The Best of 604: Family Editionby
The annual “Best of Vancouver” issue of The Georgia Straight left me wanting more and had some of my readers saying wondering just what we’ve done to deserve Nickelback as a top band in our city? Because of this, I’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of the MaGoggy‘s and create my own awards, the Best of 604. These are not the things that are highest rated by Zagat or that have the most stars. These are people, places and things that I personally find enjoyable. With some help from John and my sister Jenny I hope to cover a different spectrum, all inclusive of the “604“.
The “Best of 604” will be an ongoing series, so watch for more posts in this category.
I wanted to touch on a ‘real’ demographic and ‘real’ places in and around Metro Vancouver. The first edition of the “Best of 604” is focused on family. Here are Jen’s recommendations.
- Best low-tourist, in-park, miniature train experience: Bear creek Park Train (in Surrey) – Really inexpensive and fun for the kids (especially at Halloween and Christmas)
- Best place to take energetic kids who have been cooped up on a rainy day: Go Banana’s (various location) – Cheap and the kids can run wild for hours and hours
- Most kid-friendly restaurant where your child’s screaming can be camouflaged by other children’s screams: Montana’s (in Langley) – Wicked kids menu, they can colour on the paper table cloths, tons of families and good grown up food too, really good place to take kids with super friendly staff
- Best park and playground you probably haven’t been to: Flight Path Park (in Richmond) – The kids love the park by the airport where you can see the planes taking off and landing, it’s free entertainment for hours and hours. There are a few little planes to pretend to fly on, mock runways they can run down and off course real-live jumbo jets flying overhead
- Best park and playground you may have been to AND there’s ice cream: Rocky Point Park (in Port Moody) – Water park, playground, ice cream, fish and chips, walking trails, who could ask for anything more
- Best 1-day getaway from the city: Cultus Lake (in Chilliwack) – 1 hour drive East, lots of places to swim, nice picnic areas, nature trails to pick up sticks and discover bugs and stop at the dairy on the way home for some yummy ice cream (it’s all about the ice cream)
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I want to go to Flight Path Park! Have driven by it and haven’t figured out where to park. It surely looks like it will beat Iona Beach which I find too far from the action (airport and planes landing) to be as fun!
I took some of my most popular (in terms of Flickr views) photos at that park near the airport:
None of my Flickr photos are particularly popular, but relatively speaking, these get lots of views.
I love Rocky Point it is one of my favorite walks in the Lower Mainland. I take the camera and usually go early on a Saturday or Sunday morning where the fog is just lifting and the various animals are just waking up.
I’ve been able to take picture of Trumpeter Swans, Snow Geese, Birds of Pray, and even Seals!
The walk around the end of the Burrard Inlet is great. I like the wooden board walk over the marsh area, and when the tide is out, walking out to the old cannery is pretty cool too. I’ve gotten pictures of a family of Otters that live there actually. The trail around starts from the Marina at Rocky Point and is abuot 2 – 2.5 Km to the beach on the other side.
I just heard you being interviewed about this post on the Crave – congrats! Here comes the traffic…! Looking fwd to more of your ‘Best of’ lists.
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