✈Vancouver, Canada ►Vacation Travel Guide

JON: Hi, I'm Jon Olson and welcometo Next Stop, from North of the border in the stunning Pacific Northwest.

NEXT STOP VANCOUVER/VICTORIA rolls JON: Welcome to beautiful BritishColumbia.

On this episode of Next Stop, we will feature Canada's most fit and walkablecity, Victoria.

We will also feature one of the most livable cities in the world for thepast decade, Vancouver, B.

C.

We will show you where to go, where to stay, what to doand how to do it in our always fun and positive Next Stop style.

The fun starts now!Next Stop logo JON: Victoria is one of the fewplaces where you can whale watch year round.

Today we are with Eagle Wing Tours to seesome whales, and a whole lot more.

JEFF: First of all, I just want to welcomeyou guys all to Eagle Wing this morning, my name is Jeff.

Today we have 2 pods of killerwhales, we've got resident whales over in the San Juan islands.

we're going to startover here in Race Rocks lighthouse, so we are going to head southwest first.

This lighthouse, Race Rocks lighthouse, is the second oldest lighthouse on the west coast of Canada, whatis happening here guys, is Pearson College conducts research, and the lighthouse keepershave been allowed to stay here as caretakers, or custodians on the island, and they helpout with Pearson College.

So what we've got here guys, these are called Harbor Seals, the Harbor Seal weighs about 2-3 hundred pounds, and these seals are extremely lazy, and 70%of their life, that is pretty much it right there.

Alright, so for some of you guys, thisis your national bird for the United States.

Outside of Alaska, we have some of the highestconcentrations of North America, there are thousands of mating pairs here in the Northwest, and this will be one of the adults, right? We know this because when they are an adultthey have a white head and tail.

The whales are with all these boats, these are a mixtureof the US and Canadian whale watch boats.

Whenever possible as well, we always shutthe motor off to minimize noise, right? These killer whales are very acoustic animals, soundis very important to them.

Each whale can be identified quite easily, by looking atthe white saddle patch, every saddle patch is slightly different.

We also look at thetall dorsal fin, because it is different in size, different in shape.

Right there, L 72Racer.

That is L 72 Racer, oh that is so cool, .

look at this!JON: Thanks for the 65 mile jaunt! JEFF: Allright! No worries, it was great, it was awesome.

JON: What a day, what a morning, a littlebit wet, but you know, it didn't really matter, the whales didn't care.

JEFF: That is true, the whales are always wet.

JON: You guys are a very eco friendly company.

JEFF: For the 2 seasons we have been offsettingall our emissions, and we are also members of One Percent for the Planet as well, whichmeans we take one percent of our gross revenues and we invest it back into the environmentinto green areas.

JON: Very well done.

You guys are about conservation, education, and entertainment.

JEFF: Absolutely.

Thanks very much for comingout today, good to have you on board.

JON: Thank you Jeff.

Next Stop logo JON: Coming up, a majestic hotelin Victoria's sparkling inner harbor, and a lively ale trail.

Next Stop logo JON: We are very fortunate tobe staying at the Fairmont Empress, the lovely and historic hotel, and we are in the tealobby, for afternoon tea.

How cool is this? NATHAN: The hotel we are in right now wasactually built in 1908, designed by Francis Rattenbury.

JON: Oh my God, we pulled up and we are like, this is our hotel? It looks like a museum.

NATHAN: It does, it does, yes.

Turn of the century, so very old, very rustic, very iconicin our city.

JON: And I like how you have historical pictureson the wall, it really takes you back, you really feel like you are back in the early1900's.

Wide hallways too.

NATHAN: Yes, definitely, very big hallwaystoo.

JON: Tell us about this, because this is kindof unique for me.

NATHAN: It is, our afternoon tea service herestarts generally with fresh berries with some cream as well, and of course our tea thatis created just for us here at the Fairmont Empress.

We start our afternoon tea serviceswith our sandwiches here, we have our sun dried tomato tapenade, followed by our cucumberand ham sandwiches, my personal favorite here, the mango and curried chicken.

Finished offby our wonderful dessert tower there, most peoples favorites, Some people start hereand work their way down actually.

JON: Is there really any method to it, can'tyou just go all over the place? It's beautiful.

NATHAN: You can pick wherever you want actually, that is half the fun of it, yes.

JON: Well the tea is delicious, but you guysactually take this tea and do something else with it for a little bit later on.

