Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

BC boasts a bounty of beautiful lakes, attracting tourists from around the world to swim, boat and enjoy a quiet lakeside getaway, but there are some lesser-known watering holes located right in the Metro Vancouver area that are equally as enchanting.

All less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, these 4 lakes are worth the short trek, even if some are not suitable for swimming. Stroll, bike, bird watch, picnic or play in one of these sweet little sanctuaries, without having to leave the comforts of the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Labour Day weekend!  Plan the last long weekend of the summer with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Monday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

2013 Illuminares Lantern Festival – 25 Light Years (Win an Artist-Made Lantern!)

Lantern in Tree @ Illuminares Festival

WHEN: July 20, 2013 from 6:00pm to 10:30pm

WHERE: Around Trout Lake in John Hendry Park

The Public Dreams Society is pleased to announce the 2013 Illuminares Lantern Festival will take place on Saturday, July 20, at its traditional location around East Vancouver’s Trout Lake. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the iconic community festival, and for this edition of their signature event they are marking that milestone with the theme ’25 Light Years’.

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2013 Illuminares Lantern Festival – 25 Light Years (Win an Artist-Made Lantern!)

National Aboriginal Day 2013 in Vancouver

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/Dannielle Hayes

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/Dannielle Hayes

Each year multitudes of people across Canada celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21. Set aside to recognize the diversity of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples from coast to coast to coast National Aboriginal Day celebrations can include everything from pow-wows, to singing to lahal. If anything, National Aboriginal Day in Vancouver is a great opportunity to learn about British Columbia’s 200-plus First Nations communities – from Haida Gwaii to Fort Nelson, Atlin to Cranbrook.

Some of my favourite parts of National Aboriginal Day include munching on local staples like salmon, attending community celebrations hosted by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre or learning about our local Coast Salish neighbours such as the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. In Vancouver,  there is a variety of rich and authentic cultural experiences to mark this special day. Continue reading:
National Aboriginal Day 2013 in Vancouver

Illuminares Lantern Festival Returns to Trout Lake this Saturday, July 21

Illuminares Lanterns at Trout Lake. Photo: Public Dreams

Since its initial cancellation in 2008, the Illuminares Lantern Festival—formerly one of the most popular summer events in East Van—has been hard to find: It was back at Trout Lake (its original home) in 2009, then moved to Gastown in 2010 and Canada Place in 2011.

This year, the Lantern Festival returns to Trout Lake, buoyed by a huge swell in community support. Haunting and poetic—and fun, too—the Illuminares Lantern Festival, which includes gorgeous lanterns, the traditional processional around the lake, live music, interactive art installations, and a grand finale (a spectacular 30-person fire show by Radiant Heat) is an event that shouldn’t be missed.

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Illuminares Lantern Festival Returns to Trout Lake this Saturday, July 21

Vancouver’s Best Little Park? You make the call!

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When it comes to green spaces, Vancouver has some heavy hitters.  There’s 1,000-acre Stanley Park, always tops on visitors to-do lists.  Not to mention the world-class VanDusen Botanical Garden and classically elegant Queen Elizabeth Park.

But there are also hundreds of smaller parks in the city that offer their own charms and rewards.   Some of these – like tiny Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown – are neighbourhood gems that relatively few people know about.  Others – like Oppenheimer Park in Strathcona – are well known and loved but rarely get the praise they deserve.

The common denominator is that these parks, although relatively small, pack a big punch.  They have a great community feel, offer a quick getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city, and showcase Vancouver at its finest – lush, green, fresh and friendly.  So, I’d like to hear from you:

What’s your favourite “little” park in Vancouver?  Please share your picks by commenting below.  (For the record, you can define “little” however you’d like.  The idea is that these parks might not be on everyone’s radar).

I’ll start things off with a classic Vancouver park I visited over the weekend, Trout Lake.

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Vancouver’s Best Little Park? You make the call!