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HAUNTED VANCOUVER: GHOSTS OF THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY

The Old Spaghetti Factory opened in Vancouver's Gastown in 1970. Located in a historic building and filled with historic artifacts, the restaurant is also known to be home to at least four playful spirits.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRVRRjAoZ7M

Location: 53 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A1

TOMAHAWK BARBEQUE: 95 Year Old Diner!

The Tomahawk Barbeque, established in 1926, is a North Vancouver Tradition. This family run establishment has been featured in Diners Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri as well as You Gotta Eat Here. Part classic diner and part museum, the diner is filled with first nations artwork and artifacts, giving it an eclectic ambience that has been seen in films such as X-Files, Supernatural and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt1VEASg9Q4

Website: http://www.tomahawkrestaurant.com/

Location: 1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2V8

ABANDONED HEADQUARTERS MILL

The abandoned Headquarters Mill was built as a rough timber mill in 1912-1913. Despite being fully equipped, however, the mill was never used for reasons that remain unclear. Some say the mill was only built so that the company could gain certain concessions from the provincial government. The recession of 1913 may have led the company to abandon it. Parts from the mill were later used to build a new mill in Courtenay.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnx43b7cwOU

Location: Comox-Strathcona C, BC V9J 1N5

MCLEAN MILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

McLean Mill National Historic Site is a steam-operated sawmill on Vancouver Island, officially open to tourists since July 1, 2000. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989. The mill originally ran as a family operated saw-milling business from 1926 to 1965. The original plot of land was purchased by Robert Bartlett ("R.B.") McLean, and he moved there with his wife Cora, and his three sons Arnold, Philip, and Walter.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_j9sz4t2ZU

Website: https://mcleanmill.ca/

Location: 5633 Smith Rd, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8Z1

ECO DAIRY DEMONSTRATION FARM

The Eco Dairy, in partnership with Science World, is the first demonstration farm of its kind in canada showcasing innovative sustainable dairy farm practices and inviting the public to share in the experience in a fun and educational way!

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIVEbQoY4X4

Website: hhttp://www.ecodairy.ca/

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ymE3WTv5uBjthygv5

MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY TOUR

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nation band governments of the Pacific Northwest. MOA houses close to 50,000 ethnographic objects, as well as 535,000 archaeological objects in its building alone.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI47Mh7Wyag

Website: http://moa.ubc.ca/

Location: https://g.page/MOAUBC

IMAGINE VAN GOGH: An Immersive Art Experience

Imagine Van Gogh, is an exhibition where one can admire The Starry Night, Irises and Sunflowers, or be drawn into the intimacy of his Bedroom in Arles. An experience that brings viewers to the heart of its images, Imagine Van Gogh is accompanied by the music of the great composers

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU5cqnnN_WU

Website: https://www.imagine-vangogh.com/

TOUR OF CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It was constructed in the late 19th century as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan and the building later served as a military hospital, college, offices, and a conservatory, before it was re-purposed into a historical museum in 1979. The museum is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society, and receives 150,000 visitors a year.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzyHcfFW2n4

Website: http://www.thecastle.ca/

Location: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC V8S 3L5

COOMBS WOODEN SHOE DUTCH IMPORT

The Coombs Wooden Shoe Dutch Import Store is a family owned and operated business in Coombs BC. Since 2003, the Dutch Store has imported Dutch foods, decorations and treats such Peppermints and Licorice that would be hard to find anywhere else on Vancouver Island.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgLPxmc5L2E

Website: https://www.iloveoma.com/

Location: 2268 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0

NORTH ISLAND WILDLIFE RECOVERY CENTRE

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting the centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. Rehabilitating eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight enclosure of its kind in Canada. The Centre's mandate is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife, with a focus on raptors and black bears.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsywcBp_lfE

Website: https://www.niwra.org/

Location: 1240 Leffler Rd, Errington, BC V0R 1V0

VICTORIA BUTTERFLY GARDENS

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens, located in the Greater Victoria, is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Victoria area. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens are known for having different species of butterflies and moths in their indoor facility, as well as birds, fishes, frogs, an iguana, geckoes and tortoises, along with the newly added Insectarium.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsN3rpup8jQ

Website: https://www.butterflygardens.com/

Location: 1461 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5

FORT RODD HILL & FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site preserves the history of artillery batteries used during war time to defend the Esquimalt Harbor. Just next door is Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the western coast of Canada.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVodKHt9Y94

Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill

Location: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 2W8

EQUIMALT LAGOON DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURES

The Equimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary is home to the incredible driftwood art sculpture, Mc Gnarly the Beach Ent. This work inspired artist Paul Lewis to create a growing collection of other driftwood creatures which reflect the variety lf bird species often found at the lagoon.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKuNO93GTkU

Location: Colwood, BC

UNIQUE CANADIAN FOOD: Exploring the Nanaimo Bar Trail

The Nanaimo Bar Trail features almost 40 shops and restaurants which serve a variety of Nanaimo Bar themed delicacies based on this unique canadian food, including Nanaimo bar lattes, spring rolls, cocktails, deep-fried Nanaimo bars, and more. The classic Nanaimo bar, named after the city of Nanaimo British Columbia, has three layers: the cool and creamy chocolate top layer, the comforting vanilla custard middle layer, and the chocolatey, coconut graham crumb base.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbnXctOSFpg

Website: https://tourismnanaimo.com/what-to-do/sip-and-savour/nanaimo-bar-trail/

Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Lost Attractions: Stanley Park Zoo

The Stanley Park Zoo has a long history stretching from when the park first opened until it closed in the 1990s. Today the Polar Bear exhibit sites untouched and abandoned, the last reminder of this chapter of the Stanley Park's history.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMSiOwcSWU4

STANLEY PARK: Vancouver's Top Tourist Attraction

Stanley Park is the top tourist attraction in Vancouver and was named the world's best urban park by Trip Advisor in 2014. I'm heading on a Stanley Park Tour around the seawall (part of the longest continuous seawall in the world) and will share with you the history of it's many sights and attractions.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-w-32ftsp0

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 FILMING LOCATIONS

We take a look at Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Filming Locations. The film has been in production around the Vancouver area since March. For the past two weeks, Fort Langley has been transformed into the town of Green Hills for the movie. Sonic 2 is due out in theaters April 2022.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_hqHGR18wk

Alpaca & Llamas: Family Fun at Kensington Prairie Farm

The Kensington Prairie Farm in Langley BC offers the chance to get up close with a herd of adorable Alpacas & Llamas. Kids will love the experience and adults can browse the collection of alpaca wool products at the farm store. A day trip to the Kensington Prairie Farm is a sure bet for family fun only a short drive from Vancouver!

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W-WnZn6Tmc

Website: http://www.kensingtonprairie.ca/

Location: 1736 248 St, Aldergrove, BC V4W 2C3

Royal B.C. Museum: Becoming BC and First Peoples Galleries

Founded in 1886, the Royal B.C. Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia's natural and human history museum as well as the British Columbia Provincial Archives. The Royal BC Museum includes three permanent galleries: Natural History, Becoming BC and the First Peoples Gallery. The museum’s collections comprise approximately 7 million objects, including natural history specimens, artifacts, and archival records.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4waAzT1hrg

Website: https://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Location: 675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2

X-FILES FILMING LOCATIONS (THEN AND NOW)

I took a tour of some recognizable X-Files filming locations around the Vancouver area. The first five seasons of The X-Files were filmed and produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, before eventually moving to Los Angeles. The series later returned to Vancouver to film The X-Files: I Want to Believe as well as the tenth and eleventh seasons of the series.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKNJB4EsSkA