Rediscover British Columbia’s unique blend of world flavors

By Destination BC, The Seattle Times, Sep. 24, 2021

After a year and a half of staycations and local day trips, many people are ready to revisit some favorite places and discover new adventures. Fortunately, there’s an exciting international destination just a three-hour drive from Seattle: British Columbia.

Despite being so close, B.C. feels like it’s a world away. The diverse culinary scene makes it an ideal destination for travelers who love to embrace new cuisines and are looking for a sense of connection to a new place this fall or any time of year. Read more…

See the World, in Canada

By Elaine Glusac, New York Times, July 21, 2021

Beginning Aug. 9, Canada plans to reopen its border to nonessential American visitors — including tourists — as long as they are fully vaccinated. The decision comes after months of public pressure, largely from states and communities that share the 5,500-mile border and experienced more than a year of family separation, lost work and social upheaval. In recent weeks, Canada’s vaccination rate has surged – Oxford University’s Our World in Data site shows Canada leading the world in vaccinations — with 70 percent of residents at least partially vaccinated, approaching Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vaccine targets for reopening. Americans traveling to Canada must be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved in Canada – including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – and submit proof via the government’s ArriveCAN app or website. They must also provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Canada.
With the relaxed restrictions, tourism officials are banking on an influx of visitors, not just to see family and friends, but to travel in a vast country rich with cultural influences from around the world. Read more…

Historical tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown

April 25, 2016 by Sarah Sutherland

I recently had the opportunity to go on a historical tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown with Judy Lam Maxwell. It was so interesting to see Chinatown from a different perspective. Walking the streets, having a meal, and shopping is interesting, but this allowed me to see more of the community behind closed doors and up the stairs. Read more …

Vancouver – An All Year Destination

eGlobal Travel Media, April 26, 2016

You can delve into the history of Vancouver’s famous Chinatown with the charming and passionate Judy Lam Maxwell who has a Master’s degree in Chinese Canadian History and who has exclusive access to some of the magic architecture of the heritage buildings situated in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown: www.chinatowngirl.ca. Read more …