Sunday Funday – The Vancouver Giants Family Hockey Tradition, Feb 21 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The Vancouver Giants will host their division rivals, the Kamloops Blazers, on Sunday, February 21st at 5:00pm in the Pacific Coliseum. It’s the sixth time these two teams are facing off this season.

The Pacific Coliseum is a historic rink that has hosted the Giants since their inauguration in the 2001-02 season and held Canucks games before their move to General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena). Every seat in the house feels close to the ice, giving Coliseum visitors an intimate view of the Great Canadian Game without paying a fortune for it.

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Sunday Funday – The Vancouver Giants Family Hockey Tradition, Feb 21 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce

The end of January was a crisp, overcast day with intermittent showers – a typical winter’s day in Vancouver.

My buddy, Paul V, and I headed off in Marc’s boat to check out the reef at Passage Island – only a short distance away from Horseshoe Bay but not always accessible to divers because of the strong winds that can sweep down the Strait of Georgia.

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Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

Date Idea: Ice Skating on Vancouver’s Many Indoor and Outdoor Rinks

flickr: spantossed

Flickr: spantossed

My best first date involved skating at The Robson Square Ice Rink. I arrived at the rink with my skates and a picture on my phone of the guy I was supposed to be meeting. Ah yes, the joys of on-line dating! When he finally did arrive, I was blown away by the immediate chemistry. We were holding hands, skating side-by-side on the ice, within five minutes.

Ice skating is a lovely date since it’s inexpensive, more active and inventive than your usual chatting over coffee, and invites G-rated physical contact. If you’re feeling wobbly (or just pretending to be so), you can reach for your partner’s gloved hand and, suddenly, you’re a unit gliding along frozen water. And if you’re like me and manage to spectacularly fall at one point during the date, you can laugh at yourself with good grace.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner (hint hint), you might consider lacing up. Fortunately, Vancouver has tons of rinks, each offering a unique way of enjoying this classic winter sport together.

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Date Idea: Ice Skating on Vancouver’s Many Indoor and Outdoor Rinks

5 Ways to Work Out in Vancouver if you Hate Working Out

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Image courtesy of Damon West | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Now that we’re a few weeks past New Year’s it’s time to reflect on your resolutions. Still going strong? We’re you planning on setting up a new work out regimen that went really well the first week but has since fallen off the wayside?

Life is tough for those of us who want to work out, but really hate actually doing it. The crowds! The confusing equipment! The tight clothes! Ugh. Sitting and watching Netflix definitely sounds a bit more appealing.

But, if you want to actually stick to a resolution to stay in shape or get in shape, but you really don’t want to wait in line for the next treadmill at the gym, check out a few of the ideas below to trick you into having fun during a work out. Imagine that!

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5 Ways to Work Out in Vancouver if you Hate Working Out

BMO CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game: Team Cherry vs. Team Orr, Jan 28 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Photo: Orr and Cherry

The Vancouver Giants will host the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:00pm!

The 21st annual game will feature the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players as selected by NHL Central Scouting in a best-on-best showcase including talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

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BMO CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game: Team Cherry vs. Team Orr, Jan 28 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

How to Meet New People at a Gym in Vancouver

Sourced from the Mount Pleasant Community Centre website

Sourced from the Mount Pleasant Community Centre website

Once upon a time, I had a gym crush. He was incredibly good-looking and fit – as well as completely oblivious of my existence. Each time I went to the gym, I tried to muster the nerve to talk to him as I laboured on a nearby StairMaster (believe me, it wasn’t sexy). Eventually, I managed to start an awkward, halting conversation, only to discover that he was taken. Darn.

In the New Year, you might be (once again) aiming to incorporate more physical activity into your life. If you’re single, making romance more of a priority could also figure in your resolutions. The question is: how can you achieve both goals simultaneously? As evidenced by my story, my own strategies are not the best. Instead, I sought out a gym expert in order to find out more about socializing while working out.

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Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Ready to join 2,500 other hardy swimmers this New Year’s Day for a dip to remember?

Vancouver’s 96th annual Polar Bear Swim will take place Jan. 1 at English Bay. Water temperatures are expected to be, well, on the chilly side – but that shouldn’t stop the crowds from ringing in the New Year in style.

The event is free to participate in, but you do have to register at English Bay between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the day of the swim. If you’re in the giving mood, donations are encouraged and go to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

At 2:30 p.m. sharp, a flag and siren signal the assembled swimmers to race into the frosty waters. If past years are any indication, many will be dressed in festive costumes, from Santa Suits to mermaid getups and more.   Continue reading:
Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1