Can every weekend be a spa weekend? 💆🏻♀️ | 📍Grotto Spa located inside the @tighnamara resort in Parksville BC was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate my mind and body. Their Dip n’ Dine package included a dip in their oh-so-blissful mineral pool as well as a 17-course endless tapas dining experience. I left feeling pretty beauti-FULL inside and out 🙃 #Reconnect#MYPQB
Along the train tracks, an old train station building. From the look of it, that’s where someone was waiting to indicate upcoming trains on the correct track; which seems to lead to Telegraph Cove and Port McNeil.
#shotoncanon 5D Mark III with 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
Since 1970, Banyen Books has been the preeminent location for BC residents seeking knowledge on a vast array of subject matter. From spiritual practice and self discovery to alternative medicine, philosophy, history and science, Banyen offers a staggering selection of literature, artifacts and tools — the store truly must be experienced in person to understand the gravitas of what they offer.
The genesis of Banyen came at a pivotal time in Vancouver’s alternative community. In the late sixties, the counter-culture movement started manifesting in a powerful way in Kitsilano, with conscientious objectors, musicians, stoners and conservationists flocking to the area. Along Vancouver’s newly-minted ‘Rainbow Row’ on West 4th, colourful establishments ran by industrious hippies began flourishing. These included Vancouver’s first-ever vegetarian restaurant, The Golden Lotus; The Naam, which still has lineups to this day; Capers, a groundbreaking natural-food grocer; and the now-lost Black Swan Records, a jazz music store and venue. These places also served as the hubs for new (at the time) organizations like Greenpeace to plan protests and blockades.
Nowadays, Kitsilano’s “hippie highway” has been replaced by decidedly less psychedelic enterprises, including corporate coffee houses and high-end retail boutiques. But if you look closely, the roots of this movement remain — and The Naam, Aphrodite’s Cafe and the transcendent Banyen Books serve as some of the best examples. We highly recommend getting lost for an hour (or three) in these remarkable local landmarks. #pacificheritage
My 6TH BEACH this weekend! Trout Lake is a different kind of beach: a small ungroomed oasis in the East Van residential area. No tourists, just some locals with their chairs, frisbees & barbecues, enjoying their afternoon w family & friends. Happy Father’s Day! 😊