Category: Vancouver

Granville Island Markets and More

If you are visiting Vancouver, you should not miss Granville Island. Food, shopping, boats, artisans, entertainment and more. Food and shopping is what you’ve likely heard, but when I last walked onto the island, I noticed the first thing you see looking forward is the Theatresports venue, where you can enjoy improv. If you look behind you, you will see the Kids Market, which is a collection of toy stores and other fun things. Adults do not need children to enjoy that section. On the road heading to Granville Island Market, you will find unusual (i.e. not so branded) shops […]

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Vancouver Harbour Cruise

It’s nutty that I never went on a Harbour Cruise in Vancouver. Luckily someone at work decided this would be a good way to celebrate for our department. The cruise company provided food and a bar and even though it was a social event I had time to ponder how highly changeable the harbour becomes. It’s pretty industrial at first and is particularly eerie to see the structures for the Burnaby Terminal for the Trans Mountain Pipeline System. There’s so much debate about the expansion and to see the oil infrastructure with the creepy exhaust pipes that you think you […]

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar Yaletown

It has been over two years since I last went to Nero Belgian Waffle Bar in Vancouver. Too long in my view, but other obligations put my wife and I right beside the Seymour Street location. We were able to get a seat for two and could enjoy the light waffles. I had the opportunity to try a savoury salmon eggs benny from the brunch section and my wife had a fruit laden waffle from the breakfast menu. Perhaps the best part was the waffle itself, which was light. A lot of waffles leave you feeling heavy. Enjoy the unedited […]

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Kits Beach Pool Opens Victoria Day Weekend

Kits Beach Park Pool opens every Victoria Day weekend and for the first time in years, I managed to catch it when it was the long weekend and it was warm enough. The trick with opening weekend is to stay in the water once you are in the water and, when out of the water, return yourself to the sun to heat up. Shade is not a thermally suitable place. Kits Pool has this wonderful combination of very long lane lengths so that the people wanting a workout can get one, but also with nice shallow areas for kids to […]

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Vancouver Aquarium: Walruses, Sloths and Otters

We brought visiting family to the Vancouver Aquarium. I’ve been a member for years and don’t always take advantage of it. The best part is skipping the line for the membership line. I also had a couple of guest passes that I was able to use. It was between Christmas and New Year’s when we went and we started at 2 PM with a 5 PM closing time. We truly hit it lucky because we managed to hit three feeding times for the Sea Otters, the Walrus and one of the Sloths. The Sea Otters are endlessly cute and are […]

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Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2018

Bright Nights in Stanley Park is often referred to as the Christmas Train. If in Vancouver at Christmastime, come down to the Stanley Park and take in the massive Christmas light display. I did some Internet research and, apparently, there are 250,000 plus visitors each year. The charity that benefits from all this is the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. About 800 fire fighters put in 8,000 hours over 3 months to set up and tear down 3 million lights and associated decorations. We visited on Boxing Day and, by 5 PM, the woods and light are wonderfully magical. […]

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MeeT in Yaletown

Although chilly (5 degrees C) it was not raining and we decided to walk the two streets and look to see what restaurants took our fancy. A place called MeeT on Mainland was near to where we started and it was a burgers and beer kind of place but – it took a moment looking at the menu – it was entirely vegan. We continued to walk the two blocks. There were pubs, Italian, Greek, and a couple of chains like The Keg and Cactus Club. In the end I wanted to try MeeT because my wife, who is a […]

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The Ghost Train in Stanley Park 2018

This year in Vancouver‘s Stanley Park, the Ghost Train is entitled Jack O’Lantern’s Journey Through the Dark Forest. It is a more whimsical take on a Halloween theme and is based on the story of Jack, an Irish trickster who was cursed to live in-between heaven and hell, but managed to get an ember of coal so he could make a lantern from a turnip. The event is very family focused, but there’s just nothing to beat that miniature train ride through the dark woods. Note that you can drive, park for free. Buy tickets online mind you and you’ll […]

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Bard on the Beach 2018

Bard on the Beach in Vancouver is approaching its 30th birthday given it started in 1990. This year they put on As You Like It, Macbeth, Timon of Athens and Lysistrata, based on Aristophanes’ ancient play. My family took in As You Like It, which was set in 1960s Vancouver and included no less than 25 Beatles songs. What was so clever was the weaving in of the songs into the context of the play. And that it was not simply singing the songs, the players acted the songs. This helped As You Like It because, as a play, it […]

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The Telus World of Science

On August 20th my brother and I went on a “sibling date” to Science World. We live in Vancouver and had been before, but the exhibits had been modified since our last visit, so we decided to give it a go. The Telus World of Science opens at 10:00 AM, we arrived at 10:30 AM. There was already a fairly long line for tickets, and it looked from the outside as if many people were visiting the exhibits already. Once we got to the desk I asked for one youth ticket and one child ticket as I am 17 and […]

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