Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim Turns 100! Plus 4 Other Places to Polar Bear Swim in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim. Photo credit: Sherwood411 on Flickr

If you’ve never jumped into the ocean on New Year’s Day before, next year might be the time to start. Vancouver’s legendary Polar Bear Swim celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020! Plus, there are four other Vancouver-area Polar Bear Swims happening on New Year’s Day.

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Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim Turns 100! Plus 4 Other Places to Polar Bear Swim in Metro Vancouver

BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

Racers at the 2017 Gastown Grand Prix. Photo via GlobalRelayGGP.org

If you want to catch some of North America’s best cyclists in action, check out BC Superweek. From July 5-14 the Vancouver area hosts nine different pro cycling races in six different communities. Each race has a slightly different format, but they all take place on local streets so they’re free to watch. The racing gets pretty exciting as the athletes can hit speeds of up to 70kph! Plus, many of the races have fun extras like kids events, live music, or beer gardens.

There are two main types of races in the series. A criterium is a race where riders do laps around the same short circuit, jockeying for position. There is a lot of sprinting. (Tip: If you want to sound like a pro, call it a “crit”.) The road race is more of an endurance event where the cyclists race a longer course. Both are pretty fun to watch. Here’s a full listing of all the races you can check out.

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BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

Rock Legends

Siwash Rock Sunset Photo: Rob Weiss

From the Commodore Ballroom to Empire Stadium and Rogers Arena, Vancouver has a rich and colourful rock history. Bands like U2, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, Nirvana, KISS and the Police have played our city, yet for those who like to venture outside, there are two headliners that always sell out!   Like their musical counterparts, Siwash Rock and White Rock are true rock legends!

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Rock Legends

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

Sandcastle on White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

It doesn’t take much to build the perfect sandcastle. All you need is some soft sand, a healthy splash of water, and something to mold the mud, and you’re all set to build a beachside masterpiece. Add a dose of sunshine and your summertime beach day is complete.

Whether you’re a sculptor extraordinaire, or a sand stomper who prefers to squish the structures between your toes, a trip to one of these 5 best beaches to build sandcastles in Vancouver will have you building your own real estate like a pro.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

A Walk on the Pier: Road Trip to White Rock

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Photo: R. Weiss

Who can resist a walk on pier? From Santa Monica to Brighton Beach, piers around the world have come to symbolize coastal living. One of my favourite local walks is along the White Rock pier and promenade. Built in the 1920’s the White Rock pier attracts residents and tourists year round. Recently, in a push to put White Rock on the map, city staffers attempted to determine if the pier ranked as the longest wooden structure in Canada. Unfortunately, the City of White Rock lost the title for Canada’s longest pier to Port Neuf, Quebec. Nonetheless, at 1,500 feet long a stroll along the pier is well worth the road trip to the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

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A Walk on the Pier: Road Trip to White Rock