Giant Floating Ring (and New Plaza) Coming to Vancouver’s Davie Street

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Vancouver’s Davie Village in the West End is about to get a little more vibrant.

A new plaza, complete with patio-style seating and a space-age floating sculpture, is set to grace the neighbourhood, considered the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community.

City planners have released detailed drawings for the new plaza, to be located not far from Davie Street’s distinctive rainbow-coloured crosswalks. Plans call for a one-block section of Bute Street just south of Davie to be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian-friendly plaza.

Meanwhile, a special floating sculpture is to be installed at the intersection of Davie and Bute Streets. After initially considering a giant disco ball, planners ultimately opted to go with a space-age, shimmering metallic ring inscribed with the name Davie Village, which will be suspended by wires above the intersection.  Continue reading:
Giant Floating Ring (and New Plaza) Coming to Vancouver’s Davie Street

Car Free Day Vancouver is Back: 4 Huge Street Parties, No Traffic

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

This June, some of Vancouver’s busiest streets will be filled with a different kind of traffic – people partying in the middle of the road as part of a city-wide outdoor bash.

The 11th instalment of Car Free Day is coming to neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver June 20-June 21. The festival sees major arteries closed to traffic and transformed into free, open-air parties – with street food, live music and entertainment, skate parks, arts and crafts markets and more.

Car Free Day began 10 years ago on Commercial Drive in direct response to the Port Mann/Highway 1 improvement project. Though the multi-billion-dollar project is now complete, Car Free Day – which is 100-percent volunteer run by local residents – still serves as a reminder that “fewer cars equals more community.”

Distinct events are now held in four neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, the West End and Kitsilano (details below). Continue reading:
Car Free Day Vancouver is Back: 4 Huge Street Parties, No Traffic

Vancouver’s West End Amazes With Giant Pocky and World Class Art

Photo Credit: Matthew Presidente

Photo Credit: Matthew Presidente

Think you know all the West End has to offer? Think again. Sure there’s the stunning forest trails and seawall walks around Stanley Park, the aquarium with its cute sea creatures and educational programmes, and on sunny days, the trio of sandy beaches which wrap around the park are unmissable.

However, there are plenty of hidden gems in the West End that even some of the locals don’t know exist. From a dazzling blown glass sculpture by world-class artist Dale Chihuly and Canada’s only outlet of Malaysia’s favourite baked treat, to one of the most photographed crosswalks in Canada it’s all here, you just need to know where to look… Continue reading:
Vancouver’s West End Amazes With Giant Pocky and World Class Art

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

Pride Week Round-up

Courtesy of Sean Hagen via Flickr

Courtesy of Sean Hagen via Flickr

It’s that time of year where Vancouverites and visitors alike are encouraged to let their flags fly, whether it’s freak flag, rainbow flag or a Canadian flag. All flags, and people, are welcomed at the fast-approaching Pride Week, which starts on July 26th and runs until August 3rd. We’ve got a round-up of events so you’re on top of what to expect during the most colourful week in Vancouver. Continue reading:
Pride Week Round-up