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

Festival highlights Indigenous dance from near and far

The 12th Annual Coastal Dance Festival comes to Anvil Centre in New Westminster. The venue is located at 777 Columbia St., a quick Skytrain ride from downtown Vancouver.

Formerly the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, the event celebrates Indigenous stories, song, and dance from Canada and abroad. This year’s event takes place Feb. 20–24. See more below.

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Festival highlights Indigenous dance from near and far

Trip into yesteryear this weekend at the Retro Gaming Expo

Retro gaming enthusiasts keep their eyes on the screen this weekend at Anvil Centre.

Retro gaming enthusiasts keep their eyes on the screen this weekend at Anvil Centre.

A well-known gamer, an award-winning webcomic and geek musician, and a Vancouver improv troop are among the guests at this year’s Retro Gaming Expo, on May 28.

The one-day event takes place this year at the Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St.), and with the move to the New Westminster facility, organizers are promising more panels, more vendors, more artists, more bands and of course more tournaments.

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Trip into yesteryear this weekend at the Retro Gaming Expo

Food truck frenzy! Canada’s largest one-day food truck festival takes over Columbia Street, New Westminster

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

If you’re a fan of food trucks and car-free celebrations, you’ll want to head to New Westminster next Saturday, August 22.

That’s the date of the 3rd Annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, which blocks off busy Columbia Street to traffic and floods the area with pedestrians and picnic tables instead.

With over 70 trucks confirmed, this is the largest one-day food truck event in Canada, according to festival organizers. The music, entertainment, and beer gardens stretch for an extra two blocks this year, so you’d best come hungry to take it all in.

Here’s what’s in store.

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Food truck frenzy! Canada’s largest one-day food truck festival takes over Columbia Street, New Westminster

5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

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Vancouverites have such an affinity for the water and there’s so many ways to get close and enjoy our rivers, lakes, coastal inlets and bays. Boardwalk promenades are ideal locations for leisurely strolls, watching activity on our waterways, soaking up some sunshine, and purchasing fresh-caught local seafood.

Here are the 5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver that will get you above and around our beautiful waterfronts.

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5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

Vancouver’s hidden factory outlet mall revealed

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Go ahead, ask ’em. Most Vancouverites couldn’t tell you that there’s an outlet mall mere minutes from the city. In fact, many of the locals who drive across the U.S. border hunting for deals don’t even know about it.

But now you do.

I stumbled across Queensborough Landing a few years ago and have been shopping there periodically ever since. It’s located in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster, which is about a half hour’s drive from Downtown Vancouver in good traffic. (That’s 45 minutes or more during rush hour.)

A strip mall over 400,000 square feet, the shopping centre has plenty of stores to comb for bargains. So what brands will you find?

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Vancouver’s hidden factory outlet mall revealed

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Gear up for the weekend with World Cup Final viewing parties, street dance lessons, music festivals, and more!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend