This blog covers travel suggestions and ideas by Keith and Heather Nicol. Most of our travels deal with self propelled outdoor activities and include hiking, sea kayaking, backcountry and cross country skiing, alpine skiing and other activities. We also enjoy traditional music and cultures. We have written over 800 articles in various magazines and newspapers. Keith Nicol has also written 2 books and has a popular you tube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/k2nicol
Friday, 26 December 2014
Vancouver's VanDusen Gardens and Capilano Suspension Bridge" light" up for the holidays
by Keith and Heather Nicol
Vancouver has some
fine displays of lights for the holiday season and if you have never been to
the Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens then you are in for a
big treat. This year is the 30 th anniversary for this seasonal event
which runs until January 4, 2015. There are over 1,000,000 lights on display
and you need a programme for all of the other performances that are taking place
as well. We took in a few and we really enjoyed the dancing lights show on Livingstone Lake .
Strolling along many of the themed walks like the Gingerbread Wood and Candy
Cane Lane make this truly a family event which is suited to people of all ages.
Our suggestions are to bring a tripod so that you can do some time exposures of
the lights and print the progamme ahead of time so that you know in advance
when and where the various performances are taking place. For more information
The lights at the VanDusen Gardens are amazing!
Thenext night we headed to the Capilano Suspension bridge to see their
Canyon Lights display. They have decorated the world’s tallest Christmas tree
at over 150 feet and lit up the suspension bridge as well as many of their
other adventures like the Cliffwalk and Tree Top Adventures. We also enjoyed
listening and singing along with the carols at the Trading Post. Again we
suggest that you bring along a tripod to capture the lights. Although we went
around 6:00 pm if you want to actually see the Capilano River and see how high above the ground you are on the
Cliffwalk you might want to head over just before sunset.That way you can see both the dramatic views
and the lights. The Canyon Lights display continues until January 3, 2015.
Since the weather forecast is looking good for the next week or so there are
still many nights left to enjoy it. For more information see: http://www.capbridge.com/
You can join in singing some holiday music at the Capilano Suspension Brdige