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About This Maple Life

North Vancouver, mountains in the distance

Welcome to This Maple Life, a blog showcasing the vibrant and diverse lifestyle in British Columbia. We cater to newcomers searching for information and insights, BC residents looking for beautiful places to explore in our province, and curious readers who want to learn more about British Columbia's way of life.

Our team consists of friends based in the Metro Vancouver Area who share a passion for this beautiful province. We love exploring it, writing about it, capturing spontaneous photos and videos of its beauty, and sharing all of this with you. Our goal is to inspire you to visit, live in, or simply learn more about this multicultural province we call home.


Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the people, places, and stories that make Canada truly unique.

Meet The Maple Life Team


Carmen Castro

Carmen moved to Vancouver to perfect her English skills and search for better job opportunities after completing her bachelor's degree in Tourism in her home country. 

While exploring said opportunities, she lived in different parts of Canada and became a regular hiker in the Rockies and the Coastal Mountains. Her passion for the outdoors grew, forging her  to not only care more about the environment and strive to live a healthier lifestyle but also to develop her scrambling, backcountry, and camping skills. 

Now that she is raising a child, she has additional motivation to discover the natural wonders of British Columbia and Canada in general, to share them with her child, and to inspire other individuals to venture beyond their comfort zones and lead a more outdoor life. 

When she is not working or spending time with her child, you will find her reading, drawing, writing, taking pictures, and, of course, enjoying the great outdoors.

Her experiences, knowledge, and insights as a mother, immigrant, and outdoor enthusiast, as well as her journey in this amazing country, are all shared here in This Maple Life. 


Diana Meneses

Diana moved to Vancouver to pursue higher education and ended up settling there permanently. During her early years, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Business with a dual concentration in Human Resource Management and Marketing.

As an international student, worker, and now a Canadian citizen raising two young children, Diana has experienced a diverse range of life experiences. She loves to travel and has explored a great part of Canada as well as other international destinations. When she's not working or with her kids, she enjoys reading, painting, and watching a good TV show. 

Through This Maple life blog, she shares her perspectives as a young immigrant mother and offers insights into the nuances of newcomer life. Her blog posts feature her diverse life experiences, tips for newcomers, and stories of exploring Canada and beyond.

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Magaly Aguiluz

Magaly has made Vancouver her home for several years, having studied business administration in her home country. Like many, she came to Canada with the goal of building a better life for herself and her family.

In her homeland, Magaly and her husband used to climb volcanoes, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of their surroundings. However, her move to Canada opened the doors to a completely new world of explorations. Magaly finds great pleasure in family camping,exploring the frontcountry, or venturing into the backcountry, making the most of the different seasons that this beautiful country offers.

In addition to enjoying these outdoor activities, she has discovered a passion for cooking. Exploring recipes and creating her own have become essential in her life. Her family, especially her little one, actively shares and enjoys this hobby, participating in the kitchen alongside her.

Magaly acknowledges that being an immigrant in a country with significant differences, such as language and climate, presents its challenges. However, she holds the belief that with effort, one can always find a home, no matter the location. For her, it is crucial to surround oneself with people who contribute to personal growth and provide support, whether by offering valuable advice based on their own experiences.

"This Maple Life" represents, for Magaly, a space where shared experiences can inspire and help as many people as possible. It is a place where the immigrant community can find mutual support, based on shared experiences, with the hope that these stories serve as a guide and encouragement for those building a new life in Canada.


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