11 Spots to Unwind With A Book in Vancouver

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September 8th marks World Literacy Day and what better way to to highlight the importance of literacy around the world than by sitting down with a book in this fine city of ours! Here are a few places in Vancouver that you can curl up with a book:

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11 Spots to Unwind With A Book in Vancouver

The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D and relax in the sun, the following spots are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some time under the sun. Grab some sunscreen, tanning lotion – or coconut oil because we do live in Vancouver after all – and get your tan on!

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The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

Vancouverites Name their Best Picnic Spots

Clockwise from top: Kid Carson, Johanna Wagstaff, Taryn Wa, Lisa Giroday

Clockwise from top: DJ Kid Carson, Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, Chef Taryn Wa, Victory Gardens Co-founder Lisa Giroday

Vancouverites are to sun are like bees to honey. The minute the sun starts shining in this town, people flock to our diverse beaches, promenades and parks.

One of my favourite things to do in the summer is to gather a cooler full of food from local shops (Cardero Bottega, Davie Street Market and JJ Bean), my croquet set and a flock of friends for a picnic. Being a WestEnder I’m a bit predictable: English Bay is my haunt because it’s a two blocks from my house. However, if I’m feeling inspired to venture further afield Deep Cove’s Panorama Park or East Vancouver’s New Brighton park come a close seoncd and third.

I recently asked four Vancouver personalities – a dj, a meteorologist, a chef and a gardener –  where their favourite picnic spots were and what was in their snack basket. Their answers underscore our city’s plentiful picnic spots and access to awesome eats.  Check out their responses below.  Continue reading:
Vancouverites Name their Best Picnic Spots

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

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Founded by a saloon owner and entrepreneur named ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton in the 1860s long before there even was a Vancouver, Gastown is the city’s original neighbourhood.

A statue of Gassy Jack marks the spot where the city was founded and along with the Gastown Steam Clock, is a favourite spot for visitors to grab a photo. Gassy Jack’s legacy lives on today as Gastown is now one of the hippest and trendiest dining and nightlife destinations in Vancouver.

It’s hard to imagine today, but in the 1970s, the city was planning on demolishing the neighbourhood to make room for a 12-lane freeway along the waterfront. Unlike the waterfront in Toronto, Chicago and New York, Vancouver decided to preserve the neighbourhood. It’s now a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown