Orcas and Eagles and Bears – Oh My! An Adventure on North Vancouver Island

Wild Grizzly Bears in Glendale Cove, British Columbia

Photos by Christy Woodrow of OrdinaryTraveler.com. When I think of Vancouver, I think of the vibrant, cosmopolitan city, filled with amazing restaurants, an incredible art scene, and the ever-so-fun Granville Public Market. When I think of Vancouver Island, I immediately think of Victoria, the charming city on the water. But after a visit to Telegraph Cove […]

City Insider – Vancouver, BC

Vancouverite Josh Bloomfield

Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you  can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the  world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on  the spots that should be on your must-see and do list! […]

Summertime Family Fun in Whistler – Rocky Mountaineer Train

Top of Brandywine Falls from train

  The Rocky Mountaineer Train One of the big highlights of our trip was our travels on The Rocky Mountaineer train, which recently introduced its glass domed car for its Whistler Sea to Sky Climb route from Vancouver to Whistler. The biggest regret I had taking my 7-year-old on this trip was that her three older siblings weren’t with us […]

On board Via Rail Train through British Columbia

GeorgieJet, Via Rail,British Columbia, 2012-1

Onboard Via Rail’s “The Canadian”  from Vancouver to Jasper, Alberta is a journey steeped in service, comfort, and relaxation.  The classic train was built in the ’50s and reminds one of the hit TV series – “Mad Men.” The dome car is reached via a set of stairs straight up into heaven! Sitting up high […]

A day in Vancouver en route to Jasper

At the Vancouver Harbor

After a six hour direct flight from Newark, NJ on Air Canada, I arrived relatively fresh in Vancouver, BC. The flight went by quickly due to the large jet, spacious room in economy, and friendly Canadian flight attendants. Since the flight left at 7am and because of the three extra hours gained in time difference, […]

Family-friendly fun in Richmond, BC

Richmond Bound

There’s something to be said about a simple, low-key, family friendly summer vacation. That’s what my son Gavin and I experienced together in Richmond, British Columbia. Our adventure almost came to a halt however, when going through customs at the Vancouver International Airport. Because I was traveling with Gavin alone, the customs agent told me […]

Travel Contests: Win a seat on Virgin Atlantic’s first Vancouver flight

Contest - Vancouver

This week’s featured travel contests: Win a seat on Virgin Atlantic’s first Vancouver flight Win a trip for two for 6 days and 7 nights in Rome, Italy Win tickets on KLM LAN Airline’s Mother’s Day Contest Belgraves – Instagram Contest Win a Dance-Filled Getaway from Promax Nutrition! JdV Hotels celebrates 25 years with a […]

Vancouver & TBEX


Tourism Vancouver provided my airfare to Vancouver since I was one of TBEX’s speakers. They booked me on a 7:30 a.m. Continental nonstop flight from Newark Liberty International Airport. Since I have status on Continental’s partner airline, United, I was able to get a bulkhead seat (or exit row) for nothing. But they don’t make […]