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the north island report: what is going on with the price of gas?

I normally don't complain about prices, and I dislike when other people with privilege do so. But for every rule, there's at least one exception, and this is it. What the hell is going on with the price of gas??Gas is always expensive in our area, often a good $0.10 more per litre than in Nanaimo or Victoria. When we left Ontario, gas prices were fluctuating between around $1.15 and $1.25. The highest price I ever saw in southern Ontario was $1.35. Driving from the GTA to the Island, we were am...
Tags: Travel, Complaints, Vancouver, Allan, Ontario, Manitoba, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, John Horgan, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, Port McNeill, Victoria When, Moving To Bc


Is Cheap Gasoline Manufactured From Carbon Found in Air The Fuel of the Future?

Imagine a clean and affordable fuel which is derived from a supposedly plentiful source that is found virtually everywhere — and not from the underground reserves of the remains of living organisms in some politically unstable region; or from a natural substance which requires growing it in hundreds of acres of precious land. Carbon Engineering creates clean fuel out of air. The clean energy company — which was founded in 2009 and is based in the greater Vancouver metropolitan area — blatantly s...
Tags: Travel, Vancouver, Health And Environment, Carbon Engineering


Cruise ships’ seasonal northward migration reaches Seattle

The first cruise ship to dock at Seattle’s Pier 66 for the cruise season is the 1,041-foot Celebrity Eclipse, which can carry more than 2,800 passengers. The ship was scheduled to head Monday evening to Victoria, B.C., and a six-day sail to Hawaii, then return to Vancouver for a summer of round trips to Alaska. […]
Tags: Travel, Business, News, Economy, Alaska, Hawaii, Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria B C


This might be the world’s only library of unpublished manuscripts: Vancouver’s Brautigan Library honors a Northwest literary icon

If art mimics life, then the Brautigan Library -- named after Northwest literary icon Richard Brautigan -- feels like a graveyard haunted by the ghosts of books never published, but whose existence is the direct result of the very human desire to tell stories and leave legacies. This, is both the inspiration, and result, of Brautigan's unique view of the world.
Tags: Travel, Books, News, Entertainment, Life, Vancouver, Northwest, Richard Brautigan, Brautigan, Brautigan Library


7 Questions People Ask Canadians Abroad

Ottawa, Wellington Street, March 2018 “Where are you from?” “Canada.” An innocuous question, and an easy answer, right? And I’m not lying. I am Canadian—in fact, I chose to be Canadian. I live in Canada. I travel with a Canadian passport. I speak both official languages and a couple of unofficial ones, I produced a Canada-born son as instructed by Her Majesty, the Governor General and the Prime Minister to help solve the economic issue of an aging population, and I can shovel snow like a pro wh...
Tags: Travel, New York, Hollywood, France, New York City, Immigration, US, Toronto, Canada, Vancouver, Quebec, New York State, Ottawa, Central Park, Saskatoon, Kiwi


introducing... kai!

Our first meeting Introducing Kai, the new addition to our pack, and Diego's new sister!Kai (rhymes with eye) is small for us, about 30 pounds, a pit-mix with a "Staffie" look. She is much smaller than a Staffie -- unless her foster mom was very wrong about her age! We believe she is about 18 months old. Her coat is a dark brindle colour with a white blaze.More than two years after losing Tala, Allan and I decided it was finally time to restore our full family, a pack of four. About a mo...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Middle East, Vancouver, Allan, Diego, Kai, Laura K, Port McNeill, Life In A Small Town, Tala Allan


Post-Expo effect on #Dubai realty will be greater

Post-Expo effect on Dubai realty will be greater:With a little more than a year left until Expo 2020 Dubai, industry experts at the Dubai Property Festival say they are now finding a spate of high demand for Dubai’s real estate sector.Expo 2020 is expected to attract 25 million visitors, of which 70 per cent will be from outside the UAE. In an interview with Property Weekly, Robert Booth, managing director of Ellington Properties, says, “I am personally very excited about Expo 2020. I had the be...
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Vancouver, Uae, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Property Weekly Robert Booth, Ellington Properties


8 ways to discover Richmond, British Columbia

8 ways to discover Richmond, British Columbia By: Kelsey Pekarek Sunset at Garry Point Park. Photo: Shutterstock/James Chen R ichmond is where your feet technically touch ground when you land at Vancouver International Airport. For years it was relegated to pass-through status for travelers headed elsewhere in the region…but this has actually worked in its favor. Unique, authentic cultures are always formed on the margins, and Richmond’s been busy...
Tags: Travel, Food, Outdoors, Family, Georgia, Aberdeen, History, Things To Do, Canada, Vancouver, North America, Pacific, British Columbia, Richmond, Osaka, All


Best Chinatowns in the North America

There’s a certain generic image that’s associated with the word Chinatown. The neighborhoods can be found around the world and have, in many ways, made the switch from immigrant communities to full-blown tourist attractions. Chinatowns in places like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and LA are prime examples. But Chinatowns aren’t limited to what you see in the movies. True Chinatowns also exist, oftentimes in unexpected places like tiny farm towns and French-speaking cities north of the bor...
Tags: Travel, Asia, California, La, China, US, Toronto, America, San Francisco, Tai Chi, Canada, Hawaii, Beverly Hills, Vancouver, Scarborough, North America


Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

The two subtle changes to the Pilot Primary Flight Displays in the 737 MAX. Good morningDid you wake up to notice anything different in the world this morning?  No, neither did I.It was to be today that saw Britain leave the EU, subsequent to its referendum to do so in June 2016.  Notwithstanding almost three years to plan, prepare, and actually implement their departure, they are in a state of appalling disarray, as indicated a couple of days ago when their Parliament voted on eight different a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Asia, Europe, Science, Steve Jobs, Scotland, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Eu, Conservative, Chicago


Windstar Cruises: James Beard Foundation Cruises

Windstar Cruises: James Beard Foundation Cruises Windstar Cruises is the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation And as Carol and I have dedicated ourselves to presenting our clients and readers with exceptional culinary travel opportunities, I thought it only appropriate to start with one of the best culinary institutions in the world: the James Beard Foundation. You should also know that Carol and I have also personally sailed with Windstar Cruises and completely loved the experien...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Blog, Barcelona, Rome, San Diego, Vancouver, Venice, Carol, James Beard Foundation, WINDSTAR, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, Windstar Cruises, James Beard Foundation Cruises, James Beard Foundation Cruises Windstar Cruises


the north island restaurant report: where to eat in port hardy and port mcneill

I was sure that one of the downsides of moving to a small town in a relatively remote area would be a serious lack of food choices. I've been very happy to be wrong! There aren't a lot of restaurants here, but what's here is very good -- well-prepared, fresh, tasty food, and excellent, friendly service. As with most things, I'm finding that having a few choices are enough.  I cook a lot more now, as there's no prepared food, and I'm also less busy and have more energy. Allan's been helping ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Toronto, First Nations, Vancouver, Northern Lights, Allan, North Island, Gus, Hardy, Mississauga, Vancouver Island, Seto, Guido, Laura K, Port McNeill


22 photos from Alberta’s Canadian Rockies we can’t stop looking at

With summer road trip season fast approaching, we’re re-publishing the post from a few years ago. In our completely biased opinion, there is no better place for a road trip than the Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia. These photos are the proof.  Photos from Alberta’s Canadian Rockies We’re still beaming from our road trip through the Canadian Rockies last summer. The pristine natural landscapes of Jasper and Banff National Parks are some of the most spectacular on the planet...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Hiking, Canada, Adventures, Jasper, Vancouver, Quebec, Alberta, National Park, Banff, Rockies, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies, World Attractions


“We Love ALICE Because It’s a One-Stop Shop”

The newly-opened EXchange Hotel Vancouver has chosen ALICE to optimize hotel operations and enhance the guest experience in Vancouver's first LEED Platinum Heritage Conversion. ALICE is the hospitality industry's leading operations technology, connecting every department of the hotel with one platform for all staff communication and guest requests.Housed in the original Vancouver Stock Exchange, EXchange Hotel prides itself on being both green and technology-focused. Meeting challenging s...
Tags: Travel, Vancouver, Alice, EXchange Hotel Vancouver, LEED Platinum Heritage Conversion ALICE, Vancouver Stock Exchange EXchange Hotel


6 Cities That Deserve Another Chance

Travel isn’t always rainbows and puppies. Sometimes bad things happen and sometimes we visit places that we don’t like. I know, I know, there’s something good to be found everywhere; except when you don’t want to find it. Usually when I don’t like a new city or destination it’s because I was in a bad mood or something rubbed me the wrong way. I’m a fairly temperamental person and when I decide I don’t like something, I tend to never deviate from that idea. So in a spirit of reconciliation, I be...
Tags: Travel, Milan, London, La, Toronto, Los Angeles, Canada, Italy, Sydney, Athens, Vancouver, Melbourne, Montreal, Florence, Southern California, Top Travel Tips


Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Best Value in Luxury Cruises?

Is Regent Seven Seas Cruises the Best Value in Luxury Cruises? Regent Seven Seas Cruises makes a bold claim that they are the best value in luxury cruises. And interestingly, they seem to be willing to back up their claim each year with written comparisons that they make between themselves and other luxury cruise providers. While I am one who strongly feels that you can’t and shouldn’t judge a luxury travel experience solely by price, as so many are want to do, it certainly makes sense to bring...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Blog, Vancouver, Continental, Carol, Anchorage, Hoonah, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, Virtuoso Voyages, Luxury Ocean Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, La Veranda, Smithsonian Journeys, Icy Point Strait, Sette Mari


Best things to do in Calgary

Calgary is a city that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. It doesn’t see nearly the visitor numbers of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, and despite being the largest city in Alberta it’s actually not even the provincial capital. The jumping off point for many of the four million annual visitors to Banff National Park, this city of 1.2 million is a cowtown that’s grown up and found its footing among the country’s modern skylines. It’s one that hasn’t forgotten the roots that make it uniq...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary Flames, Denver, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park, All, Napa Valley, Sara, Inglewood, East Village, Central Library


25 FREE Things to do in Vancouver in 2019

We’ve lived in Vancouver for over 15 years and, during this time, we’ve hosted many first time visitors to the city. We’re often asked the question, “what are the most popular things to do in Vancouver?”  Our responses tend to vary depending on the time of year, but there are several places in Vancouver that we always recommend to first time visitors. The must see attractions that make Vancouver an awesome city. Last summer, we wrote a detailed post that highlights 25 Awesome Day Trips from Van...
Tags: Travel, Asia, San Francisco, Canada, New Brunswick, Alaska, Adventures, Shanghai, Vancouver, North America, Whistler, British Columbia, Chinatown, North Shore, Travel Stories, Top Lists


Riding the overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper with VIA Rail

We originally published this post back in the summer of 2014, when our boys were still quite young. We’re re-publishing this post today because this is the time of year when many first time visitors to Canada are exploring the Via Rail from Vancouver to Jasper. Riding the overnight train is a memorable way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies.  Riding the Overnight Train from Vancouver to Jasper with VIA Rail Surprisingly, we’ve never taken an overnight train in Canada. It’s always ra...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, India, Toronto, Canada, United States, Adventures, Cameron, Switzerland, Jasper, Vancouver, Connor, Montreal, Travel Tips, Train Travel


Why You Should Get A Prepaid SIM Card for Canada

Traveling in Canada is a phenomenal experience! The diversity of the landscape which includes mountains, deserts, rainforest and tundras as well the classy yet extremely culturally diverse cities all around the country. Ohh and let’s not forget the people – Generally known as one of the friendliest in the world! From the frosty tundra of the Yukon to the rough shorelines along the east costs, the mountain range of Calgary over to the rainforests of Vancouver. It is a shame that too many travele...
Tags: Travel, Usa, US, Mobile Phones, Thailand, Canada, Vancouver, Tripadvisor, Google Maps, Calgary, Travel Blog, Sim Cards, Canadian Radio, Canada Canada, Telecommunications Commission CRTC, Public Wi Fi


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


Honey can reveal a city’s pollution

According to research conducted between the nonprofit Hives for Humanity and the University of British Columbia, honey collected from urban beehives can actually be used to measure a city’s pollution levels. Published in Nature Sustainability, the study was carried out by testing honey from beehives in six metro Vancouver neighborhoods for lead, zinc, copper, and other elements. Researchers found that the closer a hive was to areas with more traffic, urban density, and shipping ports, the hig...
Tags: Travel, Bees, Pollution, Delta, Vancouver, Winnie, All, University of British Columbia, Frankfurt Airport, Dominique Weis


10 Common Family Travel Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

We’re in full trip planning mode right now. In just a few days we will be traveling to Ireland for the first time. This trip will also be the first time Connor, our youngest, will cross the Atlantic and set foot on European soil. He’s 2.5 years old right now, which is not an ideal age to take a long haul flight, so we’re crossing our fingers everything goes smoothly. We’ve been mapping out our Ireland road trip and firming up the 2 week itinerary. We want to limit the number of unexpected surpr...
Tags: Travel, Home, Europe, Mexico, Netflix, Atlantic, New Brunswick, Ireland, Hawaii, Paris, Ryanair, Glasgow, Vancouver, Connor, Dublin, Travel Tips


