Huge Water Slide Still Coming to North Vancouver (for Now)

Image sourced from slidethecity.com

Image sourced from slidethecity.com

Slip ‘n’ slide fanatics have reason to be hopeful.

The city of North Vancouver has confirmed that a giant, 1,000-foot-long waterslide is still slated to be set up on Lonsdale Avenue this Aug. 22.  Though plans for the slide were announced in the spring, and tickets have already sold out, it had been looking like water restrictions would spell an end to all the slipping and sliding.

But this week planners were able to hammer out a compromise. The water needed to run the massive slide is now going to be trucked in from either Harrison Lake or Pitt Lake in the Fraser Valley, areas outside Metro Vancouver, which is currently facing Stage 3 water restrictions. An estimated two tankers worth of water will be used, and a water recirculation system will be employed to minimize water waste.

There is one big caveat, however. If the local drought worsens, and the city enters Stage 4 water restrictions, the event will be cancelled, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Continue reading:
Huge Water Slide Still Coming to North Vancouver (for Now)

Rock Out in a Classical Chinese Garden: Enchanted Evenings Concert Series is Back

Photo credit: Canada Explore | Flickr

Photo credit: Canada Explore | Flickr

Does the idea of a sunset concert in an elegant 15th-century-style Chinese garden sound like your cup of tea?

Then Enchanted Evenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden may be just the thing for you. Each summer for the last 22 years, the little walled garden in the heart of Chinatown has opened its gates on select nights to music fans. Groups, ranging from classical piano ensembles to hot jazz bands, perform al fresco in the garden, while guests enjoy the feng shui and groove to the tunes.

This year’s series started July 16 and continues with weekly performances every Thursday until Aug. 20. Continue reading:
Rock Out in a Classical Chinese Garden: Enchanted Evenings Concert Series is Back

Free Indian Feast for 10,000 People: Chariot Fest Returns to Vancouver

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Photo sourced from vanchariotfest.com

Ready to join 10,000 friends for a free Indian feast on the Vancouver waterfront?

The Chariot Fest of India returns to Vancouver on Sunday, Aug. 9, featuring a parade of giant, colourful floats and costumed Indian dancers followed by a free festival (and free lunch for about 10,000 people) at Stanley Park’s Second Beach.

Now in its 42nd year in Vancouver, the Chariot Fest – also known as the Jagannath Rath Yatra – is a Hindu celebration that involves transporting massive deities on chariots. Chariot festivals take place each year in hundreds of cities around the world, often organized by the Hare Krishna movement. Continue reading:
Free Indian Feast for 10,000 People: Chariot Fest Returns to Vancouver

Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

11234657Vancouver’s Olympic Village is about to get a big kick of culture.

The neighbourhood on False Creek, which sprouted up during the 2010 Olympics and is now filled with condo towers, restaurants, pubs and shops, is getting ready to open the doors on a new $20.4-million theatre complex – instantly transforming the area into one of Vancouver’s arts hubs.

The 48,000-square-foot BMO Theatre Centre is scheduled to open this fall at 162 W. 1st Ave., next to a new Wall Financial condo tower. The space features a 250-seat theatre, as well as four rehearsal theatres.

The venue has already lined up one of Vancouver’s performing arts powerhouses as a tenant. The Arts Club, the largest theatre company in Western Canada, will close its Revue Stage on Granville Island and move into the new space in early fall. Bard on the Beach, the yearly Shakespeare Festival, will also have its offices at the theatre.  Continue reading:
Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

Ahoy! Adult Pirate Pak Day 2015 Coming to White Spot, Aug 12

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

It’s your chance to be a kid again … complete with burger, fries and chocolate coin.

On Wednesday, August 12, Vancouver’s home-grown burger chain White Spot is holding its annual adult Pirate Pak Day. Normally just for the kids, the special meals packed with fast-food goodness will be available to everyone, for one day only.

If you haven’t tried one, a Pirate Pak is basically a kids meal, laid out inside a paper boat with a paper sail supported by a straw. The deck of the boat has a spot for a burger, fries, coleslaw and a soft drink. A scoop of ice cream goes into the prow and, of course, there’s the pirate treasure: a chocolate coin wrapped in gold foil. Continue reading:
Ahoy! Adult Pirate Pak Day 2015 Coming to White Spot, Aug 12