Ultimate Urban Kayak Escape – Spanish Banks to False Creek

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View of Science World Photo: Rob Weiss

Sitting in our kayaks, with bows pointed towards the North Shore Mountains, we were faced with a difficult decision.  To our left, open ocean, the call of Wreck Beach and the natural splendour of Pacific Spirit Regional Park and to the right the urban oasis known as Vancouver.  This is the thrill of launching from the expansive beaches of Spanish Banks.  After much discussion, we decided to head to town.  The glistening towers lining English Bay and Yaletown were like beacons guiding us towards the protected waters of False Creek.

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Ultimate Urban Kayak Escape – Spanish Banks to False Creek

The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D and relax in the sun, the following spots are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some time under the sun. Grab some sunscreen, tanning lotion – or coconut oil because we do live in Vancouver after all – and get your tan on!

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The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

Sandcastle on White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

It doesn’t take much to build the perfect sandcastle. All you need is some soft sand, a healthy splash of water, and something to mold the mud, and you’re all set to build a beachside masterpiece. Add a dose of sunshine and your summertime beach day is complete.

Whether you’re a sculptor extraordinaire, or a sand stomper who prefers to squish the structures between your toes, a trip to one of these 5 best beaches to build sandcastles in Vancouver will have you building your own real estate like a pro.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

Puddle Jumping at Spanish Banks

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Photo: R. Weiss

When is the last time you jumped in a puddle? Wholeheartedly, unabashedly, jumped in with both feet? Clearly the “Wet Coast” rains have arrived. As Vancouverites, we can choose to stay inside or we can embrace the inevitable and enthusiastically pull on our boots and seek out those puddles. There is no reason to stop walking just because the rainy season is here.

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Puddle Jumping at Spanish Banks

Dating in Vancouver: Westside Wander

Photo credit: Beatty Biodversity Museum/Derek Tan

Photo credit: Beaty Biodversity Museum/Derek Tan

Many of my friends complain about the lack of a singles scene in Vancouver. In fact, when Vancouver Magazine published an article about dating here, my internet was set aflame with comments, emails, Facebook posts, tweets and news stories about the controversial article entitled, “Do Vancouver Men Suck?” The January 2012 article sent many single Vancouverites into a period of navel gazing (my-single-self-at-the-time included). Why was it so hard to meet and keep the interest of potential mates in this city?

It all boils down to actually getting out there and doing things. If your excuse for not clicking on that cute person’s OK Cupid profile is a lack of dating activities in Vancouver, then you’re mistaken.

Our city is bestowed with many date-tastic neighborhoods and activities. Vancouver’s Westside contains endless day or night courtship possibilities. Whether you like beach walks or fine dining, biology explained or sex explored, cool patios or warm barstools, the Westside offers up a range of naughty, nice or nature-inspired possibilities. Continue reading:
Dating in Vancouver: Westside Wander

Vancouver In a Day: Vancouver’s Beaches

In Vancouver, it’s easy to find a beach to fit your personality. Quiet and sandy? Dog-friendly with a great view? Crowded and flashy? Popular with the locals? Take your pick. There’s something here for everyone.

The good news is that all of the city’s major beaches are open to the public and easy to reach from the downtown core.

We designed this video feature on Vancouver’s beaches to make it feel like you’ve just woke up in Vancouver and are just about to head out to find the perfect, sandy spot to spend your day. You can navigate between beaches at the end of each video segment.

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Vancouver In a Day: Vancouver’s Beaches

Live Theatre on Spanish Banks: Aug. 11-28

Watch out Bard on the Beach – Here comes theatre in the sand.

Starting today and continuing through Aug. 28, Spanish Banks beach will be the setting for a unique one-hour play titled Sea of Sand.  Staged by quirky Vancouver theatre company The Only Animal, the site-specific mystery will be presented daily around 7 p.m. at the far western end of the beach (near the dog beach).  Continue reading:
Live Theatre on Spanish Banks: Aug. 11-28