6 Amazing Places to Explore in Whistler, Canada

Heading to Whistler, Canada? Lucky for you, it's so much more than one of the best ski resorts in the world. Whitler Village is home to shopping and some amazing restaurants, but there's a lot of other gorgeous places to visit in Whistler too! If you're wondering where to go in Whistler, BC, start with these 6 favorites:

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1. On Your Way to Whistler: The Sea to Sky Gondola 

The Sea-to-Sky Highway is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, especially if you're visiting! Blue water on one side and mountains and trees on the other, you'll be perfectly entertained just looking out your window on a road trip to Whistler. A little over halfway to Whistler, Canada is the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC that is one of our favorite places to explore in British Columbia. You take a gondola up 2800ft, and from there you can explore a suspension bridge and enjoy a ton of hiking or snowshoe trails!

2. Whistler Hotels: A Relaxing Stay at Nita Lake Lodge 

If you're looking at Whistler hotels, one of our favorite places to stay in Whistler is Nita Lake Lodge. It's located in Whistler Creekside on a gorgeous, quiet lake with the most beautiful hotel rooms. We stayed in a two-floor lake-front suite, and we liked the relaxation and being tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the village. 

Nita Lake Lodge would be the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, there's multiple restaurants in the lodge, a coffee ship, and a spa, so you don't even have to leave if you don't want to!  We loved the view to the lake right from the bathtub, and our patio was perfect for enjoying our morning coffee. Nita Lake Lodge is quick drive from Whistler Village, but there's a free shuttle that takes you back and forth so it's super easy!

3. Whistler Village: Cocktails & Charcuterie at Bar Oso 

While there's a ton of great Whistler restaurants, including our favorite Araxi, our favorite place to enjoy a good cocktail is at Bar Oso. The Spanish-inspired menu showcases a long list of craft gin and tonics, and their local charcuterie board is life-changing. 

If you like maple-glazed bacon, then the Oso Sour is for you. Because who doesn't like a strong cocktail with a bacon garnish? Bar Oso is definitely one of the best restaurants in Whistler Village!

4. Whistler Day Trip: Hiking at Joffre Lakes

If you want to get into some serious snow, take a day trip from Whistler and head to Joffre Lakes! It's about an hour away from Whistler Village, past Pemberton, and it's a stunning hike all year round. Or you can just hang out by the lake too ;)

There are three lakes you can hike or snowshoe to, each of them getting more and more turquoise, but if you want to just get in some snow selfies, the first lake is only about a 5 minute walk! Just make sure you bring your snowboots (thanks Sorel!) because it can get a bit icy on the trail.

5. Coffee and Juice in Whistler's Function Junction

If you're looking to hang with the locals in Whistler, you'll want to head to 'Function Junction,' which is an assuming industrial complex with some real hidden gems! Head to Camp LIfestyle + Coffee Co to grab some 49th Parallel coffee or the Canadian flannel of your dreams. 

The Green Moustache is a dream for vegans, featuring healthy and delicious raw food and super smoothies. We loved the bright light, and this would be an awesome place to get some work done too. Also in Function Junction is Whistler Brewing, which is where you'll want to fill up your growler or sit down for a pint and a pot pie. 

6. Chill out at Whistler's Lost Lake

Whether you're coming to Lost Lake in the dead of winter to play ice hockey or the middle of summer to tan by the dock, it's definitely one of the best places to visit in Whistler! There's a ton of trails perfect for snowshoeing or running (depending on the time of year), and it's just so beautiful! 

There's a lot of beautiful lakes in Whistler, Canada, and if you're looking for another lake to explore, check out Alta Lake

If you're heading to Whistler, get ready for your trip by checking out our Whistler City Guide! We have a ton of ideas for the best restaurants and things to do in Whistler, so check it out

This post is in partnership with Sorel, who makes our favorite fall and winter boots and keeps us warm in our Sorel parkas!

Thanks to Nita Lake Lodge and Bar Oso for their hospitality. The letterboard is from Nettle's Tale Shop and the red wool blanket is Woolrich.

The Ultimate Prince Edward County Travel Guide

Visiting Prince Edward County? Here's everything you need to know about where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in Prince Edward County! We love the small towns, friendly people, and excellent food and wine in this hidden culinary region of Ontario, Canada. Oh, and we can't forget about the best wineries in Prince Edward County too! 

Getting to Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is the perfect Canadian road trip for anyone living in/around Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal! It's about 2.5-3 hours from each of those cities, which makes it the perfect distance to escape for a long weekend away. We recommend Prince Edward County for either a romantic vacation or a fun group trip with a bunch of friends. The town gets sleepy at night time, so it's best to travel with someone to snuggle up with at night or your good friends to keep you laughing all night long.

Things to Do in Prince Edward County

From wine tasting to chilling on the beach, here are our favorite things to do in Prince Edward County!

Wine Tasting in Prince Edward County

If you love wine, you will quickly fall in love with Prince Edward County. There are tons of hip wineries with delicious wine, and cideries are starting to become more popular too! Check out Norman Hardie for the outdoor farm vibes and wood-grilled pizza, The Grange for their rustic and intimate tasting room (not to mention some of the best wines in the county), and County Cider Company for some cider and lake views. 

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If beer is more your thing, you'll love County Road Brewing. Enjoy a flight of craft beer with some of the best food in Prince Edward County outdoors on the patio, or sip on a wine bellini from Hinterland Winery next door. 

More: Top 5 Wineries to Visit in Prince Edward County

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Another one of the best things to do in Prince Edward County is explore Sandbanks Provincial Park. We loved hiking the white sand dunes at sunset, but during the summer you can lay out all day on the white sandy beach. Who doesn't love visiting somewhere that has both beach days and wine days?

Where to Stay in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has a few towns, the main ones being Picton, Bloomfield, and Wellington. We stayed in Picton and thought it was the best for it's central location, it's also the most "city" like (as in, there is a Tim Horton's) and we were able to walk around Main Street. But all of the towns are great to stay in! You'll be looking to stay in a Bed & Breakfast, inn, or Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel. Here are our 3 favorite places to stay in Prince Edward County: 

The Ferg

We loved our stay in the Scandinavian-inspired loft at The Ferg and never wanted to leave! The Ferg is a modern Airbnb with historical Prince Edward County touches located in a prime location in Picton, Prince Edward County. It was nice to have our own kitchen and living space in the huge loft, but The Ferg also offers guest suites in the main house. If you're able to snag a room here, definitely do it! 

PS - Get $40 in free Airbnb credit with our special link here!

The Drake Devonshire Inn

This 13-room boutique hotel is the Prince Edward County sister to the popular Drake Hotel in Toronto. Located in Wellington, we love the lakefront views, eclectic charm, and delicious bar and restaurant. If you're more comfortable staying somewhere with room service instead of a kitchen, then the Drake Devonshire is your best bet.

More: Cocktails and Comfort Food at the Drake Devonshire Inn

Angeline's Inn

Angeline's Inn is a quirky place full of character in Prince Edward County. You can stay in the main inn, or there are several little cabins and houses that you can rent out for you or your group too! The onsite restaurant The Hubb is delicious for a dinner, and the town of Bloomfield is super cute. 

Where to Eat in Prince Edward County

There's a ton of great places to eat in Prince Edward County, but if you're visiting on a weekend, make sure you make reservations as this little county fills up quick! Dinner at the Drake Devonshire in Wellington is great for a night out, and then enjoy craft cocktails across the street at Courage Bar. We also loved dinner at The Agrarian in Bloomfield for a farm-to-table meal, and the County Canteen in Picton for a fun, casual atmosphere with ridiculous fish tacos. If you want a healthy and delicious brunch, look no further than Vic Cafe in Picton!

Where to Shop in Prince Edward County

Our favorite local shops were in Bloomfield at Kokito and Sand & Sumac, and we just fell in love with the floral shop Coriander Girl in Picton! Because who doesn't love fresh flowers on vacation, right? 

More: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop in Prince Edward County

We hope this Prince Edward County travel guide was helpful to you when planning your Ontario road trip! We can't wait to go back another time, this county is truly a special place.

Cocktails and Comfort Food at the Drake Devonshire Inn

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One of our favorite places to enjoy in Prince Edward County is the eclectic Drake Devonshire Inn, situated right on the Lake Ontario waterfront. The 13-room boutique hotel in Wellington, Ontario has a beautiful restaurant, cozy and quirky common areas, and the most amazing outdoor patio on the water! If you love The Drake in Toronto, you'll love their Prince Edward County sister. 

