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Vancouver Gets the Neil Patrick Harris Stamp of Approval

Posted on January 25, 2017

CityMash.com - Last year, everyone’s favourite Neil Patrick Harris graced our city with his presence for five months. Neil was in town to shoot the Netflix series, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” which was released earlier this month. In the series, Neil plays the villainous Count Olaf who will try every scheme and every costume to attempt to steal the Baudelaire orphans’ fortune.

One of Count Olaf's many disguises: Introducing the very handsome Captain Sham. #seriesofunfortunateevents

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After naming Canada the number one place to visit in 2017, the New York Times sat down with Neil Patrick Harris to ask him about his time in Vancouver. And, of course, he couldn’t stop raving about our coastal haven.

On outdoor activities: “When I was there on my own, I took advantage of how health-conscious it is and spent lots of time outdoors. 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.” Did you hear that? NPH climbed the Chief! He’s definitely a certified Vancouverite now.

On the family friendly vibe of the city: “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 center.” Who doesn’t love a day at the Aquarium and a trip to Science World? Harper and Gideon, Neil’s twins with husband David Burka, must have loved exploring the kid-friendly side of Vancouver.

The Vancouver Aquarium is stellar! Loved it! The kids learned all kinds of new things..!

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On the great food: “Since the city is on the coast, there is great seafood, and I ate amazing sushi and oysters.” If you don’t eat amazing sushi and oysters when you’re here, were you even really in Vancouver? We certainly don’t think so. We’re glad Neil got a taste of the good stuff!

Happy Birthday lunch with @nph I love eating my way through life with you! You complete me!!

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On their weekend trips: The Harris-Burka family definitely made sure to take advantage of their time on the west coast. “We went skiing in Whistler and also to Vancouver Island, where there is plenty of open space and foliage. And I went to Tofino 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.” Okay, Neil. You’ve convinced us. We’re booking out next trip to Tofino right now.

Neil Patrick Harris and family, you’re welcome back to Vancouver anytime! Thanks for reminding us how awesome our city really is.

We look forward to seeing you again when you shoot season 2 of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

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Freelance writer and editor with a strong passion for travel and reality TV shows that were popular in the 2000s. For more on my writing: https://tspadventure.wordpress.com/writers-portfolio/. More articles by Riana Ang-Canning

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