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Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

This is the breathtaking Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Endless gardens, sprouting tulips and floral scents coating the air; it truly is a wonderful place!

20160406_142023_HDRTulips sprouting up; their vivid colours bring so much life to the park.

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An indoor bio-dome;  housing humid weather and magical creatures.

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20160406_133352_HDROne of the entrance’s to Queen Elizabeth Park. That dome you see is an indoor eco-system; seen in the photos above.

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Pack, pack, pack!

Spent another day at a beach in Penticton; this time, instead of “Sudbury Beach”, we went to try out “Skaha Beach”; they’re both great beaches, but I found “Skaha Beach” to be much more relaxing and enjoyable. There were adequate washroom facilities nearby, a stand to grab yourself a refreshing “Hawaiian Shaved Ice” cup and most importantly, dogs are allowed on the beach, as long as they’re on a leash.

After a winding four hours, driving around snow-capped mountains and drop-dead cliffs, we’re now finally back in Abbotsford, BC, where I have been staying for the past week. The weather here is nowhere near as hot as it was in the valley; there’s a big, big difference. Bring lots of sunscreen!

Also, for those that never have been to Penticton and would like to visit; I just wanted to point out that there is in fact, an airport that you can fly into there. So if driving along winding mountain-side roads isn’t your thing, you can skip it all and come straight to Canadian paradise. I would recommend taking an adventure and going by road, but in the end, it’s your vacation and it’s totally up to you! Just keep in mind, even in Penticton, you need to book your hotel in advance, it does get to be a busy place in the Summer and rooms get booked up fast!

This week has just flown by so fast, it’s already my last night here in British Colombia, so it’s been nothing but packing, packing, packing since we got back. Packing for what you ask? Las Vegas! We leave tomorrow morning from “Vancouver International Airport” for a full week stay in the “city that never sleeps”. We’re going to be staying in the “Flamingo” hotel, which is one of the original and oldest hotels on the strip. I’ll be sure to write a review about it at some point during my trip, so you’ll at least get an idea if it’s a good hotel to stay at or not.
Tomorrow night we’re also seeing a magic show @ 7pm. His name is “Gerry McCambridge” and he specializes in illusions. Should prove to be a fun and interesting show; I can’t help but say that I’m pretty damn excited too!

Here are a few snaps from Pentincton:

Sudbury Beach, gorgeous.

Sudbury Beach, gorgeous.

Me diving for a frisbee at Skaha Beach.

Me diving for a Frisbee at Skaha Beach.

Mango Juice and Beach Sandals @ Skaha Beach

Mango Juice and Beach Sandals @ Skaha Beach

The "Family-in-law" @ a rest stop on the way out from Penticton. We felt it was necessary to bring on the tiger / dinosaur face!

The “Family-in-law” @ a rest stop on the way out from Penticton. We felt it was necessary to bring on the tiger / dinosaur face!

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Beautiful British Colombia

Well, it’s no secret, it’s only on the back of every license plate in this province: “Beautiful British Colombia”.

British Colombia License Plate

British Colombia License Plate

Towering mountains to rolling and vibrant green hills; British Colombia is an excellent place if you love the outdoors, especially if you or your family love some of the following activities: camping, hiking, swimming, surfing, rock climbing, geocaching, running, biking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, snowboarding, skiing… That’s just a small taste of the opportunities that await you in this charming Canadian province. Some of you might think: “Well, those are only seasonal activities in Canada, it gets cold with loads of snow in the Winter, so can’t possibly take part in every one of those activities!”. Believe it or not, the weather in the Southern portion of British Colombia is very temperate all year long; it’s a bit cooler with a bit more rain in the Winter, but nothing that you can’t handle. Getting back to my point, I surfed in Canada during the month of February in a small surfing village called “Tofino”. Tofino is what some like to call “Canada’s hidden paradise”, because really, not many know about it, even many Canadians don’t know about this hidden paradise! I believe the population is just under 2,000 and to get there, you have to have a car and some quick reflexes as the roads to this wonderland is winding and narrow, but the journey is breathtaking! You’ll see some of the biggest trees that you’ve ever set your eyes on, you actually have to pan your eyes left to right to see the size of some of these beasts! You won’t even be able to hug one, trust me, I’ve already tried…

Just one of the many trees you'll find in British Colombia.

Just one of the many trees you’ll find in British Colombia. (I’m on the right)

Tofino is just a few hours by car from the Victoria, the capital of British Colombia. You can surf in Tofino all year long and there are several alluring and enticing beaches, probably the most beautiful beaches in Canada. I’d also have to say that Tofino is probably the best place for you to learn how to surf, the reason behind that is because there are no sharp rocks or coral to wipe out on if you make a mistake, you just wipe out into the water and the ocean’s bottom is just soft sand, at least from the beaches I was surfing on. The best part is, you can get full surfing equipment rentals for about 25$/day and it gets cheaper the more days you rent the equipment for.
The only thing that is quite expensive is the accommodations and the food, but hey, most people come here for a vacation and usually on vacations, you’re expected to spend a little bit to really enjoy yourself.
In Tofino, there is also a very small island called “Hot Springs Cove”, where you can take a beautiful stroll through a British Colombian rainforest, only to end up at some natural sulphur hot springs, where you can just take the day to soak right into and melt off and bit of stress that may be on your body or mind.

That's me practicing my surfing skills in Tofino!

That’s me practicing my surfing skills in Tofino!

I’ll also show you a pointer on the map so you can get an idea of where Tofino is located in Canada, the red dot is the location:

Location of Tofino

Location of Tofino

I’m actually on a one week vacation with my girlfriend in British Colombia right now, but were in Abbotsford, which is one hour East of Vancouver. The mainland of British Colombia is absolutely stunning! View of the mountains from almost all angles of this city and most other cities nearby.
Shortly, I’ll be leaving for Bellingham, Washington, which is just North of Seattle. It’s going to be my first time there and my Brother-in-law will give me a tour of the “Cancer Centre” that he works at over there. We will also eat some mouthwatering Spanish food for Supper too!

On Thursday, we’re driving to Kelowna, which is a few hours East of Abbotsford. Apparently it’s scorching hot and dry over there, with plenty of outdoor activities, I should be able to grab a few awesome snaps with my handy camera. I don’t know too much about the place, but hey, that’s all part of the adventure that I will inform you all on!
On Saturday, Amy and I leave for a week in Las Vegas, but that’s another adventure for me to talk about down the road!

Take a look at the fireworks we saw in downtown Vancouver last night for Canada Day!

Vancouver Canada Day Fireworks

Vancouver Canada Day Fireworks

 

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Ice Cream Overload!

218 flavours!

How do you choose from such a variety? I’ve never seen so many ice cream flavours in one parlour! Basic Vanilla ice cream to Garlic, Pear Gorgonzola & Blue Cheese, Creme Brûlée, Macadamia Nut, Onion… Some flavours you just can’t resist, others, well, make you a little sick just thinking about the taste; but the fact that they can host such a variety is just mind blowing! They can cater to all tastes of all cultures and backgrounds in the world!

Personally, I chose something a little more innocent and welcoming: one scoop Creme Brûlée and one scoop Coconut Pineapple Macadamia Nut.
Mouthwatering deliciousness, especially on a hot day like today.

The only thing about ice cream is, it does make you thirsty afterwards, but hey, that’s great news for the business, they make a few extra dollars selling a hiked-up price bottled water.

In the end, awesome experience, it always leaves you coming back each time to try something new! Great place to bring a date if you’re ever in Vancouver; “Le Casa Gelato” is the name, keep that written in the back of your book.

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