2014 Vancouver Writers Festival guests announced

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, is one of this year's guests at the Vancouver Writers' Festival.

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, is one of this year’s guests at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival.

The lineup for this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct 21-26 at various locations on Granville Island) has been announced. As usual, there’s a handful of heavy-hitters among the usual roster of Canadian nonfiction, crime and kids’ lit authors. Here are some highlights.

Emma Donoghue – Now living in Ontario, Donoghue is an Irish writer who gained traction for her suspenseful 2010 novel Room. Her historical fiction includes her latest, Frog Music.

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2014 Vancouver Writers Festival guests announced

Croquet tournament and High Tea at VanDusen this Saturday!

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A garden party is coming to VanDusen Botanical Gardens this Saturday (Aug. 23). The First Annual Garden Party and Croquet Classic at VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street) includes High Tea, cocktails, champagne, croquet and performance art installations. It’s probably safe to say VanDusen hasn’t seen anything like this in awhile, if ever.

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Croquet tournament and High Tea at VanDusen this Saturday!

Five Ways to Fly High in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Gary Eichel/Helijet

Photo Credit: Gary Eichel/Helijet

Our city wouldn’t be nicknamed ‘City of Glass’ if it wasn’t for all of our kick butt vistas, views and landscapes.

Vancouver’s beauty is not lies in its beaches, parks, forests and people but also the fantastic views our bumpy topography affords us. Our pretty city status can be summed up by this simple mantra: the higher you go here, the better the view.

There are several ways to explore Vancity from the air.  Below is a brief list of some of the best ways to fly high in Vancouver. Continue reading:
Five Ways to Fly High in Vancouver

“Beautiful B.C.” is a fact, according to a new poll

English_Bay,_Vancouver,_BCBritish Columbia is “beautiful.” Alberta is “oil.”

A newly released poll from Insights West asked 815 residents of B.C. to choose one word to describe the province.  The overwhelming first choice was beautiful, followed by nature, diverse, scenery and geography.

When residents of B.C. were asked to describe Alberta in one word, the most popular choice was oil, followed by flat, cold, cowboy and barren.  (Interestingly, when Albertans were asked to describe B.C. in a similar poll, their first choice was beautiful, as well. For themselves, they chose hard-working.)

Of course, B.C. is beautiful. With snowcapped mountains, ocean and rugged coasts, dizzying canyons and brooding forests, what’s not to love?  But some creative branding might also have something to do with the responses.  Continue reading:
“Beautiful B.C.” is a fact, according to a new poll

Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

August is the best month in Vancouver. The sun shines, people take advantage of all our city has to offer. From water sports to Playland to farmer’s markets, Vancouverites and our guests flood our outdoor spaces seeking vitamin D and summery good times.

Unfortunately, August also spells the last full month that city-run public pools are open. You have between two weeks and a month to pack your pool bag to do some laps or splash it up with your kids or suntan-dip-repeat before Vancouver’s five outdoor public pools close next month.

Here’s a quick guide to poolside fun in Vancouver before our summer fades away and the gates close on Vancouver’s outdoor pools until next year.  Continue reading:
Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun