Stanley Park totem poles

Visiting Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Rarely is it possible to go to a major city’s downtown to experience fantastic nature. Rarely, that is, unless the city is Vancouver. Stanley Park is a peninsula at the west end of downtown Vancouver and is larger than New York’s Central Park. You might be wondering what the big deal is, but this land…

Vancouver convention center bathroom sign

Vancouver: Bringing the Weird

As I have previously mentioned, Vancouver really won me over. Part of that is due not just to the natural beauty and wonderful people, but to the odd little things I observed around the city. Being a little quirky myself, I like it when others embrace the weird. For instance, this sign at Granville Island…

Granville Island Public Market

To Market We Go

<sniff, sniff> What’s that I smell? Oh, it appears I’ve sniffed out a market! How completely random and unexpected! Lies. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m obsessed with markets. So it should come as no surprise that my first day in Vancouver involved heading over to Granville Island…

Fun Friday: Vancouver’s Steam Clock

I know I’ve previously written about often preferring to skip well-known tourist attractions, but sometimes it’s fun to stumble upon something touristy, yet very unique. That’s how I felt about encountering the steam clock in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood. The clock was built in 1977 to solve the problem of an open steam vent in the…

downtown eastside street market

Real Life: Vancouver’s DTES

Isn’t vacation grand? You’re away from work, relaxing, exploring and feasting in a destination that’s exciting simply because it’s not your home. But sometimes while enjoying an escape, you get a glimpse of real life in that place. A glimpse without the façade put on for tourists. Sometimes it’s gritty and sometimes unpleasant. When visiting Vancouver,…