Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019

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This weekend, several neighbourhoods in Vancouver will be going car-free to host some sensational community events.

Can you imagine Main Street in East Vancouver free of cars? How about Denman Street in the West End? Seems impossible, right? Not during the Car Free Vancouver festivals, which kick off this weekend in three neighbourhoods across the city. The festival will transform major streets into a family-friendly and pedestrian-only space with entertainment, food, live performances, and a whole lot more.

The festivals will be taking place along Main Street, Denman Street, and in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. There will also be a celebration on Commercial Drive, but in July. Here’s what’s going down for car free day(s) in Vancouver:

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Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019

Car Free Cycling on Vancouver’s North Shore

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Car free cycling, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Photo: Rob Weiss

Imagine a 10 km paved roadway through a lush and scenic rainforest.  Now remove all vehicle traffic and add the majestic North Shore Mountains.  Voila! You have arrived at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, affectionately referred to by locals as the Seymour Demonstration forest.  Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages flock to the trail and employ all modes of transportation to explore this unique treasure.  Don’t be surprised to encounter sleek road racers, sturdy downhill mountain bikers, babies in strollers, inline skaters and tots on striders all sharing this unique North Shore experience.  A delightful mix of folk to be sure!

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Car Free Cycling on Vancouver’s North Shore

No Cars, 4 Huge Parties: Car Free Vancouver Day Returns

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

(Don’t) Start your engines!

The sixth instalment of Car Free Vancouver Day is scheduled to hit city neighbourhoods June 16 (Father’s Day).  The premise of the festival is simple: Main streets throughout Vancouver are closed to traffic, so everyone can get out, stretch their legs and actually rub shoulders with friends and neighbours.

Over the years, Car Free Day has evolved into one of the best, totally grassroots events of the summer.  Pedestrianized streets are transformed into carnivals full of food, music, performers and general revelry.  It’s all volunteer-based and community-organized, so you’re sure to get a healthy dose of local colour and local weirdness.

As in past years, Car Free Vancouver Day will take place in four neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, the West End and Kitsilano.  Here are details on what you can expect if you leave the car behind: Continue reading:
No Cars, 4 Huge Parties: Car Free Vancouver Day Returns

Car-Free Day: Sunday, June 19

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Looking for something to do with Dad next weekend?  Leave the car at home and check out the four separate Car-Free Day festivals that are happening in neighborhoods throughout the city on Father’s Day.

So what exactly is Car-Free Day?  Major streets in four separate neighborhoods will be closed to traffic and filled with live music, vendors selling food and wares and – of course – pedestrians.  Think of it as an outdoor community party staged across the city with thousands of your closest friends.

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Car-Free Day: Sunday, June 19