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Ucluelet or Tofino? This Will Help You Decide.



Ucluelet or Tofino? That is the ultimate West Coast wanderer debate. Both towns are situated only 30 minutes apart on the wild and rugged western coast of Vancouver Island. The journey to the brink of the Pacific Ocean is majestic itself; dock at Nanaimo after a scenic sail on BC Ferries from the mainland and begin an epic road trip through rainforest and mountains. With stops along the way, this 2.5 hour drive evolves into a memorable day before you arrive at your final destination. So, which town should you set your luggage down in? Because they are so close to each other, it almost doesn’t matter as you should be sure to visit both – but to help you decide where you should budget for the most time, here’s a little tour of what each has to offer.


Ucluelet, or Ukee to locals and returning wanderlusts alike, is a quiet jewel atop rugged cliffs. In general, you will find fewer tourists in town which offers you the perfect opportunity to dine with locals and watch families play neighbourhood street hockey. Accommodations here are relatively less expensive than in Tofino but certainly do not lack in luxury. That being said, the options here are fewer as are restaurants and gift shops.

But if the outdoors is what you crave, you won’t be missing out by making plans to stay here. Ukee is known for its surrounding black rock and the rainforest that overlooks the ocean. In storm season (November through March), the ocean puts on a spectacular show, raging against cliffs and boulders. You can sip your hot coffee and stay cozy while watching Nature’s display from your lodging, or throw on some rain gear and grab that perfect photo from the Wild Pacific Trail. This easy, family-friendly loop around a lighthouse offers numerous vistas from which you can photograph the junction of jagged coastline and the mysterious deep blue. No matter the season, don’t miss this chance to explore a natural setting that is the quintessential Pacific Northwest experience.

The Wild Pacific Trail image credit: Taslim Jaffer

Do you prefer to be on the water? Barkley Sound, between Ucluelet and Bamfield, boasts calmer waters than Tofino’s Clayoquot Sound for kayaking and fishing in spring and summer. If surfing is more your thing, there are plenty of surf shops just outside of Ucluelet, on your way to Tofino, as well as beaches between the two that are worth a stop. Chesterman Beach and Long Beach are accessible by car toward Tofino. However, most surfers prefer to stay right in Tofino where the surf’s always up (and much closer!).

Ucluelet is also home to Canada’s first catch-and-release aquarium, open every day including holidays. This is especially perfect for sea creature-lovers, young and old, on the days when being sopping wet in a storm isn’t your cup of tea.


Boasting sandy beaches, large ocean swells, surf shops on every corner and a plethora of foodie delights, Tofino is a surfer’s paradise. It draws a greater flock of tourists than Ucluelet, from families to couples and even solo adventurers. You can choose from luxury condos right on the beach, hostels, cabins, campgrounds, and bed and breakfasts in and around lush rainforest. If your door isn’t steps from the beach, soft sand is still accessible within minutes from anywhere in this town.

Cox Bay Beach image credit Taslim Jaffer

The downtown core is amply stocked with gift shops for tourists to browse – but this is why people who prefer quiet streets tend to shy away from Tofino during peak season (July and August) and opt instead for Ucluelet. Also good to know – Tofino has a large co-op grocery store with plenty of options for creating your own meal at your lodging. (If you don’t want to deal with restaurants with your rugrats!)

You can choose to visit Tofino during storm season as well; the show is different without the rugged coastline that Ucluelet offers but still impressive. With nothing but water between this point and Japan, the gales of wind have a significant amount of ocean to play with. Watching swells as high as twenty feet is a memorable experience whether you choose to observe from The Great Room of Long Beach Lodge Resort or the deck of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre overlooking Wickaninnish Bay.

Overall, you can’t go wrong no matter where you stay, but knowing the personality of each town as well as the activities offered can make your decision a little easier.

Have you stayed in both towns? Which has been your preference? Let us know in the comments!


Taslim combines her love of writing and social change by telling the stories that build bridges among people. Her motivating forces are her 3 children and her INFJ personality. Taslim is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada and Yummy Mummy Club, and a columnist for Peace Arch News. She has romantic notions of travel writing across European countrysides and historic African towns but her heart belongs to Surrey, B.C. You can connect with Taslim on Twitter and Instagram @taslimjaffer.

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5 Cozy Fall Staycations Just Outside Metro Vancouver



The colours of leaves are changing, the air is crisp and the days are getting shorter. Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to take off on a weekend getaway. One of the best remedies to cure the autumn blues is to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a relaxing staycation.

Soak up all the serene sights the season has to offer at one of these accommodations, all less than three hours away from Metro Vancouver.

Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel - Abbotsford

A quick jaunt away in the Fraser Valley, this hidden gem is nestled in Abbotsford. The quaint B&B offers a cozy place to stay, in your own backyard. What makes this place so unique is that each of its six rooms is based on a classic film.

