Add a Sense of Wellness to Your Vancouver Trip

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Relaxing at Nitobe Memorial Garden

If you put together Vancouver’s mild climate, amazing outdoor activities, an enlightened approach to sustainability, and lots of great healthy food, what do you get? Continue reading:
Add a Sense of Wellness to Your Vancouver Trip

Living Walls – Vancouver’s Vertical Gardens

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Sylvia Hotel Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you hear “Green City?”  I suspect many Vancouverites will think of bike lanes and organic garbage bins.  Dare I divert your attention away from traffic calming and waste to living walls, an innovative, vertical garden design concept.  Picture a creative, living piece of art that is aesthetically pleasing, and also works to purify the air.  Intrigued with the concept of a living quilt, so to speak, I set my sights on discovering and photographing a few of these gems.

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Living Walls – Vancouver’s Vertical Gardens

Vancouver Achieves A New Milestone For Car Sharing

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The car sharing service Car2Go recently announced that Vancouver is the first city in its network to register more than 100,000 users. First launched in 2011, the service operates between 1,250 to 1,400 Smart cars that are available for one-way trips anywhere within the city limits.

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Vancouver Achieves A New Milestone For Car Sharing

Cool as a Cucumber: 6 Summer Farmers Markets in Vancouver

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Image courtesy of Sharat Ganapati | Flickr.com

There’s always something fun about wandering through farmers markets in Vancouver. The sun is usually shining, people are handing out free samples of apples, and there’s a neighbourly vibe that makes you smile at everyone you pass.

For fresh food lovers, Vancouver is a mecca for farmers markets. In the summer, there are 6 excellent farmers markets in a wide array of neighbourhoods around the city to make sure that you can get access to locally grown goodies almost every day of the week. Whether you’re looking for veggies, freshly baked bread, or hand-made souveniers, definitely take some time to check out one of these excellent markets:

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Cool as a Cucumber: 6 Summer Farmers Markets in Vancouver

Vancouver Aims to Be Safest City for Pedestrians by 2040

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Since 1997, traffic fatalities in Vancouver have declined dramatically. And if city councillors have their way, that number could plunge all the way to zero in the not so distant future.

A new motion introduced in council paves the way for the city to implement plans to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2040. The motion builds on a 2012 roadmap plotted out in Vancouver’s landmark Transportation 2040 plan.

“Our ultimate goal is to eliminate all fatalities within our active transportation system and make sure road users feel safe and comfortable getting around Vancouver, whether by bike, foot, car or transit,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement. Continue reading:
Vancouver Aims to Be Safest City for Pedestrians by 2040

Got Trees? Get $10 Cherry Trees, Magnolias and More at Vancouver Tree Week, April 2-10

Photo credit: Canuckdon |Wikipedia

Photo credit: Canuckdon |Wikipedia

Feeling a little tree envy? During the spring, Vancouver streets and yards are filled with blossoming beauties: cherry and plum trees, magnolias and lilacs and more.

Now, a unique offering from the Vancouver Park Board is allowing Vancouver residents to take some of those gorgeous hardwoods home with them, for a bargain price.  As part of Vancouver Tree Week, April 2-April 10, residents can purchase some 22 varieties of trees from the city park board for the bargain price of $10 each. Considering that many of these trees normally sell for $75 or up, that’s a deep discount.

It’s all part of an effort to restore the city’s dwindling tree canopy. Over the last 20 years, the amount of city land covered by canopy has dropped from 22 percent to 18 percent, according to the Vancouver Sun.  For a metropolis aiming to be the “world’s greenest city” by 2020, that’s a disturbing trend. One of the primary culprits: the loss of trees on private property.  Continue reading:
Got Trees? Get $10 Cherry Trees, Magnolias and More at Vancouver Tree Week, April 2-10

What Would You Call Vancouver’s Bike Share Program?

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CycleHop and the City of Vancouver want your help naming Vancouver’s long-awaited bike share program. With plans to bring 1500 bicycles to 150 different stations this summer, Vancouver will have the largest smart bike share system in North America. So get creative and suggest an appropriate and imaginative name and the fame and glory could be all yours!

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What Would You Call Vancouver’s Bike Share Program?