Salish Sea Coastline from the Air

The coastline of south-western British Columbia is beautiful jewel, filled with lush islands, sandy beaches and plenty of marine activity. See this amazing landscape from the air in a collection of photos on Gallery. It truly is breathtaking part of our world.

Matamoros Bus

Taking the bus in Matamoros

The border towns of Mexico are the gateway to this amazing country. Getting around Matamoros in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas by bus is a world apart from public transit in Canada and the US, but opens up the what this bustling city has to offer.

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Forest Fire Risk

Now that summer is upon us, the temperatures soar and British Columbia’s dense forests dry out and become prone to forest fires. Small fires, including camp fires, are now banned through much of the province due to the risk. If you see a forest fire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a mobile device. For more info, click here.

 

Uniqlo to release t-shirt collaboration with Weekly Shonen Jump

As part of Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo has unveiled a line up of t-shirts to celebrate this milestone.

Tops will feature artwork from popular manga including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Haikyuu!!Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

UT X Jump 50th

Coming Soon: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, wear your favourite manga characters with the all new UT x Jump 50th Graphic T-shirt collection! #UT2018 #WearYourWorld

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, April 6, 2018

These shirts are expected to go on sale later this month.

Uniqlo has in the past run campaigns with Weekly Shonen Jump manga, including Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball.

Source: Uniqlo

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2018 Photos

While the forecast called for rain, it held off long enough on Saturday for the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair in the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Though many trees have already shed their blossoms, there were a few still in bloom to celebrate this springtime tradition.

Here’s a selection of pictures taken Saturday afternoon, complete with live calligraphy, hand-made samurai armour, blacksmithing and more!


Sakura Days Japan Fair continues Sunday from 11:00 am thru 5:00 pm; so there’s still time to grab some gyoza and watch the samurai performances.

Welcome spring with Sakura Days Japan Fair 2018

The smell of yakitori (chicken skewers) is enough to bring anyone to Sakura Days!

Start spring off right with a day at the Sakura Days Japan Festival. Located in the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, this two-day event celebrates everything Japanese in a fun festival atmosphere.

Spend the weekend with Japanese culture through live performances, music, food, arts, demonstrations and crafts and more under the budding pastel sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. The gardens host this fair between 11:00 am PDT to 7:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 14th and 11:00 am PDT to 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday, April 15th, 2018.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may be raining or the fields might have mud. Parking is limited, so save the hassle and take transit (either the #17 bus, or walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue Canada Line Station west along 41st Avenue, and then north along Oak Street) to reach VanDusen Botanical Gardens (about a 15-20 minute stroll).

Paid admission is required for entry; tickets are available for purchase online.

Sedin twins to retire from NHL at end of 2017-18 season

Henrik Sedin

Henrik Sedin during pre-game skate at Rogers Arena.

It came as a shock to hockey fans in Vancouver on Monday when both Henrik and Daniel Sedin revealed that the 2017-18 NHL season would be their last.

The Sedins, twin brothers from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, have played with the Vancouver Canucks ever since they were drafted by the team in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft; a career spanning 17 seasons.

Henrik and Daniel have racked up some impressive stats with the Canucks, boasting over 1,000 points. Henrik leads in games played, assists, and power play points, where Daniel leads in scoring and is second in games played, assists and power play points.

While their on-ice presence was legendary, it was their off-ice work in the community that cemented their reputations. Their philanthropic work around Vancouver earned them respect and admiration from locals and visitors alike. Never ones to boast, the Sedins were humble about their goodwill.

The Canucks host their last home game of the season on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. It’s also the last time the twins play in Rogers Arena. Their final game is in Edmonton against the Oilers on Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Photos from Sakura-Con 2018

With another Sakura-Con come and gone, it’s time to reminisce over the fun and awesome costumes that descend upon the Washington State Convention Center in the heart of Seattle. For three days, it was a whirlwind of heroes, villains and even some cute dogs wandering the event.

Couldn’t make it? Check out the photos on Gallery.


