Helicopter Take-Off in Vancouver

Vancouver might well be the most spectacularly located metropolis and I was recently lucky enough to have a bird's eyeview of the city from inside a HeliJet helicopter.

While the video doesn't come close to showing off the views, it does provide a sneak peak of what you can expect on a helicopter flight above Vancouver.

At this point, I might as well mention a pet peeve of mine: People who take window seats and then don't look out the window!

Two Years

It's been two years since my move out west.

I'd be lying if I said it has been all peachy
but I can say that
I've been there, and done that...

and that's a pretty good start.

The Hills are Alive

The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears
My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds that rise from the lake to the trees
My heart wants to sigh like the chime that flies from a church on a breeze
To laugh like a brook as it trips and falls over stones on its way
To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to prey
I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I've heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I'll sing once more.

~ 'The Hills are Alive' - The Sound of Music

It's the Little Things

You might need to zoom in on the card but it's just a little something I came across tied to a park bench last February 14th...

Montreal - So Close Yet So Far

I must admit that I've always taken Montreal for granted.

For most of my life, there it was, less than 2 hours away, just a quick jaunt to joie de vivre, yet never truly appreciated nor enjoyed for any long period of time. Perhaps it was because of its close proximity that I thought I could enjoy it over a day or two at a time, but upon my most recent visit to this historic city, I realized that this is not the way to take in Montreal. Jamming in as many things as possible within a short period of time is not the way to go, even during those blistering cold, winter days.

Montreal is an interesting mishmash of culture, cuisine, fashion, history, and architecture. And that's just scratching the surface. Sure, you can visit the main attractions within a day or two but what makes Montreal, Montreal, is its people and the atmosphere they've created, and the only way to truly appreciate it is to just to try living in it like a local and stroll around, people-watch at a little cafe, take in an art exhibit at one of the many studios, browse the shops, laugh, and of course, eat, eat, eat!

Sometimes, you don't realize how good things truly are until they're no longer close.
We're now further apart than ever but one day, we'll do it right Montreal.

Orcas Trapped in Ice

Here's some amazing footage of the dozen killer whales trapped in the ice about 30 kilometres off the coast of Inukjuak, Quebec.

If the reports are true, then there is a happy ending to this story.
The killer whales reportedly reached more open waters in Hudson Bay thanks to overnight winds that shifted the ice.

The Future of Polar Bear Tours?

Is The Polar Bear Family & Me shedding light on the future of polar bear tours in the Arctic?

Good bye group buses, hello individual perspex cages!

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