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Old Posted May 16, 2017, 6:35 AM
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Recently I went to Burnaby out of curiosity (and having seen it so much on SSC/SSP over the years), and I have to say I was a little disappointed by it. I was expecting it to be this bustling urban little downtown but really it felt like auto centric suburbia with a smattering of condo towers. It didn't really have much of an urban fabric I was expecting. Not saying it's not a nice place, but I guess it's always been portrayed as being a 2nd Vancouver on here.
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Old Posted May 16, 2017, 5:39 PM
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Not mugged in the streets this time Peter?
Are you obsessed with me or something? I mean really, once again referencing something from 2002 - 15 years ago - written when I was 14 years old, is bizarre and off topic.
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Old Posted May 16, 2017, 7:31 PM
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A simple yes or no would have sufficed. And what does "once again" mean? When else did I reference it?
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Not mugged in the streets this time Peter?
lmfao what?
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Old Posted May 16, 2017, 9:40 PM
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lmfao what?

Back in 2002, when I was 14, I was walking around alone in Gastown near the border of DTES. A super sketchy junkie approached me and was really aggressively asking me for money and wouldn't leave me alone. Being so young, I hadn't really been around a situation like that so I gave him $20 or whatever I had because I felt intimidated and then i ran. Stupidly, I made a thread about how I got ~mugged~ in Vancouver and have gotten shit for it ever since.
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Old Posted May 17, 2017, 2:50 AM
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McMillan Island in Langley has some nice trails for a nice walk in the park.



This small island is connected to Fort Langley in the west via a bridge. On the east side, the Albion Ferry used to connect to Maple Ridge prior to completion of Golden Ears Bridge.





The trail leading to the tip of the island is called Tavistock Point Trail.







So much green everywhere.



Some big new houses across the Bedford Channel.



View downstream Fraser River.



It's an easy, yet nice walk if you happen to be visiting Fort Langley.
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2017, 4:54 AM
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Back in February me and my wife took a week off to head over to the Canadian Rockies and the Kootenays for six fabulous days in the slopes.

It was a great winter in British Columbia, but our trip began in a pouring rain brought to us by a mid-winter Pineapple Express. In the town of Hope the snow banks were high, yet it was pouring.



Previous night all mountain highways out of Lower Mainland had been closed, but Coquihalla Highway had been opened shortly before our arrival. Little did we know that choosing to cross it would result in thousands of people being stuck in their cars for the night...





Despite hundreds of other people in the same situation, it is still a lonely feeling to be stuck on a mountain highway in a snow blizzard with dying daylight.



Fortunately we got past the problem spot and driving conditions east of Coast Mountains were not too bad the next day. These are from Trans-Canada Highway enroute to Revelstoke.







This place always looks so interesting. I wonder how popular holiday destination it is, so far from everything?



Arriving in Revelstoke the weather had improved. Revelstoke had a fresh dump of snow from the previous night, which made for a great day in the slopes.











I really liked Revelstoke and we will surely return there again for more skiing! Our next stop was Golden, where we would spend two days exploring the these steep mountains of Kicking Horse.









Up on the summit is Eagle's Eye, which claims to be the highest restaurant in Canada at 2,450 meters (8,033 feet) above sea level.





On a nice day the views are absolutely incredible and what a day we had!













To go to the very summit, take the chair lift up to Stairway to Heaven and you are... in heaven.





These vistas were the first leg of our long trip and more photos from the Kootenays region soon in part 2.
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2017, 6:38 AM
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How stupid the question's gonna be but is it warm inside the house the cabin right?
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2017, 10:07 PM
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How stupid the question's gonna be but is it warm inside the house the cabin right?
If you're talking about the summit restaurant, yes, it is completely warmed up building. It is actually a pretty fine restaurant, despite being a ski slope restaurant.
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Kicking Horse is such a fun/challenging/beautiful mountain. The ski in/ski out are wonderful.
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Nice area there. Very cool, thanks for sharing.

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Happy December 1st! Christmas is only few weeks away, so to get us in the season spirit, here are some photos I took last year. Christmas time is such a beautiful time in Vancouver!

First few photos of the One Wall Centre lights.











In Westend many people put up beautiful Christmas lights for bypassers and residents nearby to enjoy.











Robson Square ice rink is an annual tradition for many Vancouverites. It is such a beautiful and urban setting to spend some time with your kids.



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Old Posted Jun 7, 2017, 3:55 AM
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From Golden our great ski trip continued south towards Cranbrook and the Kootenays. It's a good 250-kilometer drive between the two, offering some splendid views of Pursell Mountains and the Rockies along the way.





Big horn crossing.



Just open road.





Cranbrook had just got dumped by almost a meter of snow, which was very evident in downtown. Too bad we didn't have much time to explore the small city buried in snow.



Our accommodation in the area was the very nice St. Eugene which is an old 20th century First Nations schoolhouse turned a golf and casino resort. The historic main building has been restored fantastically and acts as a fine hotel.











I can tell you that there was nothing better than relaxing in the outdoor pool after a long day of skiing.



Just like the exterior, also the historic interior was very well preserved, honoring the old style in all places.







