Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Vancouver cyclists know that on a sunny day downtown’s famous seawall can turn into a bit of a traffic jam.  Runners, walkers, rollerbladers and throngs of bikers make cycling the scenic route feel like a ride through rush-hour traffic.

For the path less traveled, head south to the Vancouver suburb of Tsawwassen and Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Boundary Bay – so named because it marks the border between British Columbia and Washington State – embraces dramatic mudflats, salt marshes and dunes and sandy beaches.  Best of all, it offers great biking, minus the crowds.

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Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

The Vancouver Park Board is launching the first City Bird competition

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You can vote for your favourite bird from among six splendid and popular birds that live in Vancouver year round – Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Pacific Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker. The winner will be named the ‘official’ City Bird for Bird Week 2015.

The competition is to raise awareness about the importance of birds in Vancouver as they are visible markers of a healthy ecosystem and an experiential link between people and local biodiversity. We are kicking off this campaign with a media event on Sunday, April 13 at 9:30am at Stanley Park Ecology Nature House, Lost Lagoon.

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The Vancouver Park Board is launching the first City Bird competition

New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

The long-awaited Sea to Sky Gondola is finally set to take its first passengers.

Situated in Squamish, about one hour north of Vancouver, the gondola will begin whisking visitors from sea level to a height of more than 885 metres on May 16.

The $22-million facility is situated on a strip of land between the famous Stawamus Chief Provincial Park (better known as “the Chief”) and Shannon Falls.  After a 10-minute ride in plush, eight-person gondola cars, passengers disembark on a mountain peak situated high above Howe Sound.

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New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Ready for North America’s Biggest Ski, Music and Arts Fest?

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Ready for some spring skiing, free live concerts and mind-bending ski and boarding competitions?

North America’s largest “winter sports, music, arts and mountain culture” festival is coming to Whistler, April 11-April 20.  The World Ski and Snowboard Festival features 10 days of world-class competition, free hip hop and electronic dance music shows and, of course, all the skiing and boarding you want at one of the continent’s highest-rated resorts – all just two short hours from Vancouver.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

Live sportsSpectator sports offerings range from the heart-pounding to the goofy and absurd.  At the World Skiing Invitational, see competitors face off in an adrenaline-packed slopestyle competition and truly jaw-dropping big air jump competition. Equally impressive, the Shred Show sees the world’s best snowboarders compete on a huge, 70-foot table jump.  Meanwhile, furry mascots do battle in Mascot Mayhem, while local pets participate in the Whistler Dogfest and roller-skaters face off in roller derby on Super Brawl Sunday.

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Take a Walking Tour of Vancouver with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Granville Island. Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Now that spring has arrived in Vancouver, it’s only a matter or time before you’ll want to get outside and walk around our beautiful city. Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers a number of walking tours in different areas of the cities, led by guide Maurice Guibord. Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a long-time resident of Vancouver, it’s a great way to see the city and learn something new about Vancouver. Choose between tours exploring historic neighbourhoods, residential areas, or discovering the architecture of downtown Vancouver. All walking tours are $15; register for one here.

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Grandview from Commercial Dr to Clark Dr – April 20
Straddling industrial, commercial, and residential precincts, this fascinating area has been rarely explored. Displaying the transitions that continuously transform its built heritage, explore how artists have played a significant role in making the area more habitable, while demographic pressures have impacted the residential landscape. See how some individuals have chosen this area to make their statement, whether it be cultural patrimonial or other.
Meet in Mosaic Creek Park (corner of Charles St. and McLean Dr.).

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Take a Walking Tour of Vancouver with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation