Don’t portray an event, portray what it stands for
I’ve been carrying on a not-so-secret love affair for the past seven years. Rather than spending the 4th of July here at home in California, I’ve been traveling due north 900 miles to celebrate a different kind of Independence Day.
Why edgy makes for better photos in Vancouver
When searching for the highest level of civilization on this planet, you might well find it in Vancouver. But edgy makes for better photographs.
Photo tip! Visitors make for an excellent topic
The yearly Calgary Stampede is a real cowboy show. The main events happen within a huge arena in which rodeo, chuckwagon races, bull riding and calf roping are performed by the cowboys and cowgirls.
Why everyone will find happiness in Vancouver
Walking around in Vancouver, I feel a sense of happiness in everywhere. Vancouverites seem very happy with the city they live in.
Swimming with the fishes on Vancouver Island
Driving north away from Nanaimo the next day, on Vancouver Island's north coast, I eventually reach Campbell River after many hours of empty highways and beautiful views. Here is the Canada I recognize from countless nature documentaries: wide-open vistas, achingly sharp snow-tipped mountains, and salmon runs so thick you can almost walk from one side of the river to the other.
A slice of China in The Americas
A massive one-third of Vancouver’s population is Chinese. Talking to Vancouverites, I look into the history behind that figure.
From Totem Town to a pastoral paradise
On Vancouver Island, I leave the jarring “British Candy Shoppes” of Victoria behind for the town of Duncan, only 65 km up the east coast, to find a charming railroad town that has reinvented itself as “the city of totems”.
Vancouver is Generation X come to life
Vancouver’s Granville Island is a place about which it is impossible not to use the word “melting pot” – so I won’t try. This former industrial area, in the shadow of a huge grid-like road bridge spanning False Creek, has been transformed into a foodie’s paradise with a busy market and shore-side dining.
Where you're constantly reminded that life is good
On a walk along Vancouver’s foreshore, bikes are only one of the modes of transport I see being used.
A high-flying lesson in economics
Downtown Vancouver can look like any other North American city, but a floatplane tour is a chance to experience a very different side of this Canadian gem.