Tag: Langley

Christmas markets & cooking demos in Langley, BC

Last Saturday, I joined up with local Vancouver and Fraser Valley bloggers to spend a Christmassy afternoon in Langley. Tourism Langley organized the trip for us, to introduce us to their #langleyfresh campaign, and aspects of Langley we might not necessarily know about, showcasing some of the city’s culinary and crafty experiences. Less than an […]

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Canadian cities do well on quality of life rankings

Yacht sailing in the Burrard Inlet
The Good Life
The Financial Times has a specialist division – fDi Intelligence magazine – which has recently published a report which ranked North American cities on a whole bunch of factors. The one that caught my eye was the category for Quality of Life in Micro Cities. (I said there were a bunch of factors!).

BC’s own North Vancouver came out top and Delta (4), Nanaimo (5), Langley (6).

  1. North Vancouver British Columbia Canada
  2. Meridian Idaho US
  3. Waterloo Ontario Canada
  4. Delta British Columbia Canada
  5. Nanaimo British Columbia Canada
  6. Fredericton New Brunswick Canada
  7. Langley British Columbia Canada
  8. Red Deer Alberta Canada
  9. Repentigny Quebec Canada
  10. Pickering Ontario Canada
I also looked at the Quality of Life category for Major Cities and BC scored there too as Vancouver came in 4th, with four other Canadian cities ranking in the top ten.

  1. Washington District of Columbia US
  2. San Francisco California US
  3. Calgary Alberta Canada
  4. Vancouver British Columbia Canada
  5. Ottawa Ontario Canada
  6. Austin Texas US
  7. Boston Massachusetts US
  8. Toronto Ontario Canada
  9. Edmonton Alberta Canada
  10. San Jose California US
It is good to know that Canada still ranks highly on quality of life!

Summer in Langley, White Rock and Surrey

Last week we featured Nanaimo (and beyond) and looked at the top things to do in the summer according to our partner Gary and Toni.

Now Juliet, our partner in the Langley area (and beyond) offers her top 3 things to do in the summer. You may have guessed that I am making the most of our partners to take a break from the newsletter writing!

GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO, ALDERGROVE, LANGLEY

When I took some English visitors to this zoo last year, they were amused by its simplicity and primitiveness. Seeing it through their eyes, it did strike me how slightly run-down it appears compared to the more slick zoos and animal parks in the UK.

But it does have a kind of old-fashioned charm; a refreshing lack of corporate commercialism. Despite its brush with controversy over the years, and if you can cope with the whole idea of paying to see caged animals, which as an animal lover I counter with the education it has given my kids, it is a great day out. When I was there last, I spent a whole day with the kids walking leisurely around the zoo’s never-crowded trails, taking a trip on the train, watching the kids play in the playground, walking around the indoor creepy-crawly section with both eyes shut, watching the falconry display, and finishing with a look around the small but surprisingly impressive gift store. If you go, don’t miss the grizzly and wolf enclosure; it seems a little more like a natural habitat, and passing through the sets of locked gates on the tour bus, complete with knowledgeable guide, it almost feels like a short-lived but real safari.

WHITE ROCK BEACH, WHITE ROCK

Ahh…White Rock. One of my favourite places in the world. Even if I can’t afford to live there, I find myself driving the 20 minutes from Cloverdale at least three times a week. There is something about the expanse of sandy beaches, with distant islands and mountains looming on the horizon of the shimmering Pacific, that makes me feel absolutely connected to Canada. Just walking on those East beaches when the tide is out, or swimming in the ocean when the tide is in, is a perfect example of what this country has to offer: clean seas, beautiful scenery; un-crowded, unspoiled and simply stunning. A little further along to the west and you will find a European influence in the bars and restaurants with their cold beer, busy patios and inviting ambience; and the beachy shops with their bikinis and beach balls.

BRUNCH AT NORTHVIEW GOLF COURSE, SURREY

Sitting on the patio at Northview Golf Course on a sunny Sunday morning, it is hard to believe that you are in Surrey. Not known for its natural beauty, but more for its continual development and much-maligned reputation as a crime-haven, Surrey is in fact quite stunning. A great way to see this beauty is sitting overlooking a perfectly manicured golf course (of which there are many in Surrey) with a backdrop of distant snow-capped mountains, a plate of delicious food in front of you. Northview will take your breath away, even if you skip the golf and head straight for the buffet.

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