The Road to Pemberton (+ Win Passes to Pemberton Music Fest!)

We are big fans of the Pacific Northwest, road trips, and of course, the soundtrack that comes along with road trips. The Sea-to-Sky Highway is our favourite drive ever, and luckily for us this year all our favourite things are coming together for Pemberton Music Festival in Pemberton, BC which is just a bit past Whistler. We are super excited to attend the festival this year from July 16-19th, (and see MISSY ELLIOT!)  so we've put together a list of our favourite places along #theroadtopembyfest for everyone who's planning a summer road trip up into the mountains! 

But...we want you to come too! To celebrate the wonderful province of British Columbia, we're launching an Instagram contest and giving away 2 General Admission passes for the festival, PLUS your choice of camping or shuttle passes. All you have to do is:

1. Post a photo of one of your favourite places in BC to Instagram using the hashtag #theroadtopembyfest between now and July 6th
2. Tag @localwanderer @pemberton_fest
3. Tell us which artist you're excited to see

That's it! We'll randomly select 1 winner on July 7th, and we hope to see you at the festival. If you don't have a photo of BC (maybe you want to visit?), feel free to re-gram any of ours. Now, here's our favourite places to stop along the way...

Whytecliff Park is less than an hour from Vancouver, and it’s one of the best places for a quick escape from the city, and it's usually full of adorable seals. It's also home to scuba divers in the summer, which can make for a very unique pit stop!

You won't need your car for this one: Bowen Island is only a 20 minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, and it's small town charm will make you feel worlds away. Shika is a tiny take-away restaurant on the pier full of modern Japanese goodness, and Ethical Flower next door is succulent heaven. Local tip? Hitch hiking is encouraged (and safe) to get around the island. 

No trip to Bowen Island would be complete without a lil' kayaking adventure! Whether you're renting one off the pier for a couple hours or a couple days, the Howe Sound's blue waters and mountain views are the perfect backdrop for a beautiful adventure on the open sea.

Porteau Cove is a cool place to pull-over on the Sea-to-Sky, and there's a few weird steps and old ports that make it a pretty cool photo spot, while Brittania Beach is a great pit stop to stretch, grab a treat at Galileo Coffee, and visit the Britannia Mine Museum

Squamish is home to a ton of good hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering, including the famous views on top of the Stawamus ChiefBut it also takes a lot of sweat to get up there! Enter the new Sea-to-Sky Gondola, which takes you to amazing views in just a 10 minute ride. From there, there's tons of hiking trails that will take you even further, and a pretty cool suspension bridge. 

There's tons to do in Whistler, but if you're looking to get a little crazy...bungee jump? The bridge at Whistler Bungee offers ridiculous views from a ridiculous height, and is a beautiful spot to check out even if you don't have the guts to jump and go tumbling alllll the way down.

And last but certainly not least: don't forget to fill up your growler at Whistler Brewing! 

We can 't wait to see all your favourite places in BC with our Instagram contest! Don't forget to hashtag #theroadtopembyfest and tag @localwanderer! 

Kitsilano Neighbourhood Guide

Summer is here, so it's time to hit the beach! Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, BC is one of the "sexiest beaches in North America" and, having lived here, we'd have to agree! It's kind of like the Venice Beach of Canada, and it's full of really good looking people. Whether you're hanging out at "the grass," taking a dip in the Olympic-sized swimming pool, or just lounging on the sand, it's the perfect place to catch some rays. Because of this, we're excited to share our brand new Kitsilano Neighbourhood Guide with you guys! Kitsilano is the centre of all things yoga in Vancouver (it's where lululemon started), so you'll find our guide full of juice, salads, tea, and gluten-free treats.

Check out some of the highlights below, and don't forget to explore the rest of our Vancouver city guide here!

The most classic Kitsilano thing to do (besides the beach) is to grab a coffee at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. The Canadian coffee pioneers got their start on West 4th, which is an eclectic shopping street a few blocks south of the beach. Living across the street for a while, we just assumed that 49th was a normal local thing, until we started travelling and realized just how many places in the US serve 49th! Hometown heroes, for sure.

Vancouver is a little bit obsessed with juice, and Glory Juice Co. has you covered as far as cold-pressed juices go (our favourite is #4, with pear, pineapple, and mint!). Lucky for us, it's so much more than juice, and they have a ton of nut milks, superfood snacks, and yes...acai bowls. SO GOOD. 

O5 Rare Tea Bar has awesome kombucha that's right on tap, and you'll find it being served at other places around town too (like 33 Acres Brewing). Au Comptoir is the new kid in town, and this classic Parisien café has friendly, French-speaking waiters with a delicious menu that's perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Ooolala.

Moving down to the beach, you'll find a ton of restaurants that are perfect for date nights followed by a walk on the beach. Over on Yew Street is Nook, a beautiful Italian place that's home to pizza, pasta, and amazing wine. Over on 1st near Cypress you'll find a cute new grocery store and cafe Be Fresh, and the hip restaurant AnnaLena for some modern "Canadian comfort food." 

Don't forget to check out the rest of our favourites in the Kitsilano Neighbourhood Guide here! And remember: wear sunscreen on the beach!

Coffee, Tea, and Juice in San Diego

Rise and shine, San Diego. Saunter down to East Village for the best start to your day, which can be found at the Juice Saves + Coffee & Tea Collective space. Two local businesses, one awesome location! We could sit here all morning enjoying acai bowls, cold brew, and iced tea with our friends (or alone with our computers). It's full of chill vibes, creative people, and everything you need to make yourself happy. 

Okay, let's talk juice. In addition to have local and organic pressed juices that can probably cure anything (hangovers, anyone?), Juice Saves is also home to the best acai bowls. No, really, these are most likely the best acai bowls in the world. We're not sure if it's the fresh berries and coconut combo, or the fact that it's basically like eating ice cream for breakfast, but either way we are sold. You can't beat nutritious and delicious! 

Nothing goes better with your morning breakfast than that perfect cup of coffee or tea, and thankfully Coffee & Tea Collective is armed with both to satisfy everyone.  We first fell in love with their North Park location last year, so we were super excited when our friends Rico and Rachel from Get Lost With took us to the East Village location. You'll find both cold brew and iced tea on tap, including their famous SD Herbal Blend, which is made from all-local herbs and even includes some Cascade hops! Just when you think it can't get any better. 

Thanks for reading! Take a peek at our San Diego guide at the top of our page if you're planning your next trip :)