Movie buffs will especially love staying in one of the themed suites, which also come equipped with the DVD it’s decorated after. Choose from: Under The Tuscan Sun, Midnight In Paris, The Secret Garden, A Good Year, Thomas Crown Affair and Roman Holiday.

From the moment you step inside, it’s brimming with charm and it’s probably unlike any other place you’ve stayed at before.

Take in stunning views of the Pepin Brook Vineyard and Mount Baker, right from your window.On those rainy fall days, this is the perfect place to unwind and watch a flick. In the morning, head to the elegant Breakfast at Tiffany’s room for a hearty farm-to-table style breakfast.

Rowena's Inn - Harrison Mills

Visit Harrison Mills, where riverside cabins and luxury suites await. Rowena’s Inn features a handful of rustic cottages and an English-style boutique hotel, all situated on a sprawling 160-acres. The cabins have a wood-burning fireplace, a deep-soak tub for two and a patio offering unsurpassed views of the area. If you prefer to stay in the hotel, there are lots of elegant pieces to discover, that are filled with history.

For instance, the dining room table was once used by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The property is home to the picturesque Sandpiper Golf Course and an outdoor pool overlooking the Harrison River. There’s also a restaurant located just steps away from the accommodations, with some of the best eats in the region. You may never want to leave here. But if you do, it’s just a short 20-minute drive to the bustling village of Harrison Hot Springs.

Sunset Pines Cottage - Harrison Hot Springs

Stumble upon a little piece of paradise that overlooks Harrison Lake, at this one-of-a-kind spot just a few minutes away from the village. The a-frame cottage features a wrap-around deck, a BBQ for entertaining and your very own cedar barrel sauna. The pet-friendly accommodation is tucked away amongst the trees but offers amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

With lots of windows, it gets a lot of natural light and is an inviting space to enjoy a romantic getaway or to hang out with a group of close friends. The cottage has you covered as far as your entertainment needs go, with a variety of board games and some vintage video games for the NES Classic Edition. It’s within walking distance to beach access, but you’ll probably be just as content sipping your morning coffee on the patio while taking in all your surroundings.

Micro Cabin - Robert's Creek

Become a minimalist on your staycation (even if it’s just for a day or two) with an unforgettable tiny house experience on the Sunshine Coast. This adorable micro cabin is located on a private property in the tiny town of Robert’s Creek. What it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in personality. The 125-square-foot space is for those who want to explore the great outdoors on the island and then come ‘home’ to a cozy hideaway to play cards or other games the cabin has to offer.

There’s a ladder leading up to two lofts, one with a bed and the other intended to practice yoga. The Wi-Fi connection here is pretty weak but with good company, or even a good book, you’re all set to disconnect from the outside world. Robert’s Creek is just past Gibsons and it’s close to Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay, with lots of trails and parks nearby to go exploring. For the art lovers, the Sunshine Coast has lots of unique shops and galleries to find inspiration at.

Cob House - Mayne Island

One of the province’s most magical getaways is just a short ferry ride away, on the quaint Mayne Island. This cob house is on a farm, where sheep and other critters roam around freely. You can even pick apples from the nearby orchard to feed to the sheep, right outside your front door. Cob is a natural building material made from subsoil, water and sometimes lime. This material makes the building fireproof and earthquake-proof, while also giving it a whole lot of character and a more whimsical look.

Often referred to as hobbit houses, these unique accommodations are highly-sought after worldwide. But not a lot of people know there’s one right here in BC. The interior is just as charming as the outside, and it just might be the definition of cozy—with a reading nook by the window, a wood-burning fireplace and string lights hanging throughout.

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Famous Casinos in England



Casinos are often thought of as places for big spenders to throw their cash around or for pro’s to get their hands on some more cash around a poker table, but most of the time they include regular people looking to make some quick money. Although the word ‘casino’ is quickly related to Las Vegas, there are some other great casinos across the globe that are possibly overlooked. Not just online casino UK, we’re talking about heading into the hearts of the cities to find these treasures. Across England, you will find some pretty lavish casinos that will entertain you and your friends for hours.

The Hippodrome Casino – London

Of course, England’s capital was going to be on the list, and in the heart of the West End, the Hippodrome is one of the most popular in the country. The establishment is one of the largest in the UK and boasts more than just its three gaming floors. It contains an underground casino, steak house, seven bars with 24-hour food and drink service, and for the ladies, it hosts Magic Mike live shows.

There are themed events such as Arabian nights, Boozy Tea Rooms and a luxury sports lounge to host all the big fixtures of the year. It’s positioned adjacent to one of the city’s largest attractions, Leicester Square which typically sees 250,000 tourists a day – it’s no wonder that the Hippodrome is not only the largest but the busiest casino in the UK with its ‘free to enter’ policy.

