Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Lower Lonsdale

Welcome to Lower Lonsdale!

Situated along the waterfront in North Vancouver and showcasing picture-perfect views of downtown Vancouver’s skyline, Lower Lonsdale is one of North Vancouver’s oldest and fastest-growing urban neighbourhoods. Boasting a rich shipbuilding history, the neighbourhood’s Shipyards District has blossomed into a hub of independent shops, restaurants and breweries, and specialty food shops. Lower Lonsdale is a scenic 12-minute Seabus ride from downtown; once visitors reach the dock, they’ll find plenty to keep them occupied.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Lower Lonsdale

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Kid-Friendly Patios For Sun-Loving Parents

Tap & Barrel, Olympic Village | Photo: Bianca Bujan

There’s no better way to welcome the warmer weather than to spend an afternoon on a sun-drenched patio, sipping on ice cold drinks and taking in the colourful scenery while chatting with friends.

While many of Vancouver’s patios may be more suited for an adult audience, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots that welcome families too. Here are just 5 of the best kid-friendly patios that can be found in and around the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Kid-Friendly Patios For Sun-Loving Parents

Dine Out – With Friends!

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

It’s Dine Out Vancouver time again. Now in its 12th year, the festival has become one of the city’s premiere culinary events, and for 2014 features over 260 participating restaurants. Besides prix fixe menus at many of the city’s top eateries, Dine Out is also featuring dozens of special food-related events.

To help build excitement for the festival (Jan. 17-Feb. 2), Tourism Vancouver corraled a number of journalists, photographers and bloggers into sampling food and drink from some of this year’s 200+ participants. (Restaurants began taking reservations yesterday, Jan. 7, so if you have been thinking of going, hurry!)

On the evening in question, the assorted media types, including yours truly, gathered together at Tourism Vancouver HQ before dividing up into eight differently themed groups to be whisked away to various destinations. My group’s theme was Dine Out With Friends, and our destinations were… well, read on.

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Dine Out – With Friends!

Is Olympic Village the Hottest New Neighbourhood in Vancouver?

Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village. Photo credit: Canadian Veggie | Flickr

It’s been more than two years since I first wrote about the Village on False Creek – the brand new neighbourhood created from the 2010 Olympic Village.  And for much of that time, the much-hyped Village was pretty much a ghost town.

After the athletes moved out, few new tenants moved into all those gleaming new condo towers.  The original site developer went into receivership.  The thriving community promised in all of the real estate brochures never materialized.

But you just knew it was a matter of time.  How could a waterfront community situated a stone’s throw from downtown Vancouver not take off?

Well, I think it’s now safe to say that the Village on False Creek has officially turned a corner.  It could just be the hottest new neighbourhood in the city.   Here’s why.  Continue reading:
Is Olympic Village the Hottest New Neighbourhood in Vancouver?