Vancouver Canadians’ Season Opener at Nat Bailey Stadium Happens June 20

Vancouver Canadians 2015 vs Boise

Vancouver Canadians 2015 vs Boise

Baseball and summertime. They just go together like a hotdog and a cold one, don’t they? The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club celebrates a new season with Opening Night on Monday, June 20th at 7:05pm. Continue reading:
Vancouver Canadians’ Season Opener at Nat Bailey Stadium Happens June 20

5 lazy things to do on Labour Day weekend 2015 in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Labour Day weekend is the last hurrah of summer, the final chance to cram in some seasonal fun before the old routine resumes.

Sure, you could huff it up the Grouse Grind or jog around Coal Harbour this long weekend. But in honour of Labour Day, which marks how Canadians fought for better working conditions and shorter hours, why not celebrate the fact that you have a glorious day off (or three) by doing nothing strenuous?

In other words, milk the “lazy” part of the “lazy hazy days of summer”.

Here are 5 laidback ways to celebrate the Labour Day weekend.

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5 lazy things to do on Labour Day weekend 2015 in Vancouver

Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

A “night at the Nat” just got a little more exciting.

Vancouver’s historic Nat Bailey Stadium, home of the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball team, is in the last stages of a major expansion, leading up to opening night on June 26.

An additional 750 seats have been added to the 1951 ballpark, bringing capacity up to an estimated 5,907 seats. New bleachers extend down the left-field line, and there’s now bleacher seating just beyond the left-field fence. A new entrance on the third-base side of the stadium should help ease foot traffic during sold-out games.

In addition, the outfield fences have been moved in – making the Nat a more “hitter-friendly” park. (Translation: Expect more home runs in 2015.) The field now measures 320 feet, rather than 335 feet, down both foul lines, and the soaring 20-foot-high outfield fence has been replaced with a 4-foot-high fence. (Expect some exciting home-run stealing grabs by outfielders this season, as well.) Continue reading:
Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener

Vancouver Bucket List: A Night Game at Nat Bailey Stadium

Photo credit: Ian Alexander Martin | Flickr

Photo credit: Ian Alexander Martin | Flickr

It’s a must on any Vancouver summer bucket list: a night game at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The historic 1951 stadium in the city’s Riley Park neighbourhood is home to the Vancouver Canadians, a minor league affiliate of baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.  A night at the “Nat” offers small-town charm, great baseball and beautiful views, all just minutes from downtown Vancouver.

I checked out the action over the weekend, when the Canadians were taking on their local rivals the Everett AquaSox from Washington.  At 7:05 p.m. game time, the stadium was already filled nearly to its 5,000-seat capacity. I managed to get a few “nosebleed” seats for the bargain price of $12.50 a ticket. (“Nosebleed” in Nat Bailey is a relative term – It’s a small stadium and there’s not a bad seat in the house.)

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Vancouver Bucket List: A Night Game at Nat Bailey Stadium

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
End June with a bang!  Celebrate this Friday through Sunday (and Canada Day) with everything from circus and markets to salmon festivals and busking.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Pro Baseball (and the Sushi Race) Returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

Ready for another season of sushi races and dancing groundskeepers?

The Vancouver Canadians kick off another summer of minor league baseball in Vancouver on June 17.  The Canadians serve as a farm club for the Toronto Blue Jays, playing a short summer season ending in early September.

Back in the day, the Canadians featured up-and-coming stars like Jose Canseco, Ricky Henderson and Sammy Sosa.  These days, their squad is filled mainly with little known  prospects hoping for a big break. But the fun at any Canadians game has as much to do with what happens off the field as on it. Continue reading:
Pro Baseball (and the Sushi Race) Returns to Vancouver

5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

Vancouver-based Adbusters’ ad/poster that incited the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Photo: Adbusters / Wikipedia

I’ve had the pleasure of writing for Inside Vancouver since its debut in April 2009, and I’ve loved every minute! This is my final post for the blog (sniff!), so I wanted to say an official farewell to our editor, Darren Johner, to my amazing colleagues Remy Scalza and Taraneh Ghajar Jerven, and to all the readers and commenters who have contributed their ideas and opinions to our posts—Thank you for a fantastic 3+-year run!

For my last post, I wanted to do something fun. This list represents five things I learned about our city in my years of writing/researching for Inside Vancouver that surprised me. Hopefully, you’ll find the list fun and intriguing, too, and if you have more fun facts to add, please do so in the comments.

5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

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5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)