40,000+ Runners Expected to Pack Downtown for the 2016 Vancouver Sun Run

Photo credit: BigA888 | Flickr

Photo credit: BigA888 | Flickr

It started in 1985 with 3,200 runners trotting through the streets of downtown Vancouver.

Fast-forward to the present and the Vancouver Sun Run is the biggest 10K road race in Canada, with more than 40,000 participants running one of the prettiest courses anywhere in the world. And this year, the race is shaping up to be more memorable than ever.

Tens of thousands of runners and spectators are expected to pack the downtown core this Sunday, April 17, for the 32nd instalment of the Vancouver Sun Run. A seasonal rite of passage for Vancouverites, the festive run brings out everyone from world-class athletes to office mates who have been training for weeks and moms and dads pushing strollers.  Continue reading:
40,000+ Runners Expected to Pack Downtown for the 2016 Vancouver Sun Run

Gym Class Meets Nightclub: Fitness Rave Comes to Granville Street, April 26

Image sourced from be-livefitness.com

Image sourced from be-livefitness.com

Chances are you’ve never been to a gym class quite like this.

Flashing lights. Pounding music. Hundreds of sweaty bodies. No, it’s not another club night on Granville Street – it’s Vancouver’s latest fitness craze.

A new form of getting fit has made it’s way to the city: the fitness rave. It’s the brainchild of a local training company called BeLive Fitness, which borrowed the concept from cities like New York and San Francisco.  The idea: turn exercise into a social experience; get people out of the gym and into a nightclub; turn up the music, turn down the lights and rave your way to better health.

BeLive Fitness has already earned a cult following with it’s regular fitness raves at the Caprice nightclub on Granville Street. Held in the early evening on weekday nights, the events regularly sell out, drawing a diverse crowd of hundreds of fitness and music aficionados looking for something different.  Continue reading:
Gym Class Meets Nightclub: Fitness Rave Comes to Granville Street, April 26

The craft fair with a club vibe: Make It Vancouver is Back, April 22

Image from Marie's Guilt Free Bakery, one of the exhibitors at Make It.

Image from Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery, one of the exhibitors at Make It.

A craft fair in April?

Yup. And not just any craft fair – the indisputably hippest, greenest, most artisanal, funkiest craft fair ever to hit Metro Vancouver.

Make It Vancouver returns for its spring instalment, April 22-April 24, at the PNE Forum. By now a local fixture, Make It is one part craft fair and one part party, with an eco-friendly, proudly Canadian vibe that permeates everything. It may be the one place in Vancouver where you can browse for handmade stationary, one-off baby clothes and organic skin care products while scarfing down street food, sipping on craft beer and grooving along to a club mix.  Continue reading:
The craft fair with a club vibe: Make It Vancouver is Back, April 22

Vancouver Aims to Be Safest City for Pedestrians by 2040

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Since 1997, traffic fatalities in Vancouver have declined dramatically. And if city councillors have their way, that number could plunge all the way to zero in the not so distant future.

A new motion introduced in council paves the way for the city to implement plans to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2040. The motion builds on a 2012 roadmap plotted out in Vancouver’s landmark Transportation 2040 plan.

“Our ultimate goal is to eliminate all fatalities within our active transportation system and make sure road users feel safe and comfortable getting around Vancouver, whether by bike, foot, car or transit,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement. Continue reading:
Vancouver Aims to Be Safest City for Pedestrians by 2040

Kids In Vancouver: Get Giddy With The Goats At Maplewood Farm

The Goats at Maplewood Farm | Photo: Bianca Bujan

The Goats at Maplewood Farm | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Vancouver is a unique city when it comes to outdoor activities for kids. Families can frolic along sandy beaches, dine in bustling downtown cafes, and ski down powdered mountain slopes – all in the same day!

Equally as diverse is the city’s balance between boisterous urban destinations and quiet rural dwellings, situated only minutes apart.

For a taste of the country, local families love to play amongst the swoon-worthy park-like surroundings of Maplewood Farm, but it’s not just about the picturesque scenery. Here are some of the many must-do activities for kids to enjoy at North Vancouver’s only remaining farm.

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Kids In Vancouver: Get Giddy With The Goats At Maplewood Farm

Uber Looking for Drivers in Vancouver (But Don’t Pick Up Any Passengers Yet!)

IMG_2115Have a car and want to make a few extra bucks?

Uber, the ride-for-hire company that’s challenged the traditional taxi industry, has begun posting ads for Vancouver drivers on its website and on the job site Workopolis. “Driving with Uber is a great way to earn cash on your schedule. The more drive, the more you can earn,” the ads boast.

But don’t expect to be pocketing any extra cash anytime soon. Uber still isn’t permitted to operate in Vancouver or British Columbia. The ads are part of a push to gauge interest among drivers and also publicize the benefits of the Uber platform.

Drivers must be at least 21, have a four-door vehicle and a valid driver’s license and insurance. Uber claims that drivers can earn up to $39.60 an hour, after the company takes its 25-percent cut on all fares.

At the same time, Uber has also opened up a “sneak preview” feature for Vancouverites looking for a ride. Users who have downloaded the app can log in and get a mock-up of Uber drivers in their immediate vicinity, with an estimate of wait times. Continue reading:
Uber Looking for Drivers in Vancouver (But Don’t Pick Up Any Passengers Yet!)

Rare Photographs of Vancouver from 1860-1920 Revealed in New Exhibition

From the Unger Family collection, c. 1915, gelatin silver print (UL#1228) | Image from presentationhousegallery.org

From the Unger Family collection, c. 1915, gelatin silver print (UL#1228) | Image from presentationhousegallery.org

Today, Metro Vancouver is a bustling metropolis of 2.5 million people: one of the world’s most livable cities and a place where open land is in short supply, if the current real estate boom is any indication.

Go back about a century or so, however, and things were a little different. A new photography exhibition is offering a rare glimpse into Vancouver from 1860-1920, a period when the fledgling settlement clung hazardously to the coast, surrounded by the vast, wild forests all around it.

The Nanitch exhibition, on display now at the Presentation House Gallery, is pulled from an incredible archive of more than 18,000 rarely seen photographs recently donated to the UBC Library by philanthropists Uno and Dianne Langmann. Images range from old postcards to hand-coloured prints, glass negatives and even stereo cards (the “virtual reality” 3D images of the day).  Continue reading:
Rare Photographs of Vancouver from 1860-1920 Revealed in New Exhibition