The best things to do in Skagit

Between the cities of Seattle and Vancouver lies Skagit County, Washington, a region of just over 100,000 people best known as an agricultural hub. But the Skagit Valley has much more than just farmland. Breathtaking saltwater views give way to tulip fields, accessed by an expansive system of hiking trails winding their way through the countryside. Add famous bridges, a restored silent movie house, and a few bald eagles and you get the perfect excuse to turn into an area many pass right throu...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Netherlands, Vancouver, Washington State, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, All, Burlington, Rockport, COLUMBUS Ohio, Mount Vernon, Bonnie, Easton, Washington Park, San Juan Islands


what i'm reading: solitary raven: the essential writings of bill reid

I'm supposed to be writing about the Jackie Robinson biography, which I finished weeks ago, but so far I haven't been motivated to do so. I finished another Wallander mystery -- my "in between" book -- but the next bio on my list, the new one about Frederick Douglass, hasn't come in yet. So I looked for something on my own bookshelf that I've been meaning to read, and found this: Solitary Raven: The Essential Writings of Bill Reid. It is fascinating, and by coincidence, feels very relevant.We v...
Tags: Travel, Art, London, Americas, Toronto, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Vancouver, North America, Cbc, Picasso, Jackie Robinson, Robert Bringhurst, Reid, Haida Gwaii


History of Canada's BeaverTail donut

The sweet aroma as you approach the little red-roofed chalet signals fresh pastries straight ahead. But these aren’t just any baked goods. They’re a giant, deep-fried delicacy called BeaverTails, and they’re as symbolically Canadian as the buck-toothed rodent they’re named after. They’re not real beaver tails, of course (although a smaller number of people eat those as well). This BeaverTail is a ball of whole-wheat dough that’s hand-stretched into a long, flat oval — the same shape as its na...
Tags: Travel, Japan, South Park, Toronto, Barack Obama, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Vancouver, Whistler, Montreal, Halifax, Grant, Ottawa, Banff, Niagara Falls, All


Best US ski resorts for spring break

Spring Break doesn’t have to be about the beach. Nowhere can you complement the parties and late nights of a proper spring break with outdoor adventure and even a bit of exercise like you can in a ski town. These five skiing and snowboarding areas offer ample opportunity for the whole shebang. You should still bring your swimsuit, though, because the hot tub has your name written all over it. 1. Heavenly — Lake Tahoe, California Photo: Jeffrey T. Kreulen/Shutterstock Lake Tahoe has been p...
Tags: Travel, Colorado, California, Boston, US, Arizona, Lincoln, Vancouver, Nevada, West Coast, Ski Resorts, Tahoe, Green Room, Seattle, New England, All


Best places to drink wine in 2019

There’s never a better time to drink wine than right now. Smaller wine regions like Moldova and the country Georgia are sending more wine out into the world. In the US, there are now wineries in every state, as well as wine-specific tasting rooms to show off the region’s capabilities. Traditional winemaking regions like the Languedoc in France are receiving renewed attention. Unfamiliar grapes are being brought to the forefront in new ways. All this is to say that if you appreciate a good gla...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Colorado, California, France, Virginia, US, America, Georgia, Spain, Catalonia, Unesco, Italy, New Zealand, Vancouver, North


Best First Nations activities in BC

There’s something special about Vancouver International Airport, the gateway to British Columbia’s biggest city. All throughout the hub are striking sculptures and carvings created by First Nations artists, reminders to those bustling in and out of the province that the area’s traditional landowners are integral to British Columbia’s history and culture. In fact, this particular province is one of the most diverse in Canada with around 200 different Indigenous groups and more than 30 language...
Tags: Travel, First Nations, Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Columbia, Amos, All, Matador Network, Kelowna, Vancouver International Airport, Great Hall, Vancouver Island, Stanley Park, Okanagan Valley, Granite Falls


The best ski resort restaurants

Ski lodge cafeteria food has a reputation for being as bland as it is overpriced. You can only pay $20 for chicken fingers and fries so many times before wanting to revolt. Still, many longtime powderhounds never thought they’d see the day when their favorite hill embraced the concept of decent meals. But the times are changing. North American ski resorts are finally learning from the best European ski resorts and putting some thought and effort into the food. For guests who already paid upw...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Colorado, California, Canada, Idaho, Vancouver, Ski Resorts, Vail, Lake Tahoe, British Columbia, Ski Lodges, Shane Mcconkey, All, Steamboat, Squaw Valley



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