Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

One of the best deals for holiday fun in Vancouver is back.

The Robson Square Ice Rink reopens for its 2014-2015 season on Dec. 1. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the covered rink offers free iceskating and $4 skate rentals (If you don’t skate, you can also rent special ice cleats for just $2).

So just how good of a deal is that? Let’s compare Vancouver’s Robson Square with another world-famous inner city ice rink, New York’s Rockefeller Plaza.

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Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

Grouse Mountain Free Ice Skating Pond Opens for the Season

Grouse Mountain Ice Rink

Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

It’s no secret that the winter season is sneaking up on us in Vancouver. The days are getting colder and the tell-tale signs of frost on the ground and sprinklings of snow on the mountains are just the beginning of the holiday season.

The cold snap has allowed Grouse Mountain to officially open their 8,000-square foot ice skating pond, the only mountaintop outdoor skate pond in the lower mainland.

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Grouse Mountain Free Ice Skating Pond Opens for the Season

Indoor Trick or Treating Locations in Vancouver for Halloween 2014

Halloween in Vancouver

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With Friday being Halloween and the weather forecast calling for chilly weather and light rain conditions, you may prefer to bring your trick or treating indoors. Several malls in Vancouver will be offering free trick or treating in their covered, warm, brightly-lit locations.

If you’re looking for some safe trick or treating alternatives in Vancouver that don’t require traipsing through dark neighborhoods in the cold, we’ve got a few ideas for you:

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Indoor Trick or Treating Locations in Vancouver for Halloween 2014

A-Maize-ing Corn Mazes in Greater Vancouver for 2014

Corn maze vancouver 2014

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If you’re looking for a fun day trip close to home, it’s time to hop into the car and head out to the outskirts of town for an afternoon of getting lost and having fun.

Corn mazes are a great, Fall tradition that have been around for years — confusing and scaring children and adults alike. And no, you can’t eat your way out! These mazes are amazing works of art, and while you can’t appreciate the full design from the ground, these complex mazes can challenge your navigational skills as you make your way through kilometres of corn.

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A-Maize-ing Corn Mazes in Greater Vancouver for 2014

A Guide to shopping for Babies and Toddlers in Vancouver

Photo credit: Parade

Photo credit: Parade Organics

Baby showers have been known to cause panic amongst their attendees. Questions careen through your head when the invitation plops into your inbox. What do I get the prospective parents-to-be? What do babies need in their first few months? What about when they are toddlers?

Luckily, the Vancouver baby and toddler shopping scene is pretty sweet in Vancouver. The city has wide selection of high end to budget-friendly baby shopping options and a tonne of really great companies who design and produce baby clothes and toys locally. Never mind both nice and helpful staff.

I would say people who work in kids and baby shops are by far some of the nicest people in retail because: A) they genuinely like kids, B) they talk to people like me day in, day out and C) they’re often parents or proud aunties/uncles or grandparents themselves.

For your bambino shopping pleasure, I’ve compiled a list of Vancouver’s baby and toddler stores and grouped them by neighbourhood. I hope you’ll find this quick guide easy to use and inclusive. Continue reading:
A Guide to shopping for Babies and Toddlers in Vancouver