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August Entertainment

Owl

Come Fly With Me

This summer, get up close and personal with birds of prey at the Capilano Suspension Bridge (to Sep. 7). From 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, you’ll find barn owls, falcons and hawks roaming the park with their handlers, who educate guests, answer questions and explain the importance of these majestic animals to our ecosystem. Bird brains? No way.

Jennifer Patterson

 Weekend to End Breast Cancer

 The Power of Pink

As you’re out and about in Vancouver this month, you may find yourself in the pink—and not just from the sun. Thousands of women and men sporting rose-coloured attire descend upon city streets Aug. 15 to 16 for the 6th annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer, a 60-km (37-mi) walk that raises millions of dollars for the BC Cancer Foundation. The deadline for registration has passed, but you can still make a donation at www.endcancer.ca.

Kristina Urquhart

Photo by Sheri Radford

Photo by Sheri Radford

 

Flights of Fancy

Bald eagles are flocking to Vancouver, but you might have to look hard for real feathers on these 2.3-m (7.5-ft) fibreglass birds. Eagles in the City, a public art project by the BC Lions Society, enlists local artists to create a unique design for each eagle, including “Haida Eagle Takes Flight” by Lyle R. Campbell (at the corner of Robson Street and Burrard; pictured). The striking birds are on display throughout BC until April 2010, when they will be auctioned off for charity. Visit www.eaglesinthecity.com or pick up a Bald Eagle Flight Path Map at Tourism Vancouver for a bird’s-eye view of where the eagles are nesting.

Kristina Urquhart

Dive Guide Cover

Dive In

After 28 years of scuba diving, Mike Hughes knows more than the average person—or fish, for that matter—about the underwater world. He shares this knowledge in The Northwest Dive Guide (Harbour Publishing, $29.95), which covers everything from training to gear to dive sites in BC, Washington and Oregon. Bursting with colour photographs, this handy guide is making a splash at local bookstores.

Sheri Radford

 

 

 

Photo by Aki Mimoto

Photo by Aki Mimoto

Festival Fun

Have you ever secretly dreamed of competing in an amateur sumo tournament? You can—plus do much more—at this year’s Powell Street Festival (Aug. 1 to 2).

Sheri Radford

 

 

Photo by KK Law

Photo by KK Law

Best Attractions
Every year, Where editors across the country salute Canada’s top 10 attractions for summer. This year’s winners guarantee fun for all.
1. Greenheart Canopy Walkway (pictured) Vancouver, BC. 1-888-755-3227. www.greenheartcanopywalkway.com
2. Peak 2 Peak Gondola Whistler, BC. 1-800-766-0449. www.peak2peakgondola.com
 
3. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Victoria, BC. 250-665-7511. www.oceandiscovery.ca
 
4. Stoney Nakoda Resort Morley, east of Canmore, Alberta. 1-888-8NAKODA (862-5632). www.stoneynakodaresort.com
 
5. Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park Historical Village Calgary, Alberta. 403-268-8500. www.heritagepark.ca
 
6. The Muttart Conservatory Edmonton, Alberta. 780-442-5311. www.muttartconservatory.ca
 
7. The West End BIZ Mural Tours Winnipeg, Manitoba. 204-954-7900. www.westendbiz.ca
 
 
8. Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, Ontario. 1-877-225-4246. www.ago.net

 

9. Canada Aviation Museum Ottawa, Ontario. 1-800-463-2038. www.aviation.technomuses.ca
10. Murphy’s Cable Wharf Halifax, Nova Scotia. 902-420-1015. www.murphysonthewater.com

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