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May Events in Vancouver 2014

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

May 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy month in Vancouver, not only is it the beginning of Official tourist season what with the arrival of the Cruise Ships, it is also the time when our weather is becoming sunnier and warmer and that means the festivities start to commence! We cannot wait and are looking forward to a great Summer season ahead of us.

Here are a list of Events to look out for in May – it is a jammed packed month so we are sure you will be kept busy!

EVERY THURSDAYS of every Month
Forbidden Vancouver City Walking Tours
On Prohibition City you explore the strange, corrupt and colourful history of prohibition-era Vancouver. Hear of the unlikely alliance of temperance campaigners and anti-saloon activists who together convinced the province to go dry back in 1917. Discover what life was like under prohibition, with stories of blind pigs, private members clubs, corruption, bootlegging, and free-flowing medicinal liquor. And learn the stories of the city’s most notorious mayor, LD Taylor, its most beautiful showgirl and its greatest rum-runners.
Website: http://forbiddenvancouver.ca/home/prohibition-city/

Fairview Pub – Thursday Night Jazz
One of Vancouver’s best venues for live Jazz, Rhythm & Blues entertainment. This legendary Vancouver pub is popular with locals and guests alike and features live music and drink specials at the full-service bar. Our popular Thursday Night Jazz features John Nolan Jazz trio followed by the house band. Visit us online for schedule of upcoming shows.
Website: http://www.fairviewpub.ca

MOTHERS DAY in Vancouver – May 11th
There are plenty of options for Mother to enjoy her day – take a look at this comprehensive list courtesy of About.com Vancouver http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/tp/mothersday.htm

Soul Reflexions Spa
If you really want to pamper Mother we do recommend a great Spa that is in the local neighbourhood and run by Zsuzsanna Szokendi – it is just a few minutes walk away from us, a very initimate setting and at a great price! Mum will be happy.
Website: www.soulreflexions.com

NIGHT MARKETS
The Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night Market 2014 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just 1 block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 8 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests & hundreds of give-away prizes. Come & spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping & eating paradise with you.
Website: http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

Vancouver Chinatown Night Market
The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music, delicious snacks & ethnic food…etc.
Vancouver Chinatown Night Market
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Venue: Keefer St. / Main St. (Between Main & Columbia St.
Website: http://vancouverchinatownnightmarket.com/

FAIRGROUND – Playland at the PNE Vancouver May 3 – Sept 21, 2014
The Playland amusement park is now ready to open its doors for the 2014 season
The Park is also home to the PNE and the Hastings Race Course – the Playland Amusement park itself is Canada’s oldest amusement park, it opened its doors to the public way back in the 1950s and still has the original wooden Rollercoaster in operation, which has been entertaining thrill seekers since 1958, there are also 2 other rollercoaster rides at Playland.
Website: http://www.pne.ca/playland/

MARATHON – Vancouver May 4, 2014
Named as one of the Top 10 Destination Marathons, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a 42.2 kilometre (26.2 miles) adventure past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s bustling Seawall.
Website: http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/

CHILDRENS EVENTS!
Vancouver International Children’s Festival 27th May to June 1st
A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival has been educating, entertaining & inspiring young audiences since 1978.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival moved to Granville Island in 2011, after 33 years at Vanier Park.
Website: http://http://www.childrensfestival.ca

Springtime in Vancouver……Part 2 – Activities to explore.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

NORTH SHORE MOUNTAINS AND ACTIVITIES IN SPRING
Some of you may have heard that Vancouver just received a considerable amount of snowfall over the weekend although accumulations were at a premium in the downtown area, this was not the case for the rest of the greater Vancouver area. This comes as welcome relief for the Ski hills of Cypress mountain, Grouse mountain and Mount Seymour as the snow pack was looking a little thin up till this point, but with 3 days of constant snowfall it was the giddy up that the Ski hills sorely wanted.
This makes for excellent news for anyone who wants to see us in the Spring, and like we had mentioned in the first installment of this blog, in the Spring season you can get a few hours of Winter sports in – whether that be skiing, snowboarding or Snowshoeing, and then back down to sea level, you can enjoy a walk around the sea wall without feeling too cold, that sounds like a win win situation for us. It may also increase the chances of a late season for the hills, if we are to look at how last years season transpired, the hills were able to keep open until the first week of May, we are keeping everything crossed that this will happen again this year!

