Christmas Adventures: Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Thrill seekers looking for something to do this Christmas – Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge is the place for you. Nothing tops this combination of adventure and Christmas all wrapped up in one special holiday package. I thought I just had to walk across the suspension bridge to look at the lights but no, there was more.  The treetop adventure and the cliff walk had my adrenaline pumping from the get go.  I loved the excitement of the bridge swaying over the canyon. My friends, not so much but that is all part of the Canyon Lights ‘experience’.  As little kids passed us completely unfazed by anything, we held on to the railing for dear life. Quite the epic outdoor sight, testing your boundaries at night, surrrounded by the glowing festive cliff face is a must do Christmas adventure in Vancouver. Once we safely made it across the bridge, the beauty of the sparkling tree lights and trails became the main attraction. The reflection of the lights on the water was one of the... ...

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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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Christmas Adventures: Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas time is finally here. The first stop on my holiday adventures thoughout Vancouver was the 6th annual Vancouver Christmas Market. If I am being honest, I didn’t have very high expectations, I thought it would be just a little window shopping, walking (well more like shivering in the cold) past booth after booth of items too expensive for my ‘ just finished university’ budget, but I was pleasantly surprised. They managed to transform Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza into a picturesque little Christmas village. It had lights, candy canes, nutcrackers, a mistletoe and a sparkling christmas tree – which makes for a perfect holiday instagram post. All of my skepticism was put to rest; I wasn’t looking at overly priced goods while out in the cold. There was a lot to do. For kids, there was crafts to make, gingerbread men to decorate, and a scavenger hunt to win a free ride on the carousel. As for me, I followed my nose and ended up in the food section. I mean... ...

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U.G.L.Y You ain’t got no alibi

With ugly sweater vendors popping up on every street corner in the city and chain stores like Urban Planet offering a full line of ugly holiday attire, this just might be the year to give in to this cheesy Christmas trend. If you love to run outdoors and take part in any of Vancouver’s year round 5Ks like Earth Day, Colour Me Rad or Oktoberfest, it’s no surprise someone came up with the Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash.  This themed run /walk/hop 5K spectacle will offer the fit and not-so-fit a chance to burn off a few holiday calories while at the same time supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation. How can anyone say no to participating in an #UglyDash in support of sick kids?  Children’s Wish Foundation has a big heart and makes real –life dreams comes true by raising money to fulfill a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.  Right about now, Santa is making his list and going to find out who’s been naughty or nice.... ...

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Family Adventure: A night in the wild at the GV Zoo

Calling all wildlife fans looking for a family adventure! Join us at the Greater Vancouver Zoo, just a forty-minute drive to Aldergrove. Arriving at the gates just shy of closing, the anticipation and excitement builds. Smack in the middle of the zoo is a large park-like setting next to a pond complete with gazebos, fire pits and even port-o-lets. Nothing compares to the thrill of pitching a tent under the stars kitty-corner to a Siberian Tiger, a couple of playful baboons and a stealth jaguar. Just knowing the lions, tigers and bears are in close proximity ups the adventure ante plenty. After setting up camp, getting settled and meeting our camping neighbors we head off on a private exploration. Zoo grounds cover a large area so you will get your fill of fresh air, nature and exercise. Note to parents: DO bring bikes or scooters for the kids if possible. The trails are paved. Although you can rent a quad cycle onsite, children old enough to pedal or push themselves... ...

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BucketlistYVR – Bobsledding with Ford

If anyone ever invites you on a bucket list mission – it is your duty to say yes no matter what. By no means was this an ordinary Friday but rather a Ford Friday fun mission to Whistler with famed Bucket List author and travel journalist Robin Esrock we call #bucketlistYVR. Aside from myself, other Bloggers on this mission included Dennis Pang from Pangcouver, Vanessa Choot from Modern Mix Vancouver, James Chung from HelloVancity and Lee-Anne Ekland from Mom Paradigm . It was not until the day before the mission that we learned via Twitter who our adventure companions were. Everyone was excited, nervous, anxious and eager to try something as thrilling and adventurous as bobsledding. We met bright and early at Coastal Ford to briefly introduce ourselves and let Ford pair us with our ultimate ride.   The best way to escape rainy day blues – go for a scenic drive in a vehicle made for fun! I let Will drive on the way up to Whistler so I could relax and soak up the... ...

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Adventure En Blanc

Of all the cities in the world to host this annual night out ‘en blanc’, nothing compares to the backdrop of our city of Vancouver. The guest list this year topped 4500 and the secret location revealed the biggest locale since it’s inception four years ago. This is what a luxury outdoor experience is all about. Secret locations, epic sunsets and beautiful people set against a backdrop as magical and picture perfect as Canada Place and the Five Sails. A summer bucket list must, you’ve got 12 months to befriend someone who can help get you on the guest list for next year. From hipster looks to elegant ball gowns and jaw dropping accessories, this is a fashion fiesta carte blanche. Paint your own fashion creation and own it! Steph Florian give you a sneak peak of what it’s like inside Diner en Blanc Vancouver. Lumin Pictures Inc. captures the beginning of the evening adventure outdoors and the moment guests have been eagerly awaiting. This is DEBVan.   ...

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