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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.

Game-themed restaurant and bar EXP to close at end of June

Vancouver’s video game-inspired restaurant and bar, EXP, is closing down on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

According to a post on the EXP Facebook page, The landlord informed restaurant management that they must shut down at the end of June. Leading up to the closure, food and drinks are being discounted with the funds going to staff as thanks for their efforts.

So come on down and power up with a Triforce Burger (or sip a Pikachu’s Revenge) while you still can.

It’s hoped, that EXP may be given a 1-UP to re-open at another site.

Source: Facebook

Celebrate Latin American culture with the tenth year of Carnaval del Sol

Latin American food brings everyone together at Carnaval del Sol

Start summer off with some Latin American flair at the Carnaval del Sol, celebrating its tenth year at Concord Pacific Place on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th, 2018.

This two-day event is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and incorporates food, fun, music and more from countries in Central and South America. Multiple plazas focus on many aspects of these cultures: food, arts, family, kids, health and wellness, kids, beer, travel and a chill zone sponsored by Tim Hortons. And with the World Cup in full swing, there’s a soccer tournament taking place at the nearby Andy Livingstone Park soccer fields.

Carnaval del Sol closes off the Latin American Week, which includes cruises, a parade, a Latin film night, Women’s panels, and wining and dancing.

Carnaval del Sol is hosted at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. There is a $2.00 admission this year for single day access (or a $10.00 VIP pass for use on both days) is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

TransLink fares going up on July 1, 2018

Compass Cards

TransLink fare prices are rising on Canada Day 2018.

To help provide improvements to Metro Vancouver’s transit system, TransLink is increasing its fares between five and ten cents on Sunday, July 1st, 2018. This fare increase is part of phase one of the Mayors Council’s 10-Year Vision for transit to add capacity, bus service and other enhancements around the region.

Single trip fares will see a ten cent increase, while concession fares go up five cents; monthly passes will cost two dollars more (concession by a dollar). Purchasing a DayPass will cost 25 cents more. The table below breaks down the cost per zone and fare type.

Single Use/Cash Tickets
Zone Current Fare New Fare
   Adult
1 $2.85 $2.95
2 $4.10 $4.20
3 $5.60 $5.70
   Concession
1 $1.80 $1.90
2 $2.80 $2.90
3 $3.80 $3.90
Stored Value Compass Card
   Adult
1 $2.20 $2.30
2 $3.25 $3.35
3 $4.30 $4.40
   Concession
1 $1.80 $1.85
2 $2.80 $2.85
3 $3.80 $3.85
Monthly Pass
   Adult
1 $93.00 $95.00
2 $126.00 $128.00
3 $172.00 $174.00
   Concession
All Zones $53.00 $54.00
Day Pass
   Adult
All Zones $10.00 $10.25
   Concession
All Zones $7.75 $8.00

Source: TransLink

Titanic exhibit to make stop in Richmond for 2018

The legendary liner RMS Titanic sails into Richmond’s Lipont Place this summer, through an exhibit showcasing artifacts of the ship’s ill-fated voyage.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit brings objects salvaged from the ocean floor, including china and pieces of the ship itself. There are also recreations of on board staterooms and berths, and an iceberg where touching is encouraged.

On April 10th, 1912, the RMS Titanic set off on her maiden voyage, departing Southampton, England for New York by way of Cherbourg, France and Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland. Shortly before midnight, the vessel had her fatal encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. Some two and half hours later, approximately 1,500 people would perish as the ship slipped under the frigid waters in the early hours of April 15th, 1912.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit opens on June 23rd, 2018 and runs thru January 11th, 2019. Tickets for this event are available for purchase online. Lipont Place is located at 4211 No. 3 Road in Richmond.

Downtown Vancouver’s Canada Day Parade cancelled for 2018

The Parade in 2017 for the Canada 150 celebrations.

This July 1st, the streets of downtown Vancouver won’t be filled with floats or lined with crowds waving miniature red and white maple leaf flags as the Canada Day parade is cancelled going forward.

Citing rising costs, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which hosts the parade, made the decision to cancel the procession instead choosing to focus on the events at Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has run the parade since its start in 2009.

Source: Canada Place

Granville Station elevator repairs takes part of station out of service for 2 years

Starting today, and for the next two years, the three long escalators at Granville Station are no longer in service as TransLink works to replace them. These escalators are almost 30 years old, installed when the Expo Line began operation in 1986.

During this work, only the Dunsmuir Street entrance/exit will allow access to the train platforms. The Seymour Street entrance will remain closed until completion in 2020. Passengers looking to access SkyTrain through Pacific Centre will need to detour through the Bay and Vancouver Centre Mall.

TransLink recommends taking extra time if using Granville Station, or consider Burrard, Waterfront or Stadium-Chinatown Stations instead.

Source: TransLink

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.

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

New SkyTrain cars coming in the next two years

Additional cars to increase capacity on both SkyTrain lines and the Canada Line is being accelerated according to an announcement made by TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond on Friday, February 23rd.

The first 28 cars destined for the Expo and Millennium Lines will arrive in early 2019, followed by another 28 cars toward the end of 2019. A further 24 cars are on order for the Canada Line which are expected before the end of 2020.

The original order of the cars was made in 2016 under Phase 1 of the region’s 10 year vision for transit which includes a 20% increase for rail service.

Statistics provided by TransLink show that ridership is up by 5.7 percent, reaching 407 million boardings in 2017.

LIVE: Announcement Regarding Increased Capacity on SkyTrain 🚇

Posted by TransLink on Friday, February 23, 2018

Source: TransLink

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