Birders of a Feather Flock together for Vancouver Bird Week May 4-11

Stellers Jay. Photo credit: Chris Dale/Bird Studies Canada

Stellers Jay. Photo credit: Chris Dale/Bird Studies Canada

Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black – stars of the British Columbia/Yukon-filmed comedy The Big Year – introduced me to the world of bird watching.  In the comedy, Wilson, Martin and Black’s characters travel across North America to see or hear the most bird species in a calendar year during the American Birdwatching Association’s annual “Big Year” contest.

The next day my partner and I played our own version of a ‘Big Morning’, trying to spot as many birds as we could on sunrise walk through Vancouver’s West End. We spotted seven different bird species including gulls, herons, widgeons and mallards. Suddenly we were hooked. The allure of walking around with binoculars to differentiate grebes from cormorants was no longer an activity reserved for our parents or our scientist friends.

It turns out birding, bird watching or ‘twitching’ as it’s called in the United Kingdom, is a pretty popular activity: according to 2006 survey done by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service there are about 48 million birdwatchers in the United States. In Canada, more than 550,000 Canadian adults take part in birdwatching activities annually according to a 2006 study on wildlife viewing activities.
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Birders of a Feather Flock together for Vancouver Bird Week May 4-11

Featured Attraction of the Week: Fort Langley National Historic Site (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Fort Langley National Historic Site

Experience the excitement of the early West Coast fur trade at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Explore the wooden fort, first built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1827, where traders once exchanged furs, salmon and cranberries with First Nations people.

Bring your visiting guests to stand in the spot where British Columbia was proclaimed a British colony in 1858. Fort Langley National Historic Site is packed with interactive displays and activities for the whole family. Watch blacksmithing, barrel-making or historic weapons demonstrations, pan for gold, and laugh along with an interpretive program.
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Fort Langley National Historic Site (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

The Wilderness Next Door: West Vancouver’s Top Parks

Lighthouse Park

 
Just across the Lion’s Gate Bridge from downtown Vancouver is the seaside city of West Vancouver. Wedged between the glittering Pacific Ocean and the snowcapped North Shore Mountains, West Van is an oasis of waterfront boardwalks, boutiques and lavish homes.
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The Wilderness Next Door: West Vancouver’s Top Parks

Chip and Shannon Wilson’s A-Maze-Ing Gift to the People of Vancouver, Laughter Celebration and Freeze Flash Photo, August 11

Palm of Rays
Photo Credit: Eric.Yao / Flickr

 
If you’ve been anywhere near English Bay recently you’ll be familiar with Yue Minjun’s “A-maze-ing Laughter”. Located in Morton Park near the corners of Davie and Denman Streets, the piece was one of the most beloved sculptures of the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale. The unbelieveable response by the people of Vancouver prompted the Vancouver Biennale to find a way to keep it here permanently.
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Chip and Shannon Wilson’s A-Maze-Ing Gift to the People of Vancouver, Laughter Celebration and Freeze Flash Photo, August 11

A Vancouver Foodie Tour on Two Wheels

photo: dailywaffle.com | Tacofino Black Bean Taco

Want to indulge in Vancouver’s award-winning foodie scene but worried about your waistline?

We may have the solution.
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A Vancouver Foodie Tour on Two Wheels