5 Vancouver Parks That Used to be Something Else

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We’re pretty good at recycling and repurposing in Vancouver, so it should come as no surprise that over the years we’ve been able to turn some pretty unique (and some formerly undesirable) spaces into beautiful, lush, blossom-filled parks. Some of the city’s most popular recreation destinations used to be completely different spaces.

Looking back, it really does make you appreciate the new leases on life each of these locations received. Here are 5 Parks That Used to be Something Else:

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5 Vancouver Parks That Used to be Something Else

5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

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Vancouverites have such an affinity for the water and there’s so many ways to get close and enjoy our rivers, lakes, coastal inlets and bays. Boardwalk promenades are ideal locations for leisurely strolls, watching activity on our waterways, soaking up some sunshine, and purchasing fresh-caught local seafood.

Here are the 5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver that will get you above and around our beautiful waterfronts.

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5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots

Photo sourced from Vancouver Park Board

Photo sourced from Vancouver Park Board

A new $700,000, 4.2-metre-high sculpture has been unveiled in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

Rising on Brockton Point, the new bronze sculpture – dubbed Shore to Shore – depicts a little-known but colourful figure from the city’s past, the whaler known as Portuguese Joe Silvey. Silvey, who emigrated in 1858 from Portugal, opened a saloon opposite Gassy Jack Deighton’s in what is now Gastown. He earned a reputation as a cultural bridgemaker, marrying into the local Coast Salish First Nations community and having 11 children with two wives.

The sculpture, which took five years to complete, depicts Portuguese Joe and each of his wives alongside a monument of intricately carved designs crowned with the head of a raptor, representing both the Canadian eagle and the Portuguese açor.  It’s set on a a field of black and white stones, imported from Portugal and arranged into an intricate, swirling design. It sits near the site where Portuguese Joe once had a home in Stanley Park.   Continue reading:
New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots

Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Internet users, it’s time to fire up those browsers.

The City of Vancouver is rolling out free Wi-Fi at 43 locations, ranging from community centres to outdoor pools, cultural centres and even marinas and public golf course clubhouses.

The new offerings will supplement the free Wi-Fi already available at Vancouver Public Library locations. It will be anonymous, with no registration requirements and no data caps.

The free Wi-Fi initiative is the result of nearly a decade of lobbying by groups seeking to “bridge the digital divide.” Free Wi-Fi levels the playing field for people who don’t have access to Internet at home, while also making things easier for tourists and helping in emergency situations.  Continue reading:
Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations

Get Into a Musical Jam in Vancouver

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By Amy Watkins for Inside Vancouver

Looking to find some musically-minded new friends? Strum or drum along with a group of fellow musicians at drop-in drum circles and ukulele jams around the city. Jams are organized musical meetings that involve impromptu playing and are a chance to get creative on an instrument or just listen to the music. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished player, there are plenty of social ways to make music in Vancouver.

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Get Into a Musical Jam in Vancouver