Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park

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Richmond Nature Park Photo: Rob Weiss

The intersection of Highway 99 and Westminster Highway in Richmond, seems an unlikely place to connect with nature! Jumbo Jets thunder overhead and the roar of traffic is difficult to ignore, yet as I wandered along the Richmond Nature Park trails I quickly found myself leaving the frantic pace of city life behind me.  I was immersed in nature and it felt fantastic!  Surprisingly, many long time residents are unaware that this fabulous 200-acre natural oasis exists on the edge of town.  Strolling along the trails, it didn’t take long to realize that I was exploring a peat bog.  Interested in learning about this unique habitat, I paid a visit to the Nature House.  Interactive displays, and games designed for the younger crowd, told the story of the raised peat bog habitat that historically covered a large portion of Lulu Island.  In fact, 10,000 years ago visitors to the Richmond Nature Park would have been swimming in the Strait of Georgia! Today, the landscape is evolving as Pine and Birch trees begin to transform the bog into forest.

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Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park

2016 Vancouver Pride Parade to feature Special Guest

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Photo Credit – Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press – Vancouver Sun

The culmination of Pride Week in Vancouver erupts in a grand finale of short shorts, rainbows, feather boas, and lots and lots of celebration during the 38th annual Pride Parade taking place this Sunday, July 31 from 12pm – 3pm in downtown Vancouver.

Starting at 12pm sharp on Sunday afternoon, the parade will kick-off at Robson and Thurlow, run down Denman Street and along Beach avenue to end at the huge Pride Festival at Sunset Beach, which runs until 6pm.

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2016 Vancouver Pride Parade to feature Special Guest

Fort Langley’s Brigade Days: A BC Day Must-See Destination

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A Weekend of the Sights & Sounds of 1850s Life in British Columbia!

Since 1979, people have flocked to Fort Langley on BC Day weekend to bring to life a tradition that goes back to the early 1800s: the arrival of the fur brigades. Every modern outdoorsman or adventure fan or Vancouverite who wants to get in touch with BC’s roots must come out this weekend to see this: dozens of men, women and children dressed in 19th century clothing will be “roughing it” in their canvas tents, cooking over the fire, and sharing their old-fashioned skills with visitors.

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Fort Langley’s Brigade Days: A BC Day Must-See Destination

Vancouver’s Alternative Pride Adds Even More Diversity and Inclusivity to Pride Week

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Image Courtesy of Vancouver Art and Leisure

By Kendell Yan

Queers, straights, and allies rejoice! Vancouver Pride week is about to experience an expansion of the festivities offered in the city by a team of over 100 artists working to make this season as inclusive as ever with the Alternative Pride Festival.

The four-day festival is being run by Vancouver Art and Leisure (VAL), a radical artist-run organization which advocates for cultural agency through non-discriminatory events that enrich the cultural in non-traditional spaces.

“At Alternative Pride you can be yourself,” states creative director Matt Troy. “We foster an environment free from prejudice where people from all walks of life can be proud of who we are.”

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Vancouver’s Alternative Pride Adds Even More Diversity and Inclusivity to Pride Week

Vancouver Screen Scene: From The Arrangement and iZombie to Chesapeake Shores and Okja

Jake Gylenhaal is in town to shoot Boon Jong Ho's Okja

Jake Gylenhaal is starring in Boon Jong Ho’s Okja, which is starting its Vancouver shoot.

In this week’s roundup of what’s shooting in Hollywood North, we have a collection of four TV series kicking off today, three productions leaving town, and a Netflix movie, by a renowned South Korean director, starting the Vancouver leg of its production.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: From The Arrangement and iZombie to Chesapeake Shores and Okja

Italian buffet, fireworks and craft beer – take a cruise in Vancouver this summer

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Ahoy ye landlubbers! If you haven’t been out on the water yet this summer, there’s still plenty of opportunity. From live music and Italian buffet to the fireworks to local craft beer, there’s plenty happening on Vancouver cruise ships this summer. Here are a few choices.

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Italian buffet, fireworks and craft beer – take a cruise in Vancouver this summer

Take A Stroll Through The ’20s At The Burnaby Village Museum

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The Carousel, Burnaby Village Museum | Photo: Bianca Bujan

The word “museum” often conjures up childhood memories of school field trips, shuffling from one dark and stuffy room to another, and staring at historical memorabilia through glass cases labelled “Do Not Touch”, while constantly being shhh’d by teachers. Perhaps these stale memories are the reason for my hesitancy to visit Burnaby’s most beloved museum.

But the classic carousel, picturesque town, and friendly guides quickly turned my apathy to intrigue as I strolled through the historic village for the first time. Here are some of the great things to see and do at the Burnaby Village Museum.

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Take A Stroll Through The ’20s At The Burnaby Village Museum