NATHAN: We do, in our Bengal Lounge, formally known as the Cornet Lounge, in 1954.

we doa what we call our 1908 martini, which is tea infused vodka.

We actually take our vodkaand soak a bunch of tea bags in it for a few days, and it adds a nice tea flavor to thevodka.

JON: I love the location of the hotel in Victoria, it's Canada's most walkable city, Canada's most fit city, how does it get that title?NATHAN: The weather is great here, all year around you can be biking, walking to work, be doing what you need to.

JON: You bike to work, right?NATHAN: I do bike to work.

JON: This city walks to work, bikes to work, that is why it is such a fit city.

NATHAN: Yes, it is, yes.

JON: What else about Victoria, you are not from this part, so what do you love aboutVictoria? NATHAN: We have an oceanfront here, we havea lovely ocean, the mountains just up island a little bit, it's a beautiful place.

Next Stop logo JON: We all know Canadians lovetheir beer, tonight in Victoria, we're going on an Ale Trail, our first stop? Swan'sBrewpub.

ANDREW: Swan's is a brewpub in downtownVictoria, this building, a beautiful building, it was built in 1913.

This is just 3 of ourbeers, first beer we are going to have is Tessier's wheat beer.

JON: That is your last name.

ANDREW: That is my last name, named this oneafter myself, favorite type of beer.

Cheers.

JON: Good for you, cheers.

That is reallynice.

Perfect summer beer.

ANDREW: Summer beer.

Second beer we are goingto try is our Extra IPA, really hoppy, really bitter.

JON: I think I like this the best, I like your summer, and I like your IPA.

I like themall, but this is my favorite.

ANDREW: Cool.

You can like them all!JON: It's like your children, right? ANDREW: Yes.

JON: So we found our way to award winning Canoe Brewpub, Yogi here is goingto tell us about these props on the table, that aren't just props, these are awardsmy man.

YOGI: They are not just props, they are awards, they are really awards, we actually won 3 silver awards for 3 out of 4 of our beers, for our lager, which is our czech inspired beer, and our brown ale.

JON: Well done, and your process is really fresh, there aren't that many steps.

YOGI: Yeah, very fresh.

it is only literally 10 paces from the grain until the beer whichis another tap, so it is a really, really fresh beer.

This used to be a coal poweredpower plant, for Victoria, so this place used to actually power Victoria's city, whichis pretty cool.

JON: And now beer powers the city.

YOGI: Yeah.

exactly.

We are still powering it.

JON: So should I try one? YOGI: Yeah, definitely, try one.

JON: This is one of the award winning ones, yeah?YOGI: Cheers, this is our lager, this is our lightest one we have, more of our summer drink.

What do you think? JON: I like it, very light, for a nice summerday, perfect.

JON: Our last stop on the AleTrail, Canada's oldest licensed brewpub, Spinnakers.

RYAN: Since back in May of 1984 we have been brewing all of our own beer, building localcommunity, we still have people that have been coming in since 1984.

This is our Hoptoria, brewed this one in commemoration of Victoria's 150 years.

Hoptoria says it all, Victoria.

JON: You guys are also all about your food, and local foods.

RYAN: Definitely.

I mean even with our cattle, we have an arrangement going on with our cattlefarmer, we give her all of our used barley, she gives it to the cattle and in return weget beef.

So you get a burger and beer, you've kind of got a tiny little circle of life goingthere.

JON: Beautiful.

Next Stop logo JON: British Columbia Ferry ServicesIncorporated, also known as BC Ferrries, began in 1960 with only 2 vessels.

Today it is oneof the most elaborate ferry systems in the world, with 36 vessels and 40 ports of call.

It also plays a vital role in BC's economy, connecting goods and services, people and places, friendsand family, and today, connecting our Next Stop crew from Victoria to one of the worldsmost livable cities, Vancouver B C.

Next Stop logoJON: Coming up on Next Stop, the popular peak on Vancouver, a culinary walkingtour, and more.

Next Stop logoJON: Grouse Mountain, also known as the peak of Vancouver, is located just20 minutes outside the city.

It is open year round, and it is fun! So our first activity here on GrouseMountain is ziplining, now I have ziplined before, but this is a little bit differentset up Chris.

CHRIS: Completely different than a lot ofplaces around the world, no open glove, bamboo pole, or anything like that, fully automaticsystem so alright, up you come Jon, just watch your head when you stand up here, feels good?JON: it is like sitting in a harness, in a chair, perfect.

