Neil Patrick Harris gushes over Vancouver in travel diary

By Sarah Walker

Neil Patrick Harris is pretty fond of Vancouver.

The former- How I Met Your Mother star opened up about his love of the city in The New York Times saying it’s a fantastic place to live.

“When I was there on my own, I took advantage of how health-conscious it is and spent lots of time outdoors,” he told the publication. “I biked in Stanley Park and also hiked the different trails in the area including the Stawamus Chief, where you can climb three different peaks. When the kids came, I discovered how family-friendly Vancouver is. We were outside a lot, and also went to the Vancouver Aquarium and to the science centre.”

He also developed a love for the food the city has on offer: “Since the city is on the coast, there is great seafood, and I ate amazing sushi and oysters.”

The interview was part of the Times' recent feature on the “52 Place to Go in 2017.” Canada took the top spot.

Neil, his husband, David Burtka, and their six-year-old twins Harper and Gideon spent five months living in the west coast city while the 43-year-old filmed Netflix’s new show, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Event. (The show premiered on Jan. 13.)

While there, the quartet also spent some time exploring British Columbia.

“We went skiing in Whistler and also to Vancouver Island, where there is plenty of open space and foliage. And I went to Tofino (on the western edge of Vancouver Island) twice, which is so scenic and romantic. First, David and I went for his birthday. We stayed at this incredible hotel called the Wickaninnish Inn, took walks on the beach and ate two meals at Wolf in the Fog, which is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. We loved Tofino so much that we went back with our kids and enjoyed building sand castles on the beach there with them.”

When asked about whether he recommends Canada as a travel destination in general, Neil’s answer was an emphatic “Absolutely!”

Besides Vancouver, he said he’s been to Quebec City, Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton.

“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve enjoyed the people,” he said wrapping up the interview.

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