Christmas Adventures: Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

Van Dusen Gardens has mastered the art of Christmas lights and then raised it up another 20 levels. Mermaids, umbrellas, the Eiffel tower you name it, there is a display made out of lights here. I didn’t know if I was walking in circles or down different paths but everywhere I went I saw different decorations and light displays. The Festival of Lights runs until the end December. Over a million lights cover VanDusen Gardens. Although I struggled with my directions throughout the night, I highly suggest keeping track of where you are going and making sure you don’t miss any parts because every section is completely different with new themes and displays to see and each one equally as amazing. As you are walking around, make sure to stop and enjoy the Dancing Light show that is right in the middle, on the lake. Who knew lights could keep someone entertained for so long. It was like watching a live show as the lights on the water, trees and ground light... ...

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Christmas Adventures: Peak of Christmas

Did I go to Grouse Mountain or step into a scene of a Christmas movie, that was the question I kept asking myself as I wandered through the Peak of Christmas. Whoever did the decorations for this, nailed it. As if the scenery up on Grouse Mountain isn’t amazing enough, the Peak of Christmas took it to a whole other level. It really looked like a scene of North Pole straight out of a movie. By far my favourite part was the Light Walk. I’m going to try to describe it but this does not even do it justice, it’s really something you just have to see for yourself. They decorated a path with all white lights. It was like walking through an enchanted forest. In some areas the lights were scattered and simple and in others you were surrounded by nothing but white lights. The tunnel made out of lights at the beginning is so beautiful that my friend was convinced it will be a marriage proposal hotspot –... ...

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Rogers Santa Claus Parade

In true Vancouver fashion, it rained during the 12th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade, but that wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the thousands of spectators. I brought my seven-year-old sister Lauren with me. Once the rain started pouring down I asked if she wanted to go, but just like most of the children around us, she was willing to stick it out and get soaked for a chance at seeing Santa – and hopefully confirming a spot on the nice list. I was surprised to find out the parade lasted two hours because it certainly did not feel like I was out there for that long. There was constant entertainment, music and interaction with the crowd, which kept mine and Lauren’s attention the whole time. I mean the free chocolates and candy might have helped too. We were towards the end of the parade route and I am still amazed at the stamina of the dancers and bands that were able to keep dancing or playing an instrument... ...

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Shades of Wanderlust

  Stephanie Florian and Christina from Lumin Pictures high tail it up the Sea to Sky Highway in a Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid. The only way to travel to a Wanderlust Festival is to go green! Looks like we’re not the only ones with Wanderlust on the agenda, we follow behind lululemon en route to Wanderlust Whistler. We give a Wanderlust wave to a few friendly travellers along the Sea to Sky, feeling very eco-friendly in our luxury electric ride. When you’re in Whistler, live in style. That’s our motto! After a long day outdoors, nothing beats a little bit of comfort. Our go to accommodation – The Fairmont Chateau Whistler of course! The valet boys look after our electric ride while we settle in to Wanderlust Festival mode. Play Outdoors Media and Lumin Pictures Inc bring you Shades of Wanderlust. A visual adventure that describes exactly why you need to put a Wanderlust Festival on your bucket list if you have not yet already. Find your true north at Wanderlust. A... ...

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A Journal: How to prevent cabin fever in Terrace, BC Day 6

Spending multiple days up north in small BC towns with extended family over the holidays can bring on conditions like cabin fever. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, bursts of random laughter, intense boredom, paranoia; excessive sleep….the list of mental instabilities just goes on and on. On the flipside, embracing small town life outdoors can make your time spent in remote towns all the more interesting.  Follow my journal style exploration on how to embrace a local’s way of life in Northern BC – a reminder to adventure-on when the cabin fever sets in and not go stir crazy. Day 6: Find the best Cabin in town Embracing my boredom and finding a way to face my cabin fever became the final chapter of my small town journey. Although it can be somewhat uncomfortable, one of the best ways of dealing with intense feelings of any kind is to fight the dragon head on. Since my dragon has been cabin fever, I had no choice but to work my small town network and find... ...

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A Journal: How to prevent cabin fever in Terrace, BC Day 1

Spending multiple days up north in small BC towns with extended family over the holidays can bring on conditions like cabin fever. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, bursts of random laughter, intense boredom, paranoia, excessive sleep….the list of mental instabilities just goes on and on. On the flipside, embracing small town life outdoors, can make your time spent in remote towns all the more interesting.  Follow my journal style exploration on how to embrace a local’s way of life in Northern BC – a reminder to adventure-on when the cabin fever sets in and not go stir crazy. Day 1: Redneck Toboganning Join local residents and families at the Terrace, BC tobogganing hot spot. Up on college hill there’s plenty of hill space to mash, race and catch air on a series of well groomed sleigh runs. I forgot my inner tube in Vancouver and had to toboggan the redneck way. Follow these instructions: Save and flatten your used 24 case from the previous evening bender and place it under your butt. Glossy cardboard does give a... ...

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Don’t get mistaken for a Yeti – MAN UP!

Every mountain man needs a seasonal grooming session once in while … tis’ the season. CONTEST: Tell us why you or the outdoorsy man in your life could use a clean up. Bare all and post a picture of the hairy situation HERE on our Facebook page for additional chances to win. One lucky man will WIN a signature Full Monty haircut and an Old School straight blade shave at Man Up Grooming. Don’t be mistaken for a yeti this holiday season! Man Up Grooming is located in North Vancouver and an experience every outdoors man must indulge in once in a while… at least for the ladies. Adventure gals, enter your man into the draw and surprise him! Visit www.manupgrooming.com ...

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WIN! Dine at the best apres-adventure spot in Deep Cove – The Village Table!

WIN A $50 GIFT CARD AND TOQUE! Next time you play outdoors in Deep Cove, refuel at The Village Table! Like The Village Table Facebook page HERE for a chance to WIN a $50 gift certificate and a cool toque! Follow @PlayoutdoorsVan for more chances to win this month on Twitter! Browse the menu at www.villagetable.ca and tell us about what you’re most excited to taste after your adventures in Deep Cove! We will announce the winner at the end of November. Why adventure in Deep Cove? Quarry Rock, Baden Powell Trail, Mount Seymour, Best Mountain Biking in Vancouver, SUP and kayak up the Indian Arm…then feast your face at The Village Table! ...

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