Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

It's a thrilling adventure by nature. That's what Sea to Sky Gondola has to offer with its majestic ride high up in the sky. 

This outdoor destination is one of the best places to visit in British Columbia. The breathtaking view of the sea from the sky and on top of the mountain is worth the experience. It's exhilarating and truly breathtaking. 

Let's explore this stunningly beautiful destination in Squamish which is an hour's drive from North of Vancouver passing through the scenic sea-to-sky highway. 

From the base station, The Sea to Sky Gondola is a 10-minute/ 2 km ride to the summit. You'll see the forested mountain and the beautiful turquoise waters of the sea (Howe Sound) as you ascend to a higher elevation until reaching the summit lodge which offers the most spectacular view of the surrounding mountain, the valley, and the sea. 

On the summit lodge, there are restaurants and cafes for refreshments that are extended to the outdoor patio and viewing deck offering a view of the magnificent snow-capped mountains. 

The adventure never stops as you get to experience the surrounding trail network passing through the 100-meter Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. We walked through the easiest trail (Spirit) and the best trail (Panorama) leading to the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform where you can capture the best shots of the snow-capped mountain as a backdrop. 

Other trails take longer time to explore, but you'll never get lost since all trails lead and end at the summit lodge viewing deck. The trails are for beginners and intermediates, so it's a family-friendly hiking experience with viewing areas and platforms for picture-taking to capture memorable moments. 

Sea to Sky Gondola is an all-year-round adventure. It's best in any season whether on a hot dry summer or a snowy and chilly winter. The nature trail and the viewing platforms are alluring and worth revisiting in a different season. 

The land of the Squamish First Nation is home to the Sea to Sky Gondola. They protect and preserve the beauty of their heritage and share it with everyone. It's not just about fun and adventure, but learning about indigenous people's culture; their early beginnings, and evolution as a First Nation. 

Sea to Sky Gondola is one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime in British Columbia. It's a place to go and chill and it's an adventure by nature with a thrill. 


©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sunflower Festival at Richmond Country Farms


When the sun shines brightly it gives us uplifting energy. It elevates our mood, emanates a brilliant glow, radiates positive vibes, and makes us happy. 

That certain glow is what we offer to the world, to the people around us, and to everyone we share our life with. 

But when we're at the darkest moment of our lives, we may stumble and fall. That happens when the light has been taken away from us. We kneel, we crawl, and hardly can stand tall. 



In Richmond, British Columbia, 
we've found the brightest place to remind us 
to unleash our inner glow and become someone's dose of sunshine no matter what we can show. Before the summer ends, we travel to Richmond Country Farms where the sunflower grows and truly glows. 

You can find different varieties of Sunflowers on a 20-acre property of this family-owned country farm that's truly a must-see summer attraction. They have a maze where you'll easily find a way out and a U-pic to take home freshly handpicked Sunflowers. 



This is the fourth year of the Richmond Sunflower festival since it started just before the pandemic hit in 2019. The annual event didn't stop to amaze visitors and it put a smile on their faces when the world seems dark and people were down. 

Summer is fun and we need to enjoy the outdoors under the sun. Just like the sunflowers on the farm; we can rise and shine again, we can grow and glow up again, and we can smile and be lovable again. 

©️  2022 Del Cusay


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Three-day Getaway in Sunshine Coast

 

Summertime in Canada isn't over yet and the sea, sand, and sun are calling for a great escapade on a long weekend. This time we explore British Columbia's best-kept secret the Sunshine Coast. 

This regional district is part of mainland British Columbia and accessible only by ferry and seaplane. It has an island vibe with several small towns that offers a lot of activities to enjoy and hidden gems to explore. 

After a 40-minute BC ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver, the road trip starts from the southern coast of Gibsons until we reach the heart of the Sunshine Coast the district municipality of Sechelt. 