The restaurant has gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows, which makes you feel like you're dining under the trees; and in the summertime you also have the option to dine-by-the sea on the patio. 

The food is amazing; you'll find an awesome and long list of craft cocktails, and the menu is full of comfort food classics. The rotisserie chicken really hit the spot, and we loved the luxury chill vibes. 

Even though we visited on a rainy day, we still loved venturing to the water. If you're visiting Prince Edward County in the summer, the Drake Devonshire is bumpin! 

Around the hotel you'll find cool common areas that you can enjoy whether you're staying at the Drake Devonshire or not! You'll find a ping-pong table that is "competition grade" so you can practice for the Summer Olympics, along with a ton of other board games that are great for a rainy night in. And you can't forget the photobooth! 

For more of what to do and where to eat in Prince Edward County, check out our blog post here

Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is made up of small, charming towns with a ton of beautiful scenery and wineries inbetween each of them! Lucky for us, it's also full of really good food, delicious cocktails, and artisanal shops. Here are the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Prince Edward County, Ontario! 

Wellington

The main draw to Wellington is the Drake Devonshire, but we stumbled into the awesome and new Courage Bar while we were in Wellington. You can come in for breakfast, lunch, or coffee during the day, or when the lights go down you can enjoy amazing cocktails. Not much is open late in Prince Edward County, so Courage Bar should definitely be on your list for night time! Oak Clothing Co. is also a great spot across the street to stock up on any flannels you might need! 

The Drake Devonshire is a gorgeous hotel, but it's also a fabulous lakeside restaurant in Wellington. The menu is full of hearty comfort foods, and it would make a great dinner spot before you hit up Courage Bar for cocktails. 

Bloomfield

In the town of Bloomfield, you'll find a collection of local shops like Sand & Sumac and Kokito that are full of local, artisanal goods and other well-curated items. Check out the high-quality wool blankets made right in town - we wished we had enough luggage space to take one home with us! 

We also loved the Saylor House Cafe, which is a quaint tea room with a gorgeous patio that makes you feel like you're in The Secret Garden. For a fresh and delicious farm-to-table meal, check out The Agrarian! If you're visiting on a weekend in Prince Edward County, make sure you make a reservation for dinner because everywhere in the County can fill up fast! 

Also in Bloomfield is Angeline's Inn, which is full of character on both the inside and the outside! The interior decor feels like stepping into a Wes Anderson movie, and their restaurant The Hubb is a great spot for a cozy dinner. 

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Don't forget to wander around though; there's an adorable little "tuck shop" in the back, and some gorgeous cabins you can stay in too! 

Picton

Of all the towns, Picton is the most "city" like, and it's where we stayed at The Ferg. It's super walkable to town, where we found the cutest floral shop, Coriander Girl. Because who doesn't love fresh flowers on vacation, right? 

We walked over to Vic Cafe for morning brunch, and it was sooo good! They have the yummiest healthy breakfast or smoothie bowls, and it was just such a laidback and pretty spot to start the day. If you're looking for craft beer and insanely delicious fish tacos, check out The County Canteen, which is where you want to go at nighttime in Picton! 

Inside The Ferg, A Scandinavian-Inspired Loft in Prince Edward County

Finding gorgeous and unique places to stay is our favorite hobby, so when we were planning our trip to Prince Edward County, we just had to stay at The Ferg! This adorable and historic heritage home is located in the heart of Prince Edward County's wine country in the town of Picton, Onatrio. You're super central to the rest of The County, but we loved how we were just a short walk away to restaurants in town too!

Where to Stay in Prince Edward County

The Ferg is run by our friend Jaime Kowal and her friend Anna, so we knew it was going to be good! (Jaime also runs our Palm Springs faves The Amado and The Junipero). Her and Anna created a distinct vibe for The Ferg, and we loved reading all about the history of this amazing house! 

The Ferg has a main house divided into separate guest suites, but we lucked out and got to stay in the amazing two-story Loft! This is a gorgeous and romantic space with the best selfie lighting (#priorities), and we had the most relaxing time staying at The Ferg in Prince Edward County

The kitchen is gorgeous, and even though we didn't use it much because of all the good food the County has to offer, it was nice to be able to wake up and enjoy all of our space! There's not a ton happening at night time in The County, so we spent our nights cozied up in the living room with a good glass of wine and a book. This would be the perfect place for a romantic vacation, or even to rent out all the units for a fun girls weekend of wine tasting! 

