Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th

photo: Takaya Tours

photo: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a city shaped by its over 58 kilometers of waterfront. From the industrial Port lands in the Burrard inlet to the Fraser River there is an abundant variety of activities. The Seawall that snakes around downtown and Stanley Park connecting all of our beautiful beaches, the log booms, marinas and small streams that punctuate the shoreline  display how much our city is linked to the waterfront in some form.

This weekend, expect to see crowds celebrating the waterfront at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Expect a full day of great activities that will explore the waterfront, including guided boat tours, cycle tours, kayaking and First Nations canoe tours, bird walks and art workshops.

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Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th

Babes, bathers and bathing suits at Maritime Museum

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Photo courtesy Vancouver Maritime Museum.

It’s summer, it’s Vancouver, and what better way to celebrate than with a history of (drum roll, please)… the swimsuit!

From June 28-Nov. 2, the Maritime Museum presents Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit. This retrospective looks at swimwear design and fashion since the 1890s – even before the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue came into being.

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Babes, bathers and bathing suits at Maritime Museum

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
From food and drink festivals to theatre, music, and culture, this weekend has something for everything. 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

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

6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

From family-friendly exhibits and outdoor activities to gin tasting at Vancouver’s first craft distillery, what are you waiting for? Go have fun.

6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

1) Scope some scrimshaw (whale bone porn) at Vancouver Maritime Museum Thursday nights
Thursday nights (5-8pm) at Vancouver Maritime Museum are by donation. So grab a date and go see the cool and mildly controversial exhibit: Tattoo & Scrimshaw. The saucy images on whale bone led to several bad puns in international headlines and an angry mother. Note: the few items in question are in an elevated display case out of the way of little eyes.

2) Picnic, walk or bike the cherry blossoms til they’re gone
Entire Vancouver streets are lined with blooming cherry trees. Open a door in a coffee shop and a gust of petals blow in. You get the idea. There are 40,000 cherry spread around town. Use the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival bloom map to locate your favourite blossom variety. Then decide whether you want to eat/doze, walk or bike under the pink canopy. The official free Bike the Blossoms meet up is April 27, if you’re keen to join a group.

3) Taste Vancouver-made craft booze at Long Table Distillery
Vancouver’s first distillery is now open for free visits and tasting tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon to 6pm at 1451 Hornby Street. They’re serving up high quality London Dry-style gin made with BC juniper and a Texada limestone-filtered vodka. Cheers. Continue reading:
6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

Naughty Whale Bone Art Making Waves in Vancouver

An example of scrimshaw art.  Photo credit: Rusty Clark | Flickr

An example of scrimshaw art. Photo credit: Rusty Clark | Flickr

Much ado has been made lately about some saucy, 150-year-old artifacts at the otherwise staid Vancouver Maritime Museum.

The museum, which is dedicated to all things seafaring, is currently showing Tattoos & Scrimshaw, an exhibit on the art of the sailor.

Tattoos, now a ubiquitous badge of hipster pride, originated in the West after sailors came back from exotic destinations like Polynesia, where the locals practiced elaborate body art.  Meanwhile, scrimshaw refers to ornate carvings made in a whale’s bones or teeth, once a popular pastime on long whaling trips.

Dozens of historic examples of this whale bone art are on display at the museum.  And – since sailors will be sailors – quite a few of them are decidedly R-rated, offering peeps at mermaids, visions of distant lovers and other scintillating scenes.   Continue reading:
Naughty Whale Bone Art Making Waves in Vancouver

“Don’t Eat the Whale Meat”: Vancouver Maritime Museum Debuts Quirky Exhibit of Kitschy Treasure

Photo credit: T. Jerven

Can you imagine the stuff that lurks in museum archives? What’s kitsch and what’s treasure? To collectors, they are one and the same. Milan Kundera once said: “No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.”

Don’t Eat the Whale Meat, the newest exhibit at Vancouver Maritime Museum, shows off previously unseen, fascinating and kitschy collections of maritime memorabilia. The result is the most fun I’ve had at a museum exhibit in years.

Each item (canned whale meat, comics, cruise ship china, sailor slang translations, ships in bottles, post cards, salmon can labels) reveals a story from Vancouver maritime history that might never have been told.

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“Don’t Eat the Whale Meat”: Vancouver Maritime Museum Debuts Quirky Exhibit of Kitschy Treasure