It's lovely weather to start the three-day birthday holiday. A warm sunny day that brightens up everyone's day. And our first stop is the sandy shore of Davis bay in Sechelt. Its coastline offers a respite from a warm and dry summer. The sea breeze, the horizon, and the island views are perfect for a day of unwinding. We're beachin' and watching people surfin'.

As I reach another milestone, the beach is an ideal place to rejuvenate and plan for another year of discovery and adventure. The previous year may have been full of challenges, but I was able to surpass the trials along the way. And for this birthday celebration, all I want is a fresh start; to breathe in and breathe out in front of a sea and release the obstacles behind. 

If the sea is a powerful extractor of what's pulling us from getting what we want, then I must release all the unwanted and feel a more revitalized and renewed being. It feels good! and if that heals, then I must make it a birthday tradition to go to the sea, walk on the sand and bathe in the sun. 

The Sunshine Coast may be a laid-back culture, but it's a vibrant community and a paradise to many, especially among outdoor enthusiasts. There are so many things to do. From water sports like paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, fishing, scuba diving, and kite surfing: to inland activities like hiking, camping, golfing, and mountain climbing... it's an endless adventure. 

The three-day birthday holiday in Sunshine Coast isn't enough to try the exciting activities the place has to offer, but I hope to come back to explore and discover more kept secrets of a paradise worth revisiting.

A road trip on a coastal highway, hiking on a forested trail, camping on a creekside, and a scenic walk on a waterfront park. These activities made my day. The best birthday on a holiday. Sunshine Coast adventure all the way. 


©️ 2022 Del Cusay


Sunday, August 21, 2022

Summer Camping in Logan Lake

 
What makes me appreciate life most is finding time to travel long distances and create wonderful memories. It's when I learn new things, gain new perspectives about a place and ponder on things that add value to living. 

This is my first ever long travel to British Columbia, Canada at the beginning of summer. This is the start of a new season full of fun under the sun. It's the season of discovery and adventure as we transition from cool to warm.

From Vancouver, it took us 3 hours to reach the charming town of Logan Lake in the heart of the Highland Valley in the Thompson Okanagan region.

It was once a quiet town reserved for the miners and their families, but now houses thousands of residents who enjoy the serenity of nature and for the visitors to spend time away from the hustle of their busy city life.

Logan lake offers many activities during the summer season. Visitors may enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, biking, and hiking. This is the ideal time to unwind, take a deep breath, and just appreciate the natural beauty of the lake and nature. 

Camping at Mile High Resort in Logan Lake was an awesome experience to escape from reality away from the city. It's surrounded by lush forests with breathtaking views of the lake. 

The deluxe log cabin offers a comfortable and relaxing vibe while hearing the sound of nature and watching the galaxies and the bright stars. Stargazing is just mesmerizing. It's a stunning experience to look up into the night sky and simply wish upon a star. 

What makes this summer season memorable are the stories, smiles, and laughter shared in a pristine setting. A romantic destination perfect for a weekend getaway where imagination sparks and ideas are born. 


This summer getaway is truly unforgettable. Logan lake is a great camping destination worth remembering and Mile High Resort is a place worth reminiscing. 

©️ Del Cusay

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Surrey Fusion Festival Returns at Holland Park


The largest and most diverse festival in Western Canada returns in its 15th year, and we took part to celebrate and enjoy a weekend of multicultural understanding and experiencing diversity in food, culture, live music, and entertainment.

British Columbians and the residents of the city of Surrey once again gathered at Holland park after 2 years since the pandemic. This was the largest crowd since it started in 2008 perhaps due to the desire of the people to reunite and bring back a more lively scene where everyone can enjoy a wide variety of cultural offerings from different countries in the world.

This year's Surrey Fusion Festival theme is CommUNITY. A single word that describes how the world must be in difficult times where global health threats have affected us to live, interact and socialize.

From the Latin countries of Bolivia, Argentina, and Columbia. Asian countries like India, Vietnam, and Indonesia. African countries like Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. European countries like Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Southwestern Pacific like Tonga and Fiji. Caribbean countries like Barbados and Cayman Islands. These are some of the 40 pavilions that showcased their food, culture, arts, music, and dance.

The pandemic seems over as the crowd cheers for fun and a manic vibe. It's the delicious authentic food, arts, dance, and music that draws people to have a taste and experience world cultures in one venue.

Other features include a wellness garden where people can learn and experience yoga and meditation, Indigenous Village to learn about their culture through traditional cultural sharing. Global beer and wine tasting to sip some cold beverages from around the world. A cultural cooking arena for a showdown in a cooking competition. And stages where world-class performers and talents are presented to the crowd.

It was a great experience to have celebrated the Surrey Fusion Festival for the first time and I would be glad to make it a yearly event to watch out for. Community is about the spirit of camaraderie that builds bridges for multicultural understanding and inclusivity. We unite for a common goal of bringing peace, love, and compassion to make our world a better place to live in and for the next generations to preserve and enrich their own culture for the world to see, embrace and be proud of.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 17, 2022

White Rock Gallery: Beyond the Frame


To appreciate art is about understanding the deepest of emotion; its meaningful realization; and validation of purpose and intention.

That's the uplifting lesson learned from a visit to an art gallery in White Rock, British Columbia. It's a city by the sea and a place where arts, history, and culture thrive amidst the test of time.

An art gallery may not be the usual place to visit in the present times. It may not be welcoming, but intimidating to other people who may not have an interest or appreciation of fine arts.

Back in my home country, the Philippines, I've learned to admire and appreciate works of art and masterpieces in the Cultural Center since 2012. Since then, I've carried the same passion and admiration whenever I visit another country or place with high regard for culture and the arts.

In Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, every city has a public art gallery that's open to everyone, and White Rock Gallery is one of the most beautiful places to be. It was my first ever Art Gallery experience in Canada and It was a meaningful experience.

Nowadays, people choose modern forms of entertainment and haven't discovered and learned about the joys of visiting an art gallery or any art exhibits. However, fine artists and art enthusiasts have devoted their time, resources, and money to making arts more relevant in today's present generation.

What makes art galleries intimidating to others is that we're not taught how to appreciate and decode its meaning from the artists' perspective or point of view. We couldn't interpret abstract paintings and even find meaning in a realistic painting.

With our smartphones, we can just take a raw picture of a place, do some editing, then call it art. It's the easiest form of art we can do. However, fine art demands time, energy, emotion, and a soul to create a more valuable masterpiece; the reason why paintings and sculptures are expensive. 

In reality, we tend to ignore or snub expensive things because we can't afford them. The same thing with fine arts, some wouldn't appreciate its value because they can't relate to and find meaning in a painting. But to afford it isn't just about owning it. It's also about enriching our life experience and worth as human beings just by paying a visit to an art gallery even once in a lifetime.

Art is part of our culture and a deep appreciation and admiration are what give us a certain connection with the community we live in. Art evokes various emotions depending on what the artists would want us to feel. It makes us joyful, sorrowful, awed and puzzled. It moves us, touches our souls, and made us love at first sight.

As I view the gallery, some paintings attract my attention and draw me closer to scrutinize and finally gave meaning to them. It gave happiness and a sense of belonging to a community of artistic people who have the desire for understanding, passion, and motivation for self-expression.

©️  2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery in Langley

 

The summer season in Canada is fast approaching, but the cool temperate climate prevails just before the end of spring.

In Langley, British Columbia, farm tourism draws many families for a weekend of pure fun and relaxation in a naturally beautiful outdoor setting and al-fresco dining.

There are so many family-owned and operated farm destinations in Langley and the Fraser Valley, but I got fascinated with the countryside ambiance of the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.

The Berry Farm is a 200-acre property that was open to serve the public in 1974. Since then, they have enjoyed their bountiful harvest and served it to their guests and visitors. 

Just half an hour's travel from home, we had our breakfast having their famous waffle with fresh strawberry toppings and cream. That's a fresh-picked strawberry in their field and we had our own U-picked experience in the vast field.

Depending on the season, they also produce other berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries which are patronized by their loyal customers for the best culinary offering and U-picked experiences.

The beautifully landscaped lawn and garden are perfect for a great outdoor dining experience with a raspberry field on a backdrop adding up to the berry farm vibe.

Then fresh strawberry picking follows which was a wonderful experience since their berries are sweet and delicious. We had carefully picked the big and riped strawberries for takeaway. Parents and their little kids enjoy picking experiences and just anyone seems happy to touch the soil and the earth-grounding experience.


The Krause Berry Farms has over a hundred products that they produce on the farm and are sold in their home and garden market. They have a bakery where they make freshly-baked products like berry custard pies and cookies. 

Fresh berry waffles are served in their waffle bar indoors and can be enjoyed in their garden or a patio for a wonderful outdoor ambiance.  

The best farm experience happens when the owner cares a lot about making sustainable farming be enjoyed and shared with the public. The Krause Berry Farms have been producing crops in an environmentally sustainable way and have been supporting and serving communities for several years making them influential and a leader in the farm tourism industry.

A great week starts with envigorating thoughts, nourished by healthy food and enriched with a soulful experience. That's the way we do it as we journey to the valley at the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Seafood Celebration in Steveston


It's getting warmer in Canada in the second half of the Spring season and this is an ideal time to get out and enjoy the sunshine on the waterfront and patio.

In the fisherman's wharf in Steveston, British Columbia, many people visit and have fun outdoors. The fishing village is more alive once again after 2 years since the pandemic and they are excited about the much-awaited Spot prawn and seafood celebration from May 6 to June 5. 

For seafood lovers, this is a chance to see and buy fresh catch spot prawns and other seafood that's sold directly from the fishing vessel in a floating seafood market.

The fisherman's wharf is just a few meters away from Garry point park and people enjoy strolling at the promenade up to the restaurant patio. That's a good way to unwind and feel the healing benefits of a sea breeze. 

A take-home fresh spot prawn is the highlight since it's one of the best varieties of prawn. It's crisper, firmer, and tastes better. It's the most in demand as people line up to buy a pound or more.

The good thing about the fishing industry in Canada is that it's highly regulated for product quality, public health, and safety. The fishermen are only allowed to sell a specific variety of seafood that they're licensed to harvest. They need to hold and display a license on their stall and display a whiteboard that lists the species they're selling, where it was harvested, and the name of the vessel used for harvesting. That information safeguards the public that only the highest quality products are being sold at the fish sales float.

A visit to Steveston Harbour is a celebration of reviving the fishing industry and supporting local fishermen in British Columbia. This place has got plenty of marine life and vendors selling the produce of the highest quality and abides with the laws and regulations governing the fishing industry. 


©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Birchwood Dairy Farm in Abbotsford


The weekend has never been this fun when in a valley and a farm. That's how we spend time unwinding in the beautiful and relaxing ambiance of the Birchwood Dairy Farm. 
 
In Abbotsford, British Columbia, there are many farm destinations to choose from since it's located on the fertile land of the Fraser Valley where Agri-tourism is widely promoted and becoming a lifestyle.


The farm is owned by the Krahn family who's been in the dairy farm business for several decades in the Fraser Valley and managing the 22 acres of the farm, taking care of hundreds of cows and producing dairy milk and other dairy products.

What makes this dairy farm a favorite destination is its gourmet ice cream that's rich and creamy from the fresh milk produced by their happy and healthy cows. There are about 50 flavors to choose from including maple walnut, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and cookies and cream which we've bought in a cone and taken home in a liter bucket. That's a relief during sunny and warmer days just before the summer begins.


The dairy farm is also a favorite stop among partners and families who wanted to explore more and learn about how dairy milk and products and produced on the farm. It's also a popular stop among cyclists, motorcyclists, and students on an educational tour. This dairy farm is family-friendly and just for anyone who's into 
uncrowded, fresh air, and a great view of a natural environment.

