Shopping -Some of my favourite things

Seniors Discounts

There are several sites that list seniors discounts in Vancouver.  It’s a bit cumbersome to sort through them all but here they are in the order of the number of places listed.

Vancouver BC

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Across Canada

Across Canada

CARP.   CARP offers many discounts to members, including 25% off some car rentals and numerous hotel discounts in Canada.  One year membership is $ 20.00.  They also have a list of discounts across Canada open to non-CARP members.

USA.  You can search by city and state.

Australia – State of Victoria has a searchable database of discounts in their area.

Skin Care

This is my favourite line of skin care products.  As I get older I find my skin is drying out.  CeraVe Moisturizers, Moisturizing Cream, 16 Ounce. This product contains hyaluronic acid which is used in some of the injection fillers.   I would say that the research on this product is still in progress but I found one study that showed improvement in the appearance of skin over 3 months.  I just find that it makes my skin feel better.


This is a link to my favourite backpacks Beside-U  They come with multiple inside pockets so you can find pens, bus passes, glasses, iPhones etc. quickly. Be careful to check the size as there are some packs that are too small for groceries but are a good substitute for a purse.  The Nanette is on my wish list as it is big enough for a few groceries and has side pockets for an umbrella, gloves, sun glasses etc. Here is my comparison of some of the Beside-U backpacks that I think are big enough for a few groceries. Although they are expensive, shipping is Free.

link Side pockets Size Lx H x D Cost
Alloy 2 28 x 40 x 14 $135
Nanette 2 26 x 38 x 15 $135
Hornchurch 1 open, 1 zip 29 x 38 x 14 $125
Liza 2 29.5 x 37.5 x 14 $135
Mya 1 29 x 35 x 13 $150

Walking Poles

Below are the Walking Poles with the best customer reviews from Amazon that ship to Canada.  These are better deals than Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Trekking Poles Walking /Hiking Sticks with Cork Handle Grip (Pair) – Ultralight Carbon Fiber with Anti-Shock Collapsible for Women Men, 6.7 oz each, carrying bag included. $ 49.99

100% Air Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles/Hiking Poles – Black / 2PCS, 6 oz each,collapsable, comes with carrying bag

Winter Cleats

There are several different models of cleats available that ship to Canada, but they are all challenging to get on your boots.  I have used these in Ottawa and Fort St. John.  In order of customer reviews:71qKniCEFwL._SL1200_

HT – Sure Grip Cleats $ 6.49-16.99 USD


Sure Foot 10370200010 Get-A-Grip Traction Cleat, Large $ 24.76 USD41GEDBH2STL._SL500_SS125_



Yaktrax Traction Device Winter Safety Snow Ice Anti-Slip Shoe Grips Pair – Black $ 16.59-24.96 USD71bRClcpfxL._AC_UL160_SR160,160_



Korkers Ultra Ice Cleat – Cardboard Pack Black One Size $ 24.99 USD61tp6Iq+YYL._SL1001_


Bicycle Seats

I recently decided to change my bike seat as it was cause me a lot of post ride discomfort.  I ordered a new model from It came the same day but it weighed about 750 gm which is quite heavy for a bike seat.  So I went back and reordered a Velo  that comes in Men’s and Women’s models.  I subsequently found a page that reviews bike seats.  That’s doing things backwards. However it’s not clear what criteria the reviewer used so I would be skeptical about his rankings.  I then went to the page of the Velo manufacturer who has a handy tool to pick the seat by type of user you are.   My preferences led me to the Chase W @ 284 gm and the Roost OW @ 342 gm.  Clearly we are getting lighter! However the Velo website could not locate any local suppliers and the only place I found the Roost OW on line was in Australia at 59. A$.   That seems like a stretch so I will see what my pick off Amazon is like.  The Velo bike seat is not recommended because it still hasn’t arrived a month after I ordered it and the link to track the seat is not longer functional.


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