5 Attractions To Celebrate Labour Day

For over a century Labour Day has annually celebrated the achievement of workers.

Here’s a selection of local attractions that celebrate the pioneering spirit and hard labour put in by workers in the various industries that opened up our area.  If you’re looking for a Labour Day activity, why not make a day trip our of Vancouver to one of these destinations;

Britannia Mine Museum
Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Mine Museum – National Historic Site – Britannia Beach, BC

West Coast Railway Heritage Park – Squamish, BC

Fort Langley – National Historic Site – Fort Langley, BC

Fort Langley CNR Station – Fort Langley, BC

Living History Tent City
Yale, BC Living History Tent City

Yale Historic Site – Yale, BC

These are just a few of the great attractions that highlight the labours of our pioneers, explore these and find other adventures to celebrate Labour Day!

Friday Find : Ford Escape Titanium

FordEscapeTi_IMG_9910On my way to Squamish Valley Music Festival, I had the opportunity to drive the Sea-to-Sky in a Ford Escape Titanium. The 5 door sport utility vehicle was a great option for a road trip. The comfortable mid-sized SUV easily dealt with the hustle and bustle of heavy traffic in the city and once we got past the congestion, it picked up and grabbed the highway with excellent control and handling.

FordEscapeTi_IMG_9871While the alerts took some getting used to at first, it was nice to have the extra level of security provided by the vehicle’s blind spot sensors, letting me know whenever a car was in close proximity.   Parking assist sensors and a rear-view camera are more of the intelligent safety features in the Ford Escape Titanium.  The large display provides information on everything you need to do and know about. FordEscapeTi_IMG_9909 However, since you shouldn’t read or type and drive, Ford’s signature SYNC system easily links to your bluetooth smartphone allowing for clear hands-free voice calls and the program can handle most of your desires with the touch a button on the steering wheel.  Driving back from Squamish in the dark, the dashboard display’s tone was nice and comforting without being distracting.

Unlike some of the other SUVs in this class, the Ford Escape Titanium has great cargo space as well as passenger legroom and headspace. After taking a ride with me, some friends are now interested in the Escape Ti for their next car because the great space in the cargo compartment is perfect for their large dog.  While not all of you will have a large dog, the back seats and compartment are enough to handle all your group, shopping, or almost anything you can throw into the vehicle.

Grab your gear, fill up the car and hit the road with a Ford Escape Titanium, it’s ready for whatever you need to do on four wheels.



The Ellen Show – An Easy Day Trip

People say nothingOutside WarnerBrothers Studios ever happens in Vancouver? Even is that were true (which I know it’s not) Vancouver isn’t that far away to have a fun daytrip away!

Yesterday, my good friend May arranged to get us tickets to The Ellen Show taping in Los Angeles. We boarded a plane from YVR at 0630 for a non-stop flight to LAX, arriving on a bright but cool LA morning. Catching a SuperShuttle for the hour plus trip across town we got a first hand taste of LA morning rush hour.  Arriving in front of the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank we still had time to kill before the required check-in time for The Ellen Show.

As luck would have it the Original Bob’s Big Boy Diner was just around the corner…it was like a walking into a 50’s museum….including some of the patons.

Back at the Studios and checking in at the waiting area (the lower floor of a parking garage) for The Elllen Show, we waited and waited some more before they started to sort the audience into groups to lead them to the studio backstage (which doubles as the Ellen Store). From here on out it was a well orchestrated whirlwind of fun and entertainment. 15 minutes before showtime, we were ushered into our seats in the studio and the ‘warm up’ guy started to rouse the audience and get us cheering. And cheer they did when Ellen Degeneres walked out to start the show…laughs, music, dancing, $100 Victoria Sectret Gift Card prizes, games, Eva Mendes, Flo-Rida, Mindy Kaling, more dancing, more laughs and games rounded out the November 30th episode.  

Then as Ellen was thanking the audience for attending, she also sprung another surprise on us by saying that Ben Affleck, who was to guest on the next day’s episode, was here to tape his segment as he was unable to the following day. So after a quick change of clothes for Ellen and DJ Tony, an interview with Ben Affleck was taped followed by a quick ‘game’. Then a quick 90 minutes after it all began, it was all over and we were on our way out the door with Victoria Secret Gift Card and Flo-Rida cd in hand. Making a mad dash for the SuperShuttle back to LAX for our 2100 flight back to Vancouver.

Super Fast Super Fun Super Easy to have a great Vancouver – LA daytrip!