The Best Places to Catch Rare Pokémon in Vancouver

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By Lenée Son

The Pokémon mania that swept the globe like wildfire in the ’90s is back with the release of mobile game, Pokémon Go.

Whether you’ve been playing since day one or you’ve just started your Pokémon journey to be the very best, here are the top locations in Vancouver you need to visit to catch’em all.

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The Best Places to Catch Rare Pokémon in Vancouver

Vancouver Date Idea: Rent a Tandem Bike

For thirteen years, I lived downtown, just steps from the Seawall and Stanley Park. On sunny days, I’d take my bike and ride around the Park, taking in the views and the happy people I passed by. I’d often see couples on bicycles built for two (tandem) and yearn for someone who would ride with me (cue the sympathy). It seemed like so much fun! It also seemed pretty tricky for someone as uncoordinated as me, but I was more than willing to give it a try.

Every spring/summer, I come up with a list of things I want to do or attend in the city before September rolls around again (eg go to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, suntan on Jericho Beach, have fish ‘n’ chips in Steveston, hike the Chief). This year, I told my boyfriend that we were going to rent a tandem bike at some point, and go cycling together. I can’t wait!

In preparation for our cycling adventure, I did some research on where to rent tandem bicycles in Vancouver. I also got some tips on how to ride one for a newbie like me.

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Vancouver Date Idea: Rent a Tandem Bike

Section of Stanley Park Seawall Closed for Repairs from Storm Damage

22674460238_51cd8a2cba_kStanley Park seawall lovers may need to find an alternate walking and biking route … at least for the next few weeks.

A stretch of Vancouver’s popular 9-kilometre seawall will be closed for repairs after crews discovered a partial collapse of a small section this week. The closure will affect the area extending from Lions Gate Bridge to Third Beach.

A flurry of recent storms – with high wind and strong waves – is being blamed for the damage. The area affected is exposed directly to the open ocean and suffers the brunt of abuse during surges.

This isn’t the first seawall closure in recent years. Last November, a large section of the Stanley Park seawall between English Bay and Lumbermen’s Arch was also closed because of damage from waves and logs.

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Section of Stanley Park Seawall Closed for Repairs from Storm Damage

Surf’s Up – Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall

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Photo credit: R. Weiss

Stanley Park

Iconic. Majestic. Awe-Inspiring

Nestled in the heart of the city, Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s most beloved parks. Each and every day tourists and Vancouverites alike flock to the seawall to take in the sights and sounds of this urban oasis.

One of the best ways to experience the Seawall is by bicycle. The designated cycling path guides you around the park and features incredible views of downtown, Coal Harbour, the North Shore Mountains and English Bay. The route can easily be completed in an hour but to truly appreciate the ride you need to be prepared to hop on and off your bike. There is much to see and do!

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Surf’s Up – Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall

Seacycles: Burrard Bridge to Point Grey Road

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False Creek’s oldest bridge, Seaforth’s spreading trees. Joined by paths like those between Jericho and Kits Beach.

A dozen cars for every bicycle? A dozen bikes for every car. What was louder than the waves is but an eddy in the wind.

Gentle ripples lapping at the wall, trickles open up a crack. The waves were out there waiting, and now they’re rushing through.

As the ships sail Burrard Inlet, the seacycles ply Point Grey.

Music: Dexter Britain, The Time to Run (Finale)
Waves: Tim Kahn, Arcadia Beach

Are You a Runner?

Photo credit: The SeaWheeze lululemon Half Marathon

Photo credit: The SeaWheeze lululemon Half Marathon

The following article was written by Andrea Ma

What is the distinction between a “runner” and somebody who runs? I can move my legs at an acceptable pace, but I don’t run in races. Does that still make me a runner? When I was given the opportunity to run in a sold out, globally recognized half marathon, also known as #SeaWheeze, the thought of not being a “runner” almost made me say no. The key word is almost.

I began my quest by researching the existing running culture in Vancouver. Let me say, there is no shortage of Vancouverites moving their feet on the seawall. For those unfamiliar with Vancouver’s seawall, it’s a 22 kilometer breathtaking oceanfront sidewalk wrapping around the downtown core of Vancouver and beyond.

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Are You a Runner?

Marathon Dance Party Coming to Vancouver: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, shown here in Las Vegas, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: c&rdunn | Flickr

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, shown here in Las Vegas, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: c&rdunn | Flickr

Want to get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions? How about training for Vancouver’s newest – and funkiest – new marathon?

The first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event is coming to Vancouver, Oct. 26. Featuring both a 10K and a half-marathon, the event is equal parts live music party and road race.

Along each mile of the course, bands are on hand to pump up runners.  Music ranges from rock and soul to jazz, blues and even punk. Dozens of live music groups in total transform the race into a giant dance party.  (In fact, local bands are being recruited shortly, if you’d like to rock out in front of thousands of runners and fans).

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Marathon Dance Party Coming to Vancouver: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon