Vancouver Map Showing Walking Times between SkyTrain Stations and B-Line Stops

Vancouver Walking Map

Map credit: Pavlo Kalyta

Don’t ride when you can walk! With the lovely spring weather upon us this is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy our beautiful city.

This handy map shows the walking time between the various Skytrain stations and B-Line bus stops. Many are closer than you think.

Click on the map for a larger version you can print off and carry with you.

Thanks to Pavlo Kalyta for creating this map for us to share.

Uber Looking for Drivers in Vancouver (But Don’t Pick Up Any Passengers Yet!)

IMG_2115Have a car and want to make a few extra bucks?

Uber, the ride-for-hire company that’s challenged the traditional taxi industry, has begun posting ads for Vancouver drivers on its website and on the job site Workopolis. “Driving with Uber is a great way to earn cash on your schedule. The more drive, the more you can earn,” the ads boast.

But don’t expect to be pocketing any extra cash anytime soon. Uber still isn’t permitted to operate in Vancouver or British Columbia. The ads are part of a push to gauge interest among drivers and also publicize the benefits of the Uber platform.

Drivers must be at least 21, have a four-door vehicle and a valid driver’s license and insurance. Uber claims that drivers can earn up to $39.60 an hour, after the company takes its 25-percent cut on all fares.

At the same time, Uber has also opened up a “sneak preview” feature for Vancouverites looking for a ride. Users who have downloaded the app can log in and get a mock-up of Uber drivers in their immediate vicinity, with an estimate of wait times. Continue reading:
Uber Looking for Drivers in Vancouver (But Don’t Pick Up Any Passengers Yet!)

This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver

photo: Michael Ó Raifeartaigh / Flickr

Photo: Michael Ó Raifeartaigh / Flickr

Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos of the week!

The photographers who have snapped these gorgeous shots have either tagged us, or have included the #veryvancouver hashtag in their caption.

Follow us on Instagram, tag us in your next snap, and you may just see your picture featured here.

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver

Rare Photographs of Vancouver from 1860-1920 Revealed in New Exhibition

From the Unger Family collection, c. 1915, gelatin silver print (UL#1228) | Image from presentationhousegallery.org

From the Unger Family collection, c. 1915, gelatin silver print (UL#1228) | Image from presentationhousegallery.org

Today, Metro Vancouver is a bustling metropolis of 2.5 million people: one of the world’s most livable cities and a place where open land is in short supply, if the current real estate boom is any indication.

Go back about a century or so, however, and things were a little different. A new photography exhibition is offering a rare glimpse into Vancouver from 1860-1920, a period when the fledgling settlement clung hazardously to the coast, surrounded by the vast, wild forests all around it.

The Nanitch exhibition, on display now at the Presentation House Gallery, is pulled from an incredible archive of more than 18,000 rarely seen photographs recently donated to the UBC Library by philanthropists Uno and Dianne Langmann. Images range from old postcards to hand-coloured prints, glass negatives and even stereo cards (the “virtual reality” 3D images of the day).  Continue reading:
Rare Photographs of Vancouver from 1860-1920 Revealed in New Exhibition

Urban Foraging: Herb Walks and Medicine Talks in Vancouver

Photo: Bronwen Erickson @birchwoodherbals

Photo credit: Bronwen Erickson @birchwoodherbals

By: Jessica Linnay

Between the trees, along the shores, and nestled among foliage throughout Greater Vancouver grow inconspicuously common and incredibly helpful plants: wild growths that not only take root in the soil of our backyards but also in our daily lives in the form of teas, tinctures, ointments, spices, and sustenance. Surely you’ve noticed dandelion greens at the farmer’s market or experienced a powerful cup of nettle tea; but that we pass by these plants in the wild without realizing their value symbolizes a broken connection to nature that local herbalist Bronwen Erickson hopes to renew by hosting Herb Walk & Wild Foraging at Jericho Beach Park on April 2.

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Urban Foraging: Herb Walks and Medicine Talks in Vancouver

This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver

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Photo credit: Mike Lan

Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos of the week!

The photographers who have snapped these gorgeous shots have either tagged us, or have included the #veryvancouver hashtag in their caption.

Follow us on Instagram, tag us in your next snap, and you may just see your picture featured here.

Continue reading:
This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver

No more brown bag? Vancouver mulls prospect of public drinking

Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

Could public drinking be allowed in Vancouver?

The provincial government is discretely floating the idea of allowing public consumption of alcohol in specific locations, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun. Earlier this month, municipalities across the province were asked for feedback on a little-known provision of B.C.’s liquor laws allowing the designation of special public spaces where liquor can be consumed.

On the books since the 1970s, the provision has apparently never been used. But momentum is gathering. Any change would bring to an end a long-standing policy of strictly prohibiting public consumption of alcohol. Though it’s not uncommon to see “brown-baggers” at Vancouver’s parks and beaches during the summer months, anyone who consumes alcohol in public is technically breaking the law and could be ticketed.   Continue reading:
No more brown bag? Vancouver mulls prospect of public drinking

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