Genting Casino International – Birmingham

A popular destination in England, Birmingham, where people flock from many surrounding areas to play in the Midlands casino. The casino itself lies within the Resorts World Birmingham, enabling them to bring in money from all sorts of people – not just gamblers. Immediately surrounding the casino, there is the Genting Hotel, Santai Spa, retail shops and an IMAX Cinema.

The casino hosts even more attractions to explore including restaurants, bars, a state-of-the-art gaming floor filled with table games and slot machines. A separate card room regularly hosts tournaments and if you’re lucky enough, you might be invited to the ‘higher limits high stakes’ area away from the main casino floor.

Grosvenor Casino Leo – Liverpool

Further north you will discover Liverpool, known for its iconic docks and The Beatles, Liverpool receives a lot of attention from tourists from all over the world. The Grosvenor Casino Leo is one of the places that enjoy the heavy influx of tourism and is a top choice when deciding on places to visit. Its atmosphere is just as you’d expect when up north – lively and loud.

Situated on the River Mersey, just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Albert Dock, not only does this casino have great entertainment, but it also has some stunning views. Watch the city lights bounce across the water whilst you relax in their late-night bar and restaurant. The casino floor is filled with state of the art slot machines and multiple tables to enjoy. There’s a sports area for you to watch all your Sportsbook betting events or to catch up on The Reds’ Premier League campaign.

There are, of course, more casinos across England to enjoy, and the UK as a whole hosts hundreds of lavish casinos. The ones on this list are open to the public, but some require you to be a member in order to enter so be sure to check before you arrive at the front door, otherwise you might have to head to the bingo hall for the night instead!

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Ebrahim Jadwet’s brand ENROUTE ANDAMANS enters the travel industry to promote Andaman Islands in the international stage..



From a very young boy who left for Canada a decade ago for a better life for himself, to returning to Andamans in 2019 for a better life for doing justice to the ancestors and the future generations of this part of India and the betterment of the people of the islands, Ebrahim Jadwet’s life is an inspiration to the young and old.

In late 20s when the majority of the young men think of stability and a great life for himself and settling down and that too when born with a silver spoon, Ebrahim, the young Jadwet lad, made a choice to not just continue his family legacy but also to grind to add his own unique touch to that legacy by starting Enroute Andamans which came naturally to him because of his love and passion for his home, the Andaman islands.

While in Canada during his study and work, he was always involved in the activities of promoting Andamans, he had pride and wanted to spread awareness about his home islands with the world so that more opportunities open up for the young generations back home. After years of doing it “as much as he could,” it seemed like his efforts and intentions just got aligned and something potentially life changing and transformational happened.

He returned to India, to his home, the Islands and started the new venture of Enroute Andamans with the guidance and support of his well respected grandfather, Mr. Yusoof Jadwet who has dedicated over 50 years of his life to the people of Nicobar Islands and is the former CEO of EHL and of his respected father, Mr. Nasir Jadwet.

Ebrahim loves reflecting in nature, socialising and connecting with people. He has a great interest in history- of the family, of the islands and India. He admires beauty and art- in nature, in human beings and in man-made things as they inspire him to delve deeper into understanding the world, balancing the good and evil perspective to lead a life of legacy for his family and India.

He is striving hard to promote tourism in a responsible way with a purpose, to create opportunities for the present and future generations of the Andaman islands, to bring the best of India and the world to this part of India so that the ancestors dreams are fulfilled and the future generations are able to lead a successful life and contribute to the progress of this part of India.

Note: Enroute Andamans is a full fledged travel agency selling customized tour packages for Andaman Nicobar Islands

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Thrilling Summer Destinations



Energizing and Thrilling Destinations for Summertime Getaways

The summertime is without a doubt one of the most thrilling seasons. People of every age look forward to it all year long. Children anticipate their breaks from school. Parents anticipate being able to go on vacation with all of their loved ones. The list continues. The summer season is optimal for people who want to be able to go on road trips.

It enables people to view all sorts of destinations with their own eyes. If you want your summer road trip to be both successful and safe, then you have to prepare your vehicle well. It can even help you to learn about vehicles and personal injuries. If you want to speak with personal injury attorneys Utah locals trust, then there are various options on hand for you.

Preparing Vehicles For Road Trips

If you want to prepare your vehicle for a big summer road trip, then you should take it to a reputable mechanic for a tune-up as soon as you can. Vehicle maintenance can protect you from all sorts of dangers. If can encourage smooth sailing behind the wheel, too.

If you don’t want to have to deal with breakdowns, engine troubles or anything else ruining your summertime road trip joy, then you need to head to a trustworthy mechanic right away, no exceptions.

Promising Summertime Getaway Destinations for All

If you want to have a blast in the summertime, then you should think about visiting Utah’s Zion National Park. This park is situated in the southwestern region of the state not far at all from Springdale. People who wish to relish the marvels of nature frequently go to this national park for summer excursions.

