5 Impressive Displays of the Seasons in Vancouver

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For some time it seemed that Vancouver only had one season: rain. However, in recent years we’ve experienced high tides, low temperatures, downpours and heat waves. Mother Nature serves up a smorgasbord of natural phenomena that dazzle the senses.

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5 Impressive Displays of the Seasons in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Croquet tournament and High Tea at VanDusen this Saturday!

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A garden party is coming to VanDusen Botanical Gardens this Saturday (Aug. 23). The First Annual Garden Party and Croquet Classic at VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street) includes High Tea, cocktails, champagne, croquet and performance art installations. It’s probably safe to say VanDusen hasn’t seen anything like this in awhile, if ever.

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Croquet tournament and High Tea at VanDusen this Saturday!

Best Afternoon Tea Service in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

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Afternoon tea at Shangri-La’s Xi Shi Lounge

Love for afternoon tea usually begins in childhood. When I was a kid, we had an annual high tea tradition: my mother, my best friends and their mums all got together for tea once a year. After dressing up together, we raced through the tiny, crust-less sandwiches on the bottom tier to earn the scones and, finally, the fancy-pants cakes at the very top. It was all about the ritual; the conversation facilitated by bottomless pots of tea was a bonus.

As an adult, I have Vancouver friends who still love an afternoon tea get together. These days, the catching up comes first, the scones come second. But we still take the food and atmosphere seriously.

What are Vancouver’s best spots for a spot of afternoon tea? I’ve tried a few, most recently afternoon tea at the Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel (1128 West Georgia).  Continue reading:
Best Afternoon Tea Service in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Now that we’ve made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s nothing left to do but admit it: Holiday season is officially here.

Over the next month, expect to see the streets, parks and even ships of Vancouver come alive with millions of multicoloured lights in celebration of the season.  Here are the top five holiday light displays around town:

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical GardenEvery year, the stately botanical garden in the heart of Vancouver is decorated with thousands of strings of coloured lights.  The centrepiece is a “dancing lights” display over Livingstone Lake, a choreographed light dance set to seasonal music that illuminates every half hour.  Also on hand are roving elves and food vendors serving holiday treats.  Dec. 7 – Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $14.25; Senior and Youth $10.50; Child $7.75.  

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension BridgeThe iconic, 137-metre suspension bridge is decked out with  lights every December – forming a glittering string of pearls over the Capilano River.  Walk across and step into an enchanted rainforest, bedazzled with hundreds of thousands of lights.  There’s also a scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, glass blowing demos and sing-along carols.  Dec. 1 – Jan. 5, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $31.95; Child $12; $65 per family (2 adults and 2 kids).   Continue reading:
Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012

Earth Art Transforms VanDusen Garden Into 55-acre Canvas

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Visitors to Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden might notice something a little bit different this summer.

Carved into one of the garden’s deep green lawns is what seems to be an enormous zipper.  Crafted from interlocking blocks of salvaged Douglas fir, the zipper runs down a grassy slope and opens up at the bottom.  The effect is magical – like the land is clothed in grass and the zipper opens to the earth below.

The installation is one of several examples of Earth Art on display at the garden this summer.  Earth Art refers to the use of organic materials taken from the landscape to create elaborate natural sculptures that decay over time.  It has been a popular art movement since the 1960s, and some of its most famous practitioners are now hard at work at VanDusen.

Stop by the 55-acre green oasis now and you can see local and international earth artists in action, creating monumental sculptures that transform VanDusen into a giant canvas.   Among the most impressive is an installation that looks a bit like a lopsided Stonehenge.  Continue reading:
Earth Art Transforms VanDusen Garden Into 55-acre Canvas