Giant Floating Ferris Wheel Planned for North Vancouver

An artist's rendering of the new Central Waterfront area in North Vancouver

An artist’s rendering of the new Central Waterfront area in North Vancouver

Developers are hoping to give visitors a big new reason to take the SeaBus to North Vancouver.

A massive Ferris wheel built on a pier adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay is among major changes envisioned for a piece of North Vancouver waterfront at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue.

The $25-million development plan, unveiled this week at a council meeting, aims to transform a little-used, industrial shipyard into a tourist mecca and nighttime hot spot, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Work could begin on the project in as little as 18 months.

Apart from the giant Ferris wheel, the “Central Waterfront” area will feature a 21,000-square-foot, multi-use amphitheatre.   Continue reading:
Giant Floating Ferris Wheel Planned for North Vancouver

Vancouver’s Best Farmers’ Markets: Part II – The little guys

It’s that time of year again.  After months of gray skies and drizzle, the sun is shining, pale skin everywhere is finally getting a tan and the farmers’ markets have returned to Vancouver.

In Part I of this post, I looked at Vancouver’s four largest farmers’ markets.  Here’s a quick rundown of some of the lesser-known options in and around the city.

UBC Farm Market, Open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 18-Oct. 15: This unique market is hosted on the site of the UBC Farm, a 24-hectare teaching, research, and community farm on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus and the only working farmland within the city of Vancouver.  It’s a close-knit but growing community of 12 vendors (4 selling primarily farm products) and enthusiastic customers.  The UBC Farm is also a great place to stroll around and enjoy a picnic lunch.

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Lonsdale Quay: Vancouver’s other public market

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Pretty much anyone who has been to Vancouver knows about the Granville Island Public Market.  The giant marketplace on the False Creek waterfront is a can’t-miss destination, with row after row of fresh produce, meat and fish, as well as gourmet delicacies ranging from homemade soups to hand-rolled doughnuts.   In fact, more than 10 million people visit Granville Island every year – more than twice as many visitors as the Coliseum in Rome gets!

But, many travelers (and even some Vancouverites) are surprised to find out that there’s another public market in Vancouver, and it’s jam-packed with nearly as much fresh meat and produce, as well as shops and ethnic restaurants.  Situated on the city’s North Shore, along the Burrard Inlet, Lonsdale Quay is like a mini Granville Island.   There’s the same rustic charm, waterfront views and great eats, but it’s a whole lot less crowded than its more famous counterpart.

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Lonsdale Quay: Vancouver’s other public market