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February 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Snow, snow, snow in Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C.

It was looking snowy – and empty –  Monday morning at the roadway by Peace Arch, at the U.S.-Canada border crossing at Blaine. (WSDOT photo) Planning to drive north?  Be ready for snow and more snow.  A winter storm has blanketed Northwest Washington and the Vancouver, B.C., area with snow, making the drive along Interstate 5 and…


Comments | More in road travel, Washington state | Topics: Bellingham, road conditions, snow

November 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Chat rewind: Travel tips on Portland and Vancouver

  “Yarn bombers” dress up a bronze deer for the holidays in Portland. (Travel Portland photo) For travel advice on Vancouver, B.C., and Portland, see the online chat that we – Brian Cantwell and Kristin Jackson – did today. It followed stories we wrote about holiday fun in Portland and Vancouver in the print edition of…


Comments | More in online chat, Travel advice | Topics: portland, travel tips, vancouver b.c.

October 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (Oct. 18-20)

Did you run into poison ivy on your trip to the pumpkin patch? Are you really, really itching to get out of town? Here are some perfectly seasonal October diversions beyond Seattle:


Stanley Park's miniature railway, seen here in its carefree, innocent manner, gets spooked up in October. (archive photo by Rod Mar / The Seattle Times)

Stanley Park’s miniature railway, seen here in its carefree, innocent days, gets spooked up in October. (archive photo by Rod Mar / The Seattle Times)

If you’re in the spooky spirit, now’s the time to take a ride on the Halloween Ghost Train in Vancouver, B.C.’s Stanley Park. This year’s theme is “Monster Movie Mashup.” The park’s miniature train winds through the park as you meet ghoul friends such as Dracula, Wolfman, the Mummy and more. Rides happen nightly between 6 and 10 p.m., with added attractions in the plaza, or there are matinee rides Friday through Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (train only). $5.50-$11.


Watch windsurfers and kite boarders while you sample


Comments | More in Northwest, weekend getaways | Topics: Hood River, Port Townsend, vancouver b.c.

February 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Winter festival – and a food-truck blowout – on Vancouver’s Granville Island

Worn out by winter? Go eat, drink and make merry with music – including free  concerts –  in Vancouver’s  “Winterruption” festival. The three-day festival, Feb. 22-24,  is on Granville Island, a fun warren of little shops, cafes, art galleries and a bustling public market, all wedged onto a   mini-island on the south edge…


Comments | More in Northwest | Topics: food trucks, granville island, vancouver b.c.

January 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Vancouver named most walkable city in Canada — and our region

If you’ve enjoyed walking through Stanley Park or strolling through Granville Island Public Market, this may come as no surprise: Vancouver, B.C., has just been ranked as Canada’s most walkable city.

Walking the Stanley Park seawall path in Vancouver, B.C. (photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

It’s also the most walkable city around this cloudy corner of the universe that takes in Seattle and Portland, according to Seattle-based Walk Score, which rates cities on walkability.

Walk Score judges a neighborhood’s walkability and then ranks whole cities based on the aggregate of their neighborhood scores.

Scores are on a scale of 0 to 100, with locations receiving 90 to 100 deemed a “Walkers’ Paradise.” Vancouver scored 78. Seattle’s score, even with all our hills, is 74 (sixth best in the United States; New York City tops out at 85). Portland trails at No. 12, with a score of 66 (a surprise, considering its smaller downtown blocks).


Comments | Topics: stanley park, vancouver b.c., walk score