Celebrate the Sunset at the Largest Drum Circle in Vancouver

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Image courtesy of Claude Schneider / http://portfora.com/claude

Every sunny Tuesday evening during the summer, music lovers and bongo-drumming dudes and dudettes get together at Third Beach in Stanley Park to celebrate the sunset.

Grab a bongo drum, a stick you can hit a rock with, or just your dancing shoes (i.e. your bare feet), and head down to Third Beach on Tuesday nights to drum or dance with hundreds of other members of the community.

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Celebrate the Sunset at the Largest Drum Circle in Vancouver

Vancouverites Name their Best Picnic Spots

Clockwise from top: Kid Carson, Johanna Wagstaff, Taryn Wa, Lisa Giroday

Clockwise from top: DJ Kid Carson, Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, Chef Taryn Wa, Victory Gardens Co-founder Lisa Giroday

Vancouverites are to sun are like bees to honey. The minute the sun starts shining in this town, people flock to our diverse beaches, promenades and parks.

One of my favourite things to do in the summer is to gather a cooler full of food from local shops (Cardero Bottega, Davie Street Market and JJ Bean), my croquet set and a flock of friends for a picnic. Being a WestEnder I’m a bit predictable: English Bay is my haunt because it’s a two blocks from my house. However, if I’m feeling inspired to venture further afield Deep Cove’s Panorama Park or East Vancouver’s New Brighton park come a close seoncd and third.

I recently asked four Vancouver personalities – a dj, a meteorologist, a chef and a gardener -  where their favourite picnic spots were and what was in their snack basket. Their answers underscore our city’s plentiful picnic spots and access to awesome eats.  Check out their responses below.  Continue reading:
Vancouverites Name their Best Picnic Spots

Bikes x Beer x Brunch: Together at last!

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Combining the best summer activities Bikes, Beer and Brunch or so we think!  Starting Saturday June 28th and every other Saturday this summer Cycle City Tours is running Vancouver’s first Craft Beer Bicycle Tour.

Perfect for the novice or beer nut alike, Cycle City Tours has partnered with 3 of the top Craft Breweries in Vancouver to create this unique Bike and Beer tasting treat!  Guests have the opportunity to tour brewing facilities, sample 9 different beers, and learn about beer and food pairing with edibles at Belgard Kitchen.

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Bikes x Beer x Brunch: Together at last!

TripAdvisor Ranks Stanley Park #1 in the World

Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust | Wikimedia Commons

It’s official.  Vancouver’s Stanley Park is the best park in the world.

Vancouver’s green jewel was named top park in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards, beating out heavyweights like New York’s Central Park and Paris’ Luxembourg Gardens.  Award winners were determined using an algorithm that measured the quantity and quality of user reviews submitted worldwide over a 12-month period.

At 400 hectares (1,000 acres), Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is North America’s third biggest park and attracts about 8 million visitors a year.  A stunning example of Pacific coastal rainforest, the park has more than 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees and is almost completely surrounded by Pacific Ocean waters. Continue reading:
TripAdvisor Ranks Stanley Park #1 in the World

Bikes and Birthday Suits at the Vancouver Naked Bike Ride

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Image courtesy of the World Naked Bike Ride

This Saturday, June 14th cyclists are going as bare as they dare for the 2014 Vancouver Naked Bike Ride starting at noon at Sunset Beach. If biking in your birthday suit sparks your interest, you can join hundreds of happy naked cyclists as they tour the city in the buff.

From the shy to the bold, as bare as you dare means you could wear a scuba suit and still be able to participate in the free event.

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