Gallop Into Some Beautiful Escapism at Odysseo (with a Holiday Discount)

Yes, this happens. | photo: Jak Wonderly

Majestic is a strong word, but when you watch a beautifully choreographed scene of acrobats, galloping horses, and flowing colourful fabrics all splashing delicately through an on-stage lake as live music plays dramatically, well, just try and find a word that is more apt.

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Gallop Into Some Beautiful Escapism at Odysseo (with a Holiday Discount)

“Cirque du Soleil for Horses” – Odysseo Show Comes to Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Cavalia.   Credits: François Bergeron

Photo courtesy of Cavalia. Credits: François Bergeron

A horse is a horse, of course, of course.  Unless it’s a horse from the new Cavalia Odysseo show in Vancouver.

Then it’s a few hundred kilos of purebred, rippling muscle sure to entertain, enchant and quite possible awe.

The new horse-centric show, playing at the white big top on Vancouver’s False Creek through Jan. 5, features no fewer than 67 magnificent horses.  The animals are put through their paces during a nearly three hour performance featuring some fancy riding and carefully choreographed horse and human stunts.

So how does all this old-fashioned, animal-based fun stack up in the world of digital wonders and computer-generated excitement?

After seeing the show earlier this week, I can confidently say quite well.   Continue reading:
“Cirque du Soleil for Horses” – Odysseo Show Comes to Vancouver

Vancouver Has a Horse Track?

Photo credit: Remy Scalza

Among Vancouver’s must-sees, one place that almost never gets mentioned is the old Hastings Racecourse, squirreled away next to the Playland amusement park.   Maybe it’s because horse racing has a bit of a seedy rep.  Or maybe it’s the location, out on the edge of town.  Whatever the reason, it’s a shame because a day at the races is a lot of fun.

I checked out the Racecourse for the first time on a recent Sunday. I’d never been to a race before and wasn’t sure what to expect.  My first big surprise: It’s free to watch.  You can just wander right into the racetrack area: No tickets, not even any security.

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Vancouver Has a Horse Track?

Stanley Park: By Horse

Photo: Remy Scalza

OK.  I know you’ve thought about it:  Wouldn’t it be fun to take one of those horse-drawn trollies around Stanley Park?   But for some reason or another, you never get around to it.  A bit touristy?  Possibly.  Too pricey? Well – at $29, adult tickets aren’t exactly cheap.  In any case, earlier in the week, I got tired of the excuses.  I put aside my doubts and took my first trip on a Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour.

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Stanley Park: By Horse