Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks, August 2nd (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Photo: colink | Flickr

No matter how many times we see ‘em, fireworks always delight and amaze us as if we’re seeing them for the first time… And Vancouver has the best pyrotechnic light show of them all. The Honda Celebration of Light is a signature event of Vancouver’s summer and an annual highlight of Vancouver’s Celebration Season!

It’s not only Vancouver’s biggest event, but it’s also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.

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Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks, August 2nd (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Araxi Longtable Dinner Series makes its debut in Vancouver

Araxi Longtable Series Vancouver 2014

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Araxi Restaurant has long been celebrated as one of the best restaurants in Whistler, offering farm-to-table fresh food and seasonally focused menus. Aside from the award-winning food, Araxi Restaurant has made a name for themselves with their Longtable Dinner Series, which has guests dining with 300 friends in a picture-perfect outdoor setting.

For the first time ever, the Araxi Longtable Series will be coming to Vancouver at Vanier Park on August 04, 2014. The long table dinner includes a four-course farm-to-table meal prepared by Araxi executive chef, James Walt.

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Araxi Longtable Dinner Series makes its debut in Vancouver

Six must-see concerts for August in Vancouver

Lady Gaga

Guess who?

It’s August, which for many Vancouverites means a last-ditch effort to make the most out of their summer before nine months of rain begins at the stroke of midnight September 1 (we exaggerate, but only a little). For some, there’s nothing like a day at the beach capped by some live music – especially if it’s outdoors. The Concert in the Park series continues in August, with a number of potentially great shows by proven performers, but we also have a couple of big arena-rock shows to look forward to – in fact, two that almost couldn’t be more different…

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Six must-see concerts for August in Vancouver

Vancouver Ranked Top 10 in the World for Skyscrapers

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Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Flickr

It turns out downtown Vancouver really is a concrete jungle.

Vancouver reached lofty new heights this week, when it was ranked one of the world’s top 10 cities by number of skyscrapers.  With 663 highrises, Vancouver ranks ninth on the list prepared by skyscraperpage.com, between Mexico City and Montreal (full list below).

The top city overall on the list is New York, with 5,894 highrises.  The highest ranking Canadian city is Toronto (2nd overall) with 2,005 highrises. (A highrise is defined as having at least 12 storeys.)

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Vancouver Ranked Top 10 in the World for Skyscrapers

Saving Vancouver’s Secret Railway: The Arbutus Corridor Controversy

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Photo credit: donkeycart | Flickr

Do you know about Vancouver’s hidden railway?

It’s actually not much of a secret.  The Arbutus Corridor is an 11-kilometre-long unused rail line that stretches due south from False Creek, cutting across neighbourhoods from Fairview to Kerrisdale before ending at the Fraser River.

While officially owned by CP rail, the line has not been used since 2001.  During that time, the tracks and the 50-foot-t0-65-foot strip of land they sit on have become one of Vancouver’s more distinguishing features.

Community gardens have proliferated along the idle land, as well as informal walking and biking paths that run its length.  Elsewhere, brambles and vegetation have reclaimed the old industrial space.  In short, the old railroad has become a giant strip of green slicing right through the heart of Vancouver.

ArbutusCorridor-map

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And – at least for the moment – it looks like the unique greenway on the Arbutus Corridor is here to stay.   Continue reading:
Saving Vancouver’s Secret Railway: The Arbutus Corridor Controversy