There’s no day like a snow day – Cross Country Ski Lessons at Cypress Mountain

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Interested in cross country skiing? For years I have threatened to learn this fabulous outdoor winter adventure sport. Don’t misunderstand, I absolutely love skiing, but my past adventures have always been of the downhill variety. Despite the balmy, spring like weather this past weekend, the snow-capped North Shore Mountains were calling my name. Definitely time to head to the hills and register for an Introductory Cross Country Classic Ski lesson and rental package. Only thirty minutes from downtown Vancouver, Cypress Mountain, the 2010 Olympic Venue for snowboarding and freestyle skiing, is located in Cypress Provincial Park. On a clear day you can see for miles and savour incredible views of downtown Vancouver, Mount Baker, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

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There’s no day like a snow day – Cross Country Ski Lessons at Cypress Mountain

5 Must-See Shows at Vancouver’s aboriginal culture fest: Talking Stick 2016

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Image from fullcircle.ca

Slam poetry. Independent films. Original theatre and dance. And one powwow to remember.

The best of aboriginal art and culture is coming to Vancouver this Feb. 18-Feb. 28 as part of the 2016 Talking Stick Festival. Staged at venues throughout the city, from night clubs to community centres, the festival puts the spotlight on emerging and established indigenous artists.

For anyone seeking perspective on contemporary aboriginal culture in Vancouver and beyond, Talking Stick is a rare window into a world of rich history and cutting-edge art. Here are five can’t-miss events this year:  Continue reading:
5 Must-See Shows at Vancouver’s aboriginal culture fest: Talking Stick 2016

Blossom Barge coming to Vancouver this April

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s already feeling like Spring is in the air with the last few days of sunny, warm weather. So, it’s no surprise that news about the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival is starting to hit local blogs. There are now only two months left until the unofficial start of Springtime in Vancouver!

New this year, the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has announced that they will be creating a Blossom Barge, a multi-day floating spectacle that will have 40 beautiful cherry blossoms on the last place you’d expect them to be, in the sea!

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Blossom Barge coming to Vancouver this April

Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce

The end of January was a crisp, overcast day with intermittent showers – a typical winter’s day in Vancouver.

My buddy, Paul V, and I headed off in Marc’s boat to check out the reef at Passage Island – only a short distance away from Horseshoe Bay but not always accessible to divers because of the strong winds that can sweep down the Strait of Georgia.

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Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

Fun (and unusual) things to do for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

Forget Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. These are the two lovebirds you want to share Valentine's Day with!

Forget Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. These are the two lovebirds you want to share Valentine’s Day with!

Looking for something fun yet unusual to do this Valentine’s Day? How about a burlesque show set to the music of Prince, a screening of Robocop (the original, not the remake, of course!) or an evening of female comics? We have all of those, plus a few more, listed below.

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Fun (and unusual) things to do for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver