Inside Vancouver’s Tiniest Parks: A guide to the city’s “parklets”

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Chances are you’ve walked by some of Vancouver’s tiniest parks without even noticing.

Over the past years, the city’s Viva Vancouver organization has helped quietly transform spare parking spaces on busy city streets into petite “parklets.”  These miniature oases, which often measure no more than 30 square metres, functions as mini public plazas, with benches, tables and landscaping.

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Inside Vancouver’s Tiniest Parks: A guide to the city’s “parklets”

Japadog Gets a Real Home on Robson Street

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When it comes to Vancouver street food, the undisputed champ – easily blowing away all other sausage vendors, chestnut roasters and popcorn sellers – has to be Japadog.  Five years ago, Japadog inventor Noriki Tamura revolutionized the hot dog universe by serving up dogs with a Japanese twist:  turkey smokies with daikon radish; bratwurst with soy sauce; beef dogs with teryaki and seaweed.   His hot dog carts were an instant sensation, drawing long, hungry lines to the corner of Burrard and Smithe Streets and other locations.

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Japadog Gets a Real Home on Robson Street

Catch Opening Ceremonies poet, Shane Koyczan, tonight at Chapters on Robson

Talk about career timing: slam poet Shane Koyczan–aka the guy who delighted the world with his “We Are More” love poem to Canada at the 2010 Opening Ceremonies–will read from his new collection at Chapters on Robson at Howe tonight at 7 pm.

It’s a free event, and although rumour has it he won’t be repeating his ultimate party piece, he will be reading from–and signing–his new book, Visiting Hours.

Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours

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Another night shift at VANOC’s Main Press Centre, another  frequently-asked-question: Can you recommend a public transit route that will give me a scenic tour of Vancouver?

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Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours