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Vancouver boats


a world-class city with ocean attached

Vancouver, a coastal city in the province of British Columbia in Canada, has been consistently named one of the world's most livable cities - and it's pretty amazing for travelers too!

This city is where snow-capped mountains meet the ocean and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. And it seems like it's one of the happiest cities, too. Everyone is very friendly (almost shockingly so) and seemingly very happy to be there... and it's easy to see why.


sea wall bike path


Lions Gate Bridge

“The first thing you notice, flying into Vancouver, is the surrounding water. Creeks and inlets penetrate deep inland. Passed every downtown street you glimpse an arm of the Pacific. Stanley Park, as big as the whole of downtown and adjacent to it, is completely encircled. Snow-capped peaks ring the horizon. This is one of the great scenic cities of the world. No wonder Greenpeace started here. "You learn to value the physical world when it comes as lovely as this.” - famed travel writer Jim Perrin

Poutine travel kids

We began our adventure up north feeling a bit peckish and a bit bold so we went in for a poutine, a staple of Canadian culture. If you are feeling bold (or just really hungover) we suggest you try this Canadian must eat...

Just what is poutine, you ask? The artery clogging dish is comprised of a holy-hose trinity of ingredients: french fries, cheese curd, and gravy, then slapped with an army of toppings. It's sure to get you in the Canadian swing of things or give you a heart attack. We are lucky that there are many outdoor activities here to burn some of it off in no time.



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang


Amanda Quinn Olivar, JAM's arts and culture editor, is also the editor at Curator magazine, producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct and the play Paint Made Flesh. She has collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming project with Zandra Rhodes. She sits on the boards of London's Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project. As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds. Amanda has curated exhibits at The Cornell Art Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Imogen Smith and Chloe Copus.