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

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of dance, music, fashion, and community celebrations this weekend.  How many can you fit in 3 days?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver ‘burbs: Colony Farm Park in Coquitlam

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The gritty stretch of Highway 1 heading east of Vancouver rarely features on sightseeing lists.  Downtown’s waterfront and majestic mountain vistas give way to suburban sprawl: rows of tract housing, congested freeways and industrial zones that speak to the city’s blue-collar roots.  But sandwiched in the midst of all this is an oft-overlooked bit of natural splendor: the Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam, about a 40-minute drive southeast of the city.

Now, Colony Farm is no Stanley Park.  It has no waterfront or old growth forests or anything like that.  But it’s remarkable precisely because it’s a lush, intact piece of nature hemmed in on all sides by major highways, housing developments and even a pair of psychiatric hospitals.   I stopped by on a recent weekend and explored the park by bike.

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Vancouver ‘burbs: Colony Farm Park in Coquitlam