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Vancouver, British Columbia travel articles and activity recommendations


For many people (particularly those who really like rain), Vancouver is the perfect city. Sat on the coast of British Columbia, it has San Francisco-like good looks and a gleaming, fresh feel.

It’s a healthy feeling city, where cycling around Stanley Park or going kayaking on Indian Arm is seen as normality. The mountains and ski slopes are just on the doorstep, there’s a healthy craft-brewing scene and it’s easy to hop on a train to Seattle in the United States if for some reason Canada isn’t big enough for you.

But Vancouver’s not all shiny, happy people – there’s a dark side too, as you’ll find on the Sins of the City tour. The Grumpy Traveller free city guide to Vancouver should be your starting point for a visit, but the following links will take you to stories on specific activities in the city.



The world’s greatest commutes

The world’s greatest commutes

David Whitley June 28, 2015 Comments Off on The world’s greatest commutes

For most of us, the commute into work involves a miserable crush in a crowded train carriage, face into an obese man’s armpit, knees thwacking into umbrellas and eyebrows dicing with paper cuts from

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10 great cities for outdoorsy people

10 great cities for outdoorsy people

David Whitley May 28, 2015 Comments Off on 10 great cities for outdoorsy people

For many, exploring a big city is all about the culture and food scene – after all, why go to a city if you’re wanting rural pursuits? But there are some cities that offer

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Hotel review: Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver

Hotel review: Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver

David Whitley April 2, 2015 Comments Off on Hotel review: Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver

A new indigenous-designed lodge gives David Whitley a cultural stay in Vancouver.   THE LOCATION Sandwiched between Vancouver’s Chinatown and the historic Gastown quarter of the city, yet not quite in either, the surroundings

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Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?   

Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?  

David Whitley July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Tweeting on hosted trips: When does it become shilling?  

I’ve just got back from what was quite possibly the most fantastic holiday of my life. After picking up a car in Las Vegas airport, my wife and I drove through Utah, then Grand

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Montreal is Canada’s best city: Here’s why…

Montreal is Canada’s best city: Here’s why…

David Whitley May 30, 2013 Comments Off on Montreal is Canada’s best city: Here’s why…

David Whitley compares his experiences in Canada’s big three metropoles. Sidling down past cafés and restaurants that have abandoned their usual premises to sell their wares from temporary grills on the street, I find

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Elbow Room Café, Vancouver | Review

Elbow Room Café, Vancouver | Review

David Whitley October 12, 2012 Comments Off on Elbow Room Café, Vancouver | Review

David Whitley goes for breakfast in an establishment where rude service has been turned into theatre. Dropping a fork on the floor is embarrassing wherever you’re eating, but at Elbow Room it could be

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Vancouver, Canada | Free city guide

Vancouver, Canada | Free city guide

David Whitley September 21, 2012 Comments Off on Vancouver, Canada | Free city guide

Get active, get wild and get cultural in British Columbia’s biggest city – Vancouver. VANCOUVER SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS Vancouver Icons The Capilano Suspension Bridge (3735 Capilano Road) has been a big family favourite since

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Vancouver Police Museum | Sins of the City Tour | Review

Vancouver Police Museum | Sins of the City Tour | Review

David Whitley August 22, 2012 Comments Off on Vancouver Police Museum | Sins of the City Tour | Review

David Whitley takes a walk around the parts of Vancouver that have a dodgy past – and learns an awful lot about Canada’s present in the process. Vancouver, it seems has a bit of

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Cycling the seawall in Stanley Park, Vancouver

Cycling the seawall in Stanley Park, Vancouver

David Whitley July 25, 2012 Comments Off on Cycling the seawall in Stanley Park, Vancouver

With one eye on the heavens, David Whitley hires a bike and goes exploring Vancouver’s urban treasure – Stanley Park. If you can’t beat them, join them. Aside from the addiction to wolfing down

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Amtrak Cascades | Vancouver to Seattle | Train review

Amtrak Cascades | Vancouver to Seattle | Train review

David Whitley July 25, 2012 Comments Off on Amtrak Cascades | Vancouver to Seattle | Train review

David Whitley enters the US by train, and discovers that life on the rails doesn’t necessarily have to be an unpleasant experience. It’s fair to say that you’d never see this in Britain. The

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