We count down our most-viewed articles from the past year

The year 2021 gave us more freedom to travel, see friends and family, eat great food and get a taste of what our new normal would be... for a while. And judging from our top stories this year, it's clear that British Columbians took advantage of the chance to indulge in the fun and finer things in life while we could.

Here are our top 20 articles from 2021...

 

20. Eat This Week

Facebook/ Truffles Fine Foods CateringFacebook/ Truffles Fine Foods CateringWith the restaurant industry taking a a massive hit in 2020, in 2021, we focused on showcasing Vancouver's best restaurants and special menu items in order to encourage our readers to get out and enjoy some of best food in the city. Favourites included spot prawns from Coast, charcuterie cones from Sebastian and Co., International Burger Day features and a gourmet summer picnic at VanDusen. 

 

19. Live It Up in Langley This Summer

Image Via: Facebook/ Full Bloom Lavender FarmImage Via: Facebook/ Full Bloom Lavender FarmLocal exploration was on everyone's summer to-do lists last year, and from farm fun to town treasures, we gave you the lowdown on how to spend an adventure-filled weekend in Langley. 
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18. Tips for Hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail

Kellie PaxianKellie PaxianThe need to be outdoors was a must for many, and with one of the most renowned hikes in the province at our doorstep, our readers wanted to learn more. The Juan de Fuca Trail puts physical and mental strength to the test, and with its spectacular scenery, it's well worth the challenge.
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17. The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide

AritziaAritzia Moms are the best, and as we continued to go through uncertain times, a token of appreciation for everything they do went a long way with these thoughtful and loving gifts. 
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16. B.C. Wine 101: Summer 2021 Edition

Facebook/Okanagan Wine FestivalsFacebook/Okanagan Wine FestivalsMaking its return in 2021, our ever-popular B.C. wine series showcased red and white summer sipper recommendations from top sommeliers, an interview with renowned B.C. winemaker, and stellar seasonal picks from wine country.
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15. Ice Cream Spots to Check Out This Summer

Innocent Icecream SandwhichesInnocent Icecream SandwhichesRanging from soft serve to ice cream sandwiches and sorbet, treats from popular local ice cream shops satisfied our sweet tooth, especially with Vancouver's very hot (remember that heat dome?) summer days. 
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14. Lemon Linguini Recipe

14Carbs make life better, and this twist on a classic Italian dish from chef de cuisine Andi Cruise of The Bench Wine Bar in Fort Langley was served up on many a dining table last year. 
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13. Two Completely Different Dog-friendly Destinations

Fairmont EmpressFairmont EmpressWith so many people getting a pet during the pandemic, we're not surprised this one made the list. This article explores B.C.’s many pet-friendly communities and provides great travel ideas for families with furry ones.
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12. Fashionable Jackets for Spring

AritziaAritziaEven though we may have been stepping out less in early spring, we were still doing it in style. From a classic trench to the trendy 'shacket' or even casual denim, it was finally time to ditch the winter parkas and update our wardrobes.
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11. Taste Your Way Through the South Okanagan this Fall

District Wine Village District Wine VillageWe certainly made the most of a little more freedom with travel last year, and indulging every taste bud with some of the Okanagan's finest was on a lot of agendas. 
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10. How to Make Your House a Home

10With a lot of our time still spent at home last year, it gave us the perfect opportunity to give our spaces a little love. And whatever your living situation, small changes like lighting a candle you love, or personal touches like filling your hallway with family photos, went a long way to turning a house into a home.
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9. Local Airbnb Getaways

AirbnbThe Birdhouse Treehouse in ChilliwackWe were all in need of a vacation in 2021, and our recurring Local Getaways feature showcased the most picturesque luxury Airbnb stays in B.C. and gave you the inspiration to explore again. From unique stays like The Dome Away from Home in Maple Ridge, The Birdhouse Treehouse in Chilliwack, a Stormtrooper Loft Cabin in Revelstoke, and Glamping in Haida Gwaii, we took you all across the province with these unique finds. 

 

8. Dream Homes

8Whether you just liked to take a peek inside some of the boujeeist homes in the country, or you had millions of cash to splash, our Dream Homes feature caught your eye. From a panoramic mountain view home in Whistler and a modern pad in North Vancouver, or a luxury mediterranean-inspired home in West Vancouver and an award-winning property in Nova Scotia, we shared some of the most beautiful real estate offerings in Canada.

 

7. Where to Purchase Orange Shirts

Morgan Asoyuf’s Every Child Matters ShirtMorgan Asoyuf’s Every Child Matters ShirtAt a time when it was needed the most, we displayed solidarity and supported Indigenous creators to honour the healing journey of residential school survivors and bring awareness to the need for reconciliation.
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6. Local Beauties Share Their Self-care Secrets

HuhaFacebook/HuhaSelf-care was still a priority in 2021, even if the pandemic did change up our routines, so we caught up with some of our favourite local ladies to find out how COVID had influenced their self-care, what makes them feel beautiful, and to get their top beauty advice.
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5. Local Meal Kits to Satisfy Every Need

Heritage Asian EateryHeritage Asian EateryWhen the redundancy of staying in most nights took its toll, at-home dining was made easier with simple yet delicious do-it-yourself kits. Helping to change up your weekly routine, these meal kits from local Vancouver restaurants added some excitement back into your cooking and dining experiences.
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4. You've Gotta Try This

Joern RohdeJoern RohdeAfter a little hiatus in 2020, our monthly 'You've Gotta Try This' column was back and better than ever. Offering you an indispensable companion to all that is fresh and delicious in Vancouver and across the province, some of your favourites included cuisine of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region from St. LawrenceCordelia’s Locket in Squamish, cereal milk donuts from Mello and milk jam cookies from Flourist.

 

3. B.C. Getaways to Make You Forget You Still Have WiFi

Image Via: Destination B.C. / @glamouraspirit_Image Via: Destination B.C. / @glamouraspirit_Many were feeling the wanderlust last year, and escaping reality to connect with our inner explorer helped break up the monotony of lockdown life. Getting out and discovering our own backyard was the refreshing, digital detox we all needed.
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2. Canadian Home Decor Shops to Support This Season

Etternity ModernEtternity ModernHome improvements didn't start and end in 2020, and neither did supporting local. The urge to decorate and rearrange our homes was the ultimate goal for many last year, and what better way to do so than supporting Canadian businesses at the same time. 
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1. Foodie Getaways from Vancouver: 360-Degree Discovery of New Summer Flavours

Credit: Townsite Brewing | Destination BC/Local WandererCredit: Townsite Brewing | Destination BC/Local WandererCombining a love of food, travel and sun, we discovered new foodie locales last summer as B.C.’s restart plan slowly unfolded—all in a safe and responsible way, of course. 
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