Kids In Vancouver: Enjoy a Day at Queen Elizabeth Park

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Queen Elizabeth Park | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Vancouver is rich with lush landscapes and gorgeous gardens, offering a range of destinations for visitors who are looking to enjoy the city’s natural surroundings.

Strolling through the picturesque parks is a great way to get fresh air and enjoy the scenery, but Queen Elizabeth Park, located in the heart of the city, offers so much more to see and do than just gaze at flowers and trek past trees. Here’s how to spend a day at Queen Elizabeth Park with kids in Vancouver – rain or shine. Continue reading:
Kids In Vancouver: Enjoy a Day at Queen Elizabeth Park

Searching for Spring in Vancouver

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Spring blossoms at Queen Elizabeth Park Photo: Rob Weiss

They say patience is a virtue.  It may be a virtue, but it is definitely not one of my strong suits.  Like many Vancouverites, I am running out of patience waiting for winter to end.  In anticipation of the clocks “springing forward” this month and the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, it seemed prudent to venture out to Queen Elizabeth Park and search for spring.  Much has been written in the news these past days of an early spring.  Naturally, I thought I would investigate for myself and Vancouver’s iconic Queen Elizabeth Park seemed a logical place to start.

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Searching for Spring in Vancouver

Permanent zip line could be coming to a Vancouver park this spring

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If you weren’t lucky enough to experience the Vancouver zipline that was set up at Queen Elizabeth Park last year, you could be getting another chance to soar high above the trees in one of Vancouver’s popular parks.

Last year’s pilot project in Queen Elizabeth Park gave the people in charge the confidence in permitting a permanent zipline in one of Vancouver’s favourite parks. Which park and what company is still a mystery, but there’s a good chance that it’ll be set up as soon as Spring 2016.

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Permanent zip line could be coming to a Vancouver park this spring

No such thing as a free lunch? Try free golf at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt

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Photo: R. Weiss

This year’s incredible snowfall has Vancouverites flocking to the North Shore Mountains for weekend entertainment, but if snow isn’t your passion you might consider trying your hand at golf. Never held a club before? Not to worry, winter Pitch and Putt at Queen Elizabeth Park is ideal for beginners and experienced golfers alike. This enchanting course features beautiful city views and 18 short par 3 holes, none over 110 yards. The best part of winter Pitch and Putt? It is FREE! The City of Vancouver is offering complimentary access for those willing to brave the elements and visit the course during the winter months.

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No such thing as a free lunch? Try free golf at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt

Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory (Free Family Pass!)

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Bring your imagination and explore the whimsical wonders inside the Bloedel Conservatory. Walk through a miniature world of artisan fairy and sprite villages with magical lights, holiday music and live entertainment set amongst the dome’s tropical plants and exotic birds. The fun continues outside on the Queen Elizabeth Park plaza. Grab a treat, take a pony ride and snap a selfie at the highest viewpoint in the city!

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Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory (Free Family Pass!)

5 Vancouver Parks That Used to be Something Else

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We’re pretty good at recycling and repurposing in Vancouver, so it should come as no surprise that over the years we’ve been able to turn some pretty unique (and some formerly undesirable) spaces into beautiful, lush, blossom-filled parks. Some of the city’s most popular recreation destinations used to be completely different spaces.

Looking back, it really does make you appreciate the new leases on life each of these locations received. Here are 5 Parks That Used to be Something Else:

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5 Vancouver Parks That Used to be Something Else

Zip Line Proposed for Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park

A rendering of the proposed zip line at Queen Elizabeth Park

A rendering of the proposed zip line at Queen Elizabeth Park

Chances are you’ve never seen Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park quite like this.

A proposed zip line will give visitors a chance to soar for a distance of 150 metres over the park’s manicured gardens and tree-lined pathways. If approved by the Vancouver park board, the zip line could open as early as May and remain in operation until September.

Plans for the zip line show it starting near the Bloedel Conservatory (the distinctive geodesic dome at the top of the park), which also happens to be the highest point in the city of Vancouver. Riders will then whoosh down over the park’s Quarry Garden at a brisk 30 kilometres per hour, enjoying panoramic views to the north while getting a unique perspective on the formal gardens below.   Continue reading:
Zip Line Proposed for Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park