The Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament is Back!

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The 2017 Beach Volleyball season is well under way with only a few weeks left until the summer’s most popular event, The Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament. The Vancouver Open, run by Volleyball BC, will be celebrating its 26th Anniversary on the weekend of July 14-16 at Kitsilano Beach, and with $15,000 in prize money up for grabs the competition is going to be intense.

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The Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament is Back!

KitsFest – Vancouver’s Hottest Beach Festival is Back August 5-7

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Now in its 8th year, and with over 10,000 visitors per day, Vancouver’s ultimate sports and healthy lifestyle festival is back and has some new additions to the line up, as well as classic events we all want to watch. Continue reading:
KitsFest – Vancouver’s Hottest Beach Festival is Back August 5-7

Vancouver’s English Bay Named One of World’s Top 50 Beaches

Photo credit: Kenny Louie | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Kenny Louie | Wikipedia

In the middle of a rainy February, English Bay may not be one of Vancouver’s biggest attractions. In fact, this time of year, you’re likely to find more seagulls than sun worshippers hanging out on the beach.

But that hasn’t stopped the strip of sand from earning a spot on a new list of the 50 best beaches in the world. According to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, English Bay is the 47th best beach on the planet. It’s sandwiched between Rio de Janeiro’s Arpoador Beach and Durban, South Africa (not bad company!).

Here’s what the writers at The Guardian had to say: “By day, English Beach Bay sands are a mecca for families and volleyball players, but it really comes into its own at dusk. It’s then that Vancouverites stroll in to sit on the huge blanched logs that wash up here and gaze out at the sunsets, glass or guitar in hand. West End’s coffee shops and the iconic Stanley Park are within easy reach, and it’s a prime spot for watching the fireworks on Canada Day (1 July).”  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s English Bay Named One of World’s Top 50 Beaches

Party in Vancouver’s Famous Urban Forest: Celebrate Stanley Park, Aug. 24-25

Siwash Rock

 
It was 125 years ago that an enlightened Vancouver city council petitioned the federal government to set aside more than 1,000 acres on the edge of the city for park and recreation purposes.

Fast-forward to the present and Stanley Park is one of the world’s premiere urban forests and a must-see destination for visitors. Located in the heart of a city of millions, the park manages to remain stubbornly wild, with tracts of old growth forest, rugged cliffs plunging to the sea and pristine lakes. But these days there’s also something for everyone – from ornate gardens to a world-class aquarium and an idyllic seaside promenade.

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Party in Vancouver’s Famous Urban Forest: Celebrate Stanley Park, Aug. 24-25

Vancouver’s Hidden Waterholes: Exploring Jug Island Beach

Photo credit: ebbandflo_pomomama | Flickr

Photo credit: ebbandflo_pomomama | Flickr

When the weather heats up in Vancouver, the city’s beaches fill up fast.  On hot days, finding a spare square of sand to lay your towel can be a challenge at downtown hotspots like English Bay, Third Beach or Kits Beach.

Thankfully, however, there are a few hidden waterholes left in Metro Vancouver, places where you can enjoy a refreshing dip without the crowds.  But you have to know where to look.

One of the best may be in Belcarra Regional Park, an 11,000-hectare park located on the northeastern edge of the Burrard Inlet.  If you’ve ever been to the North Shore community of Deep Cove, you’ve probably seen the vast forests of Belcarra beckoning from the opposite shore of Indian Arm.

Over the weekend, I decided to finally seek them out.  The park is a bit of a trek from downtown Vancouver, requiring a 45-minute drive east to Port Moody and then some backtracking to the tiny community of Belcarra.  But it’s worth the trip. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Hidden Waterholes: Exploring Jug Island Beach

Best Dog Beach in Vancouver? You make the call!

Fighting for the Ball at Spanish Banks Dog Beach in Vancouver

Vancouver has some lucky dogs.  In what other city do canines have their own special beaches?  And not just any beaches – beautiful strips of sand, prize waterfront real estate right in the heart of the city.  White sand to dig in, clean water to swim in, big chunks of driftwood to gnaw on.  It’s doggie heaven.  In fact, sometimes I get a little jealous.

I’ve done a bit of homework, and – according to the Vancouver Park Board website – there are no fewer than seven designated dog beaches around Vancouver (not to mention all those secret spots for dog dipping).  Options range from the wilds of Spanish Banks, way outside the city, to prime downtown waterfront at Sunset Beach, in the shadow of the Burrard Street Bridge.

But I have to confess, I’m not a dog owner.  So I’m turning this one over to you:

What’s your mut’s favourite dog beach in Vancouver?  And what makes it so special?  Please share your knowledge by commenting below.

To make things easier, here’s a list of the seven official dog beaches that I found on the Park Board website, in alphabetical order:

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Best Dog Beach in Vancouver? You make the call!

Downtown Beaches: An ode to city swimming

English Bay (First) Beach

It’s no secret that Vancouver has some incredible urban beaches.  In fact, last year National Geographic Traveler recognized Vancouver as one of the top 10 beach cities in the world.

But what sometimes goes unnoticed is exactly how urban Vancouver’s beaches really are.  We’re not talking about lovely suburban strands where you can see the distant city skyline.  We’re talking about beaches that actually brush right up against skyscrapers, in some of the most densely populated real estate on the West Coast.

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Downtown Beaches: An ode to city swimming