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Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes

On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated – so:

“Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges –

Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!”

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), from The Explorer

If you’ve made it this far, then we might be of like mind. I had rarely made it to the About tab unless I had interest in the topic (or a veritable obsession). I spent empty hours surfing from travel site to site, reading about places I wanted to travel to, hikes I wanted to try, trips I would love to take, could I but afford them. I still love to travel, but I have also long enjoyed writing. This website, I’ve decided, will bring two things I love under one, somewhat local, umbrella: I will write, and about our excellent west coast and Vancouver, BC.

I was born in Europe and immigrated to Canada when I was seven, where I grew up in Vancouver. Yes, I am a proud Vancouverite. I know this city inside and out. I knew it when it was lazily spread out with not much happening. I knew it when it had one(!) SkyTrain line. I knew Vancouver from before, when South Burnaby had two towers (not twenty); I knew it before the BC Place roof had collapsed to change Vancouver’s skyline indefinitely; I knew it before all the development had begun. Today Vancouver is a thriving, growing city, and despite the impact Covid-19 has made on it, it’s spreading still. Sky-risers are growing at a quick pace, real estate is booming, new restaurants and businesses are popping up intermittently, and still more people are expected to become a part of the city in future.

But as any one Vancouverite or BC inhabitant can tell you, there is more to the west coast than only the city. There are numerous trails, fishing spots, hikes, walks, pretty views (mountain, sea, forest, you name it), camping spots, and day trips – all beautiful and peaceful places to visit. Past being a simple visitor, this area is even more complex, though it takes time to see it. History, Culture, and the Environmental Sciences all intermingle like a clash of kaleidoscope hues to make the area what it is today. It has taken me years to see the picture a little clearer. I hope to write about a bit of everything to give an imprint of this place, at least from one person’s point of view.

That said, this is for locals and travelers alike. This is for those planning a day trip, a week trip, a flight over to go RVing, or whatever else they’ve a mind for. As the entries increase, I hope to collect a good number of informative reports for those who need information if they wish to explore. Because Vancouver is also a very healthy-living kind of city (well, sort of), this is also particularly for those who don’t explore much, who don’t like crowds (I, myself, have a tendency to run from them), and who might want to see something somewhere, but are uncertain about going off on their own. For you, particularly, I hope these posts tickle your travel bug, at least enough to make it wriggle – and maybe allow you to step out past your own front door.

Treensbert Churchmouse

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