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November 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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 NWTraveler — from Vancouver’s light-bedecked parks to Portland’s “yarn-bombing” (dressing up statues and trees with hand-knitted sweaters and scarves for the holidays). In this chat, you’ll find questions and answers that work for visiting the two cities at any time of year.
October 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM
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:
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.
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February 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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 of downtown Vancouver, B.C.
If you like jazz and blues, there are free afternoon shows at Performance Works. I like the look of Winterruption’s “Street Eats and Beats” which will bring six of the city’s top food trucks, DJ music and local beverages (think B.C. beer and wine) together under the soaring Granville Bridge on the evenings of Feb. 22 and 23. You do have to pay $35 to graze and listen, but it looks like fun. For the ticket price you get food truck samples and two drinks – and can buy more if you’re still hungry or thirsty.
Got kids? There are daytime child-friendly events, from sing-alongs to stilt dancers and a brass band parading around Granville Island. For more grown-up fun, you’ll find stand-up comedy at Granville Island clubs and lots of artisans’ studios to visit.
January 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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.
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).
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