Trish lives on the north shore with her husband, cats, an 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old twin girls. She’s lived in West Vancouver full-time for 17 years and has been self-employed since 2003, just recently selling her health food company Elevate Me! Energy bars after growing it from a blender in their Ambleside apartment into a successful company with a manufacturing plant in North Vancouver.
Her latest venture is Cocolivo, which she started when her twins turned 4 “because running a business is rewarding and the product we created worked so well for me and my family.” Cocolivo is an organic whipped-oil balm made for the whole family’s face, body, lips and hair, and is made from 5 plant oils: coconut, olive, avocado, argan and rosehip. After spending years selling products into the retail world of Costco, London Drugs, Whole Foods and more, her new goal is to sell fresh, made-same-day bodycare directly to her clients.
Trish’s Favourite Places
I love Dundarave in West Vancouver, the kids love the park and beachcombing, and once in a while I can jog the seawall while hubby watches the little ones Tip: sneak into the Beachhouse Restaurant for happy hour snacks before the dinner rush. It’s empty and the kids are welcome.
I love Edgemont Village in North Van, and actually went to elementary school around the corner at Highlands. There’s a great kid’s bookstore there that we hang out in followed by a sweet treat at BjornBar across the street. Tip: order your treat and go up the elevator to the patio overlooking Edgemont boulevard.
Cypress Mountain in the summer is not too busy and there’s a great family hiking trail around the base that we do to burn off kid energy. Sometimes we even see a bear meandering higher up the mountain. Tip: bring water and snacks, the concession isn’t reliably open.
Whytecliff Park in Horseshoe Bay
The playground is rarely busy and the views over the sound towards Bowen Island are beautiful. It’s a perfect park for a family picnic. Tip: Go when the tide’s out and you can hike the beach to the huge rocky outcropping, and the kids like watching all the scuba divers too.
Olive and Anchor restaurant in Horseshoe Bay
Our favourite family place to eat, fresh food, relaxed family vibe and great kid’s menu. Tip: try the delicious Bibimbap for dinner, ask for less rice and double vegetables.
When we can find a sitter, usually Nana or Grandpa, we have date-night (2 hours) up at the Salmon House, it’s never disappointing. Tip: the fish is of course great, but the gnocchi melts in your mouth, and you have to get a table by the window to fully enjoy the incredible Vancouver views.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).