful parks in the world. This unique tour includes a perfect mixture of both trail riding and seawall cruising. Highlights include in depth information about the biodiversity of the temperate rainforest, the history of the coastal first nations and their legendary totem poles, as well as an abundance of hidden treasures and stories that the park has accumulated over its 125 year history.
Craft Beer Tour
Come along as we go “behind the brew” in Vancouver’s growing Craft Beer scene. Along our beautiful ride through some of Vancouver’s most historic and interesting neighbourhoods, we’ll visit three distinct breweries and sample nine unique and tasty beers in addition to plenty of food pairing at Belgard Kitchen. Perfect for the novice and beer nut alike, you’ll have the opportunity to tour brewing facilities and talk to the characters that bring these establishments to life.
Hornby Location: 648 Hornby St, Rentals always available
Open 7 days a week Current Hours: 9am-7pm ph: 604 618 8626
Burrard Location: 1344 Burrard St.Rentals always available
Open 7 days a week Current Hours: 9am-5pm ph: 604 618 8626
Tour departures and Bike Rentals for either location at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism Vancouver is a destination marketing organization and business association representing approx 1,000 members in tourism and related industries/activities. Our purpose is to effectively market Metro Vancouver as a destination for leisure, meeting &event travellers. Our goals are to attract visitors to the region, encourage them to stay longer and ensure they return. This is done through the coordinated group action of members and staff working together. We live, breathe and share Vancouver. Our passion for the destination motivates all we do. We champion tourism as a positive force for the city and are invested in the sustainability of our industry.
First Nations in Vancouver
With its lush, coastal rainforests and aboriginal heritage, Vancouver is a place of lore, legend and deep- rooted history. First Nations culture is prevalent throughout the city, keeping ancient traditions and stories alive with vibrantly coloured totem poles, cultural centres, museums and contemporary art galleries. Experience the city’s rich First Nations history and heritage with these outdoor excursions and cultural adventures.
Take a guided tour through the museum and learn about aboriginal cultures throughout North America, while viewing artifacts such as hunting tools, masks, hand-carved figurines and an array of intricate, hand-woven baskets. The MOA also features contemporary First Nations artwork and totem poles created by renowned artists such as Bill Reid and Doug Cranmer.
To learn about Squamish and Lil’wat Aboriginal people, make the two-hour drive up to Whistler, B.C., where the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre celebrates the partnership between these two First Nations groups. From colourfully painted totem poles to intricate stone carvings, First Nations artwork is readily visible in galleries throughout the city.
Other locations we visited as general areas:
- Vancouver Seawall
- Stanley Park
Cyclists fly by, tourists stroll, joggers cruise the paths and all Seawall denizens look out onto the bay. It’s easy to see why the Seawall is Stanley Park’s most famous feature. It’s an impressive 8.8-kilometre (5.5-mile) paved route that loops around the park and, along with adjoining seaside pathways, connects the park to downtown Vancouver and skirts its entire inner waterfront. Created in 1917 with the goal of staving off erosion, the Seawall took 60 years to complete. Today, it is the park’s most popular walking, jogging, biking and rollerblading path and, because of its relatively flat terrain, it’s a wonderful route for all ages and abilities.
It features numerous hallmark views of the city and the water as well as a number of landmarks along the way. Over the years, the Seawall has expanded beyond the park’s boundaries and now encompasses 22 kilometres (14 miles), extending from Coal Harbour all the way to Kitsilano Beach Park.
The Seawall is just one of a variety of lovely walking and biking paths within Stanley Park. In fact, more than 64 kilometres (40 miles) of forested trails wind through the park’s interior. These well-maintained, bark-mulch-packed paths lead past towering trees that are hundreds of years old, providing welcome shade and a peaceful escape from the crowds on the park’s more-developed periphery.
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Ideally situated on a peninsula at the northwestern edge of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is one of the city’s main tourist destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors each year. Featuring lovely beaches, miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, Canada’s largest aquarium and an array of can’t-miss kid-friendly spots (including a pool, water park, miniature railway and more), this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) haven is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world.
As Vancouver’s first park, with its ever-blooming gardens, pristine coastal areas and roughly 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees, Stanley Park has continued to live up to its “greenspace” designation for almost 130 years. For these reasons and more, this tranquil oasis is the perfect city escape.
In Stanley Park, you can see towering totem poles representing eh First Nation Tribes who first settled in British Columbia including the ninth and most recent totem pole, carved by Robert Yelton of the Squamish Nation, which was added to the park’s Brockton Point in 2009.
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Skiing & Snowboarding
Once the snow falls both herself & Ian enjoy taking to the slopes at Grouse Mountain or in Whistler which is one of the largest ski resorts in North America and only a short drive from Vancouver. Snow seldom falls in the city, yet Vancouverites enjoy easy access to some of the best downhill and cross-country ski facilities in North America.
The twinkling lights of the local ski mountains – Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour, from west to east – attract the city’s residents and tourists alike, urging them to strap on snowboards, skis or snowshoes throughout winter months. With lifts opening in the morning, and certain runs open until 10 pm, you can pack as much skiing or riding into your day as you can handle.
And just two hours north, lay the twin internationally renowned ski mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. This top ranked destination ski resort draws skiers from all over the world for downhill and heli-skiing, with cross-country trails located close by. Among British Columbia’s multitude of other skiing options is Sun Peaks, just over four hours’ drive from Vancouver, with a family-friendly ski-in, ski-out village and 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of skiable terrain.
Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, and receives on average over 1,164 centimetres (458 inches) of snow annually. A world class resort for all seasons, Whistler Blackcomb has one of the longest ski and ride seasons in North America, as well as lift accessed mountain biking and alpine hiking in the spring, summer and fall.
329-2055 Lake Placid Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B2 Phone: 800.766.0449
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