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Traveling British Columbia – Top 5 Hot Spots

BCBritish Columbia has some of the most fascinating attractions of North America. From the excitement and cultural diversity of Vancouver to the majestic mountains and other natural landscapes, there are few places in the world that offer as much. Let’s look at the five most exciting places to visit in the beautiful region.

1. Grouse Mountain -North Vancouver, BC

This is a resort that offers year-round activities. In the winter it’s a top destination for skiing and snowboarding. It has 26 ski and snowboard runs, making it an irresistible destination for lovers of winter sports. In summer, it’s great for hiking. Another reason people visit Grouse Mountain is for the unparalleled views it provides. The Grouse Mountain Skyride provides some of the region’s most breathtaking views.

2. Capilano Suspension Bridge -North Vancouver, BC

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the world’s most scenic and thrilling suspension bridges. This bridge was built in 1889 and stretches 137m (450 feet) above the Capilano River. It’s located in a 27 acre park that also offers plenty of other attractions. There is also Treetops Adventure, which consists of seven suspension bridges over an evergreen forest. Nature lovers who don’t have a fear of heights will enjoy walking over these bridges, taking in the unique scenery and taking plenty of photos. (more…)

What To Do In Gabriola Island – Tips & Info

Gabriola IslandGabriola Island is also called The Isle of the Arts because it is the location of a 10 day annual arts festival for fine arts, painting, theatre arts, poetry, printmaking and more, every spring. Gabriola Island is also called Petroglyph Island because of the many ancient native stone carvings.

The island has a serene rural atmosphere with secluded beaches and beautiful forested parks. There are spectacular ocean views around every turn. The shoreline is sandstone and people can almost walk around the island. The locals have a thriving cottage industry of handmade items, pots, soap, clothing and other crafts. There is also a Farmer’s Market from May to Thanksgiving on Saturdays that offers fresh produce, crafts and baked goods. It welcomes patrons from the surrounding islands as well as visitors.

The public campgrounds in the forests are very well maintained and visitors can kayak around the island in a sea kayak that is more stable and safer than a canoe to get close to the sea life, birds and the fascinating sandstone caves on the shoreline. Sea kayaks have plenty of room for gear. Visitors can bring their own kayaks on the BC Ferries free of charges. The water on the southern side of the island is calm and perfect for kayaking. The launch is at Silva Bay. (more…)

How To Pack Your Styling Tools For Your Canadian Vacation

LuggageJetting off to Canada for a glamorous vacation? A trip north of the American border can be an amazing way to get away from it all and see the sights that you’ve only dreamed of before. However, you can’t do Canada right unless you have your beauty arsenal in your carry-on. To ensure that all the tools you need for makeup, skin and hair stay intact and undamaged during your flight, here are some tips on how to pack your styling tools for your Canadian vacation.

Makeup Brushes

The best way to stash your makeup brushes during travel is by storing them in a makeup brush roll that can easily be rolled up and stored in the bottom of your suitcase. Using a brush roll will ensure that the bristles of your brushes don’t become warped or misshapen in your luggage.

Makeup

Makeup can be a little tricky. You should always store it in a train case or cosmetics pouch to ensure that it isn’t loose in your suitcase. To prevent anything from opening up or spilling, use a few pro tricks. Tape all palettes, eye shadows and blushes shut with a little clear tape. As for liquids, put each individual liquid product in its own plastic baggie. That way, if anything becomes unscrewed or opens, it won’t damage your other products.

Styling Tools

If you’re using quality styling tools, they should come with heat-proof carrying cases that are perfect for travel. Otherwise, these heat-resistant cases can be found at professional beauty stores. If you need to improvise, wrap items like curling wands and hair straighteners in heavy fabric. The best choices in for lighter travel are smaller tools that will allow you more flexibility to pack other more important items for your trip.  Wrapping your styling tools will prevent them from snagging any garments you may be transporting or becoming damaged during your flight.

Hair Products

Transporting hair products can be tricky. Oftentimes, it’s a good idea to skip bringing hairspray, as it almost always leaks during long flights. Items like shampoo or styling gels can be brought along, but be sure to wrap them in plastic in case they leak. As a bonus tip, it’s a good idea to bring a clarifying shampoo for oily hair if you’re traveling to Canada during the summer, as temperatures can get quite hot and humid.

If you take the time to secure all of your cosmetic items before your flight to Canada, you’ll experience fewer blunders during transit. Just because you’re bringing your own products doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t sample any of the amazing beauty finds that Canada has to offer. If you’re a beauty junky going abroad, be sure to try out some of the local skincare items, perfumes and cosmetics that you’ll find when you arrive in Canada.