History of this Site:

The site was started in 1998 by Paul, who maintains the English Portion. It began as a general travel site, evolved into a backpackers site & then into a full Vancouver Tourism Site. The Domain name Vancouver.hm (hm stands for Heard & McDonald Islands, 2 rocks off Antarctica) was acquired in late 1998. The site has undergone 4 name changes. The first name, Paul & Megan's Travel Page became redundant when we divorced, the second name Vancouver-Spectacular by Nature generated a lettter from the lawyers for Vancouver Tourism who had the term copyrighted. The 3rd name Vancouver-Mountains, City & Sea, I rather liked but I dropped it in favour of the current Vancouver dot Travel. I have been waiitng for Vancouver Tourism who has since grabbed vancouver.travel to come after me over this name, but I have had it long before they registered that domain. I've always tried to keep the focus on imparting local knowledge, and making suggestions on how to visit this city as cheaply as possible. I have resisted offers to advertise on it, and have prided myself on keeping it non-commercial. I have lately been receiving offers to purchase this site, so in order to resist temptation, I have decided to start accepting advertising in 2004.

Maintaining & updating this site is becoming too much for one person, so I have decided to take on Partners to develop versions in other languages & help me maintain it. The couple doing the Spanish Version met me through this site when they were planning to immigrate 4 years ago & have since become our best friends. Since they are 25 years younger than me, they will likely inherit the site, when I get too old, sick or stupid to maintain it. I would be interested in a German Version. If there is a Vancouver resident out there, fluent in German, who would like to become a part of this, send me an E-Mail. Below are descriptions of the individuals responsible for maintaining this site.

English Version:

My name is Paul . I'm an ex-pat Brit, and I have been fortunate to have lived most of my life in one of the worlds most beautiful cities - Vancouver, Canada. I am shortly joining the ranks of the retired, having worked for the local telephone company for the past 30 years.  I spend a lot of time travelling and I have been to about 50 Countries over the last 30 years. I usually like to do low-budget backpacking type trips. I did do one "tour", but it was across Africa in a truck with a bunch of people half my age. Not exactly a cruise ship, I had to help dig the thing out of the mud, clear roads, etc (see Africa) . I am in my mid 50's, by the way.

 I have done such diverse things as building houses for Habitat for Humanity in 3rd world countries to doing an environmental study of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. (My wife has the qualifications, I'm her test tube washer) Unfortunately, I only recently started keeping a log, so I have limited information on those trips on this site. You will find it in the "My Travels" section. I live with my wife, Terry (a girl, by the way, despite the spelling - she teaches Environmental Chemistry), my 24 year old autistic son, Sean and Tomas, a Mexican stray dog I picked up in Baja. I was born in the U.K. in 1949 and immigrated here with my parents in 1957. We lived in Smithers, a small town in northern BC, during my High School years.

In late 2007, I moved to Abbotsford about 80 km east of Vancouver. It was the only way I could afford a single floor home without taking on a mortgage. I live in Mexico for 4 months a year January-May. My web site there is www.mexicorvforums.com

This Picture was taken in 1998 in Harare, Zimbabwe (great tan, huh?). I had just finished a 5 week overland trip, camping through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe. That's why I look a little scraggly. Great tan, though isn't it? Day by day description of that trip is at Africa if your interested.


Spanish Version:

Camilo & Rosario immigrated to Vancouver from South America in 2000.