Stanley Park Rose Garden Path

Stanley Park Rose Garden

Stroll along the paths and take in the aroma of dozens of blooming flowers in the Rose Garden in Stanley Park. While summer is nearly over, it’s not too late to enjoy the colour, depth and selection of the roses, whatever the time of year may be. A collection of photos over the years are available for viewing on Gallery.

Interurban car 1207

A look back at the interurbans

Even though the Downtown Historic Railway is out-of-service, you can still experience the heritage interurbans online. Browse through pictures and brush-up on the routes these versatile rail cars took on their journeys through the Lower Mainland.

Anime Conventions

What is an anime convention?

Curious about what goes on at an anime convention? Ever wondered why people wear costumes to these events? Where can I find one that’s nearest to me? It’s my first time, what do I need to bring? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the all about anime conventions and the convention checklist articles.

 

Service changes for the Expo and Millennium SkyTrain Lines on Oct 22

TransLink unveiled some significant changes with the way trains travel over the Expo and Millennium Lines. On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, all Millennium Line trains will run between VCC-Clark and Lougheed Town Centre stations while Expo Line trains run Waterfront to King George and Waterfront to Production Way-University.

These changes relate to the upcoming introduction of the Evergreen Line linking Port Moody and Coquitlam up with the rest of the SkyTrain system, which is expected to open before year’s end. The Evergreen Line no longer becomes its own separate line, but extending the Millennium Line into the afore-mentioned communities.

This means that the Millennium Line no longer runs to or from Waterfront station in downtown Vancouver and that Columbia is not the last point of transfer between the two lines; these are now Production Way-University and Lougheed Town Centre.

So, to remember:

Expo Line

  • Waterfront (Vancouver) to King George (Surrey)
  • Waterfront (Vancouver) to Production Way-University (Burnaby)

Millennium Line

  • VCC-Clark (Vancouver) to Lougheed Town Centre (Burnaby)

A visualization of how the two lines will appear when service changes on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. Omitted from the diagram are the Evergreen Extension and Canada Line.
Updated SkyTrain Service Map

These changes do not affect service on the Canada Line.

Source: TransLink

There’s a new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer from TGS 2016

Straight of the Tokyo Game Show is yet another teaser of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. And with the video is a change in the game’s release: it is no longer December 2016, but instead January 24th, 2017.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD a graphically redone adventure of the Nintendo 3DS title, a deeper dive into Aqua’s history in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage and a glimpse into the mysterious world of the Foretellers through Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is only available on the PlayStation 4.

Source: YouTube

Evergreen Line to open before end of 2016

The Burquitlam Evergreen Line station under construction.

The Burquitlam Evergreen Line station under construction.

Beset with delays over its planned opening, the Evergreen Line was to begin service the summer of 2016, then pushed into 2017. Today, the Ministry of Transportation made public a new date: service is to start before December 25, 2016. However, a specific day was not mentioned.

The new SkyTrain line links Port Moody and Coquitlam up to the existing Millennium Line through the Lougheed Town Centre station in Burnaby.

The ministry states that over 90 percent of the Evergreen Line is built.

Source: CBC

Fiesta Mexicana 2016 photos

You’d be forgiven if you thought the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood was actually Mexico today. Part of the month-long celebration of MexicoFest, the Fiesta Mexicana 2016 brings a part of the Latin American country up north without having to actually travel south of the border. The historic roundhouse hosted live music, entertaining lucha libre and of course, delicious fare!

Missed all the fun? You can view it all on Gallery.

Pokémon GO trainers can enter the PNE free on August 20

The Pacific National Exhibition opens this Saturday, August 20th and for one hour between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm, Pokémon GO trainers can enter for free by showing the Pokémon GO app on their mobile phone.

The Fair at the PNE runs Saturday, August 20th through Monday, September 5th, 2016 and is closed on both Monday, August 22th and 29th. Gates open at 11:00 am.