The Loft was originally a horse stable, but you'd never know it now! Jaime and Anna thoughtfully renovated and decorated the entire space themselves, inspired by Scandinavian farmhouses. Upstairs, you'll find a bright reading nook that overlooks the living space, a gorgeous washroom with original clawfoot tub, and the cozy bedroom. 

We loved sleeping on this comfy king bed, and the whole loft is honestly just so peaceful. You can really feel the history of the area, and read about it in their super helpful guidebook! If you're looking for where to stay in Prince Edward County, look no further than The Ferg for it's simple, modern aesthetic rooted in local culture and history. 

We love Prince Edward County, and are so excited to be sharing more about this gorgeous wine country in Ontario! Prince Edward County is about a 2 hour drive from Ottawa or Toronto, and a bit further from Montreal. If you need more inspiration from The County, check out:

Top 5 Wineries to Visit in Prince Edward County

A Gorgeous Longtable Dinner in the Mountains of Pemberton, BC

There's no better way to soak up the end of summer than with a delicious long table dinner nestled in the mountains, and we had the best time at the annual Araxi Longtable Series in Pemberton, BC! This was our second year, and while we may have gotten caught in a thunderstorm, it was still an amazing night full of great food, beautiful scenery, and the best company. 

Pemberton, BC is about 45 minutes from Whistler, so heading up for the event was the perfect summer staycation for us! We packed up our Lo & Sons Catalina carry-ons (our new fave travel essential) and headed up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Even though we do this drive a lot, it honestly never gets old with these gorgeous views. You can check out our Whistler City Guide here!

Araxi Longtable Dinner Series

Araxi is the go-to fine dining restaurant in Whistler, along with their new Bar Oso, and each year they bring their restaurant outdoors for a magical evening spent in the most picturesque setting. The dinner takes place at the breathtaking North Arm Farm in Pemberton, with a four-course farm-to-table menu by Executive Chef James Walt. This year, it was the biggest outdoor dining experience in Canada with over 400 guests! Talk about one long table...

The dinner starts with a relaxing reception with delicious cocktails (using local Pemberton Distillery Schramm Organic Gin), paired with delicious oysters and local wines. Every course is also paired with wines, so you'll get to enjoy a variety of amazing BC wines. Pro tip: take the shuttle from Whistler so you can enjoy allllll the wine! 

We got to mingle around the farm with new friends and old friends, all while enjoying the most delicious lamb spiced meatballs from Bar Oso. Wandering around North Arm Farm was so fun, we just couldn't get over how gorgeous everything was! 

The farm has tons of willow trees, gardens, swings, and even a sunflower field! Keep your eye out for the bathtub by the field too..

As you can probably tell, it was a SUPER windy day! Before we got there, they had to take the tablecloths and glassware off the tables because it was so windy, and then we all got caught in a thunderstorm! The rain only lasted about 20 minutes, and everyone was definitely in jovial spirits, so we were still able to enjoy the dinner but boy, was it an adventure. We were so impressed with how the Araxi team handled everything! 

After the storm cleared, it was time for dinner! Thankfully we all got to enjoy some more wine while we waited, and then the sun came out and all was well, save for a long table with a few raindrops and guests with frizzy hair. But it's kind of incredible, because the entire kitchen is set up outside under tents, and the chefs just kept working throughout the crazy thunderstorm! 

Finally, it was dinner time! We started out with the most amazing fresh and cured charcuterie plate from Bar Oso, which you just have to try if you're in Whistler. It was full of duck liver parfait, ham hock terrine, B.C. bison mortadella with Prosciutto, Iberico chorizo, Serrano ham, and house fennel salami paired with house pickles, tomato, and apricot chutney with Araxi fresh-baked breads.

For our second course, we enjoyed the most delicious and farm fresh squash blossoms that were grown right on this farm! Doesnt get more local than that, right? They were stuffed with house ricotta, local cheeses, Pemberton-grown heirloom tomatoes and Rootdown Farm greens. In a word: amazing.

Our main was a duo of BC beef, featuring slow-cooked heritage beef cheeks and grilled beef striploin with Chimichurri sauce and carrots and green beans from North Arm Farm. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, along came dessert! Everything was made from the raspberries on the farm, including the most incredible raspberry sorbet bars dipped in Valrhona chocolate, and the delicious raspberry macarons. 

We had such a great time at the dinner, and we highly suggest attending next year! This was our second year (see last year's dinner here) and it was just such a great evening of good food and new friends. The best part is that James Walt's new farm-fresh cookbook Araxi: Roots to Shoots is out now, so you can make all these delicious dishes yourself too! 

For more of our favorite things to do in Whistler, check out our Whistler City Guide!

Thanks to Tourism Whistler for providing our accommodation for the night and TopTable Group for inviting us to their dinner!

The Prettiest Summer Camping Spot at Jones Lake, BC

We've had such a fun summer exploring our home province of British Columbia! One of our goals was to spend more time getting to know BC outside of Vancouver this summer. We've been to the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island,  stayed at an airstream resort on the Gulf Islands, and went wine tasting in the Okanagan. So to top off a great summer, we went camping at Jones Lake!  It was the best weekend full of friends, canoeing, no cell reception, and a meteor shower. 

Getting to Jones Lake, BC

There are a lot of places to camp in BC, but Jones Lake outside of Chilliwack, BC might be one of the best! It's only about a two hour drive from the city, which is perfect for weekend camping. To get there, you'll drive about 20 minutes east of Chilliwack towards Hope, BC (you can view the map and directions here). There's two camp site, Jones Lake Main and Jones Lake West, and the best part is that camping is free! 

But be warned: you need some serious all wheel drive or a 4x4 to get there! The driving conditions are pretty brutal (think pot holes and 9km uphill) but if you have the right car, you're set. 

This spot is kind of incredible, because you get an amazing view of the mountains with the serenity of the calm lake, plus some rolling green hills for good measure. It's a PNW dream, and we had so much fun just hanging out with our friends and waking up to spend sunrise on the water in a canoe. 

We had friends from all over gather, from our besties from Seattle to new friends from San Francisco, and it was made even more wonderful because of the meteor shower! There's no cell reception, so you're kind of forced to just live in the moment with nature, which was great. 

Summer camping essentials include guitars, a canoe, sunscreen, and bare feet. We got lucky and Jones Lake had no mosquitoes!

There was a ton of frogs and tadpoles, and we could canoe all over the lake to explore the nature around us and get to know our friends more. Songs by the fire and campfire cooking just made it such a relaxing and fun weekend.

We can't wait to enjoy more lakes and camping this fall, if you have a favorite camping spot or lake in BC let us know! There's still a bit of summer left...

Probably the best part of camping was the star gazing at night; we got to see shooting stars, a vibrant sky, and enjoy the meteor shower in total darkness. There's nothing else like it :) 

An Airstream Weekend in the Woods on Pender Island

If you want to get outside in style, a weekend away at Woods on Pender is the way to do it. Not only do you get to stay in a rad, renovated airstream with all the open space you could want, you don't even have to cook for yourself! Their on-site restaurant Coffee + Kitchen is local fine dining in a casual, woodsy atmosphere, which makes this the perfect weekend trip from Seattle or Vancouver

Getting to Pender Island

Pender Island is part of British Columbia's Gulf Islands, which means you get to take a fun ferry ride to get there! This summer we've fallen in love with exploring more of BC's coast, and there's something so peaceful about taking a little boat ride to your destination. You can either take your car on the ferry from Vancouver or Seattle, or if you just walk on, someone from the camp can pick you up! 

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Pender Island is such a beautiful place to explore, there's tons of hiking trails, beaches, kayaking, and even a winery. We didn't have the best weather, so we spent most of time cozied up on our campground, which was equally as enjoyable. 

Living the Airstream Life

The main feature of Woods on Pender are all the renovated airstreams! This place is full of 6 gorgeous airstreams, plus some cabins, so it's great for groups or just a romantic holiday for two. Each airstream comes fully equipped with all the dishes and kitchenware you need, plus some luxuries like cable, Apple TV, and wifi that actually works! 

You also get a huge deck to enjoy, a ton of grass to play games on, hammocks to relax in, and even your own mini-hot tub. This is glamping at its finest, and we love it. One of the great perks about visiting Pender Island is that there are basically no predators (but there are a lot of deer!), so if you're scared of bears, raccoons, cougars, you'll be perfectly at peace here! 

