Flightseeing with Harbour Air – Win an Extended Panorama Tour for Two!

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Harbour Air was founded in B.C. in 1982 and today has more than 40 aircrafts, servicing 350,000 passengers throughout coastal British Columbia. The Harbour Air Group, consisting of Harbour Air Seaplanes, Westcoast Air and Whistler Air is one of the largest seaplane companies in the world. Harbour Air also has Tantalus Air, a land-based charter airline.

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Flightseeing with Harbour Air – Win an Extended Panorama Tour for Two!

Canada’s First Parkour Park Open Now in Vancouver

Photo Credit: THOR/Flickr

Photo Credit: THOR/Flickr

Vancouver is scoring a Canada-wide first with a public outdoor parkour space in Hastings Park as part of the 20 year multi-million dollar master plan for Hastings Park and the PNE. We spoke to Dave Hutch, park-board manager of research and planning to find out more.

How did the idea for Plateau Sports Park come about?

The idea was to transform the whole park into a series of connected open spaces and recreational amenities. In 2011 we began implementing the plan by going through a process of working with the community and identifying where people’s needs and desires were for activities. Empire Fields was already a sports field and we upgraded it to synthetic turf and a rubberised track. Plateau Park was envisioned as a place of active sport and recreation that would be complimentary to field sports. We were approached by a group of parkour practitioners who said, ‘Hey, they have parkour parks in Europe, could we do that here?’. How did you feel about the idea of a parkour space? When we sat down with them, first we had to understand what it was! There’s a sort of a view of parkour of that James Bond Casino Royale scene that everyone thinks of, but it’s much more than that, lots of people can do parkour: young kids, adults, men, women –many moves are done just a few feet off the ground, so we just needed to know what they required. Continue reading:
Canada’s First Parkour Park Open Now in Vancouver

Grouse Grind to open this Friday!

Photo:  janheuninck | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Photo: janheuninck | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Just in time for the weekend, Grouse Mountain is pleased to announce that as per Metro Vancouver, the Grouse Grind will open for the 2015 hiking season on Friday, May 8th from 6:15 am until 7:00 pm.

With summer just around the corner, we are very excited that the iconic Grouse Grind trail will open for the season,” said Grouse Mountain general manager Michael Cameron.  “As Vancouverites’ favourite destination for outdoor fitness, we cannot wait to begin another exciting season of fundraising and achievement on ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’.”

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Vancouver’s Rain

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People arriving in Vancouver by air are struck by how fresh and clean the air is. The scent of ocean, mountains and pine greet locals and visitors alike, reminding them how special this place is.

Another thing visitors note is how inconsequential the rain is in Vancouver. It’s not a hard driving rain that sends you running for cover. Rather it tends to be a gentle rain, often not much more than a mist.

In the short video below we attempted to share a little bit about how people in Vancouver have a special relationship with the rain. It’s something we embrace as part of what makes this part of the world so unique and wonderful.

Vancouver Pitch and Putt Golf Opens for the Season on March 18!

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Image courtesy of Scott Akerman | Flickr.com

Cherry blossoms are blooming and spring is in the air in Vancouver — but the true sign that the seasons are changing is that Vancouver pitch & putt golf courses will be opening this week on March 18, 2015.

Longer days and warmer afternoons mean that an after-work or after-school round of golf at your nearby pitch & putt is now in the cards. There really is nothing better than spending a springtime afternoon walking around a nicely maintained park and hitting a few golf balls now and then.

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Vancouver Pitch and Putt Golf Opens for the Season on March 18!