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48 hour fling with Vancouver

As worldly wanderers we like to play the field when it comes to city experiences. Some call it fickle, we call it a thirst for the new and this time our heart has been stolen by Vancouver. With both nature and metropolitan cool, what more could one ask for in a city? Here are 10 reasons why we’re crushing on Vancouver.

1. Bad-ass totem poles

Only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and you’ll be transported into a unique world Northwest Coast First Nations Art. Colourful totem poles, intricate weavings as well as contemporary artworks can all be discovered in the impressive Museum of Anthropology.

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Hipster guide to spending one day in Vancouver

You’ve woken up in Vancouver itching to see what this city’s got to throw at you. But forget all those has-been chains of the world, this is Vancouver, a city made for hipsters. So, hold onto your beard, it’s going to be a wild ride…

9AM Your ankles are bare and your bow-tie is tight – time for caffeine

Kickstart the morning with the hipster’s favourite: a caffeine hit. Revolver is all about expertly brewed coffee and with a seasonal menu of world-class roasts, these guys know their Arabica from their Robusta. Whether you’re looking to brush up your espresso knowledge or just try an expertly crafted brew, this joint is your one-way ticket to coffee-lover heaven.

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Why Québec is the new cool

I’m Gwen, STA Travel’s Brochure Production Manager and newly-ordained Québec convert.

Last month, I was lucky enough to jump on a Canada trip to Montreal and Québec. Not the typical backpacker east coast/west coast fare, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. And I certainly didn’t think that I’d be blogging about light shows, but here we are. Bear with me, it’s pretty illuminating.

On our last evening in Montreal, we were sitting in the atrium of Notre Dame Cathedral. The pews were full, and groups of people were milling around the sides in hushed whispers, waiting for the main event. There was also a talking confession box in the corner that most people seemed to pass by without a second glance (which was odd on their part, I thought.)

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A Whistler for all seasons

As the largest resort in North America, you’ve no doubt heard about Whistler’s epic snowfall and opportunities to shred the gnarliest powder around! However, for those professional snow-ploughers, there is so much more to Whistler Blackcomb, that goes beyond the ski season. We’ve rounded up our fave 11 activities to do in winter through to summer.

Winter is for dive-bombing into several inches of fresh powder and cosying up in bars…

1. Carve up the slopes.

Well, we thought we’d get it over with at the beginning. Yes, this place is a snow-lovers playground and it deserves that adoration. From the rookie skier to the pro, there is a slope for you. A little more experienced? Choose one of the safe off-piste routes and explore the back country.

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West is best! Canada photo diary

I’m Rosie. A pink hair enthusiast, closet Come Dine With Me fan and Digital Designer at STA Travel’s head office in London. I recently got sent to Canada with eight other lucky STA-ers on an educational trip (otherwise known as a ‘don’t hate me because I work in travel’ trip). Here’s what happened.

Beautiful places make for beautiful pictures, and Canada’s West Coast gave me no shortage of insane photo opportunities.

Our first stop was Vancouver, one of North America’s most populated cities. British Colombia’s (BC) weather was thankfully on our side. As we headed from the airport to our hostel, the contrast of city and mountains was unmistakeable. It was a sunny Saturday as we headed into the suburbs, amidst community fairs and weekend soccer matches.

Arriving in Jericho, we definitely were not in Vancouver city anymore. Jericho’s coastal area is home to beautiful beaches where we enjoyed lunch at the Jericho Sailing Centre. As you can imagine, the fresh fish menu did not disappoint.

Jericho beach

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