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It has definitely been awhile since I last posted, so I figured it was about time! There’s just something about the cold and rainy weather (especially in Vancouver) that makes it hard to stay motivated… At least for me that is! But now that it’s Spring, the sun FINALLY decided to make an appearance for longer than an afternoon and so far it’s stuck around for the entire long weekend. This type of weather affects my mood in such a big way and reminds me that summer is just around the corner! One of my favourite things to do in the summer time is to spend the day on Granville Island which is a tiny little peninsula under the Granville street bridge in Vancouver, BC. It’s a pretty short distance from my apartment, so in the summertime I like to do the majority of my grocery shopping there because there’s just something about grocery shopping in a cute public market that makes the task seem more exciting and less like a chore. Not to mention, the market is right on the water with beautiful views of the marina and downtown Vancouver.

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Whenever I pay a visit to Granville Island I always treat myself to a box of Lee’s Donuts which has the BEST cinnamon sugar donuts ever in my opinion… I also stop by the flower section in the public market to look at their incredible arrangements and of course snap a few pictures. Time I picked up a bundle of gorgeous pink peonies (my favourite flower) as well as a beautiful white orchid which was definitely not cheap but I’ve wanted one for quite some time now.

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For lunch we went to the Granville Island hotel on the far end of the island which has a beautiful restaurant called Dockside overlooking the marina. After that we went for a walk along the docks that were completely covered in cherry blossom petals that had fallen from the many trees that grew up above. Cherry blossom season is one of the best times of the year in my opinion… it just makes everything look so beautiful and cheerful.

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I unfortunately had to work super early the next day which was Easter Sunday… But afterwards I went for an Easter Brunch out in my home town, Tsawwassen with my family at the golf course. No matter how tired I am from working an early morning shift, you will NEVER catch me turning down an eggs benny or a mimosa ;) I ended up staying in Tsawwassen over night as well, and the next day was also a beautiful day and actually somewhat warm as well :) I spent the day grabbing coffee with some friends and going for a bike ride along the dike in beach grove. All in all, I’d say it was a pretty fantastic Easter long weekend :).

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Over Christmas break, I planned a quick getaway over to Tofino a few hours out of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We took the ferry ride over (my mom and I), and on the drive up we stopped at a hiking trail called Little Qualicum Falls. Upon first arrival it didn’t look like much more than forest trails that led down to a stream. But less than a 10 minute walk, were beautiful waterfalls and bridges that stretched from one side to another.

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Tofino was the perfect destination for a staycation. It’s crazy that a two hour ferry ride and a 3 hour drive can take you to a place that feels so far away from home. The beaches were incredible – with ocean views that extended past the horizon and waves that you could watch all day. Town has such a laid back feel that’s such a wonderful change from the fast paced downtown Vancouver that I’m used to.

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