New Swimming Pool Project Proposed for Coal Harbour

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Image courtesy of HCMA Architecture + Design

Would you go swimming in Coal Harbour if you had the chance? A Vancouver architecture design firm is proposing the development of a new “Harbour Deck”, which would allow the city to re-engage with the waterfront along the upscale Coal Harbour waterfront neighbourhood.

The design proposal is similar to a the harbour baths in Copenhagen, which are extremely popular for tourists and locals alike, who can go down to the harbour for a quick dip in the ocean. Could that be an option in Vancouver’s near future?

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New Swimming Pool Project Proposed for Coal Harbour

Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

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Photo: Flickr Dani V

When’s the last time you complained about the rain? We all do it. Vancouver averages 1117.2 mm or 43.98 inches of rain a year. That’s a lot of water and a lot of fodder for those who enjoy moaning about our wet winters. Personally, I appreciate a brisk walk in the rain. During a recent weather event, I ventured along Kitsilano Beach and took a moment to stop and read the story stone near Kits Point. The words of Regan D’Andrade are etched in the rock and serve to remind us all that the shades of gray bring us beauty.

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Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

2 Bridges, 1 Quay, the Spirit Trail & Stanley Park – Port of Vancouver by Bike

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View of the Sails from Crab Park at Portside Photo: R. Weiss

Call me crazy, but I love cycling over Vancouver’s bridges. There is a certain thrill to crossing Burrard Inlet on your bike. Bridges are often a source of angst for Vancouverites frustrated with traffic congestion and slow commutes home. However, on your bicycle you become one with the bridge and traffic issues are the least of your concerns. A long, slow grind to the “mid-span” and you are immediately rewarded with awe inspiring views of the City, the North Shore and a bustling marine highway. One of my favourite rides is a circle route from Canada Place to the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, a jaunt along the North Shore and a return via the Lions Gate Bridge.

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2 Bridges, 1 Quay, the Spirit Trail & Stanley Park – Port of Vancouver by Bike

No such thing as a free lunch? Try free golf at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt

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Photo: R. Weiss

This year’s incredible snowfall has Vancouverites flocking to the North Shore Mountains for weekend entertainment, but if snow isn’t your passion you might consider trying your hand at golf. Never held a club before? Not to worry, winter Pitch and Putt at Queen Elizabeth Park is ideal for beginners and experienced golfers alike. This enchanting course features beautiful city views and 18 short par 3 holes, none over 110 yards. The best part of winter Pitch and Putt? It is FREE! The City of Vancouver is offering complimentary access for those willing to brave the elements and visit the course during the winter months.

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No such thing as a free lunch? Try free golf at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt

Vancouver Winter Date Idea: Snowboarding at Cypress Mountain

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Source from Cypress Mountain Facebook page

My boyfriend (“S”) and I drive to Cypress Mountain in the early morn. We’ve settled into an easy silence and suddenly, we round a bend of the road and enter wintry splendour. Clouds and fog obscure the city below, and it feels like we’re far away from our usual urban environment. When holding an umbrella aloft in the Vancouver rain, I often forget that there’s snow on the mountains.

This is the first time we’ve gone snowboarding together and for some reason, I’m feeling a sense of nervous excitement about this particular winter date. I recall my initial snowboarding at Cypress, which, embarrassingly, was only two years ago when I was single.

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Vancouver Winter Date Idea: Snowboarding at Cypress Mountain