About Amy Watkins

Amy Watkins (www.amywatkins.com) is an award-winning British travel journalist who has lived in Vancouver since May 2012. Whilst on assignment for UK newspapers and magazines she has eaten thousand-year-old eggs in Hong Kong, swam with crocodiles in Australia and braved a week in the Caribbean with a celebrity chef.

The Best Restaurants on Vancouver Island

  Vancouver Island, a 90-minute ferry ride from the city of Vancouver, is two-thirds the size of the UK but boasts a diverse landscape that ranges from mountains to beaches to rainforest, and locavore restaurants that span everything from food trucks to fine dining.Here’s our … Continue reading

Heli-hiking: Adventure Trekking in British Columbia

Don’t be offended if someone tells you to take a hike when you’re in Vancouver – exploring the city’s beautiful backyard is a favourite weekend activity in British Columbia, especially when the snow begins to melt on the mountains and the wild flowers start to … Continue reading

Vancouver Highlights: Interview with Tyler Bancroft from Said The Whale

    Vancouver has long been a muse for local quintet and indie darlings Said The Whale. The winners of the 2011 JUNO award for New Group of the Year even named their third album after Little Mountain, a neighbourhood in the city. We sat … Continue reading

The Best Designer Doughnuts in Vancouver

  Crispy fatty fried doughnuts lovingly rolled in sugar – what childhood fairground memory is complete without them? No longer consigned to nostalgia, designer doughnuts have arrived in Vancouver and the new batch of sugary treats feature everything from unusual ingredients to gluten-free vegan options. … Continue reading

City of Lights: Illuminating Vancouver’s Neon Past

The distinctive buzz and shimmer of neon lights conjures up images of illicit boulevards and seedy 50s street corners – a direct contrast to the squeaky clean, eco-friendly image of present day Vancouver and its notorious neon graveyard. Historic Vancouver was the neon capital of … Continue reading