I was looking the other day at what cruises were offered out of Vancouver and was surprised to learn there’s a lot. My wife and I took an Alaskan cruise a few years ago but I had no idea of the size of the cruise industry here. In 2014, 29 cruise ships called into Port Metro Vancouver 243 times carrying more than 812,000 passengers. This year they are looking at a similar, if not better season. (more…)
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Well it’s that time of year again when the Fair at the PNE is happening in Vancouver. This time of year means that you not only have the fun rides that Playland offers, the PNE means the addition of concerts & performances, exhibits, attractions and lots of great food! Although I grew up Victoria, the PNE coming to Vancouver was still a highlight of every summer. In fact the PNE used to give passes to all the school kids in Victoria (my home base as a kid) to remind and encourage us to “take our parents”. (more…)
Accent Inn’s, Pam Chung likes to Experience Local and is not only known for her friendly smile but also for her keen eye.
Pam has kindly shared some of her visual experiences, captured on film (or sd card..) of her local travels around Victoria, Vancouver and more.
Remember to enter the Experience Local contest (Aug 5 – 31, 2013) and add your own suggestions to the site.
Sit back, relax and Experience Local BC through Pam’s eyes.
Aug. 5, 2013, (BC Day) Victoria, BC – Experiencing BC like a local has just become easier thanks to Accent Inns, a small family-owned hotel chain that prides itself on offering more than your standard guest services at each of its five locations. (more…)
Confession: I love BC Ferries
How I love thy chocolate buffet filled with Roger’s chocolates, decadent cupcakes, chocolate mousse cups, Florentines, four different kinds of chocolate cake, Grand Marnier Mountains, and – oh my, I must go back for more!
I love the serenity of the Seawest Lounge, the chaos of the playground, the flat screen TV’s playing the hockey games, the coffee machines (Dear Lord, thank you for blessing the BC Ferries with Americano machines that make divine coffee for us unfortunate coffee snobs of the world).
I love the Smart Start breakfast (it’s actually good!), the wireless internet, and best of all, the fact that I can get my toes done while en route to a business meeting in Vancouver? Heaven. (more…)
Victoria gets less than half as much rain as Vancouver!!
According to the Weather Network, the total annual precipitation (for 2009) is just 557 mm in Victoria, compared to Vancouver with 1,272 mm of rainfall. That’s a pretty significant difference! The reason for the dryer conditions is because of the rain shadow effect of the nearby Olympic Mountains in Washington State. This also means that our Victoria hotel gets more sunshine than surrounding areas. With 2,223 hours of sun annually, Victoria is one of the sunniest places in British Columbia, and gets more sunshine than most other cities in Canada except those in the southern Prairies.
As an avid golfer (and wannabe weather gal), I can vouch for the numbers above. I live about 30 minutes up Island and many times I’ve been ready to call off the golf game because it’s raining at my place. But more often than not, it’s dry in Victoria.
So attention Vancouverites – the next time you get tired of all the dreary, rainy winter days – take a quick getaway to Victoria. Chances are, you’ll be able to leisurely stroll the quaint streets of Victoria, sip on a latte and soak up the atmosphere – all without your brolly!