Canada Day 2017: Pancakes, Performances and a Parade!

Canada Day Vancouver 2017

Vancouver’s Canada Day Parade. Photo: Stuart Davis, PNG via The Province

The highlight of this year’s summer is fast approaching with the 150th birthday celebration of Canada coming up on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Aside from the free drumming and movies, a food festival, and an open house at the Convention Centre, there is so much to do in the city this Canada Day long weekend, you’re going to need to take extra vacation afterwards to get some rest!

The culmination of the Canada Day events will be happening at Canada Place, which will host a huge two-day party on Saturday and Sunday that’s not to be missed. The event has everything you could ever want: performances, pancakes, and a parade!

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Canada Day 2017: Pancakes, Performances and a Parade!

Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

photo: Michael DeYoung

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

Summer’s here, the sun’s out, and we’re giving visitors an opportunity to see Vancouver Aquarium in a new light with a peek behind the curtains!

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Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Blenz Coffee | Photo: Blenz Coffee (Instagram)

When you’re a parent, nothing pairs better with rambunctious children than a caffeine-forward cuppa joe and a great outdoor space to let your kids run free. Fortunately, Vancouver is filled with coffee shop patios that are situated only steps away from the city’s best parks and playgrounds, so parents can relax while their kids get their wiggles out.

Here are 4 places to grab a coffee that are adjacent to playgrounds – perfect for parents who want to caffeinate and chill while their children play outside.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Kids In Vancouver: Make A Big Splash At Tsawwassen’s Brand New Water Slide Park

Last Summer, we said goodbye to Splashdown Park – Greater Vancouver’s only water slide park and an iconic Summer staple, frequented by kids in Vancouver (and visitors) since 1989 when Splashdown first opened its doors.

On June 12th, a new and improved water park will open its doors, and it promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor. Executive Hotels & Resorts has since acquired the property, and has rebranded the 7-acre park as Big Splash Water Slide Park! Here’s what you can expect from this new Summer hot spot.

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Kids In Vancouver: Make A Big Splash At Tsawwassen’s Brand New Water Slide Park

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Kid-Friendly Patios For Sun-Loving Parents

Tap & Barrel, Olympic Village | Photo: Bianca Bujan

There’s no better way to welcome the warmer weather than to spend an afternoon on a sun-drenched patio, sipping on ice cold drinks and taking in the colourful scenery while chatting with friends.

While many of Vancouver’s patios may be more suited for an adult audience, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots that welcome families too. Here are just 5 of the best kid-friendly patios that can be found in and around the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Kid-Friendly Patios For Sun-Loving Parents

Kids In Vancouver: Check Out Sharing Space With Wildlife – Science World’s Newest Exhibit

Science World | Photo: Ted McGrath (Flickr Pool)

If your kids have seen the animated movie Over The Hedge, then they know how dangerous it can be for wildlife to safely navigate their way through suburban sprawls and emerge unscathed.

A newly-launched project – the Sharing Space with Wildlife Exhibit – was erected this week at Science World’s Ken Spencer Science Park, with a mission to educate youth and their families on the safety issues that impact wildlife as they try to survive life surrounded by humans and city dwellings. Here’s what you can expect from this 600 ft. interactive exhibit that now calls Science World home.

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Kids In Vancouver: Check Out Sharing Space With Wildlife – Science World’s Newest Exhibit

Meet the Minions from Despicable Me 3!

Jerry and Dave, the lovable Minions are travelling to Vancouver to promote their latest movie – and you’re invited to join the fun. The Minions will be bouncing around several different venues in and around Vancouver over the Canada Day weekend, and are happy to pose for photos, and engage in all kinds of silliness. Drop by to say hi, then gear up for their epic new adventure Despicable Me 3, which hits theatres on June 30.

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Meet the Minions from Despicable Me 3!