Coffee + Kitchen at Woods on Pender

During our stay, we did a mix of eating in (barbecue) and eating out. And by eating out, we mean we just walked down the hill to Coffee + Kitchen, the restaurant at Woods on Pender. They also have a fun patio and an upstairs lodge, stocked with a ton of board games, so you have options of where to hang out during your stay. 

Whether you want to come for breakfast and your morning coffee, or enjoy a delicious evening dinner and cocktails, you definitely have to make a point to eat here! Coffee + Kitchen has an impressive menu that is centred around local, healthy, and fresh food, and they can tell where exactly everything is sourced from. We try charcuterie everywhere we go, and this was the best charcuterie ever. Definitely try it out, and learn about the farms where all the local cheeses and meats come from, only an island or two away!

After charcuterie, it was time for an evening soak in our super awesome mini-hot tub. It was the best way to enjoy a glass of wine and really soak up all that nature has to offer. At Woods on Pender you're surrounded by trees, the sky is crystal clear to see all the stars, but you can go lie in your warm, heated Airstream bed at the end of the day. What could be better?

We can't wait to go back to Woods on Pender again, we're thinking of a little winter getaway next. The New York Times named BC's Gulf Islands one of the 50 Places to Visit in 2016, so we checked that off our travel list this year! You can see more of our favorite places to explore in BC here. Happy camping! 

This post is in partnership with Explore BC, our home province! 

A Vancouver Island Escape at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

For the first night of our Vancouver Island road trip, we escaped to the magical and woodsy cabins at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, BC. The rustic log cottages were the perfect "BC" experience, and we loved cozying up in the huge forest, with the ocean just steps away.

Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

After spending the day exploring Nanaimo, BC, we headed to Parksville for the night. Waking up underneath a ton of Douglas Firs is definitely a "BC" experience, and we had the best morning with our bestie Lindsay from Treasures and Travels blog. We took full advantage of our cabin's kitchen, because who doesn't enjoy breakfast in the woods? 

We loved the warm and inviting interior of the cottages too, this is definitely one of the best places to stay on Vancouver Island. The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort is also one of the best spas in Canada, so if you have time for a spa treatment, definitely book one...it's on our bucket list for next time!

While you're visiting, don't forget to check out our favorite things to do in Nanaimo, and explore the best of central Vancouver Island's beer scene with the best breweries along the BC Ale Trail

This trip is in partnership with Destination BC

Vancouver Date Night at Burdock & Co

Now that it's February, it seems like love is in the air everywhere! With Valentines Day coming up, we wanted to share one of our new favorite places in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Burdock & Co. The best part? There's tons of vegan and gluten-free options too (and it's only a few blocks from our house).

Vancouver Date Night

We love going on friend-dates with each other, and the intimate and romantic setting at Burdock & Co. is the perfect place to catch up over some amazing, locally-sourced food. We love the ethos of the restaurant, and dining on shared plates is our favorite way to eat. The entire menu tastes like you're eating straight from the garden, which really fits with the vibe of our neighborhood.

All of the food is local and organic, and the shared plate menu changes seasonally based on the ingredients. What's really neat is their wine program, which features all natural wines. If you haven't tried "naturalist wine" before, it's definitely worth the experience! The stories behind the wine make the experience much more personal, and it adds a little entertainment to your evening as well. 

Romantic Dinner in Vancouver

For our romantic date night out, we picked a few items to share, and they were all amazing! Burdock & Co is known for it's signature fried chicken with a delightful dill sauce, and it did not disappoint! Our tastebuds were very happy with the vegan parsnip latkes with cashew cream and apple butter, proving that you do not need dairy to make a delicious sauce. We also enjoyed scallops so fresh we had to eat them raw, charcoal-grilled beef hanger steak, and a winter beet salad (we are so obsessed with beets). 

For dessert, we had the most incredible dark chocolate ganache, because you can never go wrong with ganache, and nibbled on some house-made goat cheese. Fun fact: it's Taylor's dream to own goats and make her own goat cheese, and after chatting with the staff at Burdock & Co. we learned it isn't that hard to make!

Next on our list: weekend brunch at Burdock & Co! The tomato-baked eggs and gluten-free eggs benny are calling our names. Whether you're in town visiting or just looking to branch out a little in Vancouver, check out our Mount Pleasant neighborhood guide for more local gems!

PS! We are doing an Instagram takeover this week, you can follow along at @burdockandco. We love supporting local, so just so you know, this is not a sponsored post! 

