Catch a Free Production of Romeo and Juliet at Sunset Beach

From August 20th-31st, catch a free production of Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and JulietMnemonic Theatre presents the story of star-crossed lovers outdoors in the fresh air on Sunset Beach. The show runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7pm and Sunday August 25th and Saturday August 31st at 2pm. Look for the flags on Sunset Beach just south of Jervis St and Beach Ave. Bring a towel to sit on and a blanket to keep warm and watch the infamous love story unfold on Vancouver’s shores.

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Catch a Free Production of Romeo and Juliet at Sunset Beach

Best Spots to Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks

Photo credit: Klim Levene | Flickr

Vancouver’s annual fireworks event, the Celebration of Light competition, is back this weekend! Every year, different countries compete with a dazzling array of pyrotechnics over English Bay. This year, the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 27th, 2013: United Kingdom
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013: Canada
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013: Thailand

But the Celebration of Light is more than just fireworks. In addition to being the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world, the fireworks are preceded by SHOREfest, a live music concert series, and an airshow featuring pilot Pete McLeod. So where’s the best place to take in all the action?

English Bay Beach
The best view is arguably from English Bay Beach at the end of Davie and Denman Street. Here is where you can catch headliners Serena RyderDaniel Wesley, and Mother Mother playing before the fireworks begin, and nearby vendors, restaurants, and washrooms make the location prime. However, be prepared for huge crowds. Arriving early to stake out a spot is a necessity, while driving is not an option. Use Translink to find out about bus route and stop changes during the fireworks and plan accordingly.

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Best Spots to Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks

Vancouver Beaches: A Photo Essay

English Bay Beach

The following photo essay was contributed by local Vancouver photographer Clayton Perry, exclusively for Inside Vancouver. In this photo essay Clayton takes a look at beaches around Vancouver.

When I was asked to do a photo-essay on Vancouver’s beaches, I was a little worried…to be honest, I didn’t think that I had enough images to make it worth the while and fall had already snuck up on us so the chance of me getting any good images this year is basically gone with the wind as it were…but as I looked through my database of images, I began to realize that I have quite a few images of beaches around the Vancouver area. I know there are literally dozens of great beaches and swimming holes around the Lower Mainland and I am sure that I am going to miss some of your favourites. Although we’re not really “world famous” for our beaches, at least not as much as we are for our mountains, I think Vancouver has some incredible places to lay your towel down, and people watching on the Kits Beach boardwalk rivals an afternoon on Venice Beach any summer day.

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Vancouver Beaches: A Photo Essay

Downtown Beaches: An ode to city swimming

English Bay (First) Beach

It’s no secret that Vancouver has some incredible urban beaches.  In fact, last year National Geographic Traveler recognized Vancouver as one of the top 10 beach cities in the world.

But what sometimes goes unnoticed is exactly how urban Vancouver’s beaches really are.  We’re not talking about lovely suburban strands where you can see the distant city skyline.  We’re talking about beaches that actually brush right up against skyscrapers, in some of the most densely populated real estate on the West Coast.

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Downtown Beaches: An ode to city swimming