While the creek that fuelled Vancouver’s nineteenth-century brewery boom is long gone from Mount Pleasant, this historic neighbourhood remains the city’s go-to spot for craft beer – it’s easy to hit half a dozen tasting rooms in an afternoon on foot. The otherwise nondescript industrial and office buildings of this ever-evolving area are festooned with multi-storey murals, while its classic brick warehouses and storefronts are home to great vintage stores, galleries and artists’ studios. The neighbourhood vibe is perhaps best captured by Dude Chilling Park, so named after a guerrilla art installation mimicking an official city sign kept appearing with this name. Locals rallied to make the sign official, and it now has public art status.
The perfect day: Line your stomach with a peanut butter and jelly doughnut, plus locally roasted coffee, at 49th Parallel before strolling down Main Street to the cluster of breweries between 8th and 2nd avenues. Finish your night with craft cocktails at The Narrow Lounge or catch a show at the Fox Cabaret.
Plan your trip: For the Vancouver Mural Festival, in August, which culminates in an epic street party with multiple stages across Mount Pleasant.
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Odds are, you’ve spent a lot more time outdoors this year than usual. City parks and restaurant patios have become sacred spaces for spending time with loved ones or simply escaping the constant pull of the home office. We’ve learned to head outside to reconnect with others and ourselves, to find our centre and replenish our physical and mental reserves.
As travel resumes, British Columbians have the chance to dive deeper into nature, exploring the vast wilderness of this province that we call home. It’s a summer to spend the days watching wildlife in wild spaces and falling asleep to the sound of the wind in the trees. Whether you’re looking for a back-to-basics getaway or a luxurious holiday in the great outdoors, there’s no shortage of options right here in beautiful BC.
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This southern stretch of the Okanagan is a sunny vacation paradise with good food, great wine, and sandy beaches for that perfect summer weekend escape.
Walnut Beach Resort
When you’re lying on the sand under a straw umbrella, you know you’re on vacation. When it’s 30+ degrees and someone delivers a freshly made cocktail straight to your waterfront lounge chair, you’ve taken it to the next level. There’s only one licenced beach in Osoyoos, found at the Walnut Beach Resort (@walnutbeachresort). Private for hotel guests only, it’s a serene place to wiggle your toes in the sand, gaze out at the lake and pretend you’re in Mexico. I love the large pool and hot tubs, too, but it’s hard to beat the beach.
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From fine dining to simple burgers, Amsterdam diners are spoiled for choice. No matter what you crave, you’ll find a memorable meal at any of these top spots.
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In the buzzing borough of Amsterdam-Noord, shipyards have become cultural playgrounds and wide-open spaces beckon young families, artists, brewers and entrepreneurs. Hop on the free ferry from Centraal Station, in the opposite direction to most international visitors, to reach NDSM Wharf: the centre of Amsterdam’s street art scene and home to Europe’s largest monthly flea market at IJ-Hallen (these days with increased stall spacing and one-way route markers).
On this side of the River IJ, Noord’s young creatives have built a flourishing community of multi-concept businesses, like the cinema-slash-waterfront restaurant at FC Hyena (now with added drive-in theatre), SkateCafe – where you can take a break from the half-pipe for a meal and a glass of natural wine – and the urban beach at Pllek, with its airy organic restaurant built from old shipping containers.
The angular Eye Filmmuseum, Noord’s most iconic modern building, lies just a short bike ride from traditional villages lined with gabled wooden homes. Then, for a dose of adrenalin (plus an awesome view of the entire neighbourhood and the rest of Amsterdam beyond), brave Europe’s highest swing, perched atop A’DAM Tower.—Christina Newberry
Amsterdam is a compact capital city that’s perfect for exploring on foot. At its centre, the concentric circles of the 17th-century canal ring ensure you never walk in a straight line for long, and there’s something to discover around almost every bend…
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I’m honoured to have received my third Travel Media Association of Canada award last week. My story on family farms on the Saanich Peninsula took second place in the Coverage of a Host Destination category.
The judges said, “The juxtaposition of personal memory with current reporting works beautifully, and the inspirational reflective prose serves that theme well. Strong sensory detail, excellent reportorial detail on numbers, size, etc. Smooth transition to brief write-ups on various farms visited.”
This was such a fun piece to write. Thank you to the judges and congratulations to all the winners!
For Preferred Travel magazine, I interviewed Amsterdam locals Kor Hoebe and Tessel de Heij about their favourite ways to spend a weekend in the city. You might not be able to follow their suggestions now, but there are some great tips for next summer.
East Africa is known for its incredible wildlife tourism, from trekking with mountain gorillas to sundowner safaris and photographing the Big Five. With a growing focus on responsible tourism in this unforgettable region, we look at some ways for visitors to support local communities and the environment through their travel in Uganda and Tanzania.
Kyambura Gorge Buffer Project, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda
The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust has purchased a three-kilometer buffer area along the northern part of the Kyambura Gorge to protect this region neighboring Queen Elizabeth National Park. Approximately 3,000 indigenous trees have been planted in the buffer area, and Kyambura Lodge guests can plant their own seedling in the tree nursery…
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Playing and posing with dolphins was once considered the highlight of a family vacation to Mexico or Hawaii. An elephant ride was a must in Thailand. But as the conditions captive animals live in have become more widely understood, these and other tourism products involving wild animals have become socially unacceptable, and in some cases illegal.
Last June, Canada passed legislation banning the captivity of whales and dolphins. Air Canada and Transat followed this move by committing to stop selling and promoting captive dolphin entertainment. Air Canada will implement the change by August 2020, while Transat is phasing these activities out over the next two years…
Read the rest in the latest issue of Key Notes on Travel or on the Canadian Traveller web site.