Recreation & Leisure

312 articles

Foodies Go Nuts in the Fraser Valley

By Chris & Rick Millikan on Jun 30, 2009

Skyrocketing travel expenses encourage avid adventurers like us to explore closer to home. So hearing of farming tours less than two hours from Vancouver, we investigate rural life around Agassiz-Harrison, browsing and nibbling our way through several glorious days; but first a detour into Harrison's renowned World Championship of Sand Sculptures. Read more...

Never Too Old For The Circus

By Jane Cassie on Jun 2, 2009

When I was seven, I had high hopes of joining the circus. My dad even installed a trapeze in our basement to pacify this childhood whim. But that was a number of decades and 100 or so pounds ago. Today, in my pre-golden years, as I teeter on the edge of Whistler's Zip Trek platform, I'm not as certain that I'll soar through the air with great ease Read more...

An Enlightening Romance

By Jane Cassie on Jun 1, 2009

We've pre-booked a tour with Wild Earth Llama Adventures to trek New Mexico's Rio Grande Gorge. The scenic six-hour jaunt into the volcanic rift promises to provide some insight into the area's culture and history, right back to the early days when the Pueblo people first arrived. And just like Peruvians, who for centuries have hiked the high Andes, toting our load and lunch will be a few loyal llamas. Read more...


By Mary Anne Hajer on Jun 1, 2009

I never wanted to be a sailor. Boats were risky, I thought, not dependable at all. They were never still, always bobbing around in the waves. Sometimes, they even tipped over, or worse, hit a rock and sank - and I didn't know how to swim. So, I was shocked when my husband, Frank, announced one day that he had signed us up for sailing lessons. Read more...

Fit for the Adventure

By Enise Olding on Jun 1, 2009

Saying that Vic Lindal has a zest for life, boundless energy and a sense of adventure would be mere understatements. Freshly back from scuba diving in Wakatobi Marine Park, Indonesia, Vic is full of enthusiasm about his new experiences. Read more...

The Pilates Method

By Candice Schultz on Apr 28, 2009

Pilates is a diverse fitness phenomenon that has recently gained popularity across North America. During the last decade, Pilates studios and programs have emerged all over the Island. Now, it's possible to practise Pilates at specialized studios, recreation centres or physical therapy clinics. Read more...

Freedom of the Road

By Kevin McKay on Apr 28, 2009

Flush with success from their first cross-Canada ride in 1982, in 1984, the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society took off for their second major tour: a ride around Australia and New Zealand; this time 91 members took part. From there, the group took off and grew to the present day group of about 500 cycling enthusiasts who undertake many rides during the course of the year. Read more...

Nature Unblemished

By Mary Anne Hajer on Mar 31, 2009

Princess Louisa Inlet, considered by some to be the most beautiful place on earth, is nestled deep in B.C.'s coastal range and accessible only by water or air. Surrounded and protected by mountains as high as 2,100 metres, it is the premier destination on the coast for recreational boaters, as well as a major attraction for visitors from all over the world. Read more...

Wasn't That a Party?

By Vernice Shostal on Mar 31, 2009

Dozens of participants within 12 entertainment acts, exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors congregated at the Senior Living 50+ Active Living Celebration at Pearkes Arena on Friday, March 13 to sing, dance, visit over 140 exhibits, meet people they haven't seen in a while and generally be entertained. Read more...

The Greatest One Mile Race

By Richard Bauman on Mar 31, 2009

Roger Bannister was the first known human to run a mile in less than four minutes. In 1954, Roger and John Landy would race against one another in Vancouver, British Columbia, in what was called by many, "The Mile of the Century." Read more...

Spring Snowshoeing

By Debbie McKeown on Mar 31, 2009

Residents of British Columbia's Lower Mainland have the exceptional possibility of experiencing multiple seasons in a single day. Skiing on Grouse Mountain in the morning and bike riding in Stanley Park that same afternoon is not unheard of due to the varying elevations of the landscape. Read more...


By Vernice Shostal on Mar 30, 2009

Pickleball, played with a hard paddle and perforated plastic ball, a game similar to badminton and tennis, began as a backyard family game in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The game, now played with formalized rules on a badminton court, was named after a family dog called Pickles who chased the balls and hid them in the bushes. Eventually, Pickles' ball became pickleball. Read more...

Hiking on Vancouver Island

By Tourism Vancouver Island on Mar 2, 2009

Ancient rainforests, blue alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, meandering streams, cascading waterfalls, secluded beaches, and views that will take your breath away are just some of the rewards that await hikers in the Vancouver Island region. Read more...

The Good Ol' Hockey Game

By Kevin McKay on Feb 26, 2009

Millions of young Canadians would love the opportunity to play hockey. Many of them start out in an organized minor hockey league at local arenas or trying their hand at shinny on a frozen pond. Then there are people like Gren Coombe, 59, of Vancouver. A self-confessed "huge hockey fan" all his life, for a variety of reasons, didn't take up the game until he was 28. Read more...

Healthy Habits when Joining a Fitness Club

By Better Business Bureau on Feb 26, 2009

The benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet are well proven, but choosing a quality health and fitness program requires some homework to avoid a costly mistake. Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives a high volume of complaints this time of year from consumers who have gotten themselves into health and fitness programs that don't adequately meet their needs. The complaint trends against health and fitness clubs each year suggest that consumers need to read the fine print more carefully on their contracts BEFORE they sign up. Read more...

Seawise Women Cruise 2008

By Enice Olding on Sep 1, 2008

When she was 10 years old, Sue Hargreaves read a book that sparked her lifelong dream to sail. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome is set in the English Lake District not far from the coast where Sue grew up. Read more...

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