Olympic Cauldron re-lit for end of 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

The Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza next to the Vancouver Convention Centre was re-lit this evening to mark the closure of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This is the second time the cauldron was used, following when it was first lit on February 8th, 2018 for the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Once the torch was fired up, remarks were made by Paralympic athlete Trevor Hirschfield, Olympic athlete Evan Dunfee, Vancouver Convention Centre General Manager Craig Lehto, and MLA Ravi Kahlon thanking Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for their performance, determination and passion this year.

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TransLink to add more ways to pay, introducing tap-enabled credit cards

If you’re like me, you probably keep your Compass card in your wallet. And, like me, you probably take your wallet out when going through the fare gates at a SkyTrain station, or stepping onto a bus. TransLink wants to change that with their new campaign to avoid keeping your Compass card in your wallet when tapping in and out on SkyTrain, buses, SeaBus and the West Coast Express. Why’s that? Later this spring, TransLink is taking advantage of Visa and MasterCards with the tap function to pay for fares instead of having to purchase a Compass card.

TransLink is looking to educate “wallet tappers” to take their Compass card (or other method of payment) out of their wallet, purse or bag, when entering or leaving a station or boarding a bus. If the cards are all kept together, the wrong card could end up being charged. That might be a huge difference as rides paid for using a stored value Compass card is much cheaper than buying an individual fare from a machine; or if you use a monthly pass for transit.

Using a Visa or MasterCard with the tap function doesn’t replace the existing Compass card, but is meant to provide more options, especially for people who don’t use transit often, or for tourists or visitors who aren’t committed to paying for a stored value card.

So remember, take your Compass card out when tapping in or out.

Source: TransLink

Super Smash Bros. coming to Switch in 2018

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct shared a lot of information many gamers were aware of: Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2 content, and so on. However, host Yoshiaki Koizumi held onto the best at the end of the roughly half-hour presentation: Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018.

The clip picks up after the Splatoon 2 announcements, where two inklings square off in a messy paint battle, only for the screen to go dark. The inkling girl stops and looks up to see the Super Smash Bros. circular logo reflected in her eye as reflections of Mario and Link briefly appear.

Preceding the Super Smash Bros. clip, Nintendo unveiled some of their 2018 line-up for both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS consoles. Titles include:

Nintendo 3DS

  • WarioWare Gold – August 3rd, 2018
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers – May 24th, 2018
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey – TBA 2019
  • Detective Pikachu – March 23rd, 2018
  • Luigi’s Mansion – TBA 2018

Nintendo Switch

  • Kirby Star Allies – March 16th, 2018
  • Okami HD – Summer 2018
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – June 8th, 2018
  • Octopath Traveler – July 13th, 2018
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – TBA 2018
  • DARK SOULS: REMASTERED – May 25th, 2018
  • Mario Tennis Aces – June 22nd, 2018
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – July 13th, 2018
  • UNDERTALE – TBA
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – July 10th, 2018
  • Little Nightmares: Complete Edition – May 18th, 2018
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – April 24th, 2018
  • Splatoon 2 version 3.0 update – April 2018
  • Super Smash Bros. – TBA 2018

Source: Nintendo

Nintendo to hold Nintendo Direct for 2018 3DS and Switch games

On Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Nintendo will hold another Nintendo Direct live video at 2:00 pm PST / 5:00 pm EST to announce upcoming titles for the Nintendo 3DS and Switch consoles in 2018.

You can watch the event live with the video feed below.

Source: Nintendo

Brock Boeser out 4-6 weeks from back injury

During a match on Monday, March 5th, 2018 between the Vancouver Canucks and the visiting New York Islanders, forward Brock Boeser suffered an injury in the closing seconds of the third period.

Boeser, 21, collided with Cal Clutterbuck, tumbling to the ice with his back hitting the exposed frame of the door to the Canucks bench.

A statement posted by the Vancouver Canucks to Twitter stated Boeser will fully recover in 4 to 6 weeks. Imaging done at a local hospital found a “soft tissue injury and a small non-structural, non-displaced fracture of the transverse process in his lower back.”

The Canucks would beat the Islanders 4-3 in overtime.

Sources: News1130, Twitter

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