20 Things to do in Vancouver (and Nearby)

A Canadian flag (red/white/red vertical strips with a red maple leaf in the white section) flying in front of a bridge over a harbour with boats in it

Vancouver is a beautiful city on the West Coast of Canada. There are many things to do in Vancouver, from stunning mountains to ocean views, a foodies paradise to hiking the many trails; Vancouver has it all. Being in a city with many things to do may make you feel overwhelmed about where to start. … Read more

Visiting the Royal BC Museum, Victoria

A display of taxidermied elk in a forest diorama setting.

In all the reading I had come across during my research for our trip to Canada I had seen one or two mentions of the Royal BC Museum, usually accompanied by a comment something like “worth seeing”. I hadn’t seen anything else about the museum, or read any other opinions, so I had put it … Read more

Best Hostels in Vancouver BC

Sunset casting warm hues over a city skyline with reflections on a calm lake.

During my trip to Canada and the USA I was in and out of Vancouver a few times, which gave me the opportunity to stay in some of the different hostels in downtown Vancouver. Here are my Vancouver hostel reviews, including which I think are the best hostels in Vancouver, BC. For all the hostels … Read more

Five Fun Kelowna Wineries for Wine Tasting

A view across a garden outside a winery cellar door. There is a sculpture of a wine bottle pouring into a wine glass

During my recent visit to Canada we did a road trip from Vancouver to Calgary. The first stop of the trip was Kelowna, chosen because it is the hub of the Okanagan Valley wine region. We had only one afternoon to spent in the area, and chose five Kelowna wineries for wine tasting during our … Read more

Travel Diaries – Vancouver (Part Two)

Historic clock tower framed by modern buildings on a clear sunny day.

On our arrival back into Vancouver from our cruise, we docked at about 7am. It took until about 9am for us to disembark, and another hour or so before we dropped off our luggage at our hostel. Our plan was to head out and explore Vancouver some more for the day. We were checking out … Read more

Travel Diaries – Vancouver Island

Statue of a soldier on a plinth before a lit-up historical building at dusk.

After a few days in Vancouver, Bailey, Simon and I were off to Vancouver Island. We decided to go the public transport route and in the end I was glad we did because everything worked like clockwork and we saved a packet! We went by train, bus, ferry, then another bus and all up it … Read more