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Sailboats in Burrard Inlet as seen from Locarno Beach

25 Important Travel Tips You Should Know Before Visiting Vancouver

I often see people in Vancouver making rookie tourist mistakes, resulting in some wasted time or “I wish I would have known” moments. I wrote these 25 tips as a way to share some local Vancouver wisdom so you can hopefully avoid those mistakes and ultimately have a better Vancouver experience because of it. 1. …

Four Cheese Rotolo at Oca Pastificio
Food Vancouver

Oca Pastificio: My foray into a pasta lover’s dream

Heavenly. Dreamlike. Magical. For a pasta lover, not much tops Oca Pastificio.   It was literally one hour into tomato season at Oca Pastificio and we—my coworkers Frances, Jillian, Kristen, and I—had found ourselves at the best seat in the house. We were at Vancouver’s most coveted Italian restaurant, sipping Dolcetto d’Alba, about to embark on …

Tangent Cafe
British Columbia Food Vancouver

The Best Place for Brunch in Vancouver

Where do you go for the best brunch in Vancouver? Well, it depends on what you’re seeking. But given that there are so many restaurants to choose from, I created this list of one-of-a-kind places I would normally suggest to visiting friends and family. From casual neighbourhood diners to fancier destination restaurants, these are some …


Scenes from Vancouver’s frozen Trout Lake

The surface of Trout Lake, a small pond in East Vancouver’s John Hendry Park, is frozen solid. This is a significant event in Vancouver. According to the CBC, we’re currently experiencing our longest cold spell that the city has seen since 1986. On Thursday, the City of Vancouver announced that the ice on Trout Lake was 5″/12cm …

Bill Reid's Raven and the First Men at the Museum of Anthropology - January 2010
British Columbia Vancouver

20 Things Locals Do in Vancouver When It Rains

What do locals do in Vancouver when it rains? Simple. We don’t fear the rain – we embrace it. Here are my favourite indoor activities that I like to do in Vancouver when it rains. I’ve also added in a few outdoor activities that are still enjoyable regardless of the weather. If you want to enjoy Vancouver like …