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British Columbia

Pound the Pavement: Vancouver Sun Run

By SHERI RADFORD

More than 45,000 participants will participate in Canada's largest 10K road race. (Photo: ©RyanFaas/istockphoto.com)

More than 45,000 participants will participate in Canada’s largest 10K road race. (Photo: ©RyanFaas/istockphoto.com)

Losing weight isn’t easy. Each year, thousands of Vancouverites make a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, and many set their sights on the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 19). In 2014, more than 45,000 participants signed up for Canada’s largest 10K road race. Along its picturesque route, live entertainment and the gorgeous backdrop of ocean and mountains—not to mention throngs of cheering spectators—help to take competitors’ minds off the hard work of completing 10 km (6.2 mi). And running through this city’s gorgeous scenery is always better than a day at the office.

Win! Two Tickets to the Where to Dine Awards

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If we had to choose one day out of the year as our favourite, it just might be our annual Where to Dine Awards event. Throughout the year, our well-travelled readers sip and sample the finest food and drink in Vancouver before casting a vote (or five) on their flavourful finds.

This year, the event will be held on April 28 from 2-4 pm at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Nibble hors d’ouevres, sip fine wines and beers, and rub shoulders with Vancouver’s best chefs. Thanks to our generous sponsors, everyone leaves with a gift bag at the end.

We’re giving away two tickets to the 2015 Where to Dine event! Here’s how to win:

1. On Twitter (1 entry): Tell us why you want to attend Where Vancover‘s Where to Dine Awards on Apr. 28 from 2-4 pm for your chance to win 2 tickets! Be sure to tag @wherevancouver and include hashtag #WhereToDineAwards in your tweet.

2. On Instagram (1 entry): Follow @wherevancouver, regram the contest post, and tell us why you want to attend Where Vancover‘s Where to Dine Awards on Apr. 28 from 2-4 pm. Be sure to tag @wherevancouver and include hashtag #WhereToDineAwards in your post.

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More Than Just Books

By SHERI RADFORD

Cozy Whistler Public Library (Photo: Reactive Design Inc.)

Cozy Whistler Public Library. (Photo: Reactive Design Inc.)

Sink into a comfy chair in Whistler’s living room, better known as the Whistler Public Library. Part community hub, part resource centre, this spectacular building—with even more spectacular views—features an abundance of free events, such as story time for kids, workshops, games nights and film screenings. Visitors from elsewhere in British Columbia can borrow materials using the free BC OneCard program, while those from farther afield need to purchase a $10 temporary membership. Bonus: all guests can make use of the Wi-Fi, printer and scanner. Just like home? Even better, because most homes don’t contain thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more.

Ariana Grande at Rogers Arena

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Pop superstar Ariana Grande. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

Pop superstar Ariana Grande. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

Make no mistake about it: diminutive pop diva Ariana Grande has a voice that is larger than life. Her smash single “Problem” topped the charts in 65 countries and catapulted Grande to superstardom. The singer-songwriter is taking hits like “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder” on the road to promote her latest album, My Everything. Catch the pint-sized powerhouse at Rogers Arena, Apr. 16.

5 Garden Delights

By TIM PAWSEY

Shaughnessy Restaurant is nestled in VanDusen Botanical Garden. (Photo: KK Law)

Shaughnessy Restaurant is nestled in VanDusen Botanical Garden. (Photo: KK Law)

Welcome, springtime! Grab a garden-side table at these destinations both leafy and tasty.

1. Shaughnessy Restaurant (pictured) Enjoy locally inspired lunch, brunch, dinner or afternoon snacks, right in the heart of VanDusen Botanical Garden.

2. Horizons Restaurant Marvel at the panorama of Burrard Inlet and glimpses of downtown over albacore tuna tataki or hazelnut-crusted rack of lamb at this window-wrapped room atop Burnaby Mountain.

3. Seasons in the Park Combine Fraser Valley chicken or bone-in rib-eye from the wood-fired grill amidst the tranquil surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Park, with downtown and mountain views.

4. The Teahouse Walk the seawall after a lunch of smoked salmon flatbread or Brome Lake duck confit at this landmark in Stanley Park, overlooking Ferguson Point.

5. Hart House Restaurant Savour West Coast specialties such as pan-seared scallops, sous-vide steelhead or beef tenderloin with smoked-marrow pomme purée at this mock-Tudor mansion in the midst of verdant Deer Lake Park.

