Category: Things To Do in Canada

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Bowen Island: A Serene Sanctuary 20 Minutes Away From the City

Bowen Island is a relaxing, charming, and serene sanctuary 20 minutes away from Metro Vancouver. It is an ideal refuge for city dwellers looking for respite. Population In 2021, the population of Bowen Island was 4,256, equivalent to a 15.7% increase from 2016. In contrast, the average population increase in the province of BC is 7.6%, and 5.2% in the entire country. The land area of Bowen Island is 50.12 square kilometers and the population density was 84.9 people per square kilometer for the same time period. Starting Your Adventure Bowen Island’s tourism website is right – there is no...

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Chasing Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

Everybody knows that Vancouver, BC is beautiful beyond words. But spring and the burst of pink colors make the city magical. I always want to be part of the magic that cherry blossoms in Vancouver bring. Today, I will share with you the joy of chasing cherry blossoms in Vancouver. A Bit of Trivia People usually call these spectacular creations cherry blossoms. However, some are actually plum blossoms. I didn’t know I heard it on TV this year, 2022. So here’s how to tell these beauties apart according to the Vancouver Cherry Blossoms Festival (VCBF). A Look at the Origin...

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3 Free Outdoor Holiday Attractions in Metro Vancouver

The merry holiday season can be a financially challenging season. This year is especially difficult as Covid restrictions add more limits to our options. Today, let’s talk about free outdoor holiday attractions in Metro Vancouver that can safely bring joy without the hefty price tag. These suggestions are mainly found in Metro Vancouver. However, this list may give you an idea of what to search for in other provinces as well. Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam What Lights at Lafarge is Metro Vancouver’s biggest free outdoor light display. It features hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights that magically transform the 1.2...

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5 Holiday Gift Ideas to Circumvent Canada’s Supply Chain Issues

The lingering pandemic, uncertain economy, and raging weather put everybody through unprecedented challenges. The upcoming holidays are supposed to give us some sort of respite from these realities. However, these same issues are causing supply chain problems that threaten our much-needed celebrations. Now is a great time to be creative. Here are a few non-mainstream holiday gift ideas that can bring back the holiday cheer. 1. Stocking Stuffers and More from Liquidation Stores Liquidation stores offer discounted merchandise from brand-name closeouts and factory overruns. The photos feature above show toys and workout paraphernalia from a liquidation store. Shopping in liquidation...

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10 Things That I Love About Canada

I love Canada. I truly do. In this post, I will tell you 10 reasons why. Notes: There is an exception to almost everything. So, this list contains general observations only. If you have a different experience or opinion, please leave a comment. I would love to learn from you, too. This post is not meant to criticize my beloved country of birth or any other country. Rather, it is more of a list of best practices from Canada that I wish others will emulate. So what are the things that I love about Canada? Clear Air One of the...

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Whistler – A Photo Album of Canada’s Real-life Wonderland

Whistler is Canada’s wonderland. It is famous for Whistler Blackcomb, the biggest ski resort in North America and the 9th biggest on earth. Skiresort Service International also named it the best ski resort in North America. This resort municipality is situated on the unceded territories of the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation. Whistler is may not be on top of every immigrant’s list of places to live in Canada but it is definitely on many people’s travel bucket lists. Today, let us learn more about this wonderland. Travel Options Whistler is a town 75 miles north of Vancouver. It is a...

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Libraries in Canada Offer Knowledge, Entertainment, and Hope

Libraries in Canada offer much more than knowledge and entertainment. For new immigrants, these institutions are also catalysts of belonging, hope, and success. My Story When I was a newcomer in Canada, I frequently visited public libraries. I enjoyed my visits so much that I own cards for Langley, Surrey, and Vancouver library systems. Here, I was able to: Do my job search-related activities I spent a chunk of my time doing job searches on their computers. Of course, this can be done at home. But, the library environment somehow boosted my productivity. I was also able to gain industry...

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New Westminster, The Royal City

New Westminster is known as the Royal City. This city is situated on the banks of the Fraser River in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.  It is bordered on the north and west by Burnaby, northeast by Coquitlam, and southwest by Surrey.  It is also known by its nickname New West and is a member municipality of Metro Vancouver. History Before the arrival of settlers, the area now known as New Westminster was inhabited by Qayqayt First Nation. It was then established in 1859 as the first capital of the new colony of British Columbia and maintained the honor until 1866. ...

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White Rock, British Columbia’s Beauty and Tranquility Uplift My Soul

My White Rock adventures cure my wanderlust while obeying the stay local health guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Its beauty and tranquility do wonders to my soul. Today, I am giving you a glimpse of this wonderful city so that you too can bask in its serenity. White Rock is a serene city with a beautiful coastline dotted with trendy restaurants and cafes.  It boasts of an eight-kilometer sandy beach, a relaxing waterfront, and the longest pier in Canada.   This city is part of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  It is surrounded on the north, east, and west by...

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Welcome to Montreal: A Straightforward Guide for Newcomers

Montreal, Quebec is a world-class city that is also known as the “Paris of North America”. It was named after Mount Royal, a hill in the center of the city. Established in 1642 on an island in Saint Lawrence River, Montreal is the second-most populous city in Canada. It has a rich cultural heritage being a former English and French colony. It is also home to high-class shopping stores, restaurants, clubs, bars, and several festivals all year round.   Guest writer Aeron Dellosa shares what you need to know if you’re planning to live in Montreal.  Demographics  Despite being in Quebec,...