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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.

UBC Apple Festival returns for 26th year this October

Grimes Golden

A bag of Grimes Golden apples at the UBC Apple Festival.

Take a bite into fall with the UBC Apple Festival this October! On Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th, 2017, between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, you can sink your teeth into everything apple related at the UBC Botanical Gardens on the west side of the university campus.

Some 63 types of apples are lined up, with 70 varieties of trees for purchase. While a list of cultivars for this year won’t be posted until October, some of the ones served up last year included Ambrosia, Bramley’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Grimes Golden, and Salish.

In addition to the apple sales, this family-friendly event will include an apple tasting, food stalls, a kids play area, crafts, live music and entertainment. Plus, the gardens are open for exploration, with special pricing for the Greenheart TreeWalk.

Admission is $5 (cash only), or free for those aged 12 and under, which gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes between the Botanical Gardens and the West Parkade and the Fraser River Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Market Mexico comes to Robson Square on September 16, 2017

Viva Mexico!

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver (between the Vancouver Art Gallery and Law Courts) will host Market Mexico in celebration of the North American nation’s day of independence, which coincidentally, is the same day.

From 11:30 am until 12:00 midnight, stalls selling all sorts of traditional Mexican fare including tacos, tortas, elotes, pan dulce and churros. In addition to these tasty treats, cultural handicrafts and artwork will also be for sale. Live music and films will offer entertainment during the event, with the Grito being performed at 6:00 pm by the Mexican Consul General Berenice Diaz-Ceballos.

Market Mexico is a free event, on the ice rink level at 800 Robson Street.

Changes to BC Ferries polices regarding smoking, and staying inside vehicles

BC Ferries' vessel the Coastal Renaissance

BC Ferries’ vessel the Coastal Renaissance

Get ready for some big changes coming to BC Ferries if you like to stay in your car while sailing or go out for a smoke on the ships or at terminals.

Starting Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, passengers will be unable to stay in their vehicles on any enclosed decks on a ferry — this means the lower decks of the ships that are enclosed by the loading doors; upper vehicle decks are not affected by this directive. According to a release by BC Ferries, this is to be compliant with Transport Canada regulations for passenger safety, highlighted under section 152 of the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act. BC Ferries added that passengers can ask the upper vehicle deck on a vessel with an enclosed vehicle deck when they pay for their fare at the ticket booths; though this may not be fulfilled due to demand, vessel or other situations.

A list of routes affected include:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point
  • Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
  • Horseshoe Bay – Langdale
  • Powell River – Comox
  • Port Hardy – Prince Rupert
  • Port Hardy – Bella Coola
  • Prince Rupert – Haida Gwaii

For smokers, as of Monday, January 22nd, 2018, you won’t be able to light up, or use an e-cigarette on any vessel or at any terminal or facility, even inside your own vehicle. This is due to changes to British Columbia law in 2016 that increased smoke free zone to 6 meters (19.6 feet) from 3 meters (9.8 feet) near any door, window or air intake. Because of the limited space on the decks, the increased buffer makes it hard to comply with this updated regulation.

Sources: BC Ferries [1, 2]

Naruto fans run Vancouver’s seawall like Naruto

If you’ve ever watched Naruto, you’ve probably noticed how the characters in the show run — with their arms stretched straight behind them. This method has garnered some interesting reactions from people (e.g. why do they run like this?) and even spurred some events online where people can meet up and run shinobi style. Well, in Vancouver, one such event was scheduled and, surprisingly enough, a crowd did show up at the tear drop sculpture by the Vancouver Convention Centre this afternoon to ninja dash along the city’s famed seawall.

1st Annual Run on the Seawall Naruto Style 1st Annual Run on the Seawall Naruto Style 1st Annual Run on the Seawall Naruto Style
1st Annual Run on the Seawall Naruto Style 1st Annual Run on the Seawall Naruto Style 1st Annual Run on the Seawall Naruto Style

So, how did it go? A handful of participants actually manage to hold up and made around the seawall to Science World on the False Creek side, and up to Kitsilano on the southern edge of English Bay. Others weren’t as energetic and stopped for a bowl of ramen instead.

But it was a great way to get outside, enjoy the sun, exercise and be with others who enjoy the Naruto series, and most importantly, have fun.

Honda Celebration of Light 2017 – Team Japan

Japan was the first country to perform for the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light over Vancouver’s English Bay. As part of Canada 150, all participating countries were asked to include a Canadian song — Japan chose Halleluja by Leonard Cohen as their opening song.

If the high tide, crowds or glaring sunshine kept you away from English Bay, you can check out out some of the sweet shots from their show on Gallery.

The United Kingdom is up next on Wednesday, August 2nd followed by Canada on Saturday, August 5th. Fireworks start promptly at 10 pm.

Helping those affected by the BC wildfires

Our friends and family throughout British Columbia need your help to overcome the devastation caused by the wildfires that have displaced many communities.

Donations can be made online to the Canadian Red Cross through their web site. If you’re in an area affected by the fires, visit the Province of British Columbia web site for additional information.

Canada Day events for 2017

Canada Day at Canada Place

Celebrate 150 years of Canada this Saturday!

Canada turns 150 years old this Saturday, July 1st and it’s time to come out and party! With so many things going on this weekend, it’s hard to choose, but don’t despair — There’s an entire weekend to have fun with food, parades, music, festivals and yes, fireworks! Bonne fête Canada!

 

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

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