Treetop Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Holiday lights add a certain sparkle to the winter season, and nothing gets you in the holiday spirit more than walking through treetop suspension bridges guided only by the glow of hundreds of thousands of lights. We headed out to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver where, during the month of December, it's  transformed into a world of festive lights, and the park offers a unique time of day to visit: night time! Plus, it’s also home to the world’s tallest living Christmas tree, at 153 ft tall.

Usually known for it’s 450 ft long suspension bridge, “Canyon Lights” brings the feeling of wonder and excitement to the entire rainforest for the holiday season.  The first thing you’ll notice is, of course, the bridge itself! Not only is it long, it’s also very, very high! 230 feet above a river, to be exact. Don’t worry though - it’s completely safe, and it’s an amazing experience at dusk: to see the sun setting around nature, water rushing under your feet, and the twinkle of lights all down the bridge.

After you cross the suspension bridge, you’ll be able to walk through the rainforest and several beautiful light displays - we loved the circular balls of light strewn over the pond, the reflection from the lights cast a gorgeous glow over the water. 

Then, it’s time to go up even further! The Treetops Adventure course gives you a bird’s eye view into the West Coast Rainforest, with seven smaller suspension bridges attached to 250 year old Douglas Firs. The best part? It’s all sustainable! The bridges connect to an “innovative tree collar system that is adjustable and moveable and has no nails or bolts penetrating into the Douglas-firs,” meaning that the trees (and you!) are safe.

Back on the other side of the suspension bridge is a slew of holiday activities, and another tantalizing adventure course: the Cliffwalk! The trail juts out from the cliff on a suspended walkway, which kind of feels like you’re walking on air! In some places, all you’re walking on is glass (but it’s very strong glass). We also found some very cool twinkly lights that made for some fun selfies!

Just so you know...this will be our last post 'til the new year! After a whirlwind 2015, we are taking some time off to catch up on our sleep, visit with family, and just enjoy our home for a little bit. We'll still be posting occasionally on Instagram at @localwanderer, so be sure to follow us there if you haven't yet! Happy happy holidays to all of  you, we love you very much! 

xoxo,

Taylor & Elaine

Canyon Lights runs until early January each year until 9pm, and is closed on Christmas Day. Partial proceeds are donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund, which is dedicated to fire and burn education in schools. The bonus? If you’re a BC resident, the cost of admission (it's kind of pricey at about $40 per person) gives you an all-access pass for an entire year! 

Holiday Shopping on Granville Island

December is out in full force, and that means it's time to sip cocoa, sing carols, and...shop! We love local (obviously), and are trying to buy thoughtful, local gifts for our family and friends this year! To make that easier, we headed to Granville Island, which is pretty much a hub of local vendors. It's also one of the most touristy spots in the city, but in a good way...if that makes sense? Here's some of our faves that are a little less known than the Granville Island Public Market, but the market is worth a visit too! Especially Lee's Donuts, mmmmmm. 

Our first stop was the Edible Canada gift shop, and I know, you're thinking...what is a gift shop doing on Local Wanderer? But it's pretty awesome, actually. It's filled with tons of local goodies for foodies, and the best part is it's all in one place! Makes the holiday shopping experience so much better. Caesars are our favorite Canadian drink (think Bloody Mary but with clam juice instead of tomato juice, and yes it is delicious), so we picked up some Caesar rim salts from Amola Salt and some mix from Walter Caesar for our bff Lindsay! We added in some Batch popcorn, Earnest Ice Cream, and next thing you knew we had the most delicious present ever.

It rains here in Vancouver a lot, so luckily for us, Granville Island is home to The Umbrella Shop! Yup, a whole shop dedicated to the art of umbrellas, and we picked up a big, yellow, umbrella to brighten up this dreary season (plus it looks great in photos). Next we stopped by The Postcard Place, which a shop full of postcards! Only a few are from Vancouver though, and the rest tell their own stories. 

The Woodshop on Granville Island is definitely a hidden gem where you'll find amazing, hand-crafted wooden birds. Perfect for those bird-loving family members (everyone has one, right? Not just us?). 

While you're on Granville Island, you should definitely check out the little "sea village" of floating homes! We're so intrigued by these beauties, and have no idea how people live in them, but it's pretty awesome. Best view of the city, hands down!

This post is in partnership with Granville Island