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Another fall in Parksville-Qualicum Beach

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If you travel to Vancouver, you should try to plan a few extra days and head to Vancouver Island, too. An enjoyable hour and 40-minute ferry ride on BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay will get you there. Afterwards, an easy drive up the Island Highway will take you to one of our favourite places in Canada, Parksville-Qualicum Beach. […]

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Dog sledding: a Canadian boy’s dream

Dogsledding

Since I was a very young boy, I have always wanted to drive a team of dogs through a forest trail heavy with snow on a crisp winter day. I’m sure dog sledding is many a Canadian boys’ dream, but, if you grew up in town and your family dog was a poodle, it was probably […]

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Montreal: eating at Les 400 Coups

les 400 coups

A city with a pulse My father (Nat) grew up in Montreal during the 1930s and ’40s. I can only imagine what it was like back then, during the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. These days, Montreal is a city with a pulse; with nightlife and an art scene.  A food lover’s paradise […]

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An oasis amidst the chaos: Chinese garden in Vancouver

It’s strange the things we take for granted when we live somewhere. The attitude that, “I can visit that place any time” but never actually do, is definitely not a rare one. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that we lived in Vancouver for 5 years and never entered the pay section of Dr. Sun […]

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Fly Fishing Vancouver Island

fly fishing vancouver island

Spey Casting As the ferry pulled out of Horseshoe Bay in a thick shroud of fog I knew we were close to what I had been looking forward to for a year. Heading to Vancouver Island is always special for me because of its unique vibe, beautiful scenery and phenomenal fishing. The fresh ocean breezes […]

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Orvieto, not just another hill town

Orvieto

A short trip north of Rome is the small town of Orvieto. From the moment you see it perched up on […]

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