I've learned that Canadian livestock are free from growth hormones and the use of antibiotics and other medications is strictly regulated. At Birchwood dairy farm they take good care of their cows so they are always healthy, so they produce the tastiest and creamiest milk. That makes their gourmet ice cream one of the best premium-quality I've ever tasted.


For a brief period, exposure to the dairy farm gives a perspective on how dairy cows are ethically raised, how dairy products are produced, and how it's being sold and patronized by people who know what quality dairy produce tastes like. 

At Birchwood dairy farm, we see happy families, playful young kids, and everyone who radiates the calm and positive energy that the dairy farm brings. It's on my farm destination lists, and I'll be happy to always go back and create wonderful memories that are something to cherish and reminisce.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Tulip Festival in Chilliwack


It's Springtime in Canada and other flowers take their turns to bloom just when the cherry blossoms started to fall off.

It's time to see the 30 colorful varieties of tulips and other flowers like daffodils and Hyacinths for this year's re-opening of British Columbia's largest flower festival.

The Tulip Festival in Chilliwack is the largest flower festival in British Columbia and Western Canada. It's this time of the year when millions of bulbs of Tulips are blooming on a 20-acre flower farm. 

This is the 16th year of the Tulip Festival in Chilliwack and it attacks tens of thousands of people from the lower mainland and nearby cities to witness the beautiful blossoming of tulips similar to the famous tulip farms in the Netherlands.

The Dutch-inspired tulip farm has features like a windmill, a chapel, a swing, and benches for a great photo opportunity. It's a perfect place for families and couples for a romantic walk while surrounded by a magnificent mountains backdrop.

In times when people are starting to live normally again, a visit to a Tulip farm uplifts the mood and makes one appreciate the natural wonders while seeing each other's faces and smiles without barriers.

What makes life more beautiful is when people bloom like a flower; radiating purity, serenity, and positivity. When life seems blue, these flowers remind us that we can stand tall and create abundance, experience pure joy, and peace in our hearts. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Holy Week 2022: A Journey to Paradise


The earth is healing. That's the message of hope and love this Holy Week. Finally, we get healed from the suffering brought on by the pandemic. It may not be the end yet, but we don't live in fear and prolong the agony.

Travel is what we desire this Lenten season. This way, we get to experience a new perspective on living. We cross borders and travel across the sea. A hundred miles of the journey; with immeasurable faith to Thee. 

We Journey to a paradise to see and feel God's heavenly creation. This time in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. A charming city that's rich in history. A story from the first nations passed down from generation to generation.


A walk around downtown Victoria is reminiscent of the distant past where laidback living thrives even in the present. I feel the calmness and the serenity; the cool vibe I'm eager to see. This is the place to explore find meaning and start a new beginning.

The message of God is clear; beyond suffering is a promised land where we live a heavenly experience. We walk with faith and we allow suffering just as we carry the cross toward our destination and salvation. We do not fear, but we trust God's will. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Taking a Leap from Hope to Faith


We all have fears and doubts. But believing that something can happen makes a difference in our lives. More so if we leap from believing to surrendering.

We have hopes because we can be achieved whatever our hearts desire. That's when we believe in ourselves that our higher hopes can lead to greater heights of success and fulfillment. 

When we hope for something, we say, "it can happen." However, we're dealing with just the possibility of keeping our fingers crossed. It may or may not happen. Chances are when we don't get our hopes, we slow down and may easily give up. 

Leaping hope to faith is believing that something will truly happen. It's about removing doubts that things are hard to achieve. But with faith, nothing is impossible. That's the difference in why faith can make miracles in our lives. It's when we have great faith that we achieve things with easiness and a higher level of success.

When things go wrong or when we're behind in the race of life, we may pause for a moment, get energized, and take a giant leap from hope to faith. Then, the universe conspires to make things happen. It shifts our mindset from probability to a greater possibility. And our dreams and desires take a quantum leap of our faith to eternity. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

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