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Visiting Parksville/Qualicum Beach: the Seven Wonders of Oceanside in one weekend

The challenge: Check out each of the Seven Wonders of Oceanside as explained by the Island tourism website. You have one weekend.

Vancouver is the world's Green Capital and at Vancouver Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, the world found out

With an expected 70 million visitors over 6 months and an estimated 200,000 visitors daily, the Shanghai World Exposition has drawn participation from more than 242 countries, cities and non-profit...

Quadra Island studio tour

Consider yourself invited to the Quadra Island Studio Tour, the weekend of June 5 and 6, 2010.  With 30 artists participating this year, we have nearly everything: sculptors, painters, potters...

Going to the Gulf Islands? Galiano Inn is a great place to spend a weekend

An easy trip from Vancouver, Galiano Island offers wonderful hikes and an interesting local culture. The Galiano Inn and Spa is situated a short walk from the BC Ferries dock. The Inn rents guests Zi

Kickoff to Junos: Kei and Amalia's video takes you to Ruckus on the Edge

Today, I am reminded that things never really work out the way you thought they would. I arrived here in St. John’s Monday afternoon--a nice sunny day. The next day, rain. The following day, more...

Hello, my name is Kei and I’m from Away

I arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland yesterday to cover the 2010 Juno Awards Week. I was expecting horrid weather. Instead, I was welcomed by clear, sunny skies. Something tells me this is going to...

The cost of cruising

Cruise ships today are small cities and they produce all of the refuse and waste produced in a city. Unfortunately, cruise ships are not held to the same standards as cities when it comes to incinerat

ION Magazine and Pink Mafia launch St. John’s Hip Guide for the JUNO awards week

Vancouver’s ION Magazine has teamed up with Toronto’s Pink Mafia to create the ultimate handbook for anyone visiting St. John’s for the JUNOS this week. The St. John's Hip Guide answers important...

Eight beautiful hikes in Vancouver, B.C.

Time to get outside and explore Vancouver's many great trails.

Traveling Alone in the Jungle of Northern Thailand

I had many adventures in South East Asia, but spending an unplanned amount of time in a Northern Thai jungle, alone and sick with pneumonia was definitely a highlight.