Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale's Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale’s Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Olympic Village in Vancouver has some colourful new residents.

A brand new seven-metre-tall outdoor sculpture has been installed on the edge of Olympic Village at Hinge Park.  Called Human Structures, the sculpture consists of 64 brightly coloured metal cutouts in the shape of human figures, stacked one on top of the other.

Created by acclaimed U.S. artist Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures is part of the 2014 Vancouver Biennale, the every-other-year exhibition that brings dozens of works of monumental art to the streets, parks and beaches of Vancouver.  This edition of the Biennale will see some 20 sculptures installed in Vancouver, with an additional 10 works going up in New Westminster, North Vancouver and Squamish.

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Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Bike-Seeing the Vancouver Waterfront

English Bay Classic

 
When it comes to spectacular waterfronts, Vancouver ranks with the world’s great cities. Throughout downtown, busy streets dead-end at beaches and waterside parks, offering postcard-worthy views of the ocean and snowcapped mountains.

Vancouver’s waterfront also happens to be uniquely accessible. A 14-mile seawall – a broad ocean-side promenade dating back to 1917 – extends uninterrupted for nearly its entire length. And one of the best ways to experience the seawall is on two wheels.

Dozens of shops throughout the city rent bicycles by the hour. Meanwhile, a unique bike-sharing program to be unveiled in 2014 means there will always be a set of wheels nearby. It’s possible to bike the entire seawall in one go or to explore different sections one-at-a-time. Here’s a quick preview of what to expect:

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Bike-Seeing the Vancouver Waterfront

Microbrew Crawl: 5 Places to Enjoy Craft Beer and Spirits in Vancouver

Yaletown Brewing

Yaletown Brewing

The microbrew revolution may have started in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, but it’s reaching a peak north of the border in Vancouver.

Across the city, dozens of brewpubs and distillers offer visitors a chance to sip and savor artisan suds and spirits. Meanwhile, a new city bylaw allowing onsite lounges at breweries is opening up even more possibilities.

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Microbrew Crawl: 5 Places to Enjoy Craft Beer and Spirits in Vancouver

Sail, Canoe and Kayak your way around Vancouver

Photo Credit: Mac Sailing

Photo Credit: Mac Sailing

When it comes to walk-ability, Vancouver’s won the honor of Canada’s most walkable city, not once, but twice. Our neighborhoods are compact, yet distinct, nestled amongst gorgeous waterways and towering mountains.

While traveling via heel-toe-express throughout our city is pretty easy, another fantastic way to explore Vancouver is by water.

National Geographic ranked Vancouver as one of the World’s Top 10 Beach Cities. And why not? It’s a deserved accolade considering that you can launch your sailboat, canoe or kayak from our beaches to visit some of our most scenic areas.  I’ve assembled a shortlist of the best ways to see the city beyond the sands of our beatific beaches and creaky docks.
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Sail, Canoe and Kayak your way around Vancouver

Waterfronts: Vancouver’s Seawall Part 2

Seawall False Creek

Vancouver is a seaside town through-and-through with north, west, and south boundaries extending to either the Fraser River or Burrard Inlet. Home to Canada’s busiest port and some of the world’s best beaches, existing along the water is a way of life for locals. We get to enjoy diverse wildlife, the hustle and bustle of industry that relies on these flowing thoroughfares, sandy beaches, rocky shores, and incredible sunsets that kiss the sea. Today is the second post of a two-part profile of Vancouver’s Seawall. Continue reading:
Waterfronts: Vancouver’s Seawall Part 2