BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

Racers at the 2017 Gastown Grand Prix. Photo via GlobalRelayGGP.org

If you want to catch some of North America’s best cyclists in action, check out BC Superweek. From July 5-14 the Vancouver area hosts nine different pro cycling races in six different communities. Each race has a slightly different format, but they all take place on local streets so they’re free to watch. The racing gets pretty exciting as the athletes can hit speeds of up to 70kph! Plus, many of the races have fun extras like kids events, live music, or beer gardens.

There are two main types of races in the series. A criterium is a race where riders do laps around the same short circuit, jockeying for position. There is a lot of sprinting. (Tip: If you want to sound like a pro, call it a “crit”.) The road race is more of an endurance event where the cyclists race a longer course. Both are pretty fun to watch. Here’s a full listing of all the races you can check out.

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BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

Gastown sparkles after dark (Tourism Vancouver/Hubert Kang).

Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood blossomed from a single tavern founded by John “Gassy Jack” Deighton in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm with cobblestoned roads, Victorian architecture and vintage lampposts – but don’t let the quaint surroundings fool you. Gastown is also home to a thriving independent fashion scene, impeccably curated décor shops, galleries filled with exquisite First Nations art, and some of the city’s buzziest restaurants and cocktail bars.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

Halloween Mayhem and Decadent Pies Collide in Vancouver’s Gastown

olleen Winton as Mrs. Lovett and Warren Kimmel as Sweeney Todd in The Snapshots Collective’s production of Sweeney Todd

The next time you’re digging into a slice of pie, you might faintly hear a sinister laugh in the distance. You’ll keep on eating but the laugh will get louder and more threatening.

This ghoulish scenario will be part of an upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street that brings together the sweetness of pies and the bitterness of murder.

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Halloween Mayhem and Decadent Pies Collide in Vancouver’s Gastown

Exploring Gastown: Cambie Street

By JP McGlynn; Gastown BIA

Cambie is a lengthy path, running from Water Street to Marine Drive.

In our little portion, one will find such an eclectic mix of inhabitants that you’ll know for sure you’re in Gastown. Here you’ll find one of the best coffee shops in the city, an organic clothing store for babies, a fetish wear shop, a community pub, a meatball speciality restaurant, another great pub, an authentic Korean kitchen, a native art gallery, designer bridal shop, eyewear store, tarot reading and spiritual shop and in a basement – a store called The Basement.

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Exploring Gastown: Cambie Street

Bright Lights in Gastown

Photo: Rob Weiss

They say the neon lights are bright in Gastown! Now that has a certain ring to it, wouldn’t you agree? As an outdoor fanatic, my preferred walk or hike is usually along a beach or an alpine trail, but every once in a while, I find myself drawn to Gastown. I fondly remember my first visit to this iconic neighbourhood. Like many others, I enthusiastically planned a vacation to Vancouver during Expo 86. During this special time, the city welcomed the world, we came, and we fell in love. It was while strolling along these cobblestone streets, so many years ago that Vancouver first touched my soul and captured my imagination.

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Bright Lights in Gastown

Yule Duel Carolling Competition Returns to Gastown December 7

Yule Duel 2017 Vancouver

Image courtesy of Yule Duel 2017 | Facebook.com

The streets of Gastown will be alive with the sound of music this Thursday, December 7, 2017 for a unique carolling experience. The evening plays host to the third annual Yule Duel, an outdoor event that pits dozens of local choirs in a street-carolling competition along Water Street.

The choirs perform around Gastown a selection of new and classic songs in a variety of styles. You are invited to sing along as the best in show go head-to-head in a series of sing-offs and cheer on your favourites as they compete for awards from the celebrity judges. Think: Pitch Perfect but in real life!

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Yule Duel Carolling Competition Returns to Gastown December 7

Vancouver’s Gastown Cabaret Presents Showvember

Fact: You can have an insanely fun night on a weekday in Vancouver. That’s because on Tuesday, November 14th party planners April O’Peel, Sweet Munish, and Sparkle Plenty present another evening of exciting experiences with Gastown Cabaret – Showvember edition at Guilt & Company.

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Vancouver’s Gastown Cabaret Presents Showvember