The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D and relax in the sun, the following spots are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some time under the sun. Grab some sunscreen, tanning lotion – or coconut oil because we do live in Vancouver after all – and get your tan on!

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The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

Explore Vancouver’s Kitsilano Neighbourhood: The 11 Best Attractions

photo: Rick Chung / Flickr

photo: Rick Chung / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

A lively, beautiful, and eco-friendly beachside community close to Downtown Vancouver, the neighborhood of Kitsilano – known more commonly by locals as ‘Kits’- is one worth exploring! Here are a few of our must-do attractions!

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Explore Vancouver’s Kitsilano Neighbourhood: The 11 Best Attractions

Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

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A scene from Romeo and Juliet

The familiar red and white tents set up in Vanier Park mean only one thing – that one of the city’s favorite summer festivals is well under way. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

Visit 5 Vancouver Museums for $5: Winter Wander is Back, Jan. 23

Photo credit: bobanny | Wikipedia

Photo credit: bobanny | Wikipedia

Museum hopping is a favourite Vancouver past time during the rainy winter months … but it isn’t necessarily cheap. Full-price admission to the city’s top museums and galleries can run from $15 to $25 and up.

Except, that is, for one magical day of the year when you can visit five of the city’s cultural attractions for $5. Winter Wander returns this Jan. 23, transforming waterfront Vanier Park, home to a bumper crop of museums, into a moving cultural feast.

Located in Kitsilano, at the edge of English Bay, Vanier Park is a favourite with sun worshippers, dog walkers and kite flyers in the summer months. But tucked away in this idyllic setting are some of the city’s largest museums and cultural attractions. Continue reading:
Visit 5 Vancouver Museums for $5: Winter Wander is Back, Jan. 23

See 6 Vancouver Attractions for $5: Winter Wander 2015

Photo credit: popejon2 | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: popejon2 | Wikimedia Commons

Pop quiz: Where is Vancouver’s Vanier Park located?

Bravo if you know the answer.  If you don’t, no worries – Even lifelong Vancouverites get mixed up on this one. Vanier Park stretches all the way from the Burrard Street Bridge to Kitsilano Beach on the southwest shore of False Creek. It’s a seaside expanse of green hills, little forested knolls, ponds and beaches.

And it also happens to be a cultural hotbed. Vanier Park is home to three major museums: the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  It also hosts the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare fest and is home to the City of Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

And this Family Day weekend you can see all six of these Vancouver attractions for just $5.   Continue reading:
See 6 Vancouver Attractions for $5: Winter Wander 2015

Best Spots to Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks

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Vancouver’s annual fireworks event, the Celebration of Light competition, is back this weekend! Every year, different countries compete with a dazzling array of pyrotechnics over English Bay. This year, the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 27th, 2013: United Kingdom
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013: Canada
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013: Thailand

But the Celebration of Light is more than just fireworks. In addition to being the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world, the fireworks are preceded by SHOREfest, a live music concert series, and an airshow featuring pilot Pete McLeod. So where’s the best place to take in all the action?

English Bay Beach
The best view is arguably from English Bay Beach at the end of Davie and Denman Street. Here is where you can catch headliners Serena RyderDaniel Wesley, and Mother Mother playing before the fireworks begin, and nearby vendors, restaurants, and washrooms make the location prime. However, be prepared for huge crowds. Arriving early to stake out a spot is a necessity, while driving is not an option. Use Translink to find out about bus route and stop changes during the fireworks and plan accordingly.

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Winter Wander in Vanier Park – Saturday, January 26

Vanier Park is known for being more than a park. It’s the home of the Museum of Vancouver, Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music and the city’s archives. It’s also a prime spot to fly a kite, go for a serene walk or take in a Shakespearean play at Bard on the Beach. This Saturday, for just $5, everyone is welcome to take in all the attractions and become more familiar with this scenic and culture-crammed gem. (Added bonus: students with Vancouver Academy of Music will be performing at each of the venues. ) To help you get a head start, we’ve rounded up a few nuggets of information about the spots that make Vanier Park a haven of activity.

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Winter Wander in Vanier Park – Saturday, January 26