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

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Dozens of Culture Days events, Word Vancouver, and Slow Fish Mystery Dinner are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend – Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

Photo credit: Debojit Dhar | Flickr

Spring is here! And so are Vancouver’s cherry blossoms. Every year, Vancouverites eagerly anticipate the blooming of the city’s 40,000 cherry trees. The blooming period, usually between late March and the end of April, signals the arrival of spring, covering the city in a wave of pink petals. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival marks the period and celebrates the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees with a celebration of all things spring.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival began in 2006. As many of Vancouver’s cherry trees originated as gifts from Japan, the Festival began as a way to express gratitude for the gift and to celebrate the beauty and joy the cherry blossoms bring to the city. Since 2006, the Festival has marked the occasion with educational programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. The Festival’s mission is simple: “To sustain & renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage, while educating and actively engaging diverse communities in local arts and culture to celebrate the fragile beauty of the iconic Cherry Blossom.”

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

Sky-High Dining: Vancouver Restaurants With Serious Altitude

Seasons in the Park

Seasons in the Park

Ready for an outstanding meal in Vancouver paired with an exceptional view? Just look up – way up.

Some of the city’s finest restaurants are in the clouds, literally. Perched on mountains and scenic overlooks and on the tops of Vancouver’s tallest buildings, they offer world-class cuisine, plus a bird’s-eye view of the city and surrounding oceans and peaks.

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Sky-High Dining: Vancouver Restaurants With Serious Altitude