It’s a sanctuary for outdoor recreational activities such as camping and hiking. It’s a sanctuary for people who simply want to gaze at enormous sandstone cliffs. It even has an abundance of intriguing creatures and plants.

People who are going on summertime road trips don’t have to limit themselves to enormous national parks that are chock-full of natural sights. That’s because they can also relish the pleasures of amusement parks. If you want to have a ball in Utah, then you can go to Farmington’s exhilarating Lagoon Amusement Park.

It doesn’t matter if you cherish the excitement of classic roller coasters. It doesn’t matter if you simply cherish walking around with tasty snacks and beverages. Lagoon Amusement Park can be a terrific reward for people who have been on the road for hours. It’s roughly 18 miles away from the action of Salt Lake City.

Colorado is a lot like Utah in that it’s an all-American state that’s brimming with natural wonders of all kinds. If you want to savor an incredible summertime road trip destination, then you should go to Colorado Springs, Colorado’s amazing Garden of the Gods.

Garden of the Gods is composed of close to 1,500 breathtaking acres of sandstone elements. If you want to have a hiking adventure that’s fit for the record books, then you should go to Garden of the Gods.

Do you want a break from outdoor adventures during your summer road trip? If you do, you can always go to the Denver Art Museum. This is a destination that has air conditioning. It can also be an indoor sanctuary for people who want to escape the sun’s intense ultraviolet rays.

If you want to view intriguing art pieces, then there aren’t many trip destinations that can hold a candle to this acclaimed museum. It displays 70,000 plus art pieces for visitors to savor. It has a strong reputation all around the globe.

If you’re a fan of live entertainment, shopping, dining out and unbridled excitement in general, you should make Las Vegas, Nevada a stop on your summertime getaway. Las Vegas has activity options for people of all ages.

It’s a terrific spot for people who like to check out entertainers. It’s just as terrific a spot for foodies who want to be able to test out all kinds of world-class dining establishments. If you want your summer road trip to be amazing and pleasant, then you should focus on these destinations. These destinations won’t let you down in the slightest. They’ll probably exceed your wishes.

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5 Tips to Ensure a Safe and Enjoyable Summer Vacation



With spring in full swing, it won’t be long before the sweet idea of a summer vacation resurfaces. Whether you’re a student looking to take a break from the books, or a family looking for an escape, make sure to get the most out of your trip by planning ahead. Here are our top five travel tips to ensure a fun and safe trip this year.

Research Your Destination

Everyone has their own definition of the perfect vacation. Some enjoy staying at an all-inclusive resort with activities and amenities on resort grounds, whereas some prefer to stay at a hotel and explore what the city or area has to offer. Whatever your preference, research your destination to make sure it truly meets your needs. Study up on nearby amenities and local attractions and be sure to read plenty of reviews.

Organize Your Flight Early On

If you’ll be flying to your destination, book your flights as early as possible to take advantage of cheaper rates and better flight selection. If your budget is tight, consider traveling on less popular days and times, and choose a flight with connections as these tend to be cheaper in price. Conversely, if you’re facing a long flight and you don’t mind spending a bit of extra money for comfort, you may consider purchasing seats in first class.

Create a Budget

Vacation expense allowances always have the best intentions, but more often than not, when you arrive at your destination, the budget has a funny way of going out the window. Instead of guessing, create a real budget with daily cash allowances. It involves a little extra work, but a detailed budget helps keep your expenses on track.

Preparation is Key

A little preparation can help alleviate stress and make for a more enjoyable vacation experience. The first step is to organize your documents. Create backup copies of important documents, like passports, reservations, flight details, and important contact numbers. In terms of medical preparation, assemble a basic travel health kit, and include items like adhesive bandages and Tylenol or Aspirin. Besides, bring a personal GPS tracker is also a good idea to keep you safe.

Be sure to bring any prescription medications you may need and have the proper vaccinations for your travel area; it’s better to be safe than sorry! It’s also a great idea to research your location to learn what basic amenities are available. Will tap water be okay to drink, or will you need bottled water? Will your location have standard electrical outlets, or will you need an adapter? Doing your homework before you leave can save you a lot of hassle.

Get Travel Insurance

Purchasing travel insurance before your trip can protect you against unforeseen injury or illness. Out-of-pocket hospitalization expenses can translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars. An insurer broker like Sussex Insurance can provide coverage for medical, trip cancellation or interruption, and even lost or stolen baggage. To learn more about Sussex Insurance travel insurance, click here.

Summer vacation is a time for fun and relaxation; a little research and preparation can allow you to really kick back. Moving early on destination and flight bookings can save you money in the short-run while getting proper travel insurance and creating a detailed budget can save you even more in the long-run. Safe travels and have a wonderful trip!

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