Cycling False Creek – Endless Activities and Spectacular Views

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Lunch Break while cycling False Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

Last week I took to the waters to explore False Creek from the cockpit of my kayak.  As I paddled along I couldn’t help but notice the level of activity on the seawall as cyclists of all shapes and sizes pedalled their way along this protected, dedicated bike path.  I thought it would be interesting to return to the area, retrace the route on my bicycle and check out the views from a cyclist’s lens.

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Cycling False Creek – Endless Activities and Spectacular Views

Ultimate Urban Kayak Escape – Spanish Banks to False Creek

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View of Science World Photo: Rob Weiss

Sitting in our kayaks, with bows pointed towards the North Shore Mountains, we were faced with a difficult decision.  To our left, open ocean, the call of Wreck Beach and the natural splendour of Pacific Spirit Regional Park and to the right the urban oasis known as Vancouver.  This is the thrill of launching from the expansive beaches of Spanish Banks.  After much discussion, we decided to head to town.  The glistening towers lining English Bay and Yaletown were like beacons guiding us towards the protected waters of False Creek.

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Ultimate Urban Kayak Escape – Spanish Banks to False Creek

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Vancouver is rich with walking paths that weave along the city’s waterfront, but many seawall strolls are kilometres long, often too far for little feet to trek. Here are 5 seawall walks that are perfect to tackle with toddlers in tow, and each one has a fun destination at the end of the path, to keep the kids in motion while the adults enjoy the views along the way.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

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Aquabus tour of False Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think about cruising?  Cocktails on the Lido deck, gourmet meals, shipboard entertainment and exotic destinations?  Well, reimagine cruising and conjure up the image of a little engine that could chugging through the waters of False Creek.  Now add a Canadian flag, a rainbow coloured exterior and voila – Aquabus.  These ferries have been plying Vancouver’s waters since 1983, transporting passengers between stops located along the banks of False Creek.  I decided it was time to discover my inner mariner and spend a day with Aquabus, a staycation so to speak.

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Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

Urban Beavers Move into Vancouver’s Olympic Village

Photo credit: Cheryl Reynolds | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Cheryl Reynolds | Wikipedia

A pair of furry friends with big tails have decided to call one of downtown Vancouver’s newest and busiest neighbourhoods home.

Two adult beavers have taken up residence in Hinge Park, on the edge of Olympic Village in the Southeast False Creek area. The industrious rodents have even built a full-size beaver lodge in a stream running through the park, complete with mud, twigs and tree trunks.

The beavers have already become mini celebrities in the community. Photographers line up on the seawall along the edge of the stream, hoping for a clear shot. And a new Twitter account, @VancouverBeaver, has been created on behalf of the critters.  Continue reading:
Urban Beavers Move into Vancouver’s Olympic Village

Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

IMG_1566Downtown Vancouver has never seen a traffic jam quite like this one.

Five full-size cars have been stacked on top of one another, then perched atop a 20-foot-high cedar stump, all part of a brand new sculpture called Trans Am Totem on the edge of False Creek. Located not far from Science World, the monumental work of art is the latest installation for the Vancouver Biennale, the city’s biannual public art exhibition.

The provocative sculpture is the work of local artist Marcus Bowcott, who spent part of his career towing logs along the Fraser River and around False Creek. For Bowcott, the installation is a commentary on the evolution of the area and the ascendance of consumer, throwaway culture in Vancouver.   Continue reading:
Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th

photo: Takaya Tours

photo: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a city shaped by its over 58 kilometers of waterfront. From the industrial Port lands in the Burrard inlet to the Fraser River there is an abundant variety of activities. The Seawall that snakes around downtown and Stanley Park connecting all of our beautiful beaches, the log booms, marinas and small streams that punctuate the shoreline  display how much our city is linked to the waterfront in some form.

This weekend, expect to see crowds celebrating the waterfront at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Expect a full day of great activities that will explore the waterfront, including guided boat tours, cycle tours, kayaking and First Nations canoe tours, bird walks and art workshops.

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Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th