Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Nature lovers know Vancouver has more than its share of exceptional parks and gardens, from 1,000-acre Stanley Park to the tiny .3-acre Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  But there’s one garden that even the most dedicated of outdoor buffs tend to overlook: the Nitobe Memorial Garden on the University of British Columbia campus.

The 2.5-acre garden, tucked away near a set of campus dormitories, happens to be regarded as the best traditional Japanese garden in North America, and one of the finest in the world.

Inside the gates, the garden – a circular pathway around a small lake, all set in the B.C. coastal forest – doesn’t look like much, at least at first glance.  But on closer inspection (and with a little help from the handy brochure), it becomes clear that the traditional Zen garden has been meticulously designed, right down to every leaf and stone. Continue reading:
Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

First Nations meets Japanese culture in Red graphic novel

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Meet Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. A B.C. Haida artist, Yahgulanaas is the creator behind Red: A Haida Manga, a 2009 groundbreaking graphic novel that combines Haida myth and Japanese storytelling. To celebrate the book’s publication in softcover, as well as a new solo art exhibit, Yahgulanaas will be at the Douglas Udell Gallery May 3.

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First Nations meets Japanese culture in Red graphic novel

Fan Expo Vancouver 2014: An Experience Not to be Missed

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This weekend in Vancouver, don’t be surprised if you see a fully-costumed Iron Man chatting up Zelda, or a Star Wars Storm Trooper fake fighting with Spiderman and Pikachu. It’s just that time of year again, the blossoms are blooming and thousands upon thousands of geeks, nerds, and comic book aficionados will be descending upon the Vancouver Convention Centre for Fan Expo 2014.

It’s a weekend of comic books, cosplay, and celebrities—Vancouver’s very own Comic Con, located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, taking place from April 18-20, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2014: An Experience Not to be Missed

The Vancouver Park Board is launching the first City Bird competition

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You can vote for your favourite bird from among six splendid and popular birds that live in Vancouver year round – Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Pacific Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker. The winner will be named the ‘official’ City Bird for Bird Week 2015.

The competition is to raise awareness about the importance of birds in Vancouver as they are visible markers of a healthy ecosystem and an experiential link between people and local biodiversity. We are kicking off this campaign with a media event on Sunday, April 13 at 9:30am at Stanley Park Ecology Nature House, Lost Lagoon.

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The Vancouver Park Board is launching the first City Bird competition

New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

The long-awaited Sea to Sky Gondola is finally set to take its first passengers.

Situated in Squamish, about one hour north of Vancouver, the gondola will begin whisking visitors from sea level to a height of more than 885 metres on May 16.

The $22-million facility is situated on a strip of land between the famous Stawamus Chief Provincial Park (better known as “the Chief”) and Shannon Falls.  After a 10-minute ride in plush, eight-person gondola cars, passengers disembark on a mountain peak situated high above Howe Sound.

Up top, there’s an entire adventure centre tucked away high in the Coast Mountains.   Continue reading:
New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver