Tag Archives: Canada

Beacon Hill Park – Victoria, B.C.

7 Oct

You have got to go here…Beacon Hill Park – Victoria, B.C.

Everyone visits Central Park when in New York City and Golden Gate Park when visiting San Francisco, but I am here to tell you that there are some awesome smaller parks just waiting to be discovered in cities all over the world.  One of those parks that is a must visit is Beacon Hill in Victoria, B.C. Located just a few minutes on foot from the Inner Harbour (where you most likely entered Canada via boat), Beacon Hill Park is worth the trip! I have to admit that the initial reason I chose to visit was so I could go to the children’s farm (more on that later). I was pleasantly surprised by how un-ordinary this park was.  To my eyes wonderment…it was like stepping into a fairytale.  The trees, the bridges, the wildlife were superb!  I was enchanted.                                                                                                                                    These are just a few examples of the wonder that was at every turn! Not only was there lush green all around, but the flowers were literally like beacons (excuse the pun) waving you over to take a closer look. It was honestly so fun imaging you were in a a different time…so spend some time dreaming and getting swept away!

When you are ready to get back to reality, head towards the Children’s Farm! The farm is a great place for kids of all ages to explore – for a small donation of $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children (CAD $), it is an extreme value.  There are peacocks, mini-horses, chickens, donkey’s and goats OH MY!  While it is not very big, there is tons of stuff to see!

Aside from the animals being so cute and cuddly, the people who worked there were so friendly and willing to answer any questions or help with anything!

Don’t let the name fool you, this farm isn’t just for children’s and I highly suggest you call your inner child and invite them to play.  On a side note, the farm closes during early fall and winter so check the website before you go.

Are you asking yourself…is that it?  NOPE, but I am tasking you with going and discovering the rest on your own. So do yourself a favor, put on your walking shoes, pack a snack and go explore Beacon Hill Park – you will be glad you did!

Happy Beaconing,

Crystal

BCFerries – British Columbia, Canada

24 Oct


You have got to go here…BCFerries – British Columbia, Canada.

Now this blog may throw you off a little bit as I want to encourage you to do something as opposed to just going somewhere.  You must ride on the BCFerries system!

I know a lot of people who have taken a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, B.C., but not a lot who have experienced the spectacular ride from Victoria to Vancouver ,or to other Southern Gulf Islands in Canada – I am here to tell you it is a must do!

On a two-week road trip I was lucky enough to take a relaxing 90 minute ferry ride to Vancouver from Victoria, and boy was I impressed.  First, the ferry itself was amazing!  It was like a mini cruise ship.  There was a nail salon, gift store, restaurant, guided tours by naturalists, and a kid zone!  I was not prepared for all the amenities as the ferry ride from Seattle (Port Angeles, WA) to Victoria was much smaller and less impressive, but still fun!

The BCFerries allow pedestrians and car passage.  After parking our car on the lower level, we walked up to explore the ship.  I immediately looked for seats inside, but as soon as I looked out on the deck I knew that I wanted to be there!

I was just amazed at how beautiful it was.  On our initial ferry ride to get to the island the only scenery was the vast open ocean.  I assumed that I would encounter the same thing on this ferry ride, but I was wrong.  We passed several islands with picturesque landscape, beautiful homes and wildlife. I daydreamed about exploring the lush greenery.   My one regret on this trip is that I didn’t visit any of the other islands…maybe you can do that for me!

Although we brought games to pass the time…we ended up spending every moment of the trip on the deck enjoying nature together.  We did nothing but view the wonder in front of us and feel the wind blowing through our hair…it may have been the best part of our two-week trip.

Before we knew it we had to go back to our car and prepare to disembark…I was so sad…our mini cruise was over and I couldn’t wait to do it again!

OK, so now that I told you the fun stuff…here are some formalities.  I would highly recommend a reservation, especially if you have a car.  Also, there are different fares depending on where you are going, so make sure you take a close look.

I hope you realize that the journey is also just as important as the destination, and a ride on the BCFerries system is a true testament to this.

Happy Ferrying!

Crystal

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

11 Jun

You have got to go here…Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge!

As I was in yoga today thinking about how it challenges and pushes me I was reminded of a place I visited in North Vancouver – Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge – that did the same thing.  When planning our trip to Canada several people told me that we had to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge, but after doing some research I discovered that there was a bridge just as cool (and frightening – in a good way) and it was FREE!

The pictures of the bridge were beautiful, but to be honest they did not do the scenery justice.  The park is located in a quaint North Vancouver neighborhood, it is truly a hidden gem.

Upon arriving, I started to get butterflies in my stomach as I was doing something I had never done before…walking over a swinging bridge that sits 164 feet above a canyon.  When I arrived at the beginning of the bridge I almost chickened out, but I am so glad that I didn’t (although to be honest it took me several attempts to get across:).)  The bridge, which has been open since 1912, was in perfect condition.  The view of the canyon from the middle was amazing – everything was so lush and green.  The roaring of the river was so soothing, you almost forget that you are suspended in the air.

Had it not been for the school groups running back and forth over the bridge (get there early if you would like to avoid this in the summer) I could have stayed on the bridge soaking everything in much longer.

Don’t be afraid to hold on, AND don’t be afraid to make the trip across the bridge…you will be glad you did it!

On a side note, there are also many hiking trails – there is also a secret side gate (make it a game to find it) you can enter that leads to a trail…we were surprised to find wild blackberries along the way!

Side notes: There is ample parking, a gift store, a cafe…AND did I mention it is Free!  Bring a picnic if you would like:)

Happy Swinging,

Crystal