Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

A “night at the Nat” just got a little more exciting.

Vancouver’s historic Nat Bailey Stadium, home of the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball team, is in the last stages of a major expansion, leading up to opening night on June 26.

An additional 750 seats have been added to the 1951 ballpark, bringing capacity up to an estimated 5,907 seats. New bleachers extend down the left-field line, and there’s now bleacher seating just beyond the left-field fence. A new entrance on the third-base side of the stadium should help ease foot traffic during sold-out games.

In addition, the outfield fences have been moved in – making the Nat a more “hitter-friendly” park. (Translation: Expect more home runs in 2015.) The field now measures 320 feet, rather than 335 feet, down both foul lines, and the soaring 20-foot-high outfield fence has been replaced with a 4-foot-high fence. (Expect some exciting home-run stealing grabs by outfielders this season, as well.) Continue reading:
Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener

Vancouver’s Playland Amusement Park Getting $80-million Facelift

8202639344_6e065fc2b2_zVancouver’s famous Wooden Roller Coaster may be getting a little sprucing up.

Playland at the Pacific National Exhibition – the nearly century-old amusement park on the edge of downtown Vancouver – is about to begin an $80-million restoration project. The massive undertaking, set to start next fall and be completed over 13 years, will increase the size of the park by 50 percent, from 6 hectares to 9 hectares.

Playland and the PNE have a long, storied history in Vancouver. Hastings Park, home of Playland, was given to Vancouver by the province back in 1889.  The first annual PNE Fair took place way back in 1910.  Happyland, the precursor to Playland, opened in 1926.

Over the years, however, Playland has started to show its age.  Some of its signature rides, like the 1958 Wooden Roller Coaster and the 1960 Wave Swinger, are more than a half-century old, while many others, including the Scrambler, Pirate Ship, and Log Flume date from the 1980s.  The renovation plans call for modernizing rides while also “introducing a softer, more welcoming look and feel,” according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.

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Vancouver’s Playland Amusement Park Getting $80-million Facelift

BC Home + Garden Show 2014, Feb. 19-23 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

BC Home + Garden Show

BC Home + Garden Show

Gearing up for a home makeover? The 41st annual BC Home + Garden Show will offer real advice, real inspiration and real experts to help prep for any home improvement project, be it a basic décor update or a major renovation. From February 19-23, 2014 at BC Place Stadium, guests will hear expert suggestions from the best in the biz, get style stimulation from a slew of exciting new features and shop the show (read: 425 top-notch exhibitors), all under one roof. Satisfaction guaranteed – or the cost of admission is on us.

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BC Home + Garden Show 2014, Feb. 19-23 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Heritage Home Tour June 2

Vancouver Heritage House Tour

One of the houses on the Vancouver Heritage House Tour. Photo courtesy Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

On a list of Vancouverites’ top complaints – besides rain and public transit prices – is the city’s apparent ruthlessness when it comes to protecting the young settlement’s heritage.

Happily, some homeowners take it upon themselves to preserve Vancouver history and, often, improve upon it. And you can see some of Vancouver’s finest heritage homes on a tour Sunday June 2. More details after the jump. Continue reading:
Heritage Home Tour June 2

Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The Special Vancouver Special!

What is people’s usual reaction when a Vancouver Special is mentioned? Animosity? Aversion? Or, an appreciation of the potential coolness in these houses? Join The Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s tour on Saturday, September 22nd and check out 5 re-imagined and renovated Specials, where the homeowners maximized their potential!
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Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Free Ticket Giveaway!)