Ready to Run? Canada’s Biggest 10K Takes over Vancouver, April 19

Photo credit: mim42 | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: mim42 | Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve noticed big groups of runners trotting through the streets of Vancouver the last few weeks, there’s a good reason.

The Vancouver Sun Run, Canada’s biggest 10K race, is Sunday, April 19. Each spring, around 50,000 runners – from world-class athletes to moms and dads pushing strollers – line up for the dash through downtown Vancouver. Now in it’s 31st year, the Sun Run has become a seasonal rite of passage for Vancouverites, with groups of friends and coworkers training for weeks (sometimes months) in advance of the big race.

Part of the Sun Run’s popularity may stem from the fact that it’s got to be one of the prettiest 10K courses anywhere. Continue reading:
Ready to Run? Canada’s Biggest 10K Takes over Vancouver, April 19

Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

The Grouse Grind may be Vancouver’s most famous (and gruelling) hike. The steep, 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain has a total of 2,830 steps, earning it the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Each year, 150,000 people make the ascent.

But during winter – when the trail is often closed due to weather conditions – all those “Grouse Grinders” are generally out of luck, with no place to blast their quads and gluts. Except this year.

This March, the 553-foot-tall Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver is opening up its 40 flights of stairs to fitness buffs. Continue reading:
Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

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

MEC Race Series 2015

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