Canada

Canada is a diverse and wonderful country. I fall in love with a little bit more every day and it never ceases to amaze me. Discover itineraries, stories and tips for your epic Canadian trip here! I hope that my successes and my mistakes will help you organize the adventure of a lifetime!

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Yays and nays of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls & Niagara on the Lake tour Raise your hand if you dream of seeing the Niagara Falls once in your life! I’m pretty sure your hand is up right now. And you’re right, the falls are an incredible wonder of nature, you could literally stay there and look at them for hours. [Okay, maybe ...

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Toronto: a complicated relationship

Sightseeing in Toronto: what’s worth your time and what isn’t Toronto was the first big city in my itinerary and, to be honest, I wasn’t really impressed. I got there at 5 am after three exhausting days spent on a bus across the Prairies with a bunch of really weird people. [It was a surreal sort ...

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24 hours in Jasper

Jasper in a day: tips and tricks for unequipped people in Jasper The bus left me in a deadly silent Jasper at 5.30 in the morning, while the sun was starting to rise slowly from behind the mountains, shedding turquoise rays of light on the empty street and on the huge totem pole on the side ...

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24 hours in Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert in a day: First Nations, cows, rainbows and blue ocean Prince Rupert wasn’t in my itinerary. I was supposed to arrive by ferry and leave by train and be happy ever after. But things don’t always go as planned, so I ended up spending a full day in Prince Rupert. I don’t regret it, ...

Haida Gwaii: a travel guide and why it’s awesome

“Sometimes I wish I were good with words… but not just good, exceptionally good, so maybe I would be able to express my feelings and describe the beauty of what’s in front of me right now. I’ve always thought of the term “breathtaking” as quite hyperbolic, but looking at this sky, at this ocean, you ...

Canada coast to coast by land

All you need to know for an epic solo-trip across Canada At the beginning of 2017, in the middle of a crisis in which I was questioning my life choices, my place in the world and a bunch of other things, under the constantly rainy and snowy skies of Vancouver, I decided that my answer was ...

Fall for Vancouver in fall

Fall in Vancouver: pumpkins, leaves, lights and zombies This year I fell for fall. I’m trying to recall exactly what I was so busy doing in the past few years not to notice the mesmerizing beauty of this city’s landscapes when fall kicks in. After a few uncertain weeks, in which it’s not clear if summer ...

Cool for the summer

7 reasons why you should visit Vancouver in summer Summer is my season! There are no downsides to summer in Vancouver, other than its being too short. If Canadians tell you that summer here is too hot, don’t believe them, they’re lying! Temperatures rarely go over 30 degrees and there’s a constant breeze. It’s a bit ...

Pretty in pink: spring in Vancouver

What to do in Vancouver in spring Spring in Vancouver means cherry blossoms! Sunny days are slowly coming back, temperatures are somewhat warm(er), night markets are back, soccer and baseball are on again, you can eat on restaurants’ patios without freezing and everything is in bloom. Spring is a good season to do the touristy things in ...

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Vancouver Winter Wonderland

Winter in Vancouver can be extremely depressing or totally awesome, depending on what you like to do. This is a quick guide to save yourself a trip in the wrong season. 😉 For Christmas lovers: If you are a child at heart like me, you’ll love Vancouver in December! There are lights, markets and events everywhere for all ...

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Vancouver off the beaten path

and for the budget-conscious traveler There is a big difference between the traditional tourist and the curious traveler. While the first is looking for famous traditional spots to snap a few instagramable pictures, the second is interested in living like a local, trying to find more authentic off the beaten path corners (still very much instagramable ...

Hollywood North

10+ movies you didn’t know were filmed in Vancouver All of you have seen at least 10 movies or TV series filmed in Vancouver, you just don’t know it. I had no idea before coming here, but now I have “the eye”, so I can tell most of the times whether the movie I’m watching has ...

Vancouver in a day

An action-packed, one-day tour for tireless adventurers I have the impression that people who come to Vancouver are always on their way to some other cool destination (Hawaii, California, Mexico) and don’t really have much time to see and appreciate everything Vancouver has to offer. Compared to Toronto or some American cities, Vancouver is way smaller ...