Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Vancouver cyclists know that on a sunny day downtown’s famous seawall can turn into a bit of a traffic jam.  Runners, walkers, rollerbladers and throngs of bikers make cycling the scenic route feel like a ride through rush-hour traffic.

For the path less traveled, head south to the Vancouver suburb of Tsawwassen and Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Boundary Bay – so named because it marks the border between British Columbia and Washington State – embraces dramatic mudflats, salt marshes and dunes and sandy beaches.  Best of all, it offers great biking, minus the crowds.

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Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

2014 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival announces guests

Perle Noire, from NYC, will be a special guest at this year's Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Photo courtesy VIBF.

Perle Noire, from NYC, will be a special guest at this year’s Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Photo courtesy VIBF.

The 9th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is heading our way, with guests ranging from the woman crowned Miss Nude Universe two years running in the 1970s to the current King of Burlesque.

The three-night event (May 1-3) features a different lineup of local and international burlesque talent, live music and variety artists each night.

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Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Nature lovers know Vancouver has more than its share of exceptional parks and gardens, from 1,000-acre Stanley Park to the tiny .3-acre Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  But there’s one garden that even the most dedicated of outdoor buffs tend to overlook: the Nitobe Memorial Garden on the University of British Columbia campus.

The 2.5-acre garden, tucked away near a set of campus dormitories, happens to be regarded as the best traditional Japanese garden in North America, and one of the finest in the world.

Inside the gates, the garden – a circular pathway around a small lake, all set in the B.C. coastal forest – doesn’t look like much, at least at first glance.  But on closer inspection (and with a little help from the handy brochure), it becomes clear that the traditional Zen garden has been meticulously designed, right down to every leaf and stone. Continue reading:
Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

The long-awaited Sea to Sky Gondola is finally set to take its first passengers.

Situated in Squamish, about one hour north of Vancouver, the gondola will begin whisking visitors from sea level to a height of more than 885 metres on May 16.

The $22-million facility is situated on a strip of land between the famous Stawamus Chief Provincial Park (better known as “the Chief”) and Shannon Falls.  After a 10-minute ride in plush, eight-person gondola cars, passengers disembark on a mountain peak situated high above Howe Sound.

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New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Ready for North America’s Biggest Ski, Music and Arts Fest?

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Ready for some spring skiing, free live concerts and mind-bending ski and boarding competitions?

North America’s largest “winter sports, music, arts and mountain culture” festival is coming to Whistler, April 11-April 20.  The World Ski and Snowboard Festival features 10 days of world-class competition, free hip hop and electronic dance music shows and, of course, all the skiing and boarding you want at one of the continent’s highest-rated resorts – all just two short hours from Vancouver.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

Live sportsSpectator sports offerings range from the heart-pounding to the goofy and absurd.  At the World Skiing Invitational, see competitors face off in an adrenaline-packed slopestyle competition and truly jaw-dropping big air jump competition. Equally impressive, the Shred Show sees the world’s best snowboarders compete on a huge, 70-foot table jump.  Meanwhile, furry mascots do battle in Mascot Mayhem, while local pets participate in the Whistler Dogfest and roller-skaters face off in roller derby on Super Brawl Sunday.

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