Southlands Country Fair rolls out some old-fashioned fun

You can get close to the horse-jumping action at Southlands Country Fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.

You can get close to the horse-jumping action at Southlands Country Fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.

Vancouver may be a cosmopolitan city, but this weekend, it’s a little bit country.

The Southlands Country Fair happens this Sunday (September 14) in Southlands, an area that many Vancouverites don’t even know about. In this leafy residential neighbourhood, it’s not unusual to see people leading their horses along the quiet streets and on the trails of Pacific Spirit Park.

In addition to the people who live there, the upscale area is home to about 300 horses, housed in three major boarding barns and stables on private property.

The centre of the action is Southlands Riding Club, where riders bring their horses for training and practice in jumping, racing, and more. The annual Southlands Country Fair is a rare opportunity to check out what goes on at the club and spend a crisp fall day in place that feels like the country yet is in the heart of the city.

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Southlands Country Fair rolls out some old-fashioned fun

Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

You always knew there was something special about all those jellyfish, otters, wolf eels and Arctic char.  Now the world knows, too.

Vancouver Aquarium has been voted one of the ten best in the world by readers of USA Today.  The aquarium nabbed the seventh spot overall in the newspaper’s 10Best survey, just behind Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and ahead of Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

The survey notes that the aquarium has just completed the biggest expansion in its history, nearly doubling its gallery space.  It now houses some 50,000 animals, with special new exhibits highlighting Red Sea coral reefs and Africa’s Lake Malawi.

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Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Five Ways to Fly High in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Gary Eichel/Helijet

Photo Credit: Gary Eichel/Helijet

Our city wouldn’t be nicknamed ‘City of Glass’ if it wasn’t for all of our kick butt vistas, views and landscapes.

Vancouver’s beauty is not lies in its beaches, parks, forests and people but also the fantastic views our bumpy topography affords us. Our pretty city status can be summed up by this simple mantra: the higher you go here, the better the view.

There are several ways to explore Vancity from the air.  Below is a brief list of some of the best ways to fly high in Vancouver. Continue reading:
Five Ways to Fly High in Vancouver

Gettin’ busy with the bees on Main Street!

Millross Gardens. Photo courtesy Heth PR.

Millross Gardens. Photo courtesy Heth PR.

Want to get close to a bee without getting stung? Curious about the incredible world of bees?

Beginning Monday, July 14, Millross Gardens on Main Street is starting a FREE Beekeeping Mentorship Program. Beekeepers from Hives from Humanity will host, and everyone is welcome to come by to learn more about beekeeping.

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Gettin’ busy with the bees on Main Street!

New and Improved Vancouver Aquarium Opens its Doors

An artist's conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

An artist’s conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

The largest aquarium in Canada just got a whole lot bigger.

On Friday, June 13, the newly expanded Vancouver Aquarium opens its doors to the public for the first time.  The opening marks the completion of the first, ambitious phase of an update slated to continue over the next several years.  The addition nearly doubles the aquarium’s gallery space and includes a number of high-tech upgrades.

The first thing visitors will notice is the dramatic new entryway (along with Bill Reid’s iconic orca statue, now back after two years in storage).  The facade’s new iridescent cladding changes colour from blue to green, much like the scales of a fish.  In addition, the entrance features 2.4-square-meter LED video displays glowing behind a film of tumbling water.

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