Under the Boardwalk – Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Park Photo: Flickr Ann Hung

Home to the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Century Gardens, Deer Lake Park has much to offer. This cultural hub, perhaps best known for the historic village and the C.W. Parker Carousel is a family favourite, especially during the holidays. Of course, my passion for nature and all things green always leads me to the great outdoors, so you can imagine my surprise and delight in discovering a scenic and relatively secluded nature trail around the lake.

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Under the Boardwalk – Deer Lake Park

Al Fresco Dining and Bocce in Vancouver!

Flicker: Dion

Flicker: Dion

A recent game of bocce with my boyfriend reminded me why it’s such a lovely way to spend an hour or so in Vancouver’s beautiful outdoors. It’s leisurely, easily learnt by a newbie, and a fun, interactive activity to do together. With August slipping away, don’t hesitate to take advantage of the sun and the summer warmth!

Here are three different ways to enjoy a game of bocce in the city:

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Al Fresco Dining and Bocce in Vancouver!

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

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