Source: Twitter

Digimon Adventure tri. to show in select Canadian theatres September 2016

Digimon Adventure tri. promotional poster

Promotional artwork for Digimon Adventure tri.

The DigiDestined are coming to a theatre near you! Cineplex is screening the English dubbed first episode of Digimon Adventure tri. in only a handful of their locations across Canada on Thursday, September 15th, 2016.

Six years after their first foray into the Digital World over summer, the DigiDestined have grown up and moved on. The tranquility since the portal to the Digital World closed is not to last as a monster appears in Taichi Yagami’s hometown of Odaiba. Taichi is helpless; unable to stop the destruction of his neighbourhood caused by Kuwagamon. But when Kuwagamon’s attention turns towards Taichi, the teenager’s long silent Digivice activates…

Visit Cineplex.com for available theatres and to purchase advance tickets for Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion.

Only two locations in the Lower Mainland are hosting the hour and 20 minute anime: SilverCity Riverport Cinemas and Cineplex Cinemas Langley.

Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival returns fall 2016

The 14th annual Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is back for another delicious year with a smorgasbord of dining events October 4th through 7th, 2016.

This year there are new experiences designed to get you up and close with some of Canada’s best chefs. 2016 edition of EAT! Vancouver will be highlighted by a Dinner Series over October 4th and 5th, BETA 5 chocolate demo on Monday, October 4th and a Food Trends Tasting Panel on Tuesday, October 5th, the Eat! Harvest feast on Thursday, October 6th, and lastly, An Intimate Evening with Chef Michael Smith on Friday, October 7th. Proceeds from these benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Unlike earlier years, there is no one central location hosting a marketplace of vendors, restaurants and seminars. Each event is designed to create an a more inclusive atmosphere where patrons get to know their chefs and have an intimate involvement with their creations and techniques.

Tickets for these culinary sessions are available online through the Eat! Vancouver web site.

Photos from AniRevo 2016

A wave of cosplay washed over Canada Place this weekend, and coupled with a couple of cruise ships, it made for a colourful experience for tourists and locals alike. Plenty of Pokémon, ninjas, volleyball players, swimmers, droids, Sailor Scouts, witches, princesses, soul reapers, demons, and even a personal healthcare companion made appearances on Vancouver’s waterfront at this year’s AniRevo.

Kakashi is all business today. An energetic Nishinoya leaps into action! Simon and Yoko are ready to save the world!
Gotta catch 'em all! A full line up of Fire Emblem characters Don't mess with the expert marksman Daisuke Jigen!

See the rest of the eye-catching costumes on Gallery!

Honda Celebration of Light 2016 – Team USA

With one of the largest crowds ever in attendance for the Honda Celebration of Light, Team USA closed off the three-night fireworks festival with a performance by the Walt Disney Company. Music from Disney films included Aladdin, The Lion King, Frozen, Pinocchio, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Fantasia synchronized to the pyrotechnics impressed the crowds. The only thing missing was the giant castle and Mickey Mouse.

See more photos from the evening on Gallery.

English version of Kuroko’s Basketball manga hits shelves August 2016

Kuroko's Basketball volume 1&2

Cover of Kuroko’s Basketball volume 1&2

VIZ Media brings Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s popular sports manga Kuroko’s Basketball to English readers in both physical and digital formats this August.

Tetsuya Kuroko is a rather unassuming teen; he doesn’t stand out even with his sky blue hair. This takes Taiga Kagami by surprise when he signs up for Seirin High’s basketball team. Kagami can’t believe that Kuroko once played as part of “The Miracle Generation”, a storied team from Teiko Junior High that were the best of the best. And now, he needs Kuroko’s help in beating these legendary players so he too can reach the top.

Kuroko’s Basketball is readable on the VIZ Manga App, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play platforms. The printed version is to be published on a bi-monthly schedule.

The combined copy of volumes one and two of Kuroko’s Basketball, goes on sale Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016.

Source: VIZ Media

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