Kitsilano outdoor pool opens for the season this weekend (May 18)

Kits Pool Opening Date

Kits Pool at 6am | Photo courtesy of Biggs | Flickr.com

Now that the warmer weather has really started in Vancouver, everyone’s looking for the best places to cool down. Luckily, this weekend marks the opening weekend of the much-loved Kitsilano outdoor pool (more commonly known as Kits Pool).

Just in time for the May long weekend, the pool will be officially opening to the public on Saturday, May 18.

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Kitsilano outdoor pool opens for the season this weekend (May 18)

Six Ways to Celebrate Global Wellness Day on June 9 in Vancouver

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There seems to be a special day for almost everything these days, but if you’re going to celebrate something, it should be taking care of yourself, right? Hence, Global Wellness Day, which takes place on June 9 of every year! Luckily, Vancouver is a city that is all about keeping well and happy as a visitor or local. Even luckier is that there are some fantastic ways to celebrate Global Wellness Day while you’re here! Here are our six picks for wellness in the city on June 9:

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Six Ways to Celebrate Global Wellness Day on June 9 in Vancouver

Go Swimming: Vancouver’s Outdoor Pools Open Saturday, May 18

Kitsilano Pool by albategenius

Kitsilano Pool. Photo: albategenius

Summer is soon here. Opening day for Vancouver’s outdoor pools heralds the coming sunshine. Kitsilano Pool, Second Beach Pool, New Brighton Pool and Hillcrest Pool open for public swimming on Saturday May, 18– just in time for the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

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Go Swimming: Vancouver’s Outdoor Pools Open Saturday, May 18

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

May in Vancouver is full of decadent food and drink events, fine entertainment, and multicultural festivals. From the annual BC Spot Prawn Festival to sudsy Vancouver Craft Beer Week, titillating Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the launch of the revitalized Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, we’ve got your must-attend May events below.

Don’t forget, all this sunshine cues the launch of annual Vancouver outdoor summer traditions, including opening day for the outdoor swimming pools at Kitsilano and Second Beach, as well as the start of the Vancouver Farmers Markets. And now for the list:

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

1) Lounge on one of Vancouver’s best new patios
The sun is in town for a little while. Help launch patio season 2013 by hanging out at the  the best new patios including The Fish Shack on Granville, the roof at Black + Blue, Cactus Club in Coal Harbour, and Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village–the roof is for wine buffs, ground level is for craft beer lovers. Both have a sea view.

2) Try out lululemon’s new, free Om Finder app for iOS
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15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

10 “Must Do” Vancouver Summer Activities

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Have you done everything on your summer bucket list? It’s slightly past the mid-way point of August – the time to get in touch with your inner hedonist and make sure you max out summer fun.

I’ve made a summer activity checklist for adventurers, loungers, epicureans and culture buffs.

From water parks and swimming pools, to kayaking, outdoor theatre, fairs, night markets, patio drinking/dining, picnics and gelato, here’s a handy guide to help you make the most of the final days of summer.

10 “Must Do” Vancouver Summer Activities

1) Patio Sipping and Dining. Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger were recently spotted in Vancouver enjoying the view from Boathouse Restaurant. Spend the evening with a drink and a view at one of these breezy bars. Or use this list of Hotel Patios to Sip Away Summer.

2) Visit the Fair at the PNE. A riotous good time for the entire family, enriched with mini doughnuts, corndogs, concerts, Star Trek – The Exhibition, and 55 rides.

3) Consume Gelato. Oh cold and creamy summer magic. La Casa Gelato boasts 200+ flavours. Bella Gelateria’s gelato maker James Coleridge just won at the Florence Gelato Festival in 2012 for his pecan Canadian maple flavour. Use our full list of Vancouver ice cream providers for more palate guidance. Continue reading:
10 “Must Do” Vancouver Summer Activities

Get the Kids Wet: Vancouver Outdoor Pools

Outdoor pool at Vancouver's Hillcrest Aquatic Centre. Photo: Dana Lynch

When I was a kid, there was nothing I loved better than swimming outdoors in the summertime. Heck, any opportunity to get wet outside was the most fun thing ever! When I had my own child, I couldn’t wait to take him swimming, and now that summer weather has finally arrived, we get to take advantage of all the fantastic Vancouver outdoor pools.

Vancouver has five public outdoor pools located throughout the city, all ideal for families and kids.

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Get the Kids Wet: Vancouver Outdoor Pools

Feeling the Heat? Jump in the Pool!

Size does matter: Kits Pool

Since my life (sadly) does not involve living—like a thirty-something Eloise—at a luxurious downtown hotel with its own, resort-like outdoor pool (Why? Why is that not my life?), I have to get my summer outdoor-pool-lovin’ fix in other ways. Luckily for everyone (luxury hotel dwellers included), Vancouver is home to some of the most magnificent, public outdoor pools on the planet.

Of course, I’m talking mostly about Kits Pool. As Robin pointed out in her profile of Kits Beach, Kits Pool is the longest, biggest salt-water pool in all of Canada—making it beyond ideal for swimmers—and its location is to die for: just off one of our best, most popular beaches and surrounded by views of the mountains and downtown Vancouver.

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Feeling the Heat? Jump in the Pool!