Vancouver with kids: Tips from a local mom in the know

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The latest Moms Around the World interview is in–just in time to celebrate the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics! Thanks so much to Shana Cherry, mom and lifetime “Vancouverite,” who shared her excellent tips for visiting Vancouver in any weather with babies, toddlers, and young children.

If you’re planning to visit the #1 Most Liveable City in the world with your kids—in Olympic Snow or Summer Sun, you won’t want to miss these great tips on where to go, what to do, where to eat, how to get around using public transportation (with strollers, no less) and more from a local “mom in the know.”

As co-founder of Canada’s Wee Travel baby gear rentals, Shana’s well-versed in the technical travel details that visitors with young children need and want to know. And for all visitors—with kids and without—she’s got great general recommendations, too. In addition to tips on where to find the best indoor and best outdoor fish ‘n chips, here are just a handful of her other tips:

•    Grouse Mountain is a definite must see. The view is spectacular, the ride up is fun and they may even see the grizzly bears that are in an enclosed area but are free to roam.
•    If moms like to shop, there are great stores on Main and Commercial Streets as well as 4th Ave.
•    If they like coffee then the best coffee place around is Cafe Artigiano. There are numerous locations around the City.
•    If ice cream is a family favourite then a trip to Vancouver is incomplete without a stop at La Casa Gelato. Try one of their 138 homemade flavours!

Click here to see all of Shana’s Vancouver family travel tips, or read tips from other Moms Around the World. I’m including her photos here (the first of which was taken by Blackberry–nice, eh?) in the Photo Friday fun over at

Also, the Britax Chaperone infant car seat giveaway is on now! Be sure to enter for your chance (or perhaps your expectant friend’s!) to win this great prize valued at $229 and sponsored by Britax. Click here for details. 

Other news: Big congrats & hugs, FDR! And while I’m catching up… let me share my congratulations with my friends at what was just ranked the #2 Best Beach Resort for 2010 by Parents Magazine: Franklyn D. Resort and Spa! I’m thrilled for all of you at the resort–and for all of you who get to go there in the near future (including our lucky winners).

Safe journey,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby
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