Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

Flickr Dani V

Photo: Flickr Dani V

When’s the last time you complained about the rain? We all do it. Vancouver averages 1117.2 mm or 43.98 inches of rain a year. That’s a lot of water and a lot of fodder for those who enjoy moaning about our wet winters. Personally, I appreciate a brisk walk in the rain. During a recent weather event, I ventured along Kitsilano Beach and took a moment to stop and read the story stone near Kits Point. The words of Regan D’Andrade are etched in the rock and serve to remind us all that the shades of gray bring us beauty.

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Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

5 lazy things to do on Labour Day weekend 2015 in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Labour Day weekend is the last hurrah of summer, the final chance to cram in some seasonal fun before the old routine resumes.

Sure, you could huff it up the Grouse Grind or jog around Coal Harbour this long weekend. But in honour of Labour Day, which marks how Canadians fought for better working conditions and shorter hours, why not celebrate the fact that you have a glorious day off (or three) by doing nothing strenuous?

In other words, milk the “lazy” part of the “lazy hazy days of summer”.

Here are 5 laidback ways to celebrate the Labour Day weekend.

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5 lazy things to do on Labour Day weekend 2015 in Vancouver

5 reasons to love Kitsilano Showboat on its 80th anniversary

Kitsilano Showboat | Facebook photo

Kitsilano Showboat | Facebook photo

Kitsilano Showboat opens for its 2015 summer season on Monday (June 22), with 30 nights of free entertainment through to August 15.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the amateur theatre, and there’s good reason to catch a show.

Quite simply, Kitsilano Showboat is one of Vancouver’s most charming summer traditions. Even though I grew up in East Van, my family trekked over to the West side a few times every summer for a picnic dinner leading up to the show.

Later, when I lived in Kitsilano, I would wander down on weekday evenings to catch a few acts. From teenage tap dancers to senior jazz musicians, eight-year-old pop-stars-in-the-making to big bands, there was always something to enjoy.

Here are five reasons why I love Kitsilano showboat–and why you will too.

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5 reasons to love Kitsilano Showboat on its 80th anniversary

5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Do you love chocolate, movies, and long walks on the beach?

So does everybody else.

It’s a personal-ad cliche for a reason: most people enjoy a scenic, leisurely walk with a loved one. Whether you’re just getting to know each other or just need some space to hash out that long-festering issue, a beautiful walk has a way of smoothing over the rough edges.

And if things don’t work out, hey–at least you’ve gotten some exercise.

Here are five beaches in Metro Vancouver that are perfect for the walk and talk. They’re just as nice in winter as they are in summer, with far fewer people to come between you and your beloved.

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5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver

Three ways Canadian Thanksgiving differs from American Thanksgiving

Pumpkins at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market | Facebook photo.

Pumpkins at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market | Facebook photo.

If you’re American and you love a good holiday dinner, the second weekend in October is prime time to head up to Canada. That’s because Thanksgiving celebrations are in full swing here, so you can enjoy turkey and stuffing not once, but twice–six weeks before American Thanksgiving. Score!

So what’s the difference between American and Canadian Thanksgiving? When I taught English in Japan years ago, my students were surprised to hear that there was a difference at all–but indeed, there is.

I freely admit that most of what I know about the U.S. celebration comes from American television and movies. However, I’ve celebrated many a Thanksgiving in Vancouver and can tell you how we do it based on a very scientific survey of People I Know.

Here are three basic differences.

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Three ways Canadian Thanksgiving differs from American Thanksgiving