Vancouver: Just for the sake of adventure!

Author: Mieke, Posted: June 28th, 2017

North Shore Vancouver- fotograaf jojodas

photo of The aquatic centre at Hillcrest park by Hubert Kang.

“It doesn’t get any better then Vancouver, if you want to live in an urban environment and be close to nature", shares MIMOA mayor Manon Garritsen. Two years ago the illustrator/ designer moved from Holland to Vancouver with her family. ‘Just for the sake of adventure’.

The geographic setting of Vancouver is unique! Magnificent mountains, forests, the ocean and beautiful and peaceful islands surround the urban environment. Originally an industrial town, it combines multiple living aspects. “We have always dreamed of a place like this”, Manon tells, “and with our sons being 5 and 7 respectively at the time – timing seemed just about right to start the next adventure”.

Vancouverism at its best! Making a livable city
“Even though Vancouver is still a very car-based city, I love the ambition to be the greenest city of the world”, says Manon. Creating a liveable city is high on the agenda and it shows in the extensive amount of parks, playgrounds, and walkable streets.

Whilst it can be a challenge to go for a bike ride (sharing roads with cars + the ‘killing’ hills) the city is investing in bike-sharing systems and a more extensive bike network. “With the introduction of better electric bicycles, I’m sure people increasingly start using their bikes!”

Everywhere in the city, you can see the mountains or the ocean. No wonder, ‘Vancouverism’ has become an autonomous movement in urban planning!

A place where these elements al comes together is Stanley Park, the second largest park in North America. It includes a beautiful aquarium and outside swimming pool. You can cycle or run for more than 25 km non-stop along the seawall, while passing many beaches, outside pools, forest and marina’s. “I gladly take people there to visit!”

Albeit nature is the definite selling point for Vancouver; the multi-cultural melting pot of immigrants that came to Vancouver over the last 100 years make the city a warm and welcoming place. You can find a multitude of cuisine’s here!

The 3 favorite buildings of Manon in Vancouver:

1. Museum oif Anthropology
This light and spectacular building displays an impressive collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art. You should go on one of the very engaging free gallery tours to hear beautiful stories about the First Nations and their art. An endless inspiration. I should go again.
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2. Small Victory Bakery
This place saved me, when we just moved to Vancouver. When we were in the midst of buying beds, cutlery, a car and finding our way in Vancouver, this serene, light place (with the best coffee, people and treats) was a place in heaven!
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3. Beaty Biodeiversity Centre
Our kids love creatures, critters and whale sharks, so this museum was a must see with our boys. A gigantic blue whale (not a shark..) skeleton welcomes you when you walk in. An impressive collection 'playground' for kids and their parents.
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About Manon:

manonManon is an illustrator and surface pattern designer, based in Vancouver who loves to make simple, whimsical illustrations, print designs and patterns. In the past 20 years, she has been following her curiosity and has worked as Urban Designer, Product Designer, studied Fashion Design and founded her own company and online store. It became clear to her that there has always been one constant: the love for texture, drawing and getting a message across by means of to the point and attractive illustrations.
Manon’s illustrations and patterns have been used for home textiles, apparel, socks, bags, stationary, wall decoration, digital content and brand identities. She has had her work featured in several international publications including a.o. Design Milk, Western Living, Elle Decoration, Flow Magazine, Bright. Curious about her work? Visit: www.manongarritsen.com834B59B3-2CF7-4342-8170-4D194591C081Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

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