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If you’re in the Metro Vancouver area, you can find anything from dining, to shopping and other events. There’s lots to see and do in Vancouver, and you’ll find some of it here. Be sure to view the Events Calendar for local celebrations.

Dragon Boat Festival returns to False Creek for three days June 2017

Dragon Boats ply eastern False Creek

Dragon Boats ply eastern False Creek

The beating of drums. The cheering crowd. The detailed dragon-head prows. These are all part of the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, which takes over False Creek Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th, 2017.

But there’s much more than just watching the boats glide up and down the eastern end of False Creek. Live music with local bands, food trucks, a beer garden and vendors selling wares related to boating and fashion will line the seawall.

So come on down, rain or shine, and support your favourite team this weekend; and best of all, it’s free to attend! The easiest way of getting to the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is with transit — the Main Street-Science World SkyTrain station is just a quick five-minute walk away.

Celebrate the sun with Carnaval del Sol

Argentinean band Entangados in 2016

Argentinean band Entangados in 2016

With summer just around the corner, the sun is out and so are the festivities. Carnaval del Sol returns to Concord Pacific Place for two days of Latin American food, music, crafts and fun July 8th and 9th, 2017.

Enjoy live performances with bands from Central and South America, fresh cooked treats from Mexico to Argentina, relax with a cold one in the beer garden, browse handicrafts and even take in a game of soccer! Or take a trip without having to board a plane at the YVR Travel Plaza and learn about a new culture through cooking demonstrations. Of course, Carnaval del Sol has events for children in the Kids Plaza — fun for the whole family!

Carnaval del Sol runs Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. This free to attend event is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

TransLink fare increase kicks in July 1

Stored value and single use Compass Cards

TransLink fares go up on Canada Day 2017!

On Saturday, July 1st, 2017, the cost of taking transit in Metro Vancouver will rise as TransLink looks to fund projects on improving its services in the region. Fare increases are part of the agency’s funding model towards a ten year, $2 billion investment in service and infrastructure.

Single trip fares will see a ten cent increase, while concession fares go up five cents; monthly passes will cost two dollars more. The table below breaks down the cost per zone and fare type.

Single Use/Cash Tickets
Zone Current Fare New Fare
   Adult
1 $2.75 $2.85
2 $4.00 $4.10
3 $5.50 $5.60
   Concession
1 $1.75 $1.80
2 $2.75 $2.80
3 $3.75 $3.80
Stored Value Compass Card
   Adult
1 $2.10 $2.20
2 $3.15 $3.25
3 $4.20 $4.30
   Concession
1 $1.75 $1.80
2 $2.75 $2.80
3 $3.75 $3.80
Monthly Pass
   Adult
1 $91.00 $93.00
2 $124.00 $126.00
3 $170.00 $172.00
   Concession
All Zones $52.00 $53.00
Day Pass
   Adult
All Zones $9.75 $10.00
   Concession
All Zones $7.50 $7.75

 

Source: TransLink

Hotel Vancouver ghost nothing more than red tarp

Earlier today, the Vancouver Sun ran a story about a ghost sighting in one of the city’s storied landmarks: the Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red. An elevator mechanic, Graham Scott, working on another building a block away, supposedly captured an image of the spirit using his cellphone. The image was also posted to Twitter.

According to legend, an ethereal woman clothed in a red dress haunts the upper floors of the Hotel Vancouver, which was built in 1939 and is the third structure to bear the name.

However, I happened to be on Burrard Street this morning, with my camera (of course) and looked up at the north side of the Hotel Vancouver. Lo and behold, there was a red square on one of the windows on the top floor. Using my 55-300 mm zoom, I snapped a clear shot of what looks to be a red tarp covering a shattered window.

Hotel Vancouver's Lady in Red

So, the mystery of the Lady in Red lives on.

Source: Vancouver Sun

Cougars sneak into Port Moody Millennium Line station

While TransLink usually deals with human fare evaders, two cougars managed to bypass security and wander the tracks on the Evergreen extension of the Millennium Line on Friday morning. In the security footage below, TransLink stated in their Facebook post that the felines triggered the guideway intrusion alarm as they walked through the Inlet Centre station in Port Moody.

The late night visit took place just after 4:00 am PDT, well after transit service concluded for the day. Transit staff checked track-side fences and involved the BC Conservation Officers for assistance. Inlet Centre station sits below Barnet Highway and is not elevated.

