Got Culture? 2 New $10-Million-Plus Museums Coming to Vancouver’s North Shore

Historical photo of North Vancouver shipyards

Historical photo of North Vancouver shipyards

The North Vancouver waterfront is one step closer to getting a landmark $10-million museum to showcase its rich history.

This week, the federal government chipped in with a huge $2.2-million cheque for the high-tech project, which will revitalize the historic Pipe Shop shipyard and is expected to attract 60,000 visitors a year.

Construction is expected to begin as soon as early 2016 on the new North Vancouver Museum and Archives. It will anchor the dramatic transformation of the waterfront from industrial space to tourist-friendly, must-see destination (similar to the remaking of Vancouver’s Granville Island decades ago).

The new museum combines interactive technology with a selection of original artifacts to bring the history of the North Shore to life. Continue reading:
Got Culture? 2 New $10-Million-Plus Museums Coming to Vancouver’s North Shore

5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

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The following is a guest post by Expedia Canada.

Vancouver is one of the best cities in North America, and proudly so. Here at Expedia Canada, we have a soft spot for the glittering city by the shore, which is why we’ve partnered with Inside Vancouver to present you the top five reasons to visit Vancouver this year (and why you’ll never want to leave).

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5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

Giant Floating Ring (and New Plaza) Coming to Vancouver’s Davie Street

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Vancouver’s Davie Village in the West End is about to get a little more vibrant.

A new plaza, complete with patio-style seating and a space-age floating sculpture, is set to grace the neighbourhood, considered the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community.

City planners have released detailed drawings for the new plaza, to be located not far from Davie Street’s distinctive rainbow-coloured crosswalks. Plans call for a one-block section of Bute Street just south of Davie to be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian-friendly plaza.

Meanwhile, a special floating sculpture is to be installed at the intersection of Davie and Bute Streets. After initially considering a giant disco ball, planners ultimately opted to go with a space-age, shimmering metallic ring inscribed with the name Davie Village, which will be suspended by wires above the intersection.  Continue reading:
Giant Floating Ring (and New Plaza) Coming to Vancouver’s Davie Street

Vancouver Proposes Special Love-Lock Sculpture to Keep Locks off Burrard Bridge

Photo credit: Poulpy | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Poulpy | Wikipedia

Paris may be the most best-known city when it comes to love locks. So many couples have professed their love by securing locks to the city’s Pont des Arts that one of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight. In total, an estimated 1 million locks weighing 45 tonnes have been affixed to the bridge, threatening its structural integrity.

It turns out, however, that Vancouver has a bit of a love-lock problem of its own. While the practice is not nearly as common here as in European cities, couples have gotten into the habit of affixing locks to city landmarks.

Right now, the Burrard Bridge is the favoured spot, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. While there’s no official lock count, the tally on the bridge may easily be in the hundreds. Evidently, some lovers even throw keys from the deck of the bridge into the water below. (I just hope there’s not an Aquabus under there at the time.)

In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the city prepared an official report. The conclusion: “While the weight of a single lock is insignificant, the accumulation of thousands of locks creates a substantive weight that can damage infrastructure.” Continue reading:
Vancouver Proposes Special Love-Lock Sculpture to Keep Locks off Burrard Bridge

Jogging in Beautiful Vancouver

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An interesting perspective on Vancouver through the sight and sounds of a jogger.

This video was created by the people at dvisionfilms.ca.