Tuesday December 10 2013
It’s no secret that Vancouver offers some of the best outdoor experiences in the world. Plan to spend a little extra time in Vancouver after Conference 2014 to really get a feel for the city. Here are some options:
1. A Walk in the Garden
If peace, tranquility and colour are what you’re looking for, then why not enjoy a walk through one of Vancouver’s beautiful gardens? Stop by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, VanDusen Gardens or Park & Tilford Gardens to take in the all the colours and aromas.
2. Hike to the Tree Tops
With over 900 square kilometres to offer, the North Shore Mountains are perfect for a long hike. While the Grouse Grind is the most well-known, there are many other hiking trails for people of all abilities. If you are looking for a day-trip, perhaps take a ride out to Squamish which is home to the Stawamus Chief. The Chief offers magnificent views of Squamish and the Howe Sound. A list of the many hiking trails in Vancouver can be found here.
3. Picnic in the Park
What better way to spend a sunny Vancouver afternoon than lounging in one of Vancouver’s many parks? There are too many to name them all but some of the more popular ones are Stanley Park, Lighthouse Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Ambleside Park. A full list of Vancouver’s parks can be found here.
4. Get the Peak Experience
Grouse Mountain’s Skyride delivers riders to remarkable views and a huge range of on-mountain experiences including hiking, zip-lining and much more. Mt Seymour and Cypress Mountain also offer lots of summer activities including hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing.
5. Hit the Links
Vancouver is home to dozens of golf courses, offering something for players of all levels. From views of the city, to the grand vistas of Georgia Strait and the Coast Mountains, nearly all of Vancouver’s top-notch golf courses are framed with breathtaking scenery. Click here for a detailed list of courses.
Friday December 6 2013
Joining us in Vancouver for Conference 2014? The fun doesn’t have to be limited to just the three days of Conference. Extend your stay to explore all the amazing sights and sounds that this beautiful city has to offer. From kayaking to hiking and biking, everyone can find something to enjoy. Here are just some of the amazing outdoor activities that Vancouver has to offer:
1. Walk and Learn
If you’d like to know more about the history and historical sites of the city, take part in one of Vancouver’s many walking tours. Have a look at some of the walking tours available here.
2. Take in the Sand, Surf and Sun!
Looking to sit back, read a book and relax in the sunshine? Vancouver has many fabulous beaches! English Bay Beach (also called First Beach) is located right downtown, has lots of amenities and is close to the Stanley Park Seawall. A trip out to Kitsilano to check out Kits Beach is also highly recommended! With a pool and a long seawall, Kits beach is the place to be when the sun is out. Jericho Beach also offers a great expanse of warm sand in the summer months and is home to loads of sailboats and wind surfers. A list of Vancouver’s beaches can be found here.
3. Capilano Suspension Bridge
Fearless adventurers can make their way across the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 137 metres across the canyon and the Capilano River 70 metres below. Plus, explore the Cliffwalk feature, a series of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River. For more information, click here.
4. Walk, Run, or Bike the Seawall
Stretching for 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) from Coal Harbour to Kitsilano Beach – wrapping around Stanley Park along the way – the seawall that borders Vancouver’s coastline is the most popular recreational spot in the city. Walk, run or bike some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver.
5. Kayak the Indian Arm
If being out on the water is your happy place, or if you have never been on a boat before, this is the activity for you. Just a 30 minute drive outside of Downtown Vancouver, the Indian Arm is a glacial fjord that stretches for 20km with calm waters, many different kinds of wildlife and several campgrounds. Click here for more information.
Check back next week for Part 2 of our guide to Vancouver’s Great Outdoors!
Sunday December 1 2013
What are your Christmas morning traditions? Does your family have a morning schedule of sorts? You know, coffee-stockings-breakfast-presents? Stockings are a great tradition; it’s exciting to open your own sock full of little inexpensive goodies that come straight from the heart. Thick wool socks, for example, are cherished by broke college students everywhere, whereas the decorating guru in your life might appreciate a large, richly scented candle.
At under $15 each, here are some of our favourite stocking stuffers for 2013:
-Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix ($12): The perfect Christmas morning treat for the young and young at heart. Creamy and rich, hot chocolate is the gift that keeps on giving all winter long!
-Black Nylon Spoons ($12): Slip these strong and stylish spoons into the stocking of your favourite chef.
-Canadian Maple Sugar Grinder ($12): Go full-on Canuck with Maple Sugar! Gift this sweet topper to the person who loves a little sugar in life — plus, it will taste great on Christmas morning brunch!
-Silicone Baking Mat ($10): Grandma will love this high-quality Baking Mat for next year’s round of Christmas cookies! Great for sticky nut brittle!
-Belgian Chocolate Fondue ($15): Looks elegant, tastes divine — any pair of lovebirds will love this gift for date night.
Psst… get in on the Stocking Stuffer Sale now to get your gifts in time for the big day!
Thursday November 28 2013
It’s our Founder and President’s birthday today! We polled our Facebook fans, asking what cake we should make. Many said gluten-free, many suggested Black Forest Cake… so, in celebration, we married the two! Epicure’s Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe gets dolled up with vanilla whipped cream, preserved cherries and a chocolate glaze (cherry brandy optional!). So moist and delicious, it looks very elegant served at any birthday celebration!
You asked for the recipe, and here it is! Presenting, Sylvie’s Gluten-Free Black Forest Cake (click for recipe)
Happy Birthday President Sylvie! Wonder what the cake will be next year?!