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Keep it Moving: Fitness Classes in Vancouver

Even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast can be thrown off their game when travelling. Luckily, creative and convenient classes offer special drop-in rates tailor-made for visitors.

By LAURA DENNIS

Keep it moving while on vacation in Vancouver

There are plenty of ways to keep fit while on vacation in Vancouver

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Imagine the delicate and graceful movements of ballet combined with high-intensity strength training and conditioning. Barre Fitness takes elements from ballet, pilates and interval training to create a workout focused on total-body conditioning and the development of lean muscle mass. The hour-long classes make use of the barre (a stationary handrail about belly-button height), free weights, balls, straps and body weight to target specific muscle groups, followed by deep stretching. Enjoy upbeat music and encouraging instructors in the light and airy Yaletown studio. A perfect pirouette may never be in your future, but toned buns certainly are. Drop-in classes are $22 and can be reserved online. (more…)

Eco-Friendly Art at Reclaimed Print Co.

By SHERI RADFORD

Canvases and coasters sporting one of our favourite themes: Raincouver

Canvases and coasters sporting one of our favourite themes: Raincouver

Who says sustainability has to be boring and serious? The Reclaimed Print Co. uses locally milled sustainable wood in all of its quirky creations. Kat Walker, along with her brother-in-law, husband and father, handcrafts charming wood canvasses and coasters. Our fave designs have a Canadian theme: Raincouver (pictured), the East Van Cross, an inukshuk and ice hockey. Trendier folks prefer the hipster coaster collection, with its beard, bicycle, bow tie, glasses, moustache and pipe designs. And no one can resist the tall, skinny Grouse Lumberjack canvas.

Baja North: Tacofino’s Taco Bar

By TIM PAWSEY

Tacofino's new Taco Bar. (Photo: KK Law)

Tacofino’s new Taco Bar. (Photo: KK Law)

Latino meets Tofino at Tacofino, an immensely popular spot that had its genesis in a food truck on the surfers’ paradise of Vancouver Island. Head to Gastown for their newest endeavour, Taco Bar. The delicious Mexican-inspired treats include kabocha squash and cauliflower tostada, lamb birria with preserved lemon zest, glazed beef rib with chilaquiles, super salsas, marvellous margaritas and more. Enter this capacious, century-old space, which sports plenty of booths and images of old Tofino scenes, off Blood Alley, near Gaoler’s Mews.

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Proud at the Firehall Arts Centre

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: Emily Cooper)

(Photo: Emily Cooper)

Not all politicians are skilled (or lucky) enough to win a second term in office. Proud (Apr. 7 to 25), however, has earned its second run at the Firehall Arts Centre after being a runaway hit there last year. Focussing on Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the play reimagines the outcome of the last federal election—with hilarious results. O Canada indeed!

Pop-Up Exhibition at the Capture Photography Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo" by Matthew Pillsbury

“Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo” by Matthew Pillsbury

Matthew Pillsbury knows what it’s like to be on the outside looking in. The celebrated New York–based photographer travelled to Tokyo and explored the bustling metropolis through his camera lens. His long-exposure snaps capture the blur of a city in constant motion and highlight a surreal contrast between technology and traditional culture. See works such as “Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo” (pictured) in Matthew Pillsbury: Tokyo at the Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Apr. 4 to 25.

Win! $100 GC to Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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If we had to choose one day out of the year as our favourite, it just might be our annual Where to Dine Awards event. Throughout the year, our well-travelled readers sip and sample the finest food and drink in Vancouver before casting a vote (or five) on their flavourful finds.

This year, the event will be held at swish Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, and we couldn’t be more excited. This stylish sanctuary isn’t just easy on the eyes—it’s got delicious seafood specialties to boot.

We’re giving away $100 to Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar! Here’s how to win:

1. Retweet the following on Twitter (1 entry): “Retweet to #win a $100 GC @blvdyvr, host of @wherevancouver‘s 2015 #WhereToDineAwards! http://ow.ly/L8CN2 #contest”

2. Follow @wherevancouver and regram the contest post on Instagram
(1 entry)


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Fan Expo Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: Billy Lazarou)

(Photo: Billy Lazarou)

Calling all fanboys and fangirls: want to meet Captain Kirk and Princess Leia? You’re in luck, because William Shatner and Carrie Fisher are on the roster of the fourth annual Fan Expo Vancouver, along with Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills, 90210), Lance Henriksen (Aliens; Millennium) and a trio of Walking Dead cast members: Chad Coleman, Scott Wilson and Sarah Wayne Callies. See them all—and a host of other pop-culture legends—Apr. 3 to 5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.