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Are there things you’ve always wondered about but have felt too uncomfortable to ask someone? Is there an issue you just don’t understand but would like to learn more about? Do you need life advice?

Megaphone has the answers you need.

Welcome to Pen Pals, a new feature that runs each month in our magazine.

Building on the open dialogue around drug use and addiction fostered by Megaphone’s new Speakers Bureau program, we’re launching a monthly “advice column” that aims to encourage respectful discussion about real life issues. We also want to increase interaction between the Megaphone team and our readers and customers.

So fire away! We have the awesome folks who are involved with Speakers Bureau, as well as some of our seasoned vendors, standing by to dole out their two cents’ worth.  (Take their advice at your own risk).

Oh, and a warning: Agree or disagree, rant or rave, but please be concise and respectful. No profanity. And while we are supportive of an honest exchange of ideas, racist, sexist, homophobic or other denigrating comments will not be printed.


Dear Pen Pals,

I'm a tourist in your city. What are the top 10 places I must see while visiting Vancouver?


Answer: Good question! There is so much to choose from. Here are my suggestions.


1. Stanley Park: Many sights, beaches, trails, picnic areas, restaurants such as The Teahouse, carriage rides, miniature train, Vancouver Aquarium, seawall, pitch and putt, tennis courts, playgrounds, water park, Second Beach Pool and more. 


2. Grouse Mountain: Skyride, many hiking trails, including the infamous Grouse Grind, restaurants, ziplines, lumberjack shows and wildlife refuge. 


3. Capilano Regional Park and area: Suspension bridge, salmon hatchery, the Cleveland Dam, hiking trails and beautiful scenery.


4. Gastown: Lots of shopping and restaurants and steam clock.


5. Granville Island: Shopping, artisan foods, restaurants, public market, arts and entertainment.


6. Squamish: The Stawamus Chief, Alice Lake, Shannon Falls, hiking trails, lakes and many outdoor adventures.


7. Britannia Beach: Britannia Mine Museum and Porteau Cove. 


8. Museum of Vancouver: Thought-provoking exhibits and the adjacent Space Centre.


9. Queen Elizabeth Park: Gardens, walking paths, Bloedel Conservatory with exotic plants and birds, Seasons in the Park restaurant.

10. Hop on/hop off bus: Get a tour of the city, jump on and off when you want to grab lunch and enjoy the scenery.  


Peter Thompson (above) is a longtime Vancouver Megaphone vendor. He sells at West Fourth Avenue and Vine Street outside of Choices market Megaphone file photo.

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