CHRIS; Alright, off you go, see you down there.

JON: Woo hoo!CHRIS: Perfect, line number 2 here, we are starting to get into the good stuff, ok? Thisline, it's a lot longer, a lot steeper than the first one, we are basically going to endup going a lot faster.

JON: Woo hoo! Oh my gosh, how beautiful isthis! Woo! So I mentioned we have ziplined before in different places, but the harnessin completely different, the stopping is completely different, and taking a chair to our nextzipline? I love it! CHRIS: This line is about 1200 feet long, , and if you are going fast enough, you can reach up to speeds of 80 kilometers an hourup here.

JON: Guys, thank you so much for an exhilaratingafternoon.

What is up next on our tour of Grouse Mountain, what should we see?CHRIS: Right behind us, the eye of the wind, you get some insane 360 degree views of thecity and the mountains around us, so I definitely recommend heading up there.

JON: Meet Ian, he is going to tell us about this impressive wind turbine, it's not a windmill, what is the difference? IAN: Windmill makes bread, wind turbine makespower.

This makes power, makes power.

First one of it's kind in the world to actuallyhave both a passenger elevator and a viewing platform on there, so accessible to the public, super easy for anyone to get to.

These are the coastal mountains here that are actuallya sub site of, they are called the Northshore Mountains, so these big ones that we havein back are called Cathedral, and then the one in front of it is Mt Coliseum, and itis as rugged as you get.

JON: And then the view of Vancouver.

IAN: Absolutely gorgeous, eh? JON: Yeah, it's probably the best view inthe city.

IAN: I don't think you can get anywhereelse better.

Next Stop logoJON: We are staying at the Westin Grand, located right in downtown Vancouver.

When you drop into a city and the locals tell you they love the hotel you are staying in, you know it is a pretty special place.

The first thing that stands out, it is calledthe Westin Grand, it is shaped like a grand piano, we have a grand piano keyboard righthere, what is up with the music thing? BRYCE: Well it is just the cooperation kindof between the hotel and really the industry that surrounds us, kind of that theater area, we have some theaters close by, so when the hotel was built in 1999, they decided hey, lets get the building involved, and not just the staff and not just kind of the culture.

JON: You are right on Robson Street, which is the happening street, you have restaurants, so many things around that you can walk to.

BRYCE: We get comments all the time about, geez, I came here to Vancouver, didn't know much about your hotel, but came in right fromthe airport and stayed here and I stepped out of the hotel and there is shopping andrestaurants, and theater, and gas town, and yale town, and everything is kind of withinthat walking distance, so we are pretty proud of that.

JON: So you are from Vancouver, how has Vancouver changed, especially after the Olympics?BRYCE: It's been incredible.

When I was growing up in Vancouver, downtown wasn'tas developed as it is now, so when you went to a restaurant, it was sometimes out of downtown, now, if you come downtown, you never have to leave, everything is here.

JON: Last night you guys had a pop up bar.

What is a pop up bar?BRYCE: Yeah, so we started this this year, called a pop up patio, so we have a littlelounge set up, a DJ, drinks, appies, people love it.

JON: Love it.

And your rooms, I mean, it is the Westin Quality, all rooms are suites whichI love, but what I really love and is something unique is you have little kitchenettes inyour room.

BRYCE: Yeah.

JON: So you really can grab food, there is a grocery store next door, and really makeyour own dinner if you want.

BRYCE: Yes, so it works for both, works forcorporate travellers who who want to come here whether they are staying for one night, works for those families who maybe want to have a bowl of cereal for breakfast, theydon't feel like they want to go to a restaurant every time, so it really works for everyonewho wants to come here.

Being a 31 floor hotel, the views from the upper floors are spectacular.

Next Stop logo JON: Capilano Suspension BridgePark is Vancouver's most popular and oldest tourist attraction.

The Bridge itself wasbuilt in 1889 and is 450 feet across, and 230 feet above the raging Capilano River.

It's newest addition, Cliff Walk, showcases the bounty of the temperate rainforest surrounding, and is a thrilling was to experience Vancouver's beautiful natural surroundings.

Next Stop logo JON: With over 12 million visitorsa year, Granville Island is a bustling part of Vancouver.

Today we meet up with EdibleCanada for a culinary tour.

This is a very cool part of Vancouver right now, tell usabout Granville Island.

DONITA: Very nice.

Well.

