Vancouver

Staycation Away in Vancouver with Mazda Canada CX-50

Our family is so unbelievable lucky to live near one of the most cities in Canada, Vancouver British Columbia. Sure it has it’s rainy days, hence the nickname Rain-Couver. But you know once you’re kinda used to the rain everyday, you literally make the most of it and enjoy your day either way. Our most recent staycation to Vancouver gave us some good rainy and hail days. It didn’t leave us bored in the weather department that’s for sure. Racing to the Mazda CX-50, jumping in quickly and turning on the seat warmers, keeping us all comforted from the down pour.

Because we do live so close to Vancouver, we quite often enjoy treating to the kids to a little staycation whenever the timing is right. We love Vancouver and love the energy. We really just love getting away. There are so many things to do while you’re there, rain or shine. I’m sharing with you some of our favourites that we always love to stop by and some that were brand new to us! Being able to drive in style and comfort on the way to each of these things in the brand new Mazda CX-50 was the cherry on top of it all!

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FlyOver Canada The Real Wild West

There’s a new FlyOver Canada coming to Vancouver’s location at Canada Place. The Real Wild West, running from April 21st to June 26th. It will cover many of the Western American iconic landscapes including Yellowstone National Park, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Oregon’s Cascade Volcanic Arc and San Francisco’s biggest surfing waves captured on film 20 years ago.

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Experience Iceland at Vancouver’s FlyOver Canada

Our family has been very lucky to get to experience each Flyover Canada interactive ride.The kids get really excited when we share with them that we are going. They love the energy at FlyOver Canada, getting a fun family day out downtown Vancouver by the water at Canada Place and the ride that has them exploring in the air! 

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FlyOver Canada Howlover Halloween Virtual Flight

It’s that time of year again, FlyOver Canada presents their Halloween virtual flight event HowlOver Canada. It’s a blast if you haven’t been before we suggest totally checking it out next time you’re in Vancouver BC Canada Place. We go every year for the Halloween & Christmas virtual flight and it never gets old.

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Visiting The Hilton Vancouver Downtown #OnRobson | Things To Do

Well, as a family travel blog, this year has really taken a turn. With little travel but a big itch to explore we really started to pick our brains in search of something fun, travel like and close to home. We nailed it. A night with The Hilton Vancouver Downtown with the little ones and exploring Robson Street. One of my favourite streets to walk on in Vancouver. There is just so much to do and see!

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Date Night Done Right | DiBeppe The Burrard & FlyOver Canada

Drew and I could hardly remember the last night we had the chance to sneak away overnight alone, with no kids. It’s been at least a couple of years. So when we actually got the chance and lined daycare up to help us , we were beyond excited. Like, countdown excited!

Annnddd the last time we actually went out overnight in Vancouver was defiantly before children so yah, 11 years ago at least.

Needless to say we had a great time. Traffic was great. Timing was perfect. Each little thing we visited was awesome. We couldn’t complain at all. It was the best night away with each other just enjoying our company in peace!

Our first stop…

The Burrard

This was my third time visiting this city’s gem The Burrard Hotel, and of course Drew is always hearing about it. So I was very happy that I could finally take him and show him what it was all about. He loved the vibes and the quietness. The cool retro feel and colours just as much as I do. It’s close enough to downtown and everything around it! Made touring around a breeze.

FlyOver Canada

If there’s one fun thing you visit at Canada Place, well it HAS to be FlyOver Canada. It was one really cool experience. Even kids can enjoy! Owens been and he loved it and honestly was a little jealous he couldn’t come this time. But this trip was just for mom and dad. Inside once you enter, there is a really cool 6 minute light show along the walls of the room. Then you enter into another dark room where you learn all the safety procedures before seating into your seat.

It’s about 10-15 minutes once the ride starts. This specific one takes you through all over Canada (hence flyover Canada) It mists you, and helps you actually feel like you are flying over Canada. With Mountain tops, Canadas beautiful lakes, cities and more.

I can’t even describe it to as beautiful as it really is, it’s defiantly something that you need to go, to really understand the full effect of it. I love it and I’m excited to announce that there will be a new FlyOver Iceland happening in Vancouver August 29th and I’m even more excited that we are giving away two tickets below for you chance to see it!

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DiBeppe Restaurant

Then of course we ATE> This is always something that makes it’s way into date night. And the thing I love most about Drew is his love for food and trying new restaurants with me. He never complains and loves the love put into each dish and place we visit.

DiBeppe is the cutest gem located in GasTown. On young Italian restaurant with an old Italian feel. With a whole Italy feel delivering a restaurant and attached cafe. We dug into our meals so fast. Everything from the appetizers to the full pizza and pasta were excellent. Defiantly had dessert, gelato and lattes.

It had such sweet charm and character to it. The staff was so genuinely nice and so helpful because of course we had lots of questions! We just enjoyed the best dinner here and really recommend anyone out on the town looking for a new place to dine at visit here. And would highly suggest reservations if it’s possible. It did get quite busy and for good reason!

Keisha Lynne, xx

{Disclosure this post was part of an collaboration program, however all opinions are my own}

Eco-Friendly Family Trip To Harrison Hot Springs

The idea of a family road trip being eco-friendly is seriously music to any of our ears. When you add up all the costs and pit stops it can be a lot to wrap your head around. And let’s face it a family road trip is sometimes not the most relaxing thing in the world so why not cut off some of the stress! Right?

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How You Can Give Back In Your Community | TELUS #MostGivingCompany

This past weekend Owen and I had the opportunity to volunteer our afternoon and give back in our community with the TELUS team. It was rainy and cloudy but it was the most real genuine fun we’ve had together. It wasn’t about schedules or doing good or not. It was simply helping cleaning up trash in the area we live in. And knowing that with each single piece picked up we were helping the environment also had us feeling so good. 

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Family Memories Made at Pacific Sands

Once again we  had the most perfect opportunity to visit one of our favorite family destinations Pacific Sands located in Tofino. We spent two nights and three days at this beautiful place and for the second year in a row we made some really awesome family memories. Each time we leave a family holiday we always ask the kids if they are leaving with the best memories and they always say yes! That is when we know we’ve just had a successful trip!

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Vancouver {5 Places To Visit That You Will LOVE} GIVEAWAY

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Burrard Hotel for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.V

If you ever visit Vancouver or your in the process of planning a weekend away there. It’s so easy to think to yourself “Where are some cool & good places to check out?” The beautiful part about Vancouver is that there is an endless amount of places to visit and the possibilities are endless. Codi and I had that perfect chance to sneak away for the evening and we were so lucky to get to know some really great places for us to try and of course some that we love to visit everytime we venture into Vancouver. We had a sweet taste of some new places and some go-to’s that I always love to visit!

It’s always such a treat being in great company and having a trip where everything goes right! It’s just magically fell into place for us and we had such a fun time away.

The Burrard 

Our first stop was of course The Burrard. This place is a very fun retro vibe. A converted city motor hotel from 1956. It holds so much fun character and colour. I love it! If you’re ever in need of a low key and relaxing getaway this little slice of heaven is right center of the city giving you that city feel but also giving you a very quiet experience. As soon as you walk into this unique, gorgeous place the rush of the city seems to disappear. The palm trees center court, ping pong table, fireplace and bright beautiful colours is everything that’s needed to make for a chill stay.

Below with easy to get to Elysian coffee and Burgoo Restaurant. It’s the perfect one stop shop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your really into it, which of course we were… they have set up the convenience of the bicycles to take for a joyride around the city. Easy to check out and complimentary. It’s super easy to ride a little way down the street and hit up some key city places to visit.

I’m always so happy when we visit that the staff is always so helpful and so nice. Always ready and eager to help wherever they can and however they can. I definitely can’t forget the clean rooms, comfy beds, FREE WIFI, Nespresso Machines in every room and character pictures around the hotel. There’s something fun in every room.

The amenities are literally endless, you can read all of their hotel features here… https://theburrard.com/#amenities

If you’ve been debating a stay with them please don’t debate any longer and feel free to use this discount code “STAYSANE” for 15% off your next stay with The Burrard Click the link to book your night… here

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Tacofino Ocho

Tacofino Ocho, this new hotspot was the place to be. So full of awesome energy and friendly staff. And honestly best food ever! Not just saying that because I was very hungry. It honeslty was so delicious! We indulged in a full course meal from Nachos to drinks and desserts. I left with a very full tummy! I loved the location as well, tucked in a quiet street was this totally bustling busy Tacofino. The best!

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Medina Cafe

Morning came way to soon, normally does when you spend it kid less! After a deep sleep waking up my first thought is coffee. So off we went to Medina and it was worth every drop. Another really unique and special spot to visit. I loved the old look yet with a very modern twist to it. Serving the best leige-style waffles in the city and menu is full of mediterranean inspired dishes.

Full of healthy items to fill you up and the lattes to fuel you! To me visiting new spots is always a must, but revisiting special places I already adore means a lot to me as well. This trip carried both. And with that I walked away with new favourites to fall in love with. To recommend and to enjoy with the people who are close to me!

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Karameller | YALETOWN

For a little afternoon treat we visited Karameller in YaleTown. Love YaleTown. If you ever need a few ideas to visit I would definitely recommend Luxe Spa, House Special, Small Victory, Fine Finds… just to name a few! Karameller is a family favorite so of course we stocked up on these sweet & sour Swedish treats for everyone home. The rows of candy go forever and it’s so nice to choose from recycled bags or jars. Makes for a perfect gift to!

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As a special treat for you we are teaming together to give you the chance to ENTER TO WIN a STAY of your own with THE BURRARD. All you have to do is fill out the entry form below and good luck everyone xx

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  • Two Night Stay with FREE Parking Must be used by May 30th
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Burrard Hotel for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.V

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