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gifts that last

Metro Vancouver has a new campaign to curb excess garbage created over the holiday season.

This time of year is a retailers delight, with many businesses making the majority of their sales in the month of December. Our consumer culture reaches a crescendo at holiday time.  Increasingly we see “green” gift ideas, and while supporting local businesses, buying  ethically fairly traded products is a good choice, this new campaign has come along to remind us there is another option.

The website gives ideas for low waste gifts. Some idea’s include giving the gift of experiences; classes and memberships, a new soccer ball or a bike,  dinner out, tour local light displays, visit a historical site or experience a live presentation of some kind.

Be creative and have fun; make a wreath from things in your backyard, cut out paper snow flakes,  look through thrift shops for treasure, give a family heirloom to a loved one, or offer to fix a broken step or paint a room for a friend or family member who may not be able to do it themselves.

The gift of time is often the most welcome of all.  What is more valuable then memories we create with the people we love?

This holiday season if you find a way to give more of yourself you will be richer for it.

And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer

If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change

Vancouver Earth dance 2009 photo credit: Katia Somerville

Vancouver Earth dance 2009 photo credit: Katia Somerville

Man in the mirror – Michael Jackson

Places to see around Vancouver

Walking along the Stanley Park seawall is really beautiful

There are many lovely parks around the lower mainland

There are so many great places to walk in Vancouver, this great site  lists many of them!

Just about an hour East of the city of Vancouver is a fabulous native interpretation centre called Xa:ytem in Mission. Lots of hands on activites.

You could take the Albion ferrie (a free 10 minute ride) accross the river to Fort Langley
which was a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post. The village of Fort Langley is a great place to have lunch and there are some lovely antique and craft shops.

Grouse Mountain also has a beautiful gondola ride (expensive but worth it) The view of the city is spectacular from there on a clear day.

Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and nature centre. This is a free activity and there are some lovely hiking trails across the bridge.

Reifel Bird Sanctuary is another lovely place to walk and quite different from the mountainous spots

Lynn Headwaters Park has some great hiking trails. Be sure to check the site and read the advisories about the wildlife (black bears spotted last week!)

On a rainy day You might want to check out Science World

Depending on how you feel about wildlife in captivity there is the Vancouver Aquarium which has belugas, otters, dolphins.

You might consider a whale-watching tour to see some of these animals in there natural habitat.This site has some excellent resources for Vancouver Island.