My husband was born in the Vancouver area, and we lived there for several years after we were married (while he was in grad school). The city is gorgeous and there is so much to do. We love strolling Robson Street, taking the False Creek ferry to the Lonsdale Quay, shopping on Granville Island, and attending Bard on the Beach.
Another favorite summer destination is White Rock, just north of the US/Canadian border. There are great little restaurants with outdoor patios, a nice beach, and a long pier where you can admire the sailboats and profusion of purple starfish on the rocks.
When we lived in BC we made a point of going to the Okanagan every summer. The Okanagan is wine country and Canada's only desert. It's hot and dry, and the fresh fruit can't be beat. Sadly, it's been many years since we've been able to make the three hour drive from the coast to the interior. But this year we're taking a mini-vacation to Peachland and Osoyoos. Since All the Places Between is set primarily in this region in BC, I really wanted to travel back there and make sure all my memories matched reality.
Well, that's what I'll be up to for the rest of the month. I'll try to blog from BC when I can, and you can bet I'll take tons of pictures in the Okanagan. I'd love for you to be able to see the setting of my next book. In the meantime, blessings to you! Enjoy the rest of your summer!