The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

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If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D and relax in the sun, the following spots are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some time under the sun. Grab some sunscreen, tanning lotion – or coconut oil because we do live in Vancouver after all – and get your tan on!

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The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

Yaletown’s Secret Garden: Emery Barnes Park Opens

Vancouver has plenty of big, eye-popping, mind-blowing parks, from the primordial forests of 1,000-acre Stanley Park to the manicured flower beds of VanDusen Garden.

But it’s the little parks – the unexpected green spaces in the midst of all the urban sprawl – that really set the city apart for me.  I’m talking about all those tiny, one block parks and gardens cherished by neighbourhood residents but pretty much unknown to everyone else.

In Yaletown, that secret green oasis is .39-hectare Emery Barnes Park.  Dwarfed by 20-, 30- and soon-to-be 40-storey condo towers, Emery Barnes officially opened last week: an unlikely island of green in a concrete jungle.  Continue reading:
Yaletown’s Secret Garden: Emery Barnes Park Opens

Best Vancouver Park You’ve Never Heard of: Emery Barnes in Yaletown

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Vancouver suffers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to green spaces.  There are, of course, the heavy hitters: 1,000-acre Stanley Park, the magnificently landscaped Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden, among others.  But the Vancouver Park Board maintains more than 200 separate properties across the city, including many, many gems that get relatively little attention but are dearly loved by in-the-know Vancouverites.  Among my favorite is a half-block oasis of green amidst the new high-rises of Yaletown: Emery Barnes Park, at the intersection of Davie and Richards Streets.

Now, there is no shortage of parks in Yaletown: In fact, False Creek and the seawall is lined with beautiful waterfront spaces.  Emery Barnes Park, however, stands out precisely because it’s not on the water.  Instead, it’s surrounded on all four sides by the new high-rise apartment buildings that have shot up like mushrooms in Yaletown over the last decade: a small square of brilliant green grass and gardens lodged in the heart of a concrete jungle.

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Best Vancouver Park You’ve Never Heard of: Emery Barnes in Yaletown