Vancouver Bucket List: A Night Game at Nat Bailey Stadium

Photo credit: Ian Alexander Martin | Flickr

Photo credit: Ian Alexander Martin | Flickr

It’s a must on any Vancouver summer bucket list: a night game at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The historic 1951 stadium in the city’s Riley Park neighbourhood is home to the Vancouver Canadians, a minor league affiliate of baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.  A night at the “Nat” offers small-town charm, great baseball and beautiful views, all just minutes from downtown Vancouver.

I checked out the action over the weekend, when the Canadians were taking on their local rivals the Everett AquaSox from Washington.  At 7:05 p.m. game time, the stadium was already filled nearly to its 5,000-seat capacity. I managed to get a few “nosebleed” seats for the bargain price of $12.50 a ticket. (“Nosebleed” in Nat Bailey is a relative term – It’s a small stadium and there’s not a bad seat in the house.)

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Vancouver Bucket List: A Night Game at Nat Bailey Stadium

Kiteboarding in Vancouver Takes Off at Spanish Banks

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When the wind is blowing in Vancouver, the wetsuits come out. Windsurfers, kiteboarders, and other wind-propelled sports all rely on a gusty day to take to the ocean and practice their sport.

It’s a sight to see and now, thanks to a change in bylaws, the City of Vancouver has a dedicated area for kiteboarding on the beaches of Spanish Banks in Kitsilano.

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The BMO Vancouver Marathon celebrates its 43rd and half 25th anniversary

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By Christine Blanchette

On Sunday, May 4th, the Vancouver downtown streets, and its surrounding 12 neighborhoods will be alive with the sights and sounds of thousands of runners participating in the 43rd annual BMO Vancouver International Marathon.

It is Canada’s spring marathon with the many cherry blossoms and the smell of the ocean with the surrounding mountains serving as a backdrop welcoming the runners on race day.

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The BMO Vancouver Marathon celebrates its 43rd and half 25th anniversary

Game On! Roller Derby Season Kicks Off in Vancouver this Weekend

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This weekend, the elbows will be jabbing and the girls will be flying as another season of roller derby in Vancouver kicks off on April 5, 2014 at the Kerrisdale Arena.

This sport really has it all, with tough chicks battling each other to score points, cow bells and air horns blasting from an enthusiastic crowd, and a 19+ beer garden to top it all off.

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Game On! Roller Derby Season Kicks Off in Vancouver this Weekend

Attention Canucks Fans: New App Plays Goal Horn Whenever Canucks Score

Photo credit: FreeRishad | Flickr

Photo credit: FreeRishad | Flickr

The Vancouver Canucks haven’t been scoring a ton of goals lately. But the next time the puck slides into the net you’ll be sure to know, thanks to a nifty new app.

Released in December, the Live Goal Horns app blasts a recording of the Canucks goal horn to your phone – in real-time – every time the team scores.  That means you can be walking down the street, eating dinner, in an important meeting and all the sudden hear the satisfying bwaaaahhhhhh that marks another Canucks score. (You can see a YouTube video of the app in action here.)

The app is free to download, though you have to pay $.99 to buy the actual Canucks goal horn sound file, as heard in Rogers Arena.  The app can be customized so you get updates (and hear goal horns) for any (or all) of the NHL’s 30 teams.  The horn sound is followed by a push notification with the updated game score.

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Attention Canucks Fans: New App Plays Goal Horn Whenever Canucks Score

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