Cycling Around Vancouver During the Pandemic

Cycling the West Dyke Trail in Richmond near Vancouver, BC

Cycling the West Dyke Trail in Richmond. Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

Biking is having a moment during COVID-19. There are more cyclists on the roads and bike sales are off the charts. Here are some COVID-safe tips for cycling around Vancouver during the pandemic, including our picks for physically distant bike routes.

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Cycling Around Vancouver During the Pandemic

5 reasons to discover the Richmond Night Market (opening May 10!)

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Image from the Richmond Night Market | Facebook.com

There’s no other way of saying it, the Richmond Night Market is epic.

First founded in 2000 by entrepreneur Raymond Cheung, the Richmond Night Market has grown from modest beginnings since its first location at the Continental Centre on Cambie Road.

Now, the Richmond Night Market is the largest Night Market in North America and has become an international attraction, attracting over 1 million visitors each year.

The opening date of this hotly anticipated annual event is fast approaching and we can’t help but get excited for an upcoming summer of food, shopping, and entertainment! In anticipation of the event, let’s take a look at some of the top 5 things to discover once the Richmond Night Market opens for the 2019 season!

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5 reasons to discover the Richmond Night Market (opening May 10!)

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Blenz Coffee | Photo: Blenz Coffee (Instagram)

When you’re a parent, nothing pairs better with rambunctious children than a caffeine-forward cuppa joe and a great outdoor space to let your kids run free. Fortunately, Vancouver is filled with coffee shop patios that are situated only steps away from the city’s best parks and playgrounds, so parents can relax while their kids get their wiggles out.

Here are 4 places to grab a coffee that are adjacent to playgrounds – perfect for parents who want to caffeinate and chill while their children play outside.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Kids in Vancouver: 6 Spots To Enjoy An Evening Stroll

9 O’Clock Gun, Stanley Park | Photo: Anthony Maw (Flickr)

The museums, shops, and tourist stops have closed for the night, and you’ve gobbled down your delicious dinner, but you’re not quite ready to hit the hay. What is there to do when the sun has set and you have restless little ones who aren’t ready to go to bed?

As the Spring weather warms and the smell of sweet blossoms fill the air, there’s no better time to wrap up your day with a quiet stroll through some of Vancouver’s most scenic spots. Here are just 6 places to enjoy an evening stroll in and around the city.

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Kids in Vancouver: 6 Spots To Enjoy An Evening Stroll

Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park

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Richmond Nature Park Photo: Rob Weiss

The intersection of Highway 99 and Westminster Highway in Richmond, seems an unlikely place to connect with nature! Jumbo Jets thunder overhead and the roar of traffic is difficult to ignore, yet as I wandered along the Richmond Nature Park trails I quickly found myself leaving the frantic pace of city life behind me.  I was immersed in nature and it felt fantastic!  Surprisingly, many long time residents are unaware that this fabulous 200-acre natural oasis exists on the edge of town.  Strolling along the trails, it didn’t take long to realize that I was exploring a peat bog.  Interested in learning about this unique habitat, I paid a visit to the Nature House.  Interactive displays, and games designed for the younger crowd, told the story of the raised peat bog habitat that historically covered a large portion of Lulu Island.  In fact, 10,000 years ago visitors to the Richmond Nature Park would have been swimming in the Strait of Georgia! Today, the landscape is evolving as Pine and Birch trees begin to transform the bog into forest.

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Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park

Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

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The streets of Kidtropolis | Photo: Kidtropolis

Imagine a miniature city – its streets lined with decorative lamp posts and colourful store fronts. Complete with a hospital, a pizzeria, a grocery store, a theatre – all of the amenities of a real-life metropolis, with the buildings of the tiny town reaching no higher than 6 feet tall. All it takes is one ingredient to bring this magical city to life: imagination.

Kidtropolis, a new play place located in Richmond, BC, offers a refreshing take on indoor play spaces for kids. Packed with real props, costumes, and life-like architecture, the 17,000 square foot city is jam-packed with imagination stations – perfect for a day of pretend play. I recently visited this charming cityscape with my 3 children (ages 2, 6, and 8), and they absolutely loved it. Here are some of the highlights from our visit. Continue reading:
Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

While the quaint seaside village of Steveston has reached peak popularity thanks to fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time – who visit the spot looking to scope out the real-life version of the town where the show’s story takes place, the village is loved by locals for the real-life magic that the whimsical town has to offer. While the heritage fishing village of Steveston  features the perfect combination of modern, eclectic shops, diverse dining options, and historic sites, it is also an ideal destination for picnic lunches and frolicking in the sun while soaking up the surrounding scenery.

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Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston