Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! No, it’s the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival…

The rare Philippine Eagle is the subject of the documentary Bird of Prey, screening at Science World as part of the first Vancouver International Bird Festival.

The birds are coming. And they’re bigger, badder and beakier than ever.

Besides being a popular pastime in North America, Japan and Europe, birdwatching has spawned over 200 festivals in the U.S. and Canada. This year, to coincide with the 27th International Ornithological Congress at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival takes place (Aug. 19 to 26).

It will be the biggest bird festival ever held in Canada. The Congress expects to attract 3,000, while the festival is expected to bring 30,000 birdwatchers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts to events in and around the city. (According to Wiki, as of July of this year, 576 species have been documented in B.C.) Events include Return of the Hipster Birdwatcher, bird-themed improv comedy, and a talk by Jennifer Ackerman, author of the bestselling The Genius of Birds.

Here are some highlights of the festival.

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! No, it’s the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival…

Get Around Like a Local – 6 Places in Vancouver Worth Taking Public Transit To

One of my favourite things about living in Vancouver is how you can get anywhere in the city, and to some great day trip places, via public transit. There isn’t really any need to drive anywhere. Which is just as well because driving in any city can be a bit of a pain!

I’ve been taking Vancouver’s public transit all my life and I’ve got the TransLink routes locked down. While I’m always a firm believer of walking everywhere, sometimes you need to hop on the train. Here is a quick recap of the convenient and accessible transit options* and six of my favourite attractions worth taking them to!

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Get Around Like a Local – 6 Places in Vancouver Worth Taking Public Transit To

Florence, The Killers, and Mudhoney top two September music festivals in Vancouver

Florence + The Machine come to the Skookum Festival to promote their fourth album, High as Hope.

Two festivals in Vancouver this September should be enough to satisfy any music fans—and maybe some foodies, too.

Produced by Vancouver-based BrandLive, the inaugural Skookum Festival runs Sept. 7-9 in Stanley Park. Featured headliners include The Killers and Florence + The Machine, along with international indie-rock sensations like St. Vincent, Father John Misty, and War on Drugs. The festival has a food and visual arts component as well.

Then, from Sept. 13-16, the Westward Music Festival takes over Vancouver’s downtown and East Van live music venues. Now in its second year, and produced by Western Canadian concert promoter MRG, the lineups feature an eclectic mix of American, Canadian and local acts. Headliners include Angel Olsen, Mudhoney, and Kelela.

For more info on both festivals, see below.

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Florence, The Killers, and Mudhoney top two September music festivals in Vancouver

Broadway classic and beloved fairytale this summer at Theatre Under the Stars

Mallory Jame and Tré Cotten in TUTS’ Cinderella.

Want to enjoy some outdoor theatre this summer in Vancouver? This year’s Theatre Under the Stars shows are Cinderella and 42nd Street. The two shows alternate nights at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park beginning July 4 and running until Aug. 18. Find out more below.

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Broadway classic and beloved fairytale this summer at Theatre Under the Stars

People Amongst the People in Stanley Park

Photo: Flickr G.S. Matthews

Standing in silence, gazing up at the magnificent Totem Poles located in the heart of Stanley Park, I was thankful for the chilly, misty day. The moody weather served to keep the crowds away, and I found myself alone amongst the poles at Brockton Point. Easily one of our city’s most frequented tourist attractions, it is extremely unusual to be standing solo amongst these magnificent, historical pieces. Masterfully crafted, each intricate pole tells a unique and compelling story. Captivated, I took my time and carefully studied the poles.

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People Amongst the People in Stanley Park

These are a few of my favourite things – Spring in Vancouver

Spring in Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” Perhaps Maria, from The Sound of Music missed Vancouver in the spring? Personally, I would suggest spring in our fair city is chock a block full of favourite things. Like a blank canvas waiting for paint, Vancouver evolves out of the grey, dark, misty winter with a blast of colour. As we celebrate the well earned, and yearned for, first day of spring, I would like to share with you a list of my favourite things.

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These are a few of my favourite things – Spring in Vancouver

A Fishy Story in Stanley Park

Photo: Rob Weiss

An epic and timeless battle plays out in annually in our beautiful province. From late summer until early winter salmon valiantly fight their way back from the ocean to their home rivers where they first hatched. Without a doubt, this is the stuff of legends and folklore! It is difficult to articulate the impact a single fish has had on the people of BC, but suffice it to say the salmon run is unquestionably a marvel of nature.

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A Fishy Story in Stanley Park