Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails

Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails on the Stawamus Chief. Photo: Pavel Boiko

Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails on the Stawamus Chief. Photo: Pavel Boiko

With our proximity to nature, Vancouver has a thriving community of outdoor lovers who help make nature accessible. Judy Kasiama is working to expand that community through the organization she founded, Colour the Trails. They host outdoor events and workshops for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails

Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

In 1993, the Punjabi Market featured the first Punjabi street signs beyond Asia. Photo Source: Pabla Family

Gulzar Nanda has a deep and enduring love for the Punjabi Market. The area, located on Main Street, from roughly East 48th to East 51st Avenue, represents the historical heart of Vancouver’s South Asian community. Nanda’s parents immigrated to Canada from India, and opened Hi-Class Jewellers in the neighbourhood in 1989. During his lunchtime break from school, Nanda would run down with his friends to the Punjabi Market, buying chips and candy from Punjab Food Centre, owned by Harinder Toor. Because many of his friends also had parents who owned businesses in the area, they quickly established camaraderie. “The Punjabi Market was like a playground for us. We’d come after school to our parents’ shops, and we’d hang out together while our parents worked,” he says.

Nanda, now co-manager of his family’s jewelry shop, is on a mission to rejuvenate this important neighbourhood through his work as chair of the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective (PMRC).

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Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

Send a free postcard to your friends and relatives telling them how much you miss them!

Canadians have long been known for coming together but this past year things have been different. Though much has changed, one thing remains the same — our desire to see each other again.

To help us all reconnect with friends and family across the country, Destination Canada has created postcards for you to send to your loved ones, inspired by some of our country’s great destinations. Now is the time to tell those in Canada you miss them and to start planning your reunion when restrictions ease.

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Send a free postcard to your friends and relatives telling them how much you miss them!

Five Vancouver Studios Offering Online Yoga and Fitness Classes

Woman meditating at home. Vancouver studios offering online yoga classes.

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Temporary studio closures in Vancouver mean we can’t go to class, but that doesn’t mean class is cancelled. Many Vancouver yoga and wellness studios are bringing class to us… online! So roll out your mat to flow, tone and meditate from home with these digital class offerings.

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Five Vancouver Studios Offering Online Yoga and Fitness Classes

7 Perks of a City Staycation + Enter to Win a Weekend Stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre!

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre city staycation

Photo: Mark Newman

While 2020 has been the year of sticking close to home, sometimes you’ve got to get out of the house! A city staycation can give a chance to celebrate a special occasion, show some love to the city, and not have to worry about cooking for a couple of days.

Vancouver’s hotels are welcoming guests with all COVID-19 health protocols in place, including distancing measures and a “commitment to clean” like no other. I recently spent a weekend at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. I’ve shared my experience and the perks of a city hotel staycation.

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7 Perks of a City Staycation + Enter to Win a Weekend Stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre!

ComeBack to Attractions: Vancouver Attractions Welcome Locals Back

You likely don’t need to be reminded of what a fantastic city we live in, with so much to explore right in our own backyard. Now that local attractions are beginning to reopen their doors, it’s an excellent chance to freshen up on why Vancouver is so highly regarded.

Before we can welcome the rest of the world to come back, we want to invite locals to get reacquainted with all the reasons why we love this city. Here are just a few of the attractions and activities waiting for you when you’re ready to venture out beyond your neighbourhood and be a tourist in your own town. Continue reading:
ComeBack to Attractions: Vancouver Attractions Welcome Locals Back

Vancouver Voted Friendliest City in the World!

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Thanks to Vancouver’s open and progressive culture, the city is no stranger to topping out in polls, having won spots in lists such as; Best Cities for Students, World’s Most Bike-Friendly Cities, and Best Cities in the World.

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Vancouver Voted Friendliest City in the World!

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