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Just See It, Do It, Play It, Live It

Summer is officially happening, and staying indoors is not an option.

There are oodles of family fun things to do in and around Vancouver. And don’t miss out, because retail stores are offering sidewalk sales and assorted bargains – there has never been a better time to get out there and take advantage!

Navigating this city can be done by land, or by sea. For example, Harbour Cruises offers Vancouver’s only narrated tour of the inner-harbour, the city’s most popular Sunset Dinner Cruise, plus the only scheduled Luncheon Cruise through a magnificent Coastal Mountain fjord. New for 2010 is their Stanley Park Luncheon Cruise. Special events such as the Celebration of Light Fireworks, Salsa and Caribbean Dance Cruises, take place throughout the summer.

Many affordable options await you. From an outdoor theatrical production to a day at the Pacific National Exhibition during its 100th birthday – Courier readers are invited to take this town and explore it from top to bottom!

This “City Life” feature has all you’ll need to find something to do this summer. Check out the listings and ads in this section, and just do it!

And don’t forget to enter our exciting photo contest; details are in the ad next page… have fun capturing memories of your summer in the city!

Pictured: WildPlay Element Parks, Maple Ridge, is now officially open, offering two Monkido Aerial tree to tree adventure courses, suspended between six and 60 feet off the ground. Climb, swing and play in the forest on fun games like zip lines, wobbly bridges, tarzan ropes and scramble nets and more. Go to http://www.wildplay. com/mapleridge/index.php for prices, hours and adventure details, or call 1-888-590-7274. Photo: Dededda Steimler/WildPlay Ltd.

$22 to $38

June 3 to Sept 25


Under the tents inVanier Park

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these things are... free! compiled by June Stafford

Chinatown Night Market – Vancouver

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Buddhist Temple – Richmond

Buntzen Lake – Port Moody

Burnaby Mountain Park – Burnaby BurnabyMtn01.html

Capilano Salmon Hatchery capilano/cap_broch_e.pdf

Celebration of Light Fireworks – Vancouver

Commercial Drive A trendy neighborhood lines with ethnic cafes and bohemian boutiques.

Explore Stanley Park Covering 1,000 acres, Vancouver’s Stanley Park is a downtown sanctuary that offers city dwellers and visitors a multitude of indoor and outdoor activities. The park features an 8.8km seawall that runs the perimeter and provides flat, paved path for rollerblading, biking, jogging and hiking. In addition, a petting farm, the Vancouver Aquarium and oodles of other recreational facilities are in Stanley Park.

Granville Island Located at the edge of Kitsilano, this 37 acre island is a charming destination for shoppers and culture seekers. Granville

Island features a wonderful public market, many artsy shops and galleries, a theatre, restaurants, a brewery and a hotel.

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Iona Beach Park – Richmond

their website which include a map outlining specific locations of interest. Some walks include Local Themes, Arts & Culture, 2010 Winter Games and Walks for the Environment. Learn more about your city and get some exercise too! walks.htm

Water Parks around Vancouver IonaIsland01.html waterparks.htm

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event dates Theatre Under the Stars

Skateboard Parks Visit any one of a number of skateboard parks in located in Vancouver.

Step Out Walks in Vancouver The Vancouver Parks Board has various walking routes throughout the city listed on

Now ‘til August 21 Theatre Under the Stars presents its 64th season with two award-winning family musicals under the stars at Malkin Bowl in beautiful Stanley Park! (Featuring Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Singing in the Rain).





Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band plus MusicFest Latin Favourites

Friday, August 6 @ 8 pm – The Orpheum

The first ever

CITY LIFE photo contest!

We’re looking for three dynamite shutterbugs to explore the Lower Mainland, and we’ve got prizes! Here’s the scoop: Simply take a photo in any of the three categories listed, and email to with CITY LIFE in the subject line.

Don’t miss this remarkable one-night-only Latin music event with top international and local musicians, including Grammy-winner Poncho Sanchez. Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band (USA) Adrian Iaies Trio with Miguelito Valdés (Argentina/Cuba) Orquesta Goma Dura (Canada) and Zapato Negro (Canada) Tickets at | Details at Title concert sponsor

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Win a $100 gift card for a local photography store.

Win 2 passes ($100 value) to Arts Club Theatre.

Win a $100 gift card for Pacific Centre stores.

Criteria: Photos must be taken this summer at any locale (featured in a listing OR ad) from this CITY LIFE section, published on Friday July 23. Only one entry per category, per person, please. Include daytime phone number. Min. 300 kb, max 2 MB files, jpeg or Tiff. DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRIDAY, AUGUST 20TH. Winners will be contacted by phone, and their photos published in a future edition of the Courier.

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Collingwood Multicultural Summer Market

Fire Hall Open Houses

Five summer Sundays, July 26 – August 23 Collingwood/Joyce Skytrain Station Farm/garden fresh produce, international spice market, recipe exchange, bike tune-up station/valet parking, entertainers, and arts and crafts.

West Vancouver Harmony Arts Festival July 30 – August 8 Visit various seaside venues to experience first hand all the sights, sounds and sensations of this 10 day festival.

July 11 – August 22, 1 – 3pm Drop by and meet your local firefighters. This is a great opportunity to meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, and discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have. Come for refreshments and demonstrations. Aug. 8 - Firehalls #8, #13, #10 Aug. 15 - Firehalls #14, #17, #12 Aug. 22 – Firehalls #4, #7, #9

Pride Parade & Festival

Powell Street Festival July 31 & August 1 An annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food.

August 1 The Parade begins at noon at Robson and Thurlow, heads west down the hill to Denman street, follows Denman to Pacific and Beach Avenue and finishes at the Sunset Beach Festival Site.

Gastown Farmers Market August 1 – September 26 Join neighbours, friends and visitors at the Gastown Farmers Market held Sundays 11am-3pm on Carrall Street near Gassy Jack Square. The market will feature only

locally grown and harvested produce meat, seafood, baking, preserves, snacks and more!

The 14th Annual Beach Soccer Blast August 6 - 8 The Beach Soccer Blast is the largest beach soccer event in Canada. Each year more than 150 teams of 10 descend on the picturesque Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia. So kick off your cleats, the Beach Blast is all about enjoying the sun and the sand. beachblast

Art in the Garden August 7 - 8 The UBC Botanical Garden’s exhibition of works by over 25 B.C. artists will feature art inspired by the garden, and displayed in the garden. You’ll see all types of artworks from garden fountains to bird feeders, jewellery to ceramics, works in glass to works in metal, large and small sculptures, and a variety of photography and painting styles.


Chariotte Parade & Festival of India August 15 The Parade will start on Beach Ave. at Howe Street at 11:30 am and go along Beach Avenue, finishing at 1pm at the Festival site at 2nd Beach in Stanley Park. Featuring music and dance, live theatre, multi-media for the soul, mendi hand tattoos, yoga and meditation, puppet theatre, fashion, food and more…

Free Music at Haywood Bandstand Alexandra Park 1755 Beach Avenue at Bidwell August 8 – Ross Curran August 22 – Barbara Shaw & Christine Allen All Concerts from 1 – 3pm, Bring a blanket and a picnic. Music is suitable for all ages.

KitsFest August 20 – 22, Kitsilano Beach This three-day event celebrates sports and healthy living through a variety of

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“My New Favourite Store”

Open to the public - Everyone Welcome • New treasures arriving every day • Modern, Retro, Orient, Art Deco, Funky, or Rare • Serving the general public & film industry

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competitive sports tournaments including; basketball, tennis and volleyball. This year, the KitsFest is proud to feature a new sport sanctioned by the US Tennis Association (USTA) – Beach Tennis. This inclusive family friendly festival has several activities and attractions for all ages. The “Kids Zone” includes obstacle courses, games and even face-painting.

Latin Summer Fest Sunday August 15 – Trout Lake, 11am – 7pm The morning starts off with a parade along Commercial Drive, an import market and food pavilions surrounding an outdoor stage where artists from Flamenco to Cuban Rueda delight on stage in this free community Expo, complete with kids activity area.

Kerrisdale Days August 26-28, Kerrisdale Village It’s three days of sidewalk sales and entertainment, with most events happening

on Saturday, August 28. Free horse and carriage rides, Kerrisdale Idol Contest and free Play Palace at the Arena, plus face painting.

Bloedel Conservatory Marvel at this tropical paradise high atop Queen Elizabeth Park.

Cultus Lake Water Park

cheap ‘thrills’ Attend a Sporting Event:

Football/Soccer - Field Hockey – Lacrosse – Eagles Youth Basketball League – www.

BC Museum of Mining – Britannia Beach

BC Sports Hall of Fame – Vancouver

Greater Vancouver Zoo


HR MacMillan Space Centre Plantetarium

Tour False Creek by Water

Take a spin around False Creek on an Aquabus ferry. Start or end at Granville Island, Yaletown, Science World and five other locations. Hang out on the Aquabus for the whole circuit, which takes about half an hour, or head straight ahead to your destination. Each trip is only a few dollars and you get to see Vancouver from a unique vantage point.

Museum of Anthropology Discover the wonder and historical importance of native culture.

Museum of Vancouver

Splashdown Water Park

“Think You’ve Seen Vancouver? You Haven’t...


• Nightly Sunset Dinner Cruises • Luncheon Cruises through spectacular Indian Arm • 4 tours daily of the Vancouver harbour • Stanley Park Luncheon Cruise

Special Discounts for GVRD residents Buy one ticket and get the second at 1/2 price! For sailings on August 6, 7, 8, 16 & 21




Free Live Performances

Monday • Wednesday • Friday • Saturday | 7 pm Located beside Kitsilano Pool at 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver | 604.734.7332

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Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver offers you a scenic walk along the trails through forest to enjoy the view, as well as take a walk across the suspension bridge and view the water 150 feet below. Go to for all the scoop. Talk to the animals at Maplewood Farms! Just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver, on the North Shore, take a close-up look at 200 farm animals, birds and pet bunnies, goats and horses. Maplewood is a working farm, so visitors are treated to milking demonstrations, sheep shearing and more. Admission is minimal, parking is free and families can easily enjoy two to three hours at the farm. Check out or call 604-929-5610.

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More Fun… Just Outside the City compiled by Helen Peterson


Fort Langley is a perfect blend of rural and urban development situated on the scenic banks of the Fraser River in north Langley. Here you’ll find a wide variety of stores, unique shops, boutiques and services – and there are many events taking place throughout the summer that venture back to the rustic and quaint side of the area.  And whether you’re searching for something old and treasured or something current and chic, you will find it here. Make a daytrip of it! Visit www. for more.


Closing Out Sale *

50-70% *All sales final * Closing August 31st!

Datebook This Sunday, July 25, it’s the Flavours of Surrey event, taking place at the historic Stewart Farm. This extravaganza includes live entertainment, farmer’s market and local artisans, educational workshops, gardening tips, and children’s activities including seed planting and farm animal fun. There will also be a food tasting and beer and wine sampling – yummy! Go to or call 604-591-4307 for full details. Cost is $15 adult; $10 (9-14 yrs.) and kids under 8 are free!

Get down home with the fifth annual Greendale Country Sampler. On Saturday, Aug. 21 you’ll find great fun, with pottery, home grown organic beef, fresh brown eggs and a top quality Country Guest House. Or folks can come and stay a weekend to try out the country life. The Greendale Pottery & Country Guest House is located in Chilliwack; call 604-823-6430 or go to www.


650 West 41st Avenue • 604.263.1474


Saturday & Sunday 12 noon–night Keefer & Columbia Street (604) 632-3808


A whole block devoted to a night of games, dancing and fun! Become a vendor


at the largest multicultural event in the area!

It’s Back... to School! The Courier shows you what’s totally rad and completely “in” this year for back to school attire, electronics, sports, music, lessons etc. What are the kids into for 2010? We’ll show you affordable options, plus what kids and parents need to know about school etiquette. Read all about it in our full-colour feature publishing in all zones on Friday, Aug. 13. To advertise in this feature, call your sales rep. at 604-738-1412.

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