As I stare out the windows at the perpetual drizzle of Vancouver I can’t help thinking that February is perhaps not the best month for the Weekly Photo Challenge to challenge us on what we love about our home town.
Although it did get me thinking that maybe I could scare up a few reasons to like Vancouver in February.
The mountains of Vancouver are kind of in your face. In the summer there’s tons of hiking and places to explore; in the winter all that rain translates into snow in the five local mountains and lots of opportunities to ski.Up at Blackcomb the air is filled with crystalline sparkles that show up as little rainbow circles in the photo.
One of the great things about this city is that it is made up of so many cultures resulting in a mass of different cultural celebrations.
In February the big event is Chinese New Year and it’s coming up soon. I’ve written about it a lot over the years and can’t even begin to pick my favourite moment or photo.
- Chinese New Year 2012, the Parade and Food
- Chinese New Year 2013, the Year of the Snake
- Chinese New Year 2015, the Year of the Ram
All the Rest
Like any big city there are a host of other events, from Food Festivals like Dine Out Vancouver and the International Wine Festival, to shows like Winter Jazz (free) and the Chutzpah! Festival. Then there are the non-events like just going out to a cozy pub and dancing to a local band (last one, The Wolf and Hound, good Irish-style pub food, $5 craft beers and the entire place was hopping). Or trying to see all the Oscar-nominated films before the Oscars (last night: The Phantom Thread).
So enough of this sitting around and writing, have to get out in that drizzle and see some things.