MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors

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Image courtesy of MEC Vancouver Store Events | Flickr.com

To many people, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) is just a great place to stock up on freeze-dried food and top-of-the-line tents. To others, it’s a great place to meet new people, learn new skills, and get a great workout.

Hold up, isn’t it just an outdoor store? Yes, to the unassuming eye. But, over the years MEC has moved beyond being “just a store” by offering a wide variety of courses, events, and meet-ups for their members. Not only is it a good way to workout for free, but it’s a great opportunity for people with similar interests to get together and learn more about surviving in an avalanche (or waxing their skis).

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MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors

Here Be Dragons… Diving near Vancouver

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on fantastic scuba diving opportunities near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Dragon’s Den.

Ancient cartographers used to inscribe dragons and other mythical creatures on the edges of maps to let readers know of unexplored terrain and possible dangers that awaited the unwary traveler. Adventurers pushed back those boundaries; seeking knowledge and thriving on the thrill of finding new discoveries and strange, exotic, vistas.

Scuba divers share a similar passion. And underwater, with the passage of time, even familiar landmarks can seem new and wonderful all over again. Any dive is a great dive.

And then there’s Dragon’s Den…

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Here Be Dragons… Diving near Vancouver

Five Unusual Yoga Classes to Try in Vancouver

 Photo: Mark Faviell | Flickr

Photo: Mark Faviell | Flickr

By Nikki Bayley

Vancouverites love few things more than stretching their muscles and perfecting their poses at a yoga class. But once you’ve sweated it out at a heated Bikram class or pushed your limits in Ashtanga, what new challenges are there for yogis to conquer? Well, thanks to Vancouver being yoga-central, there are more classes to choose from here than styles of yoga pant at Lululemon. Here are five of the most unusual ones around so you can try something new.

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Five Unusual Yoga Classes to Try in Vancouver

Amateur Snowboard and Ski Park Jams Held Bi-Weekly on Grouse Mountain

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“Trint Thomas with a classic nose blunt over the city.” | Image courtesy of Grouse Parks

This Friday, snowboarders and skiers who are fans of sliding down rails and spinning onto boxes are invited to Grouse Mountain for their bi-weekly Jam Over the City progression sessions. From 6:30pm until 8:30pm every other Friday, anyone and everyone is invited to take part in these fun bonding sessions that will push your skills to the next level.

If you’re not a snowboarder or skier, this is also a good time to check out some local shredders in their natural habitat, trying out new tricks and putting on a free show.

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Amateur Snowboard and Ski Park Jams Held Bi-Weekly on Grouse Mountain

New Urban Golf Club (with 24 Simulated Courses) Opens in Downtown Vancouver

Photo sourced from One Under

Photo sourced from One Under

Ready to tee off in downtown Vancouver?

A unique new club and restaurant, located at 476 Granville St. in the city’s financial district, is giving golfers a chance to do just that.

The city’s first urban golf club, 5,000-square-foot One Under offers duffers an opportunity to hit the links in six state-of-the-art golf simulators. The simulators use high-speed cameras to measure critical club and ball data and create a precise reproduction of each stroke. Golfers can choose to play one of two dozen dream courses from around the world: from Pebble Beach and St. Andrews to Pinehurst and Banff Springs.

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New Urban Golf Club (with 24 Simulated Courses) Opens in Downtown Vancouver