See 6 Vancouver Attractions for $5: Winter Wander 2015

Photo credit: popejon2 | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: popejon2 | Wikimedia Commons

Pop quiz: Where is Vancouver’s Vanier Park located?

Bravo if you know the answer.  If you don’t, no worries – Even lifelong Vancouverites get mixed up on this one. Vanier Park stretches all the way from the Burrard Street Bridge to Kitsilano Beach on the southwest shore of False Creek. It’s a seaside expanse of green hills, little forested knolls, ponds and beaches.

And it also happens to be a cultural hotbed. Vanier Park is home to three major museums: the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  It also hosts the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare fest and is home to the City of Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

And this Family Day weekend you can see all six of these Vancouver attractions for just $5.   Continue reading:
See 6 Vancouver Attractions for $5: Winter Wander 2015

MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors

MEC Race Series 2015

Image courtesy of MEC Vancouver Store Events | Flickr.com

To many people, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) is just a great place to stock up on freeze-dried food and top-of-the-line tents. To others, it’s a great place to meet new people, learn new skills, and get a great workout.

Hold up, isn’t it just an outdoor store? Yes, to the unassuming eye. But, over the years MEC has moved beyond being “just a store” by offering a wide variety of courses, events, and meet-ups for their members. Not only is it a good way to workout for free, but it’s a great opportunity for people with similar interests to get together and learn more about surviving in an avalanche (or waxing their skis).

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MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors

Here Be Dragons… Diving near Vancouver

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on fantastic scuba diving opportunities near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Dragon’s Den.

Ancient cartographers used to inscribe dragons and other mythical creatures on the edges of maps to let readers know of unexplored terrain and possible dangers that awaited the unwary traveler. Adventurers pushed back those boundaries; seeking knowledge and thriving on the thrill of finding new discoveries and strange, exotic, vistas.

Scuba divers share a similar passion. And underwater, with the passage of time, even familiar landmarks can seem new and wonderful all over again. Any dive is a great dive.

And then there’s Dragon’s Den…

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Here Be Dragons… Diving near Vancouver

Futuristic Vending Machines (with Fresh Groceries) Coming to Vancouver Buildings

Photo sourced from Happy Vending

Photo sourced from Happy Vending

Would you get your eggs, milk and fresh fruit out of a vending machine?

Starting in January, special refrigerated vending machines will begin making an appearance in select Vancouver high-rise buildings. Installed by a local company called Happy Vending, the futuristic machines aim to provide condo dwellers with basic groceries, from breakfast staples like bacon to personal items like diapers and Band-Aids.

The machines, currently slated to be installed in two area buildings, are capable of carrying from 50-70 items and are meant to function as a mini convenience store – offering patrons last-minute necessities and sparing them a trip to an actual store. While commonplace in Europe, the smart vending machines are still a novelty in Canada.

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Futuristic Vending Machines (with Fresh Groceries) Coming to Vancouver Buildings

Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Vancouver’s most unusual Chinese New Year tradition is back.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy – the unique celebration that merges Scotland’s Robbie Burns Day with Chinese New Year – returns Sunday, Feb. 8, at Vancouver’s Pink Pearl Seafood Restaurant.

Started in 1998 by Vancouverite Todd Wong, the fusion event combines traditions from two very different cultures into something that’s, well, odd.

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Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015