Author: thevancouverguide

To Market, to Market: Summer Market Season is Here!

To Market, to Market:  Summer Market Season is Here!
Summer Farmers Markets are in full swing offering fresh organic produce, locally produced dairy products, gardening supplies and crafts by local artisans.  There are a number of these open-air markets around the Lower Mainland serving up to 12,000 customers a week. Trout Lake Farmers Market There’s...
June 14th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Where to Watch the World Cup

Where to Watch the World Cup
There’ll be a lot of excitement in Vancouver on Commercial Drive this week with the start of the World Cup soccer championships.  The Drive is known for it’s many Italian and Portuguese coffee-shops and these will be packed to the doors with fans watching the games.  Usually the excitement...
June 11th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Paint Your Faith: A New Concept in Murals

Paint Your Faith: A New Concept in Murals
I enjoy wandering around town taking photos of the unusual and colorful murals that are decorating the nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s alleys and wall spaces.  One in particular caught my eye recently on a wall across from the Woodwards (map) at Abbott and Hastings Street.  The mural, a painting...
June 10th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

The Totems of Brockton Point, Stanley Park

The Totems of Brockton Point, Stanley Park
One of my favorite Sunday walks is along the seawall by Coal Harbor (map) on the south edge of Stanley Park, walking east toward Brockton Point (map).  When I walk this way I always stop to admire the Totems of Brockton Point, located just next to the Brockton Oval playing fields. This is one of the...
June 9th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

The Romantic Waterways of Venice

The Romantic Waterways of Venice
The Grand Canal, Venice They called her Serenissima, “the most serene Republic of Venice.”  Once her navy was the mistress of the seas, and for centuries she has been the romantic inspiration of artists, poets and lovers.  Venice casts a spell on you. She has an allure that stays with you long...
June 7th, 2010 | Photo Highlights, Venice | Read More

Buddy Rocks at the Stanley

Buddy Rocks at the Stanley
From the moment actor/musician Zachary Stevenson belts out “I’m Ready to Rock and Roll!” I was right there, back in the ’50’s, rocking along with Buddy Holly and the Crickets.  Stevenson becomes Holly, right down to the nerdy horn-rimmed glasses and the Texan drawl, in...
June 7th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Fun and Good Food at Falconetti’s East Side Bar & Grill

Fun and Good Food at Falconetti’s East Side Bar & Grill
There’s a lot of cool places on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver where you can meet up with friends, hang out, dine from delicious menus and listen to live music.  Falconetti’s East Side Bar & Grill is one of these popular venues in the heart of Vancouver’s historic ‘Drive’. ...
June 6th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Commercial Drive’s House Festival is Back!

Commercial Drive’s House Festival is Back!
What is a House Festival?  It’s 19 shows in 3 days performed in a dozen houses in the Commercial Drive area.  This is a big festival of music, dance, theatre, circus, spoken word and lots, lots more showing off the amazing talent that exists in Vancouver.  It’s a time for Vancouver’s...
June 4th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Celebrate Italian Day 2010 on the Drive

Celebrate Italian Day 2010 on the Drive
Commercial Drive, in East Vancouver, has long been the home of a great number of Italian families, many of whom immigrated here in the 1950’s.  The Drive became known as “Little Italy”. Although a lot of the original Italian residents have moved to other parts of the city, there is...
June 3rd, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Bard on the Beach Launches it’s 21st Season

Bard on the Beach Launches it’s 21st Season
I’ve been a fan of William Shakespeare since I first thrilled at a production of Richard III when I was 13 years old.  Since then, every chance I can, I attend a Shakespeare play or movie.  Last night I went to see Kenneth Branagh’s amazing 1989 version of Henry V, presented by Bard on...
June 2nd, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

The Wonders of Kuala Lumpur

The Wonders of Kuala Lumpur
As soon as I stepped off the plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (map) I felt as though I had arrived at a space-age Wonderland.   The city sky-line rises out of the misty green landscape, pierced by the spires of the Petronas Twin Towers, once the tallest towers in the world, and the single...
June 1st, 2010 | Kuala Lumpur | Read More

The Tranquil Life of Mayne Island

The Tranquil Life of Mayne Island
The west coast of British Columbia is blessed with dozens of little islands, many of them with micro climates much like some of those in the Mediterranean. Most of these islands are accessible from the BC Ferry Terminals at Tsawwassen (map),  Horseshoe Bay (map) or Swartz Bay (map) on Vancouver Island,...
May 30th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Take a Culinary Journey at EAT! Vancouver

Take a Culinary Journey at EAT! Vancouver
Take a culinary journey this weekend as Vancouver kicks off another foodie adventure with the EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival. Explore over 250 food and cooking exhibit booths and refresh your palates with a taste of beers, wines, ciders and more at the Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion....
May 29th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Takis’ Taverna: A Taste of Cyprus

Takis’ Taverna: A Taste of Cyprus
Because I’ve visited and lived in Greece for so many years, I’m fairly discerning about Greek restaurants and have a couple marked as my favorites.  But I always like to try new ones to see what they have to offer that might be authentic and perhaps a bit different. Takis’ Taverna...
May 27th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

A Quiet Retreat on Mayne Island: The Blue Vista Resort

A Quiet Retreat on Mayne Island: The Blue Vista Resort
The quiet beauty of Mayne Island, located in the Strait of Georgia on Active Pass, has always been a great attraction to my writer’s group, the Scribblers, and last weekend, after a couple of years absence, we eagerly returned to the island and the resort where we have always stayed. With...
May 26th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Summer’s Coming! Outdoor Swimming Pools Open

Summer’s Coming! Outdoor Swimming Pools Open
Vancouver has several excellent outdoor swimming pools gracing the shores of the beaches and from May 22 on it’s officially ’summer’ as the pools open for business. All the pools are accessible for people with disabilities and safe, supervised  swimming places for children. Second...
May 23rd, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Yeehaw! It’s Rodeo Time in Cloverdale.

Yeehaw! It’s Rodeo Time in Cloverdale.
Beginning with a parade on Saturday May 22 at noon, featuring over 80 entries, the annual Cloverdale Rodeo kicks off for the May long weekend with an exciting list of events.  Top ranked pro rodeo contenders will compete in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and ladies barrel racing. ...
May 22nd, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Fun for Kids at the International Children’s Festival

Fun for Kids at the International Children’s Festival
Clowns, acrobats, puppets, music, theatre, dance  and storytellers: They’re all there under the big white tents at Vanier Park from May 17 – 24 for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Since 1977 this has been a yearly highlight for families embodying the spirit of children...
May 19th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Urban Walks for Moms & Kids

Urban Walks for Moms & Kids
There are plenty of places around the Lower Mainland where families can go for pleasant strolls.  For moms with strollers, the sidewalks are wide enough but in some areas you  might have to navigate around lamp posts, bike racks, sidewalk cafe tables, newspaper boxes and rude pedestrians who don’t...
May 19th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More

Get in Touch With Your Inner Vampire at the Twilight Convention

Get in Touch With Your Inner Vampire at the Twilight Convention
Are you a ‘Twi-hard’? That’s a fan of the Twilight books and movies.  And if you are, this weekend you’ll get a chance to get in touch with your inner vampire at the first official Twilight Convention, May 14 – 16 at the Sheraton Wall Centre. The event actually started...
May 14th, 2010 | Vancouver | Read More