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Exploring Vancouver’s West End. Part 4. Parks and play areas.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

To end our series on the West End we will point you in the direction of the numerous parks in the district that you can enjoy. The parks and play areas in the West End vary in all shapes and sizes and appear in areas where you will least expect it, we want to make sure that you can get to enjoy these areas just as much as we do.

Green Space Parks within the West End
As built up as Vancouver seems to be you have to applaud the effort that has been made at integrating the Green spaces that seem to be dwindling from many other cities around the world.
As many people make their way into Vancouver for the first time you would not be wrong in thinking that the city just looks like it is a built up mass of Glass Skyscrapers, however, once you make your way to the West End area all is not what it seems. The West End has really done a great job with the immersion of nature and suburbia and many of the parks have their own unique style and charm, so we will guide you through them by starting with the smaller ‘hidden’ parks to the larger parks more well known parks in the area.

West End Garden Oasis among the Streets and Lanes.
Before we head to the larger parks in the area, take a small wander around the West End and look out for some of the many Bike Paths that connect the small streets to the more larger Streets that criss- cross the area, along some of these pathways you will come across cute mini gardens that are dotted all over the city. These areas are surprisingly cute and are awash with colour and all kinds of Plant and Tree life. These spots are quite good at nullifying the city noise and always have some cute animals going about their business, expect to be greeted by a Black or Gray Squirrel, or even later on in the day a Skunk or Raccoon will likely amble on its way.

One of the closest little gardens that connect the Bike Paths to the Streets in the city is just two very short blocks away on Burnaby St and the cross street of Jervis St, there is a really cute park with a cobbled pathway that is a used for biking as well as pedestrians, this is a stunning spot if you just need a small rest on your travels. It will take a little over 5 minutes to reach this little city Oasis.

Click on this interactive Map and you can check out where the local parks are situated in the West End.
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir//49.28718,-123.132167/@49.2871023,-123.1371274,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0?hl=en

Nelson Park & Mole Hill
Located just a couple of small blocks away from us & easily reached when you head North on Thurlow St – you will be there in 5 minutes.
After some major redevelopment in 2007 Nelson Park has been treating our local neighbourhood for quite some time now, it looks beautiful at all times of the year, but is particularly striking in the Spring (with blooms) and Fall (with the falling leaves in the park).
At this park you will find a play area for the little kids, some nice benches dotted all around – and one quarter of the park is a dedicated Off Leash Dog park, where the pooches are allowed to be unleashed and run amok without a care in the world.
Mole Hill
Like we had mentioned in previous Blogs, the West End has many areas that are classified as heritage building, well, Mole Hill which is situated next door to Nelson Park is a whole block of Co Op Heritage Houses that have been kept in excellent shape by the people for the people who reside there.
The Alley and gardens are stunning and if you go for a little exploration in the area, you will find that half along the Alley you will come across a small pathway that connects the Alley to Nelson St, here, you will find a cute small creek and a little bench, its a really nice ‘secret’ nook where you can have a small moment among the flowers and trees.
Where? Thurlow St and Nelson St

Barclay Heritage Square
As we have also mentioned in previous blogs Barclay Square is surrounded by some very interesting Heritage Buildings that lets you step back in time at what Vancouver looked like at the end of the 1800s.
whether you are a local or visitor the Barclay Square gardens are among many a really nice and tranquil spot to enjoy all year round. The Gardens are well kept and are inviting for all who wish to laze around and enjoy the natural colours that flowers, shrubs and trees can offer!
Where? Barclay St, Broughton St and Nicola St

Alexandra Park
Just nestled into the corner of the West End where English Bay meets False Creek this corner nook is a great place to watch the ocean without stepping foot onto the sandy beach. You can enjoy people watching here if that is your kind of thing to do, and you can even check out the stunning Bandstand that is the center piece of Alexandra Park. The park has been around for over 100 years and the Bandstand is exactly 100yrs old this year opening up for the public in 1914.
Where? Beach Ave and Burnaby St

Sunset Beach Park
Sunset Beach park overlooks Sunset Beach of course! This just a small 5 minute walk down the steep hill from the hotel, the Park overlooks Sunset Beach and False Creek and is a hit among all the locals here, you get amazing views of English Bay, Bowen Island and some of Vancouver Island from here, and you can also enjoy a play Hockey, kick around of a football or skateboard and Rollerblade in the designated play areas here.

So get out there and enjoy the Green Spaces among the concrete Jungle!

Welcome to the Hollywood north…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

There has been quite the buzz in the air this week due to some very famous musicians coming to town. Last night we had Sir Paul McCartney pay our town a visit, and by all accounts he was pretty awesome, and tonight Vancouver welcomes ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen to entertain us.

It was Mr McCartney’s first visit back to the city after he last toured here with a band he used to be the bass player and sometime songwriter with, you may well have had heard of them….

Back on August 22nd 1964 a British band called The Beatles were riding high as their meteoric rise to fame as the leaders of the British Invasion came to Canada for the first time at The Empire Stadium. Playing in front of over 20,000 people with a set that included just 11 songs 48 years ago. This set was very different, not only was he playing to an audience of over 60,000 – he also had plenty more songs to play with too, armed with material that spanned his whole career as a Beatle, Wings front-man and solo work it was to be a long set, 3 hours to be precise…not bad for a man in his 70s.

Vancouver and Toronto are known to many as the Hollywood north due to their locations being used for the film industry, but as you can see from the kind of musicians that come to tour here, it draws all kinds of entertainment in this very eclectic cultural scene. Vancouver really prides itself as the cultural hub of Canada, between Toronto and here you will do no wrong with the entertainment scene.

Many live acts that come to Vancouver use the city to either begin or end some of their mammoth world tours, the stadium used for some of the bigger acts are BC Place which is home to the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps, or Rogers Arena which is the home of Vancouver Canucks Hockey.

The reference of Vancouver and Toronto being known as the Hollywood north is not something we say facetiously, it really is the case.
Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Film Studio, the largest studio outside of Los Angeles.

Many many films have been recorded in and around Vancouver and the biggest one that has many tourists flocking here is none other than The Twilight films. This film is currently flying high at the box office and Vancouver is very proud to be used to film this popular series.

So choose the Sunset Inn and Suites as somewhere to stay if you are here for an event, we are located close enough to these venues to walk and just outside the noisy buzz of the downtown core so you can get a well earned rest after the buzz has died down.

http://www.rogersarena.ca


www.bcplacestadium.com/

For the best listings of entertainment click on the links below to see what is happening in around the city, and also check the calender for listings and links.

www.straight.com

www.tourismvancouver.com/do/entertainment/