Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Picnic Spots In Granville Island

Granville Island | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool (Colin Knowles)

Granville Island | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr (Colin Knowles)

While Granville Island is most famous for its waterfront public market, eclectic shops and diverse arts community, the world-renowned peninsula is also home to some hidden outdoor spots that are perfect for spending a quiet day outdoors with kids.

Amongst the remnant rusty buildings of the once industrial manufacturing area, are lush pockets of tree-lined parks, perfect for reading quietly by the water or enjoying family picnics on the grass. With endless take-out dining options in and around the Public Market, Granville Island is the place to be on a warm sunny day.

Here are the 5 best spots to take your food-to-go for a picnic in the park in Granville Island.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Picnic Spots In Granville Island

Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Nothing says Spring like strolling through rainbow-coloured rows upon rows of perfectly-pruned perennials, and the Abbotsford Tulip Festival is the perfect spot to do just that.

No longer a drive-through destination, Abbotsford has grown and flourished into a bustling community of its own, worth the hour-long drive from downtown Vancouver to experience the plentiful perks that the Fraser Valley town has to offer. Here’s how to have the perfect Spring day, just an hour away.

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Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

What Would You Call Vancouver’s Bike Share Program?

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CycleHop and the City of Vancouver want your help naming Vancouver’s long-awaited bike share program. With plans to bring 1500 bicycles to 150 different stations this summer, Vancouver will have the largest smart bike share system in North America. So get creative and suggest an appropriate and imaginative name and the fame and glory could be all yours!

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What Would You Call Vancouver’s Bike Share Program?

Urban Foraging: Herb Walks and Medicine Talks in Vancouver

Photo: Bronwen Erickson @birchwoodherbals

Photo credit: Bronwen Erickson @birchwoodherbals

By: Jessica Linnay

Between the trees, along the shores, and nestled among foliage throughout Greater Vancouver grow inconspicuously common and incredibly helpful plants: wild growths that not only take root in the soil of our backyards but also in our daily lives in the form of teas, tinctures, ointments, spices, and sustenance. Surely you’ve noticed dandelion greens at the farmer’s market or experienced a powerful cup of nettle tea; but that we pass by these plants in the wild without realizing their value symbolizes a broken connection to nature that local herbalist Bronwen Erickson hopes to renew by hosting Herb Walk & Wild Foraging at Jericho Beach Park on April 2.

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Urban Foraging: Herb Walks and Medicine Talks in Vancouver

Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

Cates Park | Dollarton

Photo: Bianca Bujan | Cates Park | Dollarton, North Vancouver

Offering a bountiful selection of beachside splash spots and arborous adventures, BC’s North Shore is the perfect destination for families looking to trek and tumble with tots in tow. From Deep Cove to Dundarave, the options for family outdoor adventure are endless. Unplug, and connect with your kids while exploring these 5 favourite North Shore spots, where locals love to play outside.

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Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park, July 7-Aug. 25

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Sing-Alongs, Dinosaurs, Superheroes and Harry Potter, too!

 
Summer in Vancouver just got even more amazing, as some of film fans’ favourites hit the big screen for the Evo Summer Cinema series: the sixth annual, free weekly outdoor movie event hosted by Fresh Air Cinema. Running from July 7 to August 25, every Tuesday at dusk, the series will feature a selection of films on the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadow near Second Beach in Stanley Park.

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Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park, July 7-Aug. 25

Gettin’ busy with the bees on Main Street!

Millross Gardens. Photo courtesy Heth PR.

Millross Gardens. Photo courtesy Heth PR.

Want to get close to a bee without getting stung? Curious about the incredible world of bees?

Beginning Monday, July 14, Millross Gardens on Main Street is starting a FREE Beekeeping Mentorship Program. Beekeepers from Hives from Humanity will host, and everyone is welcome to come by to learn more about beekeeping.

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Gettin’ busy with the bees on Main Street!