Grouse Mountain
This is one of the best seasons to visit Grouse and its not just for the Sporting activities which of course is the big draw up here. Grouse Mountain is home to many animals that cannot live in the wild due to injury or that fact that they were unable to learn the skills required to survive in their natural habitat. Grouse is home to many creatures who are now in a safe and comfortable environment where they are well looked after – you too can visit them when you are up there and as it is the spring season if they are the hibernating type of critter, they will be ready to wake up. The animals that you will get a chance to see are Grizzly Bears, Gray Wolves, Owls and the visiting Hummingbirds to name but a few.

Grouse Mountain endangered wildlife refuge: https://www.grousemountain.com/wildlife-refuge

Grouse Mountain Website: https://www.grousemountain.com/

Whale Watching
Whale watching season begins in March and typically runs till October. The Georgia Strait is in the direct path of these large mammals and have been wowing people for many many years. The various types of Whales that you can expect to see are Orca’s (Killer Whales), Gray Whales and various Dolphins which are the most common sightings. IOn some occasions we may even be treated to a visit from these amazing animals close to the Vancouver shoreline itself a very rare occurrence! A few years ago a single Gray Whale decided to meander its way up False Creek for a few days at a time, our guess is that there was a great deal on Fish at the Granville Island Market and the Whale wanted to see what was happening, and who can blame it?

There are various ways to watch the Whales with guided tours, we recommend Wild Whales Vancouver down at Granville Island, you can also make a reservation at the Front Desk at the Sunset Inn and Suites.

Wild Whales Vancouver: http://www.whalesvancouver.com/

VANCOUVER GARDENS
As you will have read in the previous Blog article before we wanted to share with you the sights that Vancouver has to offer when the plants and trees start their blooms. If you are into trees and plants then we highly recommend that you visit the local gardens in the area, and even take the trip over to Victoria to see what they have on show.
Queen Elizabeth Park – Van Dusen Gardens
Queen Elizabeth Park is located in the central area of Vancouver, its location is fantastic due to its elevation, you will find the park is on a hill that overlooks the entire city with unobstructed views of the Mountains and beyond. Van Dusen Gardens is such a delight for all plant lovers, the gardens are to be found among an abandoned quarry with some interesting geological features.

Van Dusen Gardens: http://vandusengarden.org/

Queen Elizabeth Park: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

In our next post we will inform you of all the major events that will be happening in Vancouver during March

6 Nations Rugby – Where to watch Europe’s major Rugby tournament.

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

We know that the Ice Hockey is by far the biggest draw in Canada when it comes to Contact Sports, and as far as contact sports go it is certainly all the rage out here, it was also all ‘the rage’ in the literal sense as it seems that lately there has been a bit more fisticuffs as opposed to the actual game being played once the puck has been dropped.

For anyone who is not sure what we are referencing, take a look up the last Vancouver Canucks game versus the Calgary Flames, this game certainly had it all when it comes to drama and a little dust up between players.
Check out the link and you will see what we are writing about: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/01/canucks-flames-fight-line-brawl-tortorella/

So on the subject of Contacts Sports, in a weeks time, Europe’s major Rugby Union tournament kicks off for the opening round of the RBS Six Nations. It is sure to be a great one this year as many see this championship as a wide open affair with many not sure who will take the title this year.

If you are from Europe or just a Rugby fanatic in general, then we will help you find where you catch the games live and enjoy the very best of Northern Hemisphere rugby.

DOOLINS BAR
Doolins Irish Bar/The Cellar will be hosting the games live in action and will show the replays later if the time of day is too much for you to watch live….but hey, its just not the same atmosphere on repeat. Either way, you will have the chance to watch the games in real time and with a bunch of Rugby Fanatics who love this particular tournament, it is usually a lively and boisterous crowd so the experience of watching the Europeans get a little feisty of fun on its own!

To see what time Doolins are opening and what the RBS 6 Nations Schedule looks like click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/727464030600045/

Admittedly there is some Bias here as the writer of this particular blog is very excited about the event, due to the Welsh roots and the fact the the Welsh Boys in red are chasing a Third Consecutive championship title, something a team has never achieved in the history of the entire tournament. This tournament has more weight to it as it is the penultimate showdown before the 2015 Rugby World Cup – so for the next season or so, the teams really want to step up as this is the start of the long campaign to the ultimate tournament in Rugby Union.

For more information on the Rugby World Cup 2015 click here: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

Here is a look at the highlights from last years celebrations after Wales played England with in the final match of the 2013 6 Nations championship – it was a memorable winners take all game and showcases some very good Rugby!

1st Half highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PWr_QCR7n4

2nd Half Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJMuEDuVi58

Looking for Winter sports gear?…….Try SPORTS JUNKIES!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Around Vancouver you will notice more and more of the locals and visitors will be all bundled up with a big Snowboard or Ski’s under their arms as they make their way up to the local Ski resorts. The Season has begun with a flying start with colder temperatures than what we are usually accustomed to at this time of year, which has been great news for hills as they have been able to get a head start with the Snow making machines. At the time of writing, the majority of the runs at each resort is now open or will be ready and running very very soon.

If you are interested in any of the Winter activities such as Snowboarding and Skiing you may want to find out where the best places are to purchase Winter Sporting Gear, so please check out the list below as these will help you find the best places to purchase or even sell Snow gear for the season.

SPORTS JUNKIES
Sports Junkies have been in operation for 20 years now and are known as one of the most reliable and popular stores in the city that will specifically suit your needs for Winter Sporting Goods.

The list below covers most but not all of what is sold at SJ
Used skis, new skis, used snowboards, new snowboards, used ski boots, new ski boots, cross country skis, cross country ski boots, ski helmets, ski gloves, new ski jackets, used ski jackets, new ski pants, used ski pants, new snowboards, used snowboards, new snowboard boots, used snowboard boots, ski poles, new road bikes, used road bikes, new mountain bikes, used mountain bikes, new hybrid bikes, used hybrid bikes, new commuter bikes, used commuter bikes, new kids bikes, used kids bikes, bike helmets, bike locks, bike parts, bike accessories, bike shorts, bike jackets, and more and more!

SJ will also buy used goods that you would rather sell and leave behind for cash if it is too much for you to take home, a lot of their supplies are purchased from around the globe via closeouts, old inventories, samples, demos and more – anything to get you a great price on gear.

They also offer rentals and leases of skis, snowboards and snowshoes. They also have a busy bike service center as well as a Ski and Board service center in the winter months.

Mount Pleasant
102 Broadway W
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P3
Phone number (604) 879-6000

WEBSITE: http://sportsjunkies.com/

The mountains have a dusting of snow…Time to think about the North Shore Mountain Ski Resorts!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Earlier in the week Vancouver witnessed the very first dusting of snow high up on the peaks of the North Shore mountains that overlook the city. It’s a nice change to see first hand the beginnings of the impending Winter that will be soon upon us in over a month and half’s time, and we do not complain, when the wet stuff is falling on our heads down here, the White fluffy flakes of snow will be falling in abundance guaranteeing the locals and visitors alike some Winter Alpine fun.

In this blog we will give you a detailed look at the 3 popular Ski Resorts of the North Shore Mountains that dominate the Vancouver Skyline and bring in various visitors from all over the world who love to Ski, Snowboard and more….

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN
A popular resort for Skiing and especially for those who prefer the more challenging runs then this will be the place for you. Cypress Mountain Ski Area is located in the West Vancouver area and is part of the Cypress Provincial Park which is avery popular area for Hiking in the Summer and long distance Skiing in the Winter.

Cypress mountain was also used for certain events during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games that was hosted between Vancouver and Whistler Mountain resorts, the climate leading up to the games had some worried as the weather was unusually warm leading up to the games which had an impact on the amount of Snow on the hills, as the pack was very very low, it was decided that snow would be transported in and extra time was given for the Snow Making machines to salvage the events due – and thankfully it was a success…huzzah! Cypress hosted all of the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding competitions (Moguls, Aerials, Ski Cross, half-pipe, snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom)

The Ski hill have 53 different Alpine Runs and 19 km cross country of trails which are extremely popular for Snowshoeing. Tours are available for many of these activities.

For further information: http://cypressmountain.com/

GROUSE MOUNTAIN
Probably the most well known of all 3 Ski hills, Grouse Mountain sits directly above the city of North Vancouver and is just one Bus Stop away from the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Grouse Mountain is a very popular destination all year round due to its well known hiking paths such as the Grouse Grind and its Summer activities at the top of the peak such as the Lumberjack shows, Eye in the Sky (Wind Turbine) Theater & Restaurant.

Skiing on Grouse is certainly the most popular for all ages and abilities, so if you are a complete newbie then this will be the ideal location for you to fin your feet so to speak, some runs are much more gentle than others.

The resort has 26 runs, half of which are lit for Night Skiing and Snowboarding The most prominent run on the mountain is the Cut, one of two beginner runs, which is easily visible from the Vancouver area. It runs alongside the Screaming Eagle chairlift. East of the Cut are several intermediate runs, which take skiers and snowboarders down to the Olympic Express, which accesses the mountain’s easternmost expert runs, most of which originate from the mountain’s 4,100-foot (1,200 m) peak. Grouse Mountain features three green (beginner), 15 blue (intermediate), six black diamond (advanced) and two double black diamond. There is also an Outdoor Ice Rink located in the Village.

For further information: http://www.grousemountain.com/

MOUNT SEYMOUR
Located above North Vancouver, Deep Cove (a popular area for kayaking in the Summer season) and the Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm waterways The resort has 4 lifts, the Mystery Peak Express quad chairlift, Brockton, and Lodge double chairlifts, and the Goldie Lake covered magic carpet. Seymour also offers great Snowshoeing trails that are very popular with groups or just as a solo excursion.

For further information: http://www.mountseymour.com/

Sports in Vancouver

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

If you are a fan of Sport, take a look at the most popular Sporting venues and click on their respective links for any events.

ICE HOCKEY (NHL)
VANCOUVER CANUCKS are the Senior Ice Hockey team that play in the Western Conference. They have had a good run of it over the last few years, even making it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, some of you may have heard about that one on the news…the Canucks Goalie Roberto Luongo was also the Goalie for the Canadian National Gold Medal winning team of 2011.
They play at the Rogers Arena which is opposite BC Place which is the home of the BC Lions and the Whitecaps.

http://canucks.nhl.com/

VANCOUVER GIANTS JUNIOR HOCKEY – The Canucks maybe the Big Boys of the game, however there are the Juniors to watch and they are great, its fast and its the new batch for the future…
You can watch them at their home stadium at The Pacific Coliseum

http://www.vancouvergiants.com/

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (CFL)
The BC Lions play their home games at BC PLACE which is also a venue for major Concerts and other extravagant events.
Their original home was at Empire Stadium from 1954 to 1982 until they moved to bigger pastures at BC place.
They currently play in the Western Conference and are the only team to have won THE GREY CUP.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
THE VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FOOTBALL TEAM are the local Soccer team who play at BC Place, in their inaugural season they were playing temporarily at the Empire Stadium near the PNE in East Vancouver. The Whitecaps are the first Western team to qualify for the MLS League Playoffs.
The team has become very popular with some major signings from very well established players coming from Major Top Tier Soccer leagues from around the world.

http://www.whitecapsfc.com/bc-place

BASEBALL
THE VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL TEAM are part of the Baseball Minor League and play their home games at The Scotia Bank Field at NAT BAILEY STADIUM which is very close to QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
The team are affiliated with the TORONTO BLUE JAYS and they play in the NorthWest League.

http://www.milb.com/

WINTER OLYMPICS/PARA-OLYMPIC VENUES
It already seems an age to us since the 2010 WINTER OLYMPIC games were held in Vancouver and Whistler. Many of the venues used for the games have been mentioned above, stadia such as BC PLACE, ROGERS ARENA, THE PACIFIC COLISEUM were all used to host various events.

New modern state of the art Venues were created for the games and were built to be used for future Sports and Recreation such as the following.

RICHMOND OLYMPIC OVAL
A fantastic Venue that is to some the jewel in the crown of this major sporting event, the OVAL is quite an impressive facility that includes the following: State of the Art Gym Facilities (with over 100 different cardio focused equipment), 2 Olympic Sized Ice Rinks, 18 badminton courts, Soccer pitches, Basketball & Volleyball Courts, and much much more… http://richmondoval.ca/default.aspx

The Olympics also used Cypress Mountain for various Skiing & Halfpipe events http://cypressmountain.com/

For details on Whistler…click here…http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/

6 Nations Rugby Tournament begins February 2nd

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Europe’s biggest Rugby Tournament the RBS 6 NATIONS RUGBY kicks off tomorrow at 1.30pm GMT.

Various Bars in Vancouver may be showing the game live if you can stomach the early morning start. The first game to kick off will be Wales V Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales – kicking off at 5.30am (Pacific time). Followed by Scotland V England at Twickenham in London – kicking off at 8am. (Pacific time)

On Sunday it will be Italy V France at the Stadio Flamingo in Italy – kicking off at 7am (Not too sure if this will be shown live in the bars)

You can catch the games on http://www.tsn.ca/rugby/

We have searched and searched what bars are showing the games in Vancouver, and at this time we are not too sure whom or where…however, if you happen to be in Victoria, you can catch the games at The Strathcona Hotel http://www.strathconahotel.com