Granville Islandhas a lot of history.

All of the tin buildings you see here are original buildings.

Thisused to be a real workers place, very industrial, so they opened up the market in 1979 and theyinvited artisans to come in with their studios, and local vendors to open up shop and it wasan instant success.

JON: Let's explore.

DONITA: Yeah, absolutely.

JON: Stop uno.

DONITA: This is the Stock Market, so here they actually open before the market opensat 8 am, and they start serving breakfast.

So they serve oatmeal sometimes with a nicefruit sauce.

JON: That is so good.

DONITA: So, South China Seas, great place to get those special ingredients for whenyou are cooking and you can't find it anywhere else.

JON: Unique.

DONITA: You come here, everybody knows aboutSouth China Seas, and this is sea asparagus, so this is salty.

JON: We had this last night at Kitsilano Kitchen.

DONITA: Oh, you did?JON: Chef Brian comes comes down here every day, and buys all his ingredients fresh, andprepares his menu daily, and we had this on one of our appetizers.

So I noticed that youstarted with the bag and now I have it, why am I carrying the bag now, Because I am agentleman? DONITA: It's because you were misbehaving, and I want you to have the full experience of this tour.

JON: It's because I was misbehaving.

DONITA: So next stop is Benton Brothers finecheese, I love this stuff, because there is a huge story.

Andrew and his brother Jonahactually own this cheese company, they have 3 locations, but they are engineers, theynever were born into this.

They decided they didn't want to be engineers anymore, gotinto the cheese business, and what they specialize in is small production cheese.

We are goingto Petit Ami next for some coffee samples.

JON: It's obviously very popular, thereis a line.

DONITA: It is, It is a hidden secret, oncepeople come on the tour, or they come to Granville Island on their own, they discover the coffee, then they keep coming back.

We are here at Lee's doughnuts, and this is one of theoriginal vendors in the market when it opened in 1979.

They are doing very simple doughnuts, very simple recipes, they haven't changed anything, and they make it with a lot of loveand care.

Alright, we are here at Edible Canada to do our last tasting of the tour.

So birchsyrup is kind of the new niche product out of Canada, some people get different things.

JON: I taste birch.

DONITA: Do you?JON: I don't know.

DONITA: What a great palette.

This is a staplein my fridge, this is turkish fig and walnut wine spread, so it's like a jam.

We aresort of taking you on a little trip through the Vancouver food scene, what is local andwhat is Canadian, and what is really good.

JON: You did a very nice job today, thankyou very much.

DONITA: Why thank you.

Your welcome.

Next Stop logo JON: Coming up on Next Stop, Watusun, playing Tourism Vancouver's theme song.

Next Stop logoMUSIC JON: Watusun is the official soundof Vancouver Tourism, which is pretty darn cool guys.

REID: We had a song in a radio contest, and through one of the judges in that contestis a music supervisor in Vancouver, and she was contracted to find some music for thatand heard the song and thought it was perfect for it.

MUSIC JON: Tourism Vancouver said youguys have to check out this video, your video is amazing, and they did it for you guys right?They loved your song so much they said 'We want to make this video'ADAM: Being the musicians we were, we didn't have any funding to do so.

JON: Of course.

ADAM: So we're just trying to scrape togethera thousand bucks to get our buddy to make a video, and all of a sudden we get calledfrom Vancouver Tourism and they want to put on a huge production for us for nothing, soobviously it was a dream come true.

MUSICJON: Your music is described as funky, soulful beach music, so how appropriatethat we are out on a gorgeous night in Vancouver on the beach.

Does it get any better thanthis? REID: This is why you live in Vancouver, thisis the time of season, and it is why you come down here.

JON: So this song is called 'It's you, Vancouver', and every time I hear it, Ilike it more.

What I also like about you guys is that your music and your style is upbeatand positive, which is what Next Stop is, we are also about having fun and keeping itpositive, so you guys fit in perfectly.

MUSICNext Stop logo JON: Thanks for tuning in to NextStop from 2 amazing destinations, Victoria and Vancouver British Columbia.

Merci to thisepisodes sponsors, Tourism Vancouver, the Westin Grand Vancouver, Tourism Victoria, and Fairmont Empress.

We love Canada, we love Canadians, and we can't wait to come back.

Thanks to our shows title sponsors and good friends, Alaska Airlines, and the Alaska AirlinesVisa Signature Card.

Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.

21:52-21:55 Next Stop logo Credits roll.

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