Surrey Nature Centre – Gateway to Urban Wilderness

Nature Exploration Photo: C. Gillespie

Nature may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of Surrey’s City Centre, yet nestled on the northern edge of the Fraser Highway lies a natural oasis known as Green Timbers Urban Forest.  I have a penchant for nature, and when time limits my ability to travel to the mountains, nothing thrills me more than exploring an urban forest. Featuring over 10 kilometres of nature trails, a lake, meadows, and countless wildlife viewing opportunities, Green Timbers does not disappoint! Once a destination for tourists in search of old growth trees, Green Timbers is considered the birthplace of reforestation in British Columbia and certainly one of Surrey’s natural gems.

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Surrey Nature Centre – Gateway to Urban Wilderness

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Very Canadian Ways To Celebrate Canada Day

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Canadian Flag | Photo: Flickr

Canada’s 149th birthday is just around the corner, and with hundreds of local events and activities scheduled to celebrate the occasion, choosing where to don your red-and-whites can be a challenge.

Whether you’re looking to celebrate with a crowd, or enjoy some quiet festivities with your family, these 5 “very Canadian” ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday are sure to get you buzzing about the True North, and all that Canada has to offer.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Very Canadian Ways To Celebrate Canada Day

Vancouver Screen Scene: Supergirl saved, Ross Lynch gets a Status Update, and more

Its true—Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist will be flying from Los Angeles to Vancouver.

Youthful energy has been filling up Vancouver production scene and, consequently, this week’s roundup as well.

From saving superheroes to saving the future, here’s a look at what’s in town (or coming to shoot on a street near you) these days.

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Vancouver Screen Scene: Supergirl saved, Ross Lynch gets a Status Update, and more

Spring has Sprung – Kayak the Nicomekl River

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View of the North Shore Mountains from Mud Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

Spring Forward!  Words synonymous with “let’s paddle!”  My kayak is my “happy place” and although I paddle year round, there is something about springing forward that triggers my inner kayaker and passion for the sea.  One of my favourite early season destinations is the Nickomekl River in South Surrey.  This floating nature trail is scenic, protected and features a dry launch site. Ideal for beginners, families and experienced paddlers alike, the Nickomekl River offers a tranquil welcome to all.

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Spring has Sprung – Kayak the Nicomekl River

Top Canada Day Celebrations in (and around) Vancouver – 2015 Edition

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

It’s Canada’s 148th birthday. And Vancouver is ready to celebrate.

Bashes across the city, not to mention the big parade and fireworks, will commemorate Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1. Here’s a look at where you can join the excitement:

Canada Day at Canada Place
The city’s biggest party – and the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa – is Canada Day at Canada Place, a full day of live music, food and entertainment downtown. Musical headliners this year on the big stage include local singer Hannah Georgas and Latin-inspired group Rumba Calzada. A separate stage features a beer garden and performances by local favourites Watasun and the Hairfarmers.

There’s also plenty of street food and interactive games, as well as a display by the Vancouver Circus School and, of course, the annual Canada Day citizenship ceremony for new citizens. Also stop by the Vancouver Convention Centre’s open house, where you can learn about its six-acre living roof, enjoy a brew on the Pacific Terrace and even see the Olympic Cauldron lit for Canada Day. Activities start at 10 a.m. Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre and Jack Poole Plaza.  

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Top Canada Day Celebrations in (and around) Vancouver – 2015 Edition

Hungry? Halibut Fest Returns to Vancouver This Weekend

Photo credit: Mack Male | Flickr

Photo credit: Mack Male | Flickr

Do you love halibut? Then this is the festival for you.

This weekend, the Halibut Festival returns to Metro Vancouver.  The star of the show: 20,000 pounds of freshly caught Haida Gwaii halibut, brought in especially for the occasion.

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Hungry? Halibut Fest Returns to Vancouver This Weekend

New “Little India” Neighbourhood Coming to Metro Vancouver

Women wearing saris in India. Photo credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive | Flickr

Women wearing saris in India. Photo credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive | Flickr

Vancouver already has a Chinatown, a Little Saigon, a historic Japantown and a Little India.

Now it’s about to get a Little India . . . er, well, another one.

Plans are in the works to transform a portion of the Newton neighbourhood in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey into a dedicated South Asian-themed shopping district.  The commercial precinct would feature an outdoor mall set amid tree-lined boulevards, with shops selling everything from saris and bangles to chai and traditional Indian foods, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun by Kelly Sinoski.

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New “Little India” Neighbourhood Coming to Metro Vancouver