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What to See Vancouver

The SeaWheeze Half Marathon

By SHERI RADFORD

The SeaWheeze. (Photo: Lululemon)

The SeaWheeze. (Photo: Lululemon)

One of the world’s prettiest half marathons, the SeaWheeze (Aug. 13) winds around spectacular scenery such as the seawall and Stanley Park. The race sold out months ago, but there are still ways to participate in the weekend’s fun. Tickets are available for the Sunset Festival in Stanley Park, featuring outdoor yoga and a concert by Chromeo. And as you’d expect of any event organized by Lululemon, cute apparel is for sale—meaning both you and your credit card can get a workout.

5 Places to Find Your Bliss

Want to practise your downward-facing dog and warrior poses in the great outdoors? Grab a yoga mat or beach towel and head to these picturesque spots for alfresco asanas and seaside savasanas

By SHERI RADFORD

Free outdoor class in Jack Poole Plaza, part of the SeaWheeze

Free outdoor class in Jack Poole Plaza, part of the SeaWheeze

Kitsilano Beach
WHERE  Near Cornwall Ave. at Arbutus St., between the pool and tennis courts
WHEN  To Aug. 31: M/W/F 7 p.m., Tu/Th 9 a.m.
WHY  Spectacular views of the ocean and downtown
COST  Free, but tips are welcome
INFO  www.facebook.com/kits.space (more…)

Fun on the Water

From jet skiing to kayaking to fishing, Vancouver is a water sports paradise

By LUCAS AYKROYD

Jet skiing fun on the calm waters near downtown with Vancouver Water Adventures. (Photo: KK Law)

Jet skiing fun on the calm waters near downtown with Vancouver Water Adventures. (Photo: KK Law)

Long known as the Gateway to the Pacific, Vancouver is the place to play this summer for those eager to hit the water. And the ocean is just the beginning.

Burgeoning with salmon and sturgeon, the Fraser River, British Columbia’s longest river (at 1,375 km/855 mi), flows into the Strait of Georgia south of Vancouver. Other nearby rivers, creeks and lakes offer recreational opportunities for the whole family, from whooping it up at the famous Cultus Lake Waterpark waterslides to gazing awestruck at turquoise, glacier-fed Garibaldi Lake during a hike.

Ready to make a splash? Multiple options are readily available here.

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Pride & Joy: Vancouver Pride 2016

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Vancouver Pride Parade. (Photo: Michael Song/Tourism Vancouver)

The Pride Parade winds its way through the West End. (Photo: Michael Song/Tourism Vancouver)

Join a rainbow of revellers at Vancouver Pride. Over the last 38 years, a peaceful protest march bloomed into the city’s most joyful, flamboyant fete. More than 650,000 attend events such as the Davie Street Block Party (Jul. 29, 2016), Pride Festival at Sunset Beach (Jul. 31, 2016) and Pride Parade (Jul. 31, 2016). Absolut’s colourful tribute to diversity is the perfect way to shake things up. Scout out local liquor stores, or visit The Keefer and Royal Dinette for cocktails that capture the pride spirit.

Breakfast With the Bears

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Grizzlies Grinder and Coola frolic in their wildlife refuge. (Photo: Grouse Mountain)

Grizzlies Grinder and Coola frolic in their wildlife refuge. (Photo: Grouse Mountain)

For most, breakfast with bears brings to mind porridge that’s too hot or too cold. Not so at Grouse Mountain (to Oct. 9), where daily in summer, visitors can share a morning meal with orphaned grizzlies Grinder and Coola. Watch the bears’ morning feeding, learn fun facts from a wildlife ranger, then tuck into your own bear-themed breakfast, which includes smoked salmon and “bearioche” French toast. Now that’s a memorable meal.

Sounds of Summer: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Everyone knows summer starts in June, but for some Vancouverites, it doesn’t truly arrive until the beginning of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul. 15 to 17, 2016). For three sunny days each July, Jericho Beach Park overflows with sweet sounds ranging from folk to roots to bluegrass. Highlights of the 39th annual seaside festival include Bruce Cockburn, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Wainwright Sisters, Oysterband and Lord Huron.

Pemberton Music Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

See Pearl Jam at the Pemberton Music Festival

See Pearl Jam at the Pemberton Music Festival

At the Pemberton Music Festival (Jul. 14 to 17, 2016), the stunning scenery is nearly as eye-catching as the stellar on-stage line-up. With the picturesque Pemberton Valley as backdrop, the four-day fest’s multiple stages host grunge-rock from Pearl Jam (pictured), lively hip-hop from Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, and punk-infused rock from Billy Idol—just to start. There is plenty of talent on the comedy stage, too: Cheech and Chong, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, and Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. Let the good times rock ’n’ roll.

Scientific Slumber Party at Science World

By SHERI RADFORD

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

What’s better than an afternoon at Science World? An entire night at the popular science centre housed in a geodesic dome (Jul. 15, 2016). Inquisitive children aged six to 12 (and their parents) are invited to stay overnight and see an OMNIMAX film, a live science show and a dinosaur presentation by famed palaeontologist Dr. Scott Sampson, plus explore behind the scenes. There might even be some sleeping involved—but that part is far from guaranteed.

Around the World

Satiate wanderlust with an array of globetrotting dishes and spa journeys—suitcase and passport not required

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bao Bei's delectable edibles include charred octopus salad, poached braised chicken and  green beans with house-cured bacon. (Photo: KK Law)

Bao Bei’s delectable edibles include charred octopus salad, poached braised chicken and
green beans with house-cured bacon. (Photo: KK Law)

CHINA
Forget airports and security lines. Simply hop the elevator to the fifth floor to arrive at Chi, The Spa, a wood-panelled sanctuary that’s steeped in Eastern philosophy. Here, treatments are governed by chi, the universal life force that has guided traditional Chinese medicine for millennia. Inspired by the stretching methods of Chinese martial arts, the Wushu Massage treatment was created following study with a wushu master at the remote Wudang Mountain. First, guided stretching and breathing exercises open the body’s meridians. The stress release treatment is followed by tension-relieving muscle warming and Tai Chi massage. For the toxin-release treatment, bamboo assists in gentle stretches, then is rolled over muscles before a purifying oil massage. Serenity, found. (more…)

The Whitecaps’ Danish Dynamo

Goalkeeper David Ousted of the Vancouver Whitecaps loves his club—and this city

By LUCAS AYKROYD

(Photo: ©Bob Frid/Whitecaps FC)

Goalkeeper David Ousted. (Photo: ©Bob Frid/Whitecaps FC)

When David Ousted signed as the starting goalkeeper for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2013, it was the beginning of a new adventure for the Danish soccer star. Three years later, he has no regrets. “I’m really happy with that decision,” Ousted said. “Both I and my family have loved it here. We wanted to have an experience outside of what we were used to in Denmark. Vancouver was just what we were looking for. We’ve been really happy living here.” (more…)

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Femme au collier jaune" by Pablo Picasso. (Photo: Patrick Goetelen/©Picasso Estate/Sodrac 2016)

“Femme au collier jaune” by Pablo Picasso. (Photo: Patrick Goetelen/©Picasso Estate/Sodrac 2016)

Behind every great man is a woman. But in the case of prolific painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, the woman was in clear view, inspiring his inimitable style. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Picasso: The Artist and His Muses (to Oct. 2) tracks six women who inspired and influenced both the artist’s personal life and his paintbrush. From early 20th-century Paris through to the end of his life, follow the artist’s progression through the collection, the most significant of his work ever exhibited in Vancouver.­

25 Things We Love About Summertime in Vancouver

As the temperature rises, so does our passion for this sun-kissed city

By SHERI RADFORD

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Long evenings that end in glorious sunsets.

2. Kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating, stand-up paddle boarding and any other water-based activity.

3. Spending a leisurely morning at a farmers’ market.

4. The abundance of outdoor festivals.

5. Seeing orcas in the wild on a whale-watching adventure. (more…)