Central Park’s Eco-Sculptures are a Hoot!

Eco-Sculptures in Central Park Photo: Rob Weiss

On busy weekends, while shoppers flock to Metrotown in Burnaby, I usually set my sights a little further down the road to Central Park, a 90-hectare oasis nestled on the Vancouver – Burnaby border. This lush, coastal urban rainforest and park is home to thousands of native trees and shrubs including towering douglas fir, western hemlock, cedar, poplar and maple. Numerous trails wind their way through the forest past ponds, inviting park visitors to go green, and enjoy time outdoors in a marvellous wooded oasis.

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Central Park’s Eco-Sculptures are a Hoot!

Turtle Power! Burnaby Lake Style

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Cricket comes alive on the sports fields Photo: Rob Weiss

How far would you venture to discover Western Painted Turtles, a stunning wildlife sanctuary, a nature house, a cricket match, an equestrian centre, a rowing pavilion, miles of nature trails and a butterfly garden?  Rest assured, you do not have to travel far!  To my delight, Burnaby Lake Regional Park has it all.  Located in the heart of Burnaby, adjacent to the busy Trans Canada highway, lies a natural oasis and sports haven.

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Turtle Power! Burnaby Lake Style

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

Burnaby Village Carousel

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

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

BC boasts a bounty of beautiful lakes, attracting tourists from around the world to swim, boat and enjoy a quiet lakeside getaway, but there are some lesser-known watering holes located right in the Metro Vancouver area that are equally as enchanting.

All less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, these 4 lakes are worth the short trek, even if some are not suitable for swimming. Stroll, bike, bird watch, picnic or play in one of these sweet little sanctuaries, without having to leave the comforts of the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Scandinavia in Vancouver

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Midsummer 2014, photo by Randall Peterman

It’s the time of year for beaches, popsicles, fresh cherries, and the summer feature embraced by all: vacation time.

For some, this means assembling travel essentials of an exotic nature like passports, water purification tablets and translator apps. Upcoming 5am wake up calls sing in the distance with sweet promises of crowded airports and jetlag.

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Scandinavia in Vancouver

Canadian Rock Legends Coming to Burnaby Blues Fest, Aug. 9

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Blues legends are in Burnaby this Saturday, Aug. 9, for the annual Blues + Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park.  Headlining the show is the incomparable Big Sugar: the Canadian blues-rock-reggae band have inspired acts like The Black Crowes over their illustrious 20-year career.  Opening acts include Matt Andersen, the blues artist from New Brunswick known for his impassioned vocals and guitar playing, as well as Bettye LeVette, the Motown legend who toured with Otis Redding and James Brown.

The venue for the day-long festival, which features a dozen acts in total is Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park.  Located just off Highway 1 in Burnaby, the park is a unique natural oasis in the middle of the city.  Walking trails wind around the lake and through acres of parkland.  Musicians will be performing on three separate stages throughout the day, starting at 1 p.m. with the local acts and finishing up with Big Sugar on the main stage at 8:30 p.m.

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Big Sugar

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Canadian Rock Legends Coming to Burnaby Blues Fest, Aug. 9