The Best of Tofino Without Breaking the Bank

Having some fun on a teeter-totter at Combers Beach!

  No visit to Vancouver Island would be complete without a stop in Tofino.  Here, the Pacific Ocean travels unencumbered all the way from Japan.  The waves draw crowds of surfers and storm watchers, while the old growth forests and epic sunsets enthrall nature enthusiasts.  Tofino may be a small town, but it has a […]

Magical Mayne Island – Exploring the Gulf Islands of BC

Mayne Island, British Columbia Southern Gulf Islands

  There are few places in the world that capture me so much I feel the need to return.  It is even more rare for Laura to find a place outside of Vancouver she would consider moving to.  Mayne Island, one of the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia, is one of those places. A […]

Visit Vancouver Like a Local

  Somehow, somewhere, Vancouver got the reputation of being a no-fun city.  Admittedly, gentrification has contributed to independent and cultural activities becoming increasingly rare.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had! At nearly $2,000 per month to rent a 1-bedroom apartment, Vancouver is an expensive city to live in.  But since the […]

The Gluten-Free Epicurean: The Best Gluten-Free Bakery in Vancouver

gluten-free bakery, Gluten-Free Epicurean, Vancouver

  There is a growing selection of gluten-free restaurants and bakeries in Vancouver, but one place that really stands out is The Gluten-Free Epicurean.  They have an extensive and original selection of both sweet and savoury treats, sandwiches, frozen take-home products, and baking mixes.  But the selection is nothing compared to the quality they offer. […]

Scandalicious: The Best Gluten-Free Waffles in Vancouver

Scandalicious, gluten-free waffler, Vancouver

  Scandalicious is my favourite breakfast/brunch restaurant in Vancouver, hands down.  Judging by the line-up of people every time we’re there, it’s clear this is an East Van hotspot. If you’re looking for gluten-free waffles, there is little reason to look elsewhere.  The Wallflower has a couple of gluten-free waffle dishes on their menu, but […]

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Where Burlesque Meets Life-Drawing

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

  If you are looking for an awesome evening of alternative life-drawing, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is where you want to be.  Vancouver’s favourite burlesque dancers and circus performers take the stage as live models – giving artists the opportunity to practice their drawing skills with a dose of sexy, weird fun. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art […]

Snowshoeing in Squamish, British Columbia

Snowshoeing in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver
Gaze into the valley below from this suspension bridge.

  There is no arguing against the beautiful mountainous landscapes quintessential of British Columbia.   Even in metropolitan areas, outdoor enthusiasts have little difficulty getting out into nature.  Less than an hour from Vancouver, Squamish is one outdoor recreation hotspot for those needing a break from city life.  Even during winter, trekkers can explore wooded trails […]

Gluten-Free Poutine in Vancouver

Poutine

  Poutine is an iconic food of Canada.  This classic dish of French fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy is a heart attack in a bowl.  But it is the most delicious heart attack you will ever have. Poutine originated in Quebec as early as 1957, though the history remains unclear.  One version of […]