Our first night there happened to be on Valentine's Day which naturally called for a nice steak dinner. The smokehouse at St. Eugene was fantastic.











Next day was a cloudy and we decided to head to Fernie for our fourth ski day. Fernie was nice, but thanks to the passing Pineapple Express, the weather was wet and windy with many icy runs, which deterred some of our excitement. With more fresh snow our experience might have been very different, as the runs seemed fun.









Last two days were spent in Kimberly which is a smaller family-friendly resort. On our first day the weather was appalling with heavy rain (and snow at the top), but the second day was much, much better.







What a fantastic last day!





Finally it was time to head back home. It is 840 kilometers from Cranbrook to Vancouver and we split the drive in two, spending a night in Osoyoos. Along the way driving conditions varied from one extreme to the other, but we didn't have any problems getting back home. Our 2500-kilometer road trip had come to an end.















All in all we had a great trip with lots of sunshine and four very different ski resorts. We liked them all for different reasons and the main reason for choosing these particular resorts was the RCR Card they share, which offers very inexpensive multi-day skiing. I highly recommend getting it if in the area.

While winter feels far away, the next is never too far and we are already making plans for it. More on that later on.
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Old Posted Jun 17, 2017, 4:55 PM
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Picked up a new car in the beginning of May, just in time for the summer ahead.





It is so nice to see only 13km on the odometer. A month later the figure stands already at 1200km.



The first ride out of the dealership was to Tsawwassen Mills for lunch.





I really love the 19" rims. They are bad ass.



Next up was a scenic pose with mountain backdrop.









The Estoril Blue metallic color looks great. So sparkly.





The second generation X1 is a nice looking little car and with the M Sport package it resembles the larger X5.







The skyline in background is Brentwood in Burnaby, BC.



For interior we chose a darker Mocha Dakota leather which is a rare, yet good-looking, combination to the Estoril Blue. I enjoy it!









While not much of an offroader, there are times when one needs to go off paved roads.





Camping trip to north of Pemberton, BC.





And there you have it. I haven't seen a similar one on our roads yet, so if you see one, do honk to say hi!
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2017, 12:38 AM
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It has been years since we have last been camping, so it was very exciting to head up to Birkenhead Lake some 60 kilometers north of Pemberton.

Our camping place was exactly as shown in the website photos. Nice, private and green.





Fortunately modern tents are easy to put up.





Such a joy to be sleeping outside.





Time for a camp site dinner.







Unfortunately Saturday was a cloudy day, but we still headed out cycling along the lakeshore trail.









Our night was rather cold, but luckily Sunday turned out to be a nice and warm day. After waking up we hiked the short Goat Trail to a lookout of the lake below.









Birkenhead Lake itself looked so much more inviting in the warm sunshine.







Drive back to Pemberton had some beautiful summer vistas. It's incredible how more rugged the mountains get north of Pemberton.









It was a short ad-hoc trip, but we really liked our experience and are already planning on going camping soon again. Too bad everything nearby has been reserved for the whole summer, so we need to try getting a FCFS space. Hopefully it will work out!
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Shit the BMW new X1 is just beyond awesome!

But I am really into sedan and awaiting new generation of 3 series in 2019.
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Old Posted Jul 15, 2017, 7:19 PM
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Shit the BMW new X1 is just beyond awesome! But I am really into sedan and awaiting new generation of 3 series in 2019.
Thanks, it has been great little car to be driving the past few months.

I think you still have some ways to go with the new generation 3-series, as they only recently brought out the facelift for the current generation.
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Three tallest projects under construction in Burnaby right now.























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More shots of the Burnaby Metrotown skyline.





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Old Posted Jul 23, 2017, 11:20 PM
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New Westminster is a nice little suburban town east of Burnaby along Fraser River. Some people call New Westminster "Vancouver's Brooklyn" due to its great streetlife.





The Port of Surrey is located on the opposite side of the river.





New-ish South Fraser Perimeter Road runs along the southern banks of the river.



Metrotown skyline in the distance.

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Old Posted Jul 26, 2017, 12:26 AM
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Here are some photos from our second trip to Tofino few years ago. In first photo the tiny Vancouver Skyline from ferry to Nanaimo.



Sunshine Coast mountain range.



We arrived in Ucluelet just before the the sunset.



Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is a very nice and fairly new place to stay in.





View from the room in the morning.







Since we had visitors with us, we visited Meares Island again to see the amazing old-growth on the island.





Words don't describe these ancient giants. Maybe not even photos.





Of course we also did the Rainforest Trail near Ucluelet.





Wild Pacific Trail is also a must-do everytime we are in the area.









Visit to Long Beach was the highlight of our trip thanks to the amazing July weather we were lucky to have!



















Time to head back home. Few stops on the way back to Nanaimo.





The old-growth forest of Cathedral Grove nearby Port Alberni is a stop everyone makes.







On the way back the freeway was closed for few hours due to an accident. Fortunately we had time to make it to our ferry back.





Departure from Nanaimo.



The weather really made our second trip special and Tofino area is absolutely amazing in summer!
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