Summer Recreation in Whistler

During the few months that they aren’t covered in snow, the slopes of the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort come alive with locals and tourists alike enjoying hiking, guided naturalist walks, mountain biking, and horseback riding, or just marveling at the mountainscape from the comfort of the lifts.

The Best Vancouver Beaches

Vancouver might not be known for its beaches, but in summer the long stretches of sand that fringe the city are a hive of activity. Here’s a list of the best spots to sun yourself or take a dip in the Pacific.

A Walking Tour of Historic Gastown

The birthplace of Vancouver, officially named Granville in 1870 has always been known as Gastown, for saloon owner “Gassy Jack” Deighton. Take this suggested walking tour and learn more about the area and its colorful history.

Vancouver Views on a Budget

Visiting Vancouver for the first time? Consider starting off by finding a viewpoint that shows you the layout of the city. Expert Andrew Hempstead shares options that are less expensive than flightseeing.

Moon Victoria & Vancouver Island

Canada expert Andrew Hempstead offers helpful tips for visiting these beautiful areas, from enjoying afternoon tea in Victoria to fishing off the shores of Vancouver Island. Hempstead uses his local knowledge to craft unique trip strategies for all interests, such as Family Fun. Complete with details on visiting the Royal London Wax Museum, whale-watching in […]

The 10-Day Best of Vancouver and Victoria

This flexible and customizable itinerary includes all of the highlights, from urban pleasures in Vancouver and Victoria to natural wonders on Vancouver Island, and even an optional excursion to Whistler. Also included are suggestions for where to dine along the way.

Moon British Columbia

Canada resident and avid outdoorsman Andrew Hempstead gives you his unique perspective on British Columbia, from dining at the best of Vancouver’s 3,000 restaurants and cafés to skiing and snowboarding on the world-class slopes of Whistler/Blackcomb. Hempstead offers unique trip ideas that utilize the region’s amazing outdoor options, such as Winter Fun and B.C. Road […]

Shopping in the Core of Historic Victoria

With gift shops, art galleries, clothing boutiques, and more, Victoria is a shopper’s delight. Although the city doesn’t have defined shopping precincts, this article provides an overview of shopping destinations within the downtown core.

Vancouver & Victoria: Where and When to Go

Get an idea of what awaits in Vancouver and Victoria so you can plan your trip to British Columbia. This helpful article features a quick area overview, transportation essentials, tips for the best times of year to visit, and information on passports and visas.