Cat red-handed… A pair of cougars set off the intrusion alarm last night at Inlet Station on the Evergreen Extension. The meow-nificent pair were spotted on CCTV walking along the guideway through the station! Morning staff searched the line and were unable to find the animals before morning service began. We're not pawsitive how the duo gained access to the guideway, and we will be inspecting fencing along the line to ensure there are no holes or obvious ways for wildlife to get inside. All stations have closed circuit cameras which allow us to see what triggers intrusion alarms at any point. While this incident involving cougars is a first, it's not uncommon to see wildlife on the system. Our staff worked closely with Conservation Officers for guidance and will closely watch the station for signs of the clawver cats return. ^sk

Posted by TransLink on Friday, April 21, 2017

Source: TransLink

Welcome spring with Sakura Days Japan Fair 2017

The Tea Ceremony in 2016

The tea ceremony is the embodiment of poise and hospitality.

After a long, cold and snowy winter, the bright pink blossoms of spring are just around the corner with the Sakura Days Japan Festival. Returning to VanDusen Botanical Gardens, this two-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 pastel sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. The gardens host this celebration from 11:00 am PDT to 7:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 8th and from 11:00 am PDT to 5:00 pm PDT Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may be raining. 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 and tickets are available for purchase online.

Dates and countries revealed for 2017 Honda Celebration of Light

The United States of America's show in 2016

The United States of America’s show in 2016

This summer, the evening skies over English Bay will light up with a trio of pyrotechnic performances for the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light.

The three teams representing their countries in the annual fireworks competition are:

  • Akariya Fireworks for Japan on Saturday, July 29th
  • Jubilee Fireworks for the United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 2nd
  • Royal Pyrotechnie for Canada on Saturday, August 5th

On each day of the fireworks, live music, food and other activities are available to entertain the crowds. In addition to watching (for free) from the beach, there’s paid seating available.

The organizers behind the event are hosting a vote for the top three Canadian songs as part of Canada’s 150th birthday. To cast your ballot, visit the Honda Celebration of Light web site.

Source: Honda Celebration of Light

Let TransLink know how you feel about fares

Compass Cards

TransLink wants your feedback on its current fare structure.

Are you frustrated with the cost of taking transit around Metro Vancouver? Does the current zone system confuse you? Now’s your chance to let TransLink hear your opinion with the transit fare review survey.

Current fares on SkyTrain, bus and SeaBus are determined by how many zones travelled. While all bus rides are one zone, SkyTrain has three zones — but the number of zones differs depending on the time of day (three zones during peak/rush hours and one zone for evening hours/weekend/holidays). This perplexes people not familiar with the system and those who use it infrequently.

This feedback aims to make adjustments to the fare structure based on distance travelled, time of travel and method of transport used.

So what would you like to see? Fares based on distance (such as paying less to travel from Joyce-Collingwood to Metrotown), time of day (more for travel during rush hour Monday morning instead of early afternoon on a Wednesday) or service (it’s cheaper to take a bus than it is to ride SkyTrain or the West Coast Express).

The survey closes on Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Source: TransLink

VanDusen Gardens glows for Festival of Lights 2016

Once again, the lovely VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver is beautifully decorated as part of their annual Festival of Lights.

Thousands upon thousands of colourful bulbs wind along the trees and flower beds to create stunning Christmas displays. The snow left over from the storms earlier in the week made for an even more magical experience.

Additional photos from Saturday evening’s walk are online in Gallery.

The Festival of Lights is on until Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Tickets are available online or in person at the gardens.

Evergreen Extension to open December 2, 2016

Evergreen ExtensionThe much awaited Evergreen Extension to the Millennium Line opens to passengers on Friday, December 2nd, 2016. This addition to the SkyTrain network links Coquitlam and Port Moody into the rest of the rapid transit system that serves Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Vancouver.

Service begins at 12:00 pm PST with festivities held at the Coquitlam Centre station. Updates to TransLink’s web site with transit routes and schedules go live on Monday, November 28th, 2016. Changes to bus service come into effect on Monday, December 19th, 2016. TransLink will also have added staff from Monday, November 21st through to Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 to help with questions on bus service, connections and schedules.

Source: The Buzzer Blog

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