Georgia Viaduct Walking Tour

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation does it again.  I simply love them and their tours.  A couple of Wednesday nights ago, I had the extreme pleasure of joining a small platoon of social media contest winners along with John Atkins and Gordon Price on a walking tour about the Georgia Viaduct. First off, there were the ruins of the first Georgia Viaduct.  I didn’t even know … Continue reading Georgia Viaduct Walking Tour

Layers of Human Experience

I have heard the term “layers of human experience” used a few times recently. I’ve actually heard it mostly from Gordon Price. He talked about it on his talk at Creative Mornings in July. He also used it during the recent Viaducts Heritage Walk put on by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Gordon mentioned that when a building or structure has been around long enough that … Continue reading Layers of Human Experience

Pacific Rim Highway – to Tofino and Ucluelet

There’s only one main highway to the west coast of Vancouver Island. That’s the Pacific Rim Highway.  The highway is Highway #4 that branches off Highway #19 (Inland Island Highway) near Qualicum Beach. The first highly recommended stop along the way is the tiny town of Coombs.  However, Coombs is probably home to one of the largest, international markets I have seen on Vancouver Island. … Continue reading Pacific Rim Highway – to Tofino and Ucluelet

Scion commercial in Vancouver

I think I have way too much video and YouTube on my mind lately… More of Vancouver has been featured in a recent Scion commercial.  I saw this one on the tele the other day.  It shows Granville Street in its new “great white way” look with all the bright white light standards lining the sides.  It also features the car being driven over a … Continue reading Scion commercial in Vancouver

Multnomah Falls

Due east along the Columbia River Highway outside of Portland, Oregon is one of the most photographed waterfalls.  Being only a 40 minute drive from downtown Portland, Multnomah Falls is easily accessible for Stumptown residents and visitors. I had first read about Multnomah Falls in The Shack, a Christian themed novel that takes place in Oregon and features the Falls in its early pages.  The … Continue reading Multnomah Falls

Vancouver’s Dunsmuir and Granville Streets in Lexus commercial

Here’s something else I came across on  It’s a Lexus commercial, but it’s filmed in Vancouver at the intersection of Granville and Dunsmuir Streets.  It’s complete with the separated bike lane in the commercial.  Even though, as Streetfilms points out, there are cars travelling down the bike lane in the commercial.  There’s even one point where a car is going in the wrong direction … Continue reading Vancouver’s Dunsmuir and Granville Streets in Lexus commercial

Transit Culture in Vancouver

A few weeks, I posted a tweet about The Atlantic Cities article on why Germans ride five times more transit than Americans, and I’m sure, more transit than Canadians too.  Then a friend responded back and said that he’s encountered a lot of people locally “who refuse to take transit because they feel it’s beneath them.” I started to wonder about that statement and wonder … Continue reading Transit Culture in Vancouver

Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum

Revelstoke, BC – Population: 7,139.  It’s not exactly the first place you’d think about for a railway museum.  However, this tiny little mountain town does have historic ties to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the local resource industries.  At $10 per adult, it’s not a very expensive admission price for a fair sized museum complete with railyard in the back and two actual engines in … Continue reading Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum