British Columbia 2005

British Columbia offers some of Canada’s most dramatic landscapes, and Vancouver and Victoria are some of its most popular urban destinations. In my seven-day visit to British Columbia I spent the first couple of days in the province’s capital: Victoria, an extremely picturesque city on Vancouver Island. After a ferry trip back to the mainland I started my discoveries of Vancouver and was amazed by the gorgeous combination of mountains, oceans and skyscrapers that makes up Vancouver’s distinct skyline. One of my favorite adventures was a bike ride around scenic Stanley Park; the city view from the Burrard Bridge and from Kitsilano Beach was absolutely priceless. On Grouse Mountain, I took in displays of various lumberjacking skills and the “Birds in Motion” show. Back down from the mountain, the Lion’s Gate Bridge lit up in golden hues in the evening sun.

One of my most fascinating experiences in Vancouver was my walking tour through the Downtown East Side, Vancouver’s (in)famous inner city neighbourhood. I also checked out Chinatown and Gastown, one of Vancouver’s most historic areas. Last but not least I covered the international conference of Servas, an international hospitality exchange organization that aims to build cross-cultural connections and friendships.

Jetlag is an amazing thing. It’s barely after 5 am and I have already been reading for an hour an a half. So I figured I might as well use this bout of sleeplessness and… Read more.

Another perfect day with beaming blue skies, great temperatures and no humidity greeted me yesterday. After a lovely strengthening breakfast and some business issues, Clare and I set off by car to explore British Columbia’s… Read more.

I left beautiful Victoria early yesterday morning at 8 am and took the Pacific Coachlines bus/ferry combination back to the mainland. It was another gorgeous day and I spent the entire ferry ride on the… Read more.

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s famous urban paradise and I knew weeks in advance that I would need to explore it in detail, preferably on a bike. So this afternoon at about 1:30 pm I set… Read more.

No visit to Vancouver could be complete without a real mountain experience. So after covering the Servas conference I left at 2 pm for downtown. To get to Grouse Mountain was quite an experience in… Read more.

The University of British Columbia has a drop-in centre downtown in Vancouver’s East side called the Learning Exchange where it provides educational opportunities to people who live and work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and other… Read more.

After my extremely interesting walking tour of the Downtown East Side I decided to round out my exploration of the city with another bicycling trip. In my mind, bicycling is just the perfect way to… Read more.

One of the things I do for the website is I continuously search out individuals and organizations that have accomplished unusual things or made special contributions. Through my research I had come across an organization… Read more.