Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster's River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster’s River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

In Vancouver, the ocean gets all the glory. While tourists and locals alike stroll Kits Beach and cycle Stanley Park’s sea wall, nobody mentions the Fraser—yet it’s an integral part of West Coast life. Many people live along the river’s banks and enjoy it daily, walking their dogs and jogging along its shores.

The Fraser is a working river, and you’d be amazed to see what kinds of things travel along it. Flowing 1,375 kilometres from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, it merges with the Pacific Ocean and acts as a highway for people and industry. It’s always a treat to watch the tiny tugboats chug by, pulling everything from heavy log booms to shipping containers. (How do they do it?)

The view is always changing, and it’s always inspiring. Here are five places to see the Fraser shine.

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Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Between The Stops

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Vancouver Cycle Chic Films joins Josh, owner of Cycle City Tours, for a bike ride around the city and ending at Bomber Brewing.

Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

August is the best month in Vancouver. The sun shines, people take advantage of all our city has to offer. From water sports to Playland to farmer’s markets, Vancouverites and our guests flood our outdoor spaces seeking vitamin D and summery good times.

Unfortunately, August also spells the last full month that city-run public pools are open. You have between two weeks and a month to pack your pool bag to do some laps or splash it up with your kids or suntan-dip-repeat before Vancouver’s five outdoor public pools close next month.

Here’s a quick guide to poolside fun in Vancouver before our summer fades away and the gates close on Vancouver’s outdoor pools until next year.  Continue reading:
Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun

Get Soaked at Vancouver’s Largest Waterfight this Saturday

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Time to raid the local dollar store to stock up on water balloons, water guns, buckets, sponges, and any other means of getting other people wet. This Saturday, August 9, 2014 is Vancouver’s largest water fight, the 8th annual event that happens in Stanley Park at Lumberman’s Arch at 1:00pm.

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Get Soaked at Vancouver’s Largest Waterfight this Saturday

A Day in the Life of an Urban Reef

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Robson Redux is a rare opportunity to lounge, rest, or socialize in the middle of a normally busy downtown street.

Bike, walk or transit and then take a rest in the heart of the city at the Robson Redux summertime plaza, downtown Vancouver at 800-block Robson Street, between Howe and Hornby Streets. Each summer, this block transforms into a pedestrian plaza featuring a unique seating installation that’s open 24 hours a day.