Sakura at Home with Vancouver’s Top Chefs this April

Seven of B.C.’s most talented chefs are joining forces to support the non-profit Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival as it prepares to launch its second year of programming amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading:
Sakura at Home with Vancouver’s Top Chefs this April

Your 2020 Vancouver Wellness Bucket List (January to June)

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Photo: Heath Moffatt

And just like that, it’s 2020. The start of a new year tends to be when most of us make resolutions, goals and lists, and want to focus on our health and wellness. Sometimes that falls by the wayside come February—but it’s 2020, and we’re all seeing clearly now, right? No excuses, especially when Vancouver is full of ways to keep happy and healthy all year round. So save this link to your favourites list, because here’s your Vancouver wellness bucket list for January through June.

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Your 2020 Vancouver Wellness Bucket List (January to June)

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: April 5, 2018

Wander under the pink canopies of the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend, and make your way to a photography festival, Norwegian dance, international burlesque, drag queen comedy, a discussion and film about Muhammad Ali’s historical significance, or get slushy up at Grouse Mountain.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: April 5, 2018

Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Spring Bucket List

Cherry Blossoms | Photo: VANCOUVER4LIFE (Flickr)

As the temperatures warm up and the Spring blossoms begin to decorate the city’s  landscape, local families are heading outdoors to take advantage of Vancouver’s natural surroundings, adventurous activities, and breathtaking scenery – and you can too.

To commemorate the start of a new season, my family has put together a Spring bucket list – a great way to encourage us to spend time together outdoors, enjoying the beauty of our city, and taking advantage of the warming weather as we kiss the Winter chill goodbye for another year. Here are some of the activities that top our bucket list for Spring.

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Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Spring Bucket List

Top 5 Event Highlights Scheduled for the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik

After this dark, wet and unexpectedly snowy winter, cherry blossoms are one of the first cheerful signs of the fast approaching spring season. Unlike last year’s early bloom, the stars of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival should be arriving on time at the beginning of April.

Vancouver’s signature springtime event wakes the city up from winter hibernation with an explosion of around 41,000 blossoming cherry trees around the city. April marks the month of the blossom and will features over 20 public, mostly free, arts and cultural community events. So stuff your winter coat into the back of the closet and get out your camera because the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is here again!

While there are several events to choose from (check out the full list on the VCBF website), below is a list of a few of the highlight events for this year’s cherry blossom festival.

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Top 5 Event Highlights Scheduled for the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Whether it rains, shines, or both (most likely) this weekend, the cherry blossom canopies are in full bloom and there is lots to do under them (as well as lots to do under a solid roof.) We’ve got Led Zeppelin and Nirvana cover bands, walks and a bike ride through the pinkest most flowery streets in the city, picnics, and a whole lot of art!

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Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

New Hope for Vancouver’s Dying Cherry Trees

Photo credit: Geoffery Kehrig | Flickr

Photo credit: Geoffery Kehrig | Flickr

Vancouver’s cherry trees are dying.

But not to worry – It’s all part of the cycle of life.  On average ornamental cherry trees live around 80 years.  In city conditions, lifespans can average just 25-30 years owing to pollution and other issues, according to a great article in the Vancouver Sun by Jessica Barrett.

Many of Vancouver’s famous cherry trees – 37,000 of which are blooming right now – were originally gifted by the cities of Kobe and  Yokohama, Japan, in the 1930s.  A second wave of planting occurred in the 1950s, when the park board removed many of the larger elms and maples along city streets, whose roots were damaging sidewalks and sewers.

In other words,  Vancouver has a lot of geriatric cherry trees on its hands.   Continue reading:
New Hope for Vancouver’s Dying Cherry Trees