Vancouver outdoor pools open for the season on Saturday, May 19

Kits Pool Opening Date

Kitsilano Pool. Photo credit: Kitsilano.ca

With the heat wave that’s been hitting Vancouver these past few days (and continuing into the foreseeable future), outdoor pool season couldn’t be coming fast enough!

Luckily, the official opening date for Vancouver’s much-loved outdoor pools is happening soon. So, if you’re ready to plan a day spend dipping into the refreshing waters of a Vancouver outdoor pool, you’re in luck.

Whether you’re a fan of Kits Pool, Second Beach pool, or New Brighton Pool, their opening dates and information are below.

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Vancouver outdoor pools open for the season on Saturday, May 19

Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds

Photo: Flickr Kerok Pics

Here’s an event Vancouver’s bird-loving Mom’s will be tweeting about! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 12 and set flight for Boundary Bay Regional Park to celebrate both Mom and International Migratory Bird Day. Presented by the Boundary Bay Park Association, this afternoon of family fun features interactive displays, birding walks, not to mention tea and cookies.

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Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds

Ready for an epic workout? The Grouse Grind is now open for the 2018 season!

grouse grind vancouver 2018

Photo: janheuninck | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

It’s officially Grouse Grinding season! Today is the first day that the Grouse Grind is open for the 2018 hiking season. The trail will remain open every day from 6:15am until 6:00pm. That is, until Tuesday, May 22, 2018, when the trail will close for a week for seasonal safety maintenance.

The trail is open thanks to the warm temperatures that we have been enjoying for the last few weeks. But–keep in mind–there is still snow at the top of the mountain, so remember to pack an extra layer for the top to prepare for colder conditions.

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Ready for an epic workout? The Grouse Grind is now open for the 2018 season!

Vancouver’s Dawn Chorus

The Birds, Artist, Myfanwy MacLeod Photo: Rob Weiss

Spring has sprung! Listen. Early mornings mean glorious sunrises and delightful songbirds, and for those inclined to get outdoors at the crack of dawn, a symphony of sound awaits. It’s true. Mother Nature regularly treats us to a melodic chorus as the songbirds announce the start of a new day.  It’s a soundtrack I adore. Of course, I am an early riser, often accused of being too perky, so grabbing my steaming cup of coffee and venturing outside to catch the first chirps and tweets is something I look forward to. Truth be told dawn is the optimum time to tune-in.

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Vancouver’s Dawn Chorus

Rain or Shine: Scenic Vancouver Strolls

The Canadian Trail at Canada Place | Photo Credit: Yasmine Hardcastle

Spring has sprung, and with its 360 degree postcard views, Vancouver is a city where you want to get your step on as a visitor or a local. I love to walk around my city!

Rain or shine, on your own, as a date, or out with your family, an urban hike or stroll is the perfect way to keep active. And I’m always surprised how many steps I’ve gotten in after a day of exploring. So grab your SPF, umbrella (just in case), walking shoes and camera; here are some of my favourite places to trek off a meal and see the city!

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Rain or Shine: Scenic Vancouver Strolls

Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Awake from Hibernation

Grizzly Bears Grouse Mountain

Images courtesy of Grouse Mountain. (Photo by Devin Manky)

Ever had a nap where you sleep so long you’ve forgotten what day it is? For Grinder and Coola, Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears, their longest winter sleep just concluded after 153 days of hibernation!

The annual awakening of the massive male grizzlies signals the coming of summer adventures, even though skiing and riding still remains open thanks to the colder Spring climate and fresh snow.

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Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Awake from Hibernation

Blossoms, Bikes and Buddies

Photo: Flickr, Linda Poole

My favourite spring ritual is back! Like the rising and setting sun, the change of seasons and the turning tides, each spring you can count on Vancouver’s cherry trees to burst out in a blaze of dazzling colour. In celebration and perhaps with a sense of relief that winter is over, Vancouverites venture outside and partake in an abundance of events and activities focused on honouring our beloved blooms.  It is during this particular time, I eagerly await the announcement of dates for the annual Bike the Blossoms group ride.

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Blossoms, Bikes and Buddies