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

See the World Cup in Vancouver – Tickets on sale now

Photo credit: brent flanders | Flickr

Photo credit: brent flanders | Flickr

Missed the last World Cup in Rio? Now’s your chance to see the next one … right here in Vancouver.

Tickets for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup went on sale this week.  The largest women’s sporting event in the world runs from June 6-July 5 at venues in six cities across Canada, including Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver’s B.C. Place stadium will host nine matches in total, including the all-important final on July 5.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup claims to be Canada’s first coast-to-coast sporting event. Other cities getting in on the act are Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.  In total, 24 national teams will be facing off, including Canada, which won bronze in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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See the World Cup in Vancouver – Tickets on sale now