A night at the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Game

Vancouver Canadians

True or False: A baseball game that is tied after three extra innings is decided by a coin toss. The answer is false, however that didn't stop a fellow YVR Blogger trying to trick me at the Vancouver Canadians baseball game a couple of days ago. It goes to show that I know nothing about baseball. I haven't been to a baseball game since I was a child in Toronto and the extent of my knowledge is from the Take Me Out to the Ball Game song, "For its one, two, three strikes, you're out, at the old ball game." When the opportunity came up to check out a Vancouver Canadians game, I jumped in. A fun night out with a bunch of bloggers, an outdoor stadium and a chance to cheer on the local team, why not! I had never been to a Canadians game and I love discovering new things to do in Vancouver. We got to meet our fellow bloggers before the game and catch up outside of the stadium before grabbing our tickets and arriving at the stadium as the Canadian national anthem was being sung. There is Continue Reading

Kayaking Vancouver with Lotus Land Tours

Kayaking in Vancouver

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing." As the rain poured down on us, this famous saying resonated with me.  I could see the sunshine far off in a distance and it was moving closer to us. Thankfully, I was prepared for the rainy weather in my Gore-Tex rain jacket and borrowed rain pants and hat from my guide. On Father’s Day weekend, kayaking Indian Arm in British Columbia was on my agenda. As I got ready at home, my excitement was building and I couldn't wait to explore. I usually go kayaking with my experienced friend, however this weekend, I decided to try something new and go with Lotus Land Tours. It's a decision that I wouldn't regret. I was picked up from my house before we headed downtown to pick up the other participants. We crossed over the Lions Gate Bridge into North Vancouver, admiring the views of the water and forest as we drove. As we drove on the narrow roads, we even spotted a waterfall. Our guide, Peter, explained to us the history Continue Reading

Review: Fjällräven Kanken

FJALLRAVEN KANKEN

The search for a perfect bag for everyday use seemed to be an ongoing battle for me. I've tried numerous bags but none of them met all my needs and wants. There was always at least one thing I wasn’t happy with or the bags would not stand up to everyday wear and tear. Simplicity and storage is a key requirement for me. I need a pack that is large enough to carry my laptop, basic camera gear, extra clothing and snacks for the day. I wanted a bag that was tough and that would put up with the abuse that I generally give my bags. Luckily, I recently found one that meets all of my standards. Last month, I picked up the Fjällräven Kanken bag from their first Canadian store in Vancouver, BC. The company was started over 50 years ago, in Sweden. They excel at producing gear for the outdoors to the city. Their logo is an arctic fox and they are helping these endangered animals survive. An interesting fact, Fjällräven also means arctic fox in Swedish. Outside of producing gear for the Continue Reading

Why Visit British Columbia – #WhyVisitCanada

Pacific Rim National Park Sunsets

British Columbia, My Adopted Home Province. I moved here for school years ago without seeing the province first. I fell in love with the province immediately and I can't imagine making my home anywhere else. I wanted to share three of my favourite places to visit within British Columbia. Why visit British Columbia? See below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJbXQQp-qCE Pacific Rim National Park The drive from Vancouver to Pacific Rim National Park is one of the top scenic drives that I've experienced. The drive takes you into the rainforest with stops along the way. You can explore an old growth forest, see goats on a roof and view unlimited scenes of nature. Pacific Rim National Park is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is between Tofino and Ucluelet. You don't stumble upon this place by accident. Stunning sunsets, surfing, seafood, Tofino Beer, rainforest and beach walks can fill your day. You can head over to Hot Spring Cove, go whale or bear watching, Continue Reading

Black Bears in Sechelt, British Columbia

Black Bears in Sechelt Inlet

Once I gave up hope, I saw them! I saw a black bear with her two cubs. Last summer, I took a kayaking trip to Sechelt Inlet with the hope of seeing black bears in the wild. On the paddle there, breathing in the sea salt air, passing oyster farms, I was on constant lookout as we travelled along the shore. We set up camp, settled in, but there were no wild animals visible. The next day, bear spray in hand and making noises during our hike (to scare off any potential bears), we spotted markings of a bear being in the area via foot prints and droppings but no sightings were made. Although we enjoyed our hikes and campfires, we saw limited wild life: a seal, and various birds. We packed up, put the kayak in the water, and my hope of seeing wildlife on the way home increased as my friends had spotted bears along the water’s edge in Sechelt Inlet. I hoped we would be lucky and spot them too. As we started paddling back, we were going against the wind. Sweating, paddling hard we hugged Continue Reading

Adventures on hold

It's incredible how one decision can impact your life.  Choosing one trip instead of another, taking a different route or leaving five minutes later than you usually do, are some of the decisions that can influence a different outcome. Sometimes, these decisions lead to wonderful discoveries and experiences however sometimes the outcome is not as favourable. I decided to take a different route while I was running errands and it made a difference. A few weeks ago, I was in a car accident. I'm fortunate that I am expected to make a full recovery however; it will take work and time. Thankfully, I'm already noticing improvements.  Recovering can be a frustrating process, but I'm grateful that it wasn't worse and that I'll will still be able to live my life without disability. I'm just on a bit of a detour now. The accident reaffirms how precious life is and how fast it can change. At my previous job in the hospital, I witnessed people's lives suddenly end or dramatically change. The Continue Reading

The Gluten Free Traveller: How to Cope When You’re Out of Your Comfort Zone

Healthy wrap on the go.

You might be a pro when it comes to eating gluten free at home, but if you're travelling, it's a whole different ball game. Although it's hard to get an entirely accurate picture, approximately 12% of Canadians now follow a gluten-free diet and it's estimated that 1 out of every 100-200 people in North American has Celiac Disease. So if you are trying to follow a gluten free diet, know that you're not alone! The positive side of more people eating gluten free is that there are ever-growing options being made available. As long as you put some thought into it, eating gluten free while travelling can be manageable. Don't Rely on Your Language Skills If you're travelling in a country where you're not fluent in the language, don't rely on your phrasebook, or an intricate system of gestures, to try to ensure yourself a gluten free meal. Look out for smartphone apps such as “Gluten Free Restaurant Cards” and “Gluten & Allergy Free Travel Translation Cards” which will generate text Continue Reading