#vanaqua60: Celebrating 60 Years of Ocean Conservation

Enter the Celebrate #vanaqua60 photo contest by uploading your favourite Aquarium photos

Enter the Celebrate #vanaqua60 photo contest by uploading your favourite Aquarium photos

On June 15, 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre opened its doors to the community. The local aquarium was an immediate success, welcoming 10,000 visitors in its first weekend alone. The admission price that day? Twenty-five cents.

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#vanaqua60: Celebrating 60 Years of Ocean Conservation

Tennis Anyone? Vancouver’s Best Outdoor Public Tennis Courts

Discover Outdoors Vancouver Tennis Courts

Vancouver’s Public Tennis Courts Photo: Rob Weiss

It has become a rite of passage.  Annually, when the weather warms up and the sun shines I find myself channeling my inner tennis superstar and venturing deep into the dark recesses of my storage cupboard in search of my trusty racquet.  Yes – I am a “Weekend Warrior.”  The nemesis of the hard-core, fit, well trained tennis player.  With visions of Eugenie Bouchard, Maria Sharapova, and the Williams sisters in my head, I boldly stride out onto the court.  Love all!  I joyfully swing, miss, shank and whiff, thrilled to be outside with a racquet in my hand.  Politely, I apologize to my colleagues on adjoining courts.  “I am a beginner,” I sheepishly confess.  Obviously, this is not breaking news to anyone on the court.

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Tennis Anyone? Vancouver’s Best Outdoor Public Tennis Courts

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

Connecting to Nature – Stanley Park Nature House

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View from Stanley Park Nature House Photo: Rob Weiss

Have you had an opportunity to watch the Stanley Park Heron Cam?  I must confess I have been captivated by this “birds-eye-view” of North America’s largest Pacific Great Blue Heron colony.  Interest piqued by the webcam, I decided I wanted to learn more.  Who better to explain the courtship and nesting behaviour of these prehistoric looking birds than the knowledgeable interpreters volunteering at the Stanley Park Nature House?

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Connecting to Nature – Stanley Park Nature House

And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

James Wheeler | Flickr

James Wheeler | Flickr

Vancouver’s best nature show is better than ever! The Vancouver Park Board Heron Cam—installed last year—has now been improved to provide better and clearer close-up views of the Pacific great blue herons.

The heron cam at vancouver.ca/HeronCam takes viewers inside the nests of one of North America’s largest urban great blue heron colonies until the end of the summer breeding season. These herons are a species at risk in Canada and the Stanley Park colony is a vital part of the south coast population. One-third of great blue herons worldwide live around the Salish Sea.

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And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

New Stanley Park Bike and Pedestrian Lanes Officially Completed

Image from Vancouver Park Board

Image from Vancouver Park Board

Biking and walking across the Lions Gate Bridge just got a whole lot easier.

This week, crews officially finished work on new $7-million cycling and pedestrian lanes along the Stanley Park Causeway, which leads through the park and to the bridge. The lanes give bikers and pedestrians significantly more space to navigate the busy 2.2-kilometre-long causeway.   Continue reading:
New Stanley Park Bike and Pedestrian Lanes Officially Completed

Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks

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Photo: R. Weiss

You don’t need to embark on an expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest to gain a taste for trail blazing. Vancouver’s urban forests are the perfect place for families to connect, explore, unplug and play on the Family Day long weekend. Here are four of my favourite “green” urban treks.

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Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks