Playland at the PNE Opens for the 2016 Season this Weekend

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Photo credit: Remy Scalza

The true sign of summer starting is the first opening of the gates of local-favourite, Playland at the PNE. The oldest amusement park in Canada will open up on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10am to kick off a summer of foot long hot dogs, roller coaster rides, and stuffies won at the arcades.

Playland will only be open on the weekends in Vancouver until late June, when it stays open all week long. Luckily, it’s just sun in the forecast for our fair city, so it’s a great time to line up and get soaked on the flume ride.

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Playland at the PNE Opens for the 2016 Season this Weekend

This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver

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Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos of the week!

The photographers who have snapped these gorgeous shots have either tagged us, or have included the #veryvancouver hashtag in their caption.

Follow us on Instagram, tag us in your next snap, and you may just see your picture featured here.

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver

5 Mother’s Day Brunch Spots in Vancouver

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Photo courtesy of MARKET by Jean Georges

Sunday, May 8th is the day to celebrate your much-loved mom this year. Do it up right, and treat her to one of these special Mother’s Day brunches in Vancouver.

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5 Mother’s Day Brunch Spots in Vancouver

Who’s In your Backyard This Vancouver Bird Week?

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Did you know that crows will remember your face for up to five years? Or that our city’s quirky little pigeons with their flashy iridescent necklaces who nervously toddle around the sidewalks are actually monogamous cliff-nesting birds in their natural environment – and they care so much for their young that they normally keep them in the nest until almost fully grown? And those little brown sparrows who hop around  on outdoor tables and eat your muffin crumbs are so adaptable that they are found almost everywhere, in almost every garden, all over the world. But these aren’t the only birds living alongside us in Vancouver – there are hundreds of different species of these feathered distant-dino-descendants who live and pass through the city. All you have to do to find them is know how to look (or listen.)

This Vancouver Bird Week, get to know all of the feathered flutterers who share Vancouver’s skies, gardens, and parks with workshops, art shows, art-making, nest box building, and other classes and events such as:

Garden Plants for Birds: Learn what to plant in your garden to attract a parade of different birds just outside your windows. May 7th at Stanley Park

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Who’s In your Backyard This Vancouver Bird Week?

Vancouver poet wins top poetry prize at 32nd Annual BC Book Prizes

Vancouver writer Raoul Fernandes won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award at this year's BC Book Awards.

Vancouver writer Raoul Fernandes won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award at this year’s BC Book Awards.

The winners of the 32nd Annual BC Book Prizes were announced April 30 in Victoria. Categories include fiction, regional, non-fiction, poetry, children’s lit and more. Nominees come from all over the province, and are selected by the West Coast Book Prize Society.

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Vancouver poet wins top poetry prize at 32nd Annual BC Book Prizes

360 Degree Views of Vancouver from a Helicopter

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Check out this spectacular Virtual Reality video of Vancouver from 500 feet in the air!

SKY Helicopters was able to capture 360 degrees views of Stanley Park, English Bay, False Creek, and East Vancouver. Click on the arrows to navigate the complete 360 degree experience – Enjoy!

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360 Degree Views of Vancouver from a Helicopter

The 70th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 128th Annual Country Fair, May 20 – 23 (Free Giveaway!)

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One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns for its 70th year this May Long Weekend with more competitions, live entertainment food and fun for fans of all ages.

The Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo will once again feature the World’s best Cowboys and Cowgirls as they compete for cash prizes in roughstock rodeo events like Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding and Bull Riding, as well as Ladies Barrel Racing. Kids also get their turn in the spotlight with the always-entertaining Mutton Bustin’ competition.

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The 70th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 128th Annual Country Fair, May 20 – 23 (Free Giveaway!)