Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

A woman taking photos of ducks, geese and swans at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Spotting wildlife at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Suzanne Rushton

Vancouver is known as a city connected to nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that there are lots of places near Vancouver to spot wildlife. You can see eagles, seabirds, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, whales, dolphins, seals, frogs, bears, bunnies and lots more. Grab your camera and maybe some binoculars, and head to one of these ten wildlife hot spots.

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Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: Take A Walking Photo Tour Of Olympic Village

Olympic Village Birds | Photo: Elsbro (Flickr)

Olympic Village Birds | Photo: Elsbro (Flickr)

Olympic Village is one of the most picturesque spots in Vancouver, featuring sweeping views of Science World, BC Place, and the downtown Vancouver skyline. While the waterfront community is the perfect spot to grab some lunch, stroll along the seawall, and snap photos of the landscape, it is also a great place to have a little photo walk fun with kids!

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Kids In Vancouver: Take A Walking Photo Tour Of Olympic Village

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Vancouver is rich with walking paths that weave along the city’s waterfront, but many seawall strolls are kilometres long, often too far for little feet to trek. Here are 5 seawall walks that are perfect to tackle with toddlers in tow, and each one has a fun destination at the end of the path, to keep the kids in motion while the adults enjoy the views along the way.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

The Best Places to Catch Rare Pokémon in Vancouver

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By Lenée Son

The Pokémon mania that swept the globe like wildfire in the ’90s is back with the release of mobile game, Pokémon Go.

Whether you’ve been playing since day one or you’ve just started your Pokémon journey to be the very best, here are the top locations in Vancouver you need to visit to catch’em all.

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The Best Places to Catch Rare Pokémon in Vancouver

Urban Beavers Move into Vancouver’s Olympic Village

Photo credit: Cheryl Reynolds | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Cheryl Reynolds | Wikipedia

A pair of furry friends with big tails have decided to call one of downtown Vancouver’s newest and busiest neighbourhoods home.

Two adult beavers have taken up residence in Hinge Park, on the edge of Olympic Village in the Southeast False Creek area. The industrious rodents have even built a full-size beaver lodge in a stream running through the park, complete with mud, twigs and tree trunks.

The beavers have already become mini celebrities in the community. Photographers line up on the seawall along the edge of the stream, hoping for a clear shot. And a new Twitter account, @VancouverBeaver, has been created on behalf of the critters.  Continue reading:
Urban Beavers Move into Vancouver’s Olympic Village

Need gear? MEC Moving to Olympic Village

11435061Outdoor lovers in Vancouver may soon have a new MECca.

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), the BC-born chain famous for its wilderness and outdoor gear, is planning to open a new flagship store in Olympic Village. The 45,000-square-foot space, to be located at 2nd Avenue and Quebec Street, will replace the nearby MEC store on Broadway.

The new location plans to offer outdoor gear buffs two full storeys of climbing, biking, camping and hiking equipment and clothing. In addition to having a lot more space than MEC’s current Broadway store, the new site will conform to LEED Gold standards, complete with a green roof to capture rainwater.

If approved by the city, construction of the new building is set to begin in early 2017, with a mid-2018 opening date.   Continue reading:
Need gear? MEC Moving to Olympic Village

Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

11234657Vancouver’s Olympic Village is about to get a big kick of culture.

The neighbourhood on False Creek, which sprouted up during the 2010 Olympics and is now filled with condo towers, restaurants, pubs and shops, is getting ready to open the doors on a new $20.4-million theatre complex – instantly transforming the area into one of Vancouver’s arts hubs.

The 48,000-square-foot BMO Theatre Centre is scheduled to open this fall at 162 W. 1st Ave., next to a new Wall Financial condo tower. The space features a 250-seat theatre, as well as four rehearsal theatres.

The venue has already lined up one of Vancouver’s performing arts powerhouses as a tenant. The Arts Club, the largest theatre company in Western Canada, will close its Revue Stage on Granville Island and move into the new space in early fall. Bard on the Beach, the yearly Shakespeare Festival, will also have its offices at the theatre.  Continue reading:
Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village