Chilliwack Tulip Festival

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The 13th annual Tulips of the Valley Festival has announced its return to Chilliwack for the 2019 season.

This year, the ever-popular event returns with a brand new name and more than 6.5 million bulbs.

Tulips of the Valley changes its name to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival — and this year is poised to be the event’s biggest and best year yet.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival
Chilliwack Tulip Festival

The first two weeks of the flowers will show off 10 varieties of hyacinths, 17 varieties of daffodils, and one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

A bird’s eye view of the festival

A bird’s eye view of the festival

Starting after the second weekend, 30 different kinds of tulips will be in bloom, with millions of bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow.

Overall, visitors can expect over 20 acres of spring beauty — with extra wide rows for better viewing.

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The festival will also offer a number of Instagram-worthy photo ops. Returning this year is the Chilliwack Tulip Festival’s famous windmill, traditional Dutch bicycle, and the famous tulip swing.

Other attractions include the Rotary Train during weekends, weekend food trucks, a flower-themed gift shop, and tractor rides.

“Tulips of the Valley has been a labour of love for me and my family since we started growing tulips decades ago,” says Kate Onos-Gilbert, festival founder. “Although we’ve changed its name this year, returning visitors will find everything they’ve always loved about the festival.”

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival starts on Wednesday, April 10. Early bloom is said to take place from April 10 to 18; full bloom will run from April 19 to May 5, with the possibility for extensions. 

Tickets to the event can be purchased either online or at the gate. Children under the age of five can enter for free.

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

When: April 10 to May 5, 2019, with possible extension

Time: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 9 am to 7 pm

Article from DailyHive written by VINCENT PLANA


Things to Do in West Vancouver

By Carly Whetter

While once known only as the home of B.C.’s first enclosed shopping mall (we’re looking at you, Park Royal), West Vancouver is now a destination for foodies and outdoorsy folks alike. With the ocean and the mountains right next door, and its farmers’ markets, cafés, museums and galleries, this northwestern municipality offers a plethora of activities for every day of the year.

(Photo: Luis Valdizon.)

1. Amuse the Bouche

Voted Best North Shore in Vancouver magazine’s 2017 Restaurant AwardsCafé Ça Va (1860 Marine Dr.) is led by Michelin-star chef Alain Rayé and serves elegant French cuisine with a certain joie de vivre.

2. Enjoy the View

Nestled at the base of Cypress Mountain, the Salmon House on the Hill (2229 Folkestone Way) is your “special dinner with a killer view” destination. A panorama of glass windows faces the ocean and spans the width of the timber-chic restaurant, so you can sip picks from an award-winning wine list (chosen to pair perfectly with the West Coast fare) over sunsets on Burrard Inlet.

(Photo: Arden Tees.)

3. Get Wet

Take a break from city life by going on a kayak tour of Ambleside Beach or take an interpretive tour of the North Shore with Talaysay Tours (334 Skawshen Rd.). The tour company focuses on First Nations cultural and eco experiences, and offers other walking and kayak tours around the Burrard Inlet and Deep Cove.

4. Drop Anchor

Horseshoe Bay’s Olive and Anchor(6148 Bay St.) was an honourable mention for Best North Shore in Vancouver magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards and is well worth the trip. Chef Lisa Kim offers a diverse menu—everything from brioche French toast with mascarpone to Korean bibimbap—to accompany the view in this casual location.

(Photo: Wildman Photography.)

5. Better Than a Gift Shop

Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver in picturesque Horseshoe Bay lies the Spirit Gallery (6408 Bay St.), which showcases and sells First Nations bentwood boxes, carvings, jewellery and prints by notables such as Musqueam artist Susan Point.

6. Sweet Surrender

Born in Dundarave, Temper Chocolate and Pastry’s (2409 Marine Dr.) chef Steven Hodge has earned his place among chocolatiers by working with star-status chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Vancouver’s own Thomas Haas. Visit the mod marble-forward shop any day of the week for a chocolate- or pastry-laden pick-me-up.

7. Hit the Market

Every Sunday, the Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market (1000 Argyle Ave.) features vendors armed with everything from farm-fresh vegetables to tipples to crafts. After you’ve wandered (or eaten) your way through the market, head to the nearby park and beach at Ambleside to round out a day of relaxation.

8. Let’s Do Brunch

Feast Dining (2423 Marine Dr.) is West Vancouver’s self-proclaimed neighbourhood table—and it has the rustic-farmhouse, down-to-earth decor to match. Stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner for time-honoured favourites like chicken and waffles, or treat yourself to happy hour’s $5 drink specials of wine and/or bubbles.

(Photo: Josh NV.)

9. Call of the Wild

For a taste of the wilderness right in the city, visit Cypress Falls Park (find a parking lot and trail entrance near 4698 Woodgreen Pl.). The park’s low elevation makes it an excellent snow-free pick for a hike year-round. It’s dog friendly, easy to reach by public transit and features a gentle three-kilometre hike round-trip to get the blood flowing.

10. Go Fish

Take to the water to discover the history and wildlife of Howe Sound with Sewell’s Marina (6409 Bay St.). Whether you explore one of North America’s southernmost fjords by guided sea safari, private boat rental or chartered fishing boat, you’ll spend the day getting to know a new side of Vancouver’s backyard (life jacket required).

Things to do at Vancouver Airport

YVR is so much more than a place to catch a plane. Check out all the amazing activities you can do at the airport.

1. EAT

Do something a little different next date night and grab dinner at the airport. There are plenty of delicious sit down dining options available at YVR pre-security including Hanami, Koho, Galiano Cafe and of course a B.C. favourite – White Spot. Also, Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel truly soars with their fantastically fresh food prepared with local ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a juicy burger, some tasty sushi or something a little more refined, YVR has it all. 


Maybe the best kept secret in town, YVR is the ideal place to cram for finals. Free, high-speed wifi? Check. Quiet environment perfect for concentrating? Check. Open 24 hours a day? Check. Students seeking a sweet spot to study can hang out on the Observation Deck and concentrate on making the grade without worrying about any pesky distractions. Also, pretty planes just out the window when you need a brain break. 


The courtyard at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

YVR stepped up the Sea Island shopping options in 2015 with the addition of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. This snazzy centre offers a wide variety of retail outlets with everything from active wear, high-quality chocolate, shoes, handbags and so much more. The European-style layout allows passengers and the public the opportunity to get some fresh air while also scratching their itch for retail therapy.


The Fairmont again offers a variety of high-quality cocktails and their Jetside Bar boasts beautiful views airside while you lubricate. But Vino Volo, Koho, White Spot and Stanley’s Happy Landings Lounge all serve up tasty treats for somebody looking to have a glass at YVR. Another awesome option is Hanami, where you can sip sake and sample some Asian ales. As always, enjoy responsibly.


Level 1 Domestic Terminal Building holds a variety of hidden gems including a full service pharmacy, medical clinic and dentist’s office. Whether you work at YVR or live along the Canada Line, the airport has options if you need to see a dental or medical professional. More info here.


Passengers or the public looking to pamper themselves can visit Absolute Spa on Level 1 Domestic or their location inside the Fairmont. The spa specializes in anti-jetlag treatments and offers manicure and pedicure services, waxing and full-body massage treatments.  


Larry Berg Flight Path Park at YVR

Grab a blanket, make some sandwiches, stir up some lemonade and hit one of the many parks around Sea Island for a lazy afternoon of fun in the sun with your friends. Whether it’s Iona Beach, Flight Path Park or the banks of the Fraser River, YVR is surrounded by neat places to spend the day lounging with your favourite book and occasionally looking up to see a 747 flying overhead. 


YVR boasts some of the best cycling locations of any airport in the world! They’re so good, we recently made a fun video highlighting some of the great places to pedal around the airport. Rides for every level and we are proud supporters of Bike to Work Week. 


In addition to the cycling offered, The Fairmont has a full indoor gym with lap pool for hotel guests or available for drop in. Take a jog along the jetty or a long walk at one of the many surrounding parks and work up a sweat!


YVR has a passionate plane spotting community who can often be seen focusing their high-powered lenses on incoming aircraft looking for that perfect picture of a majestic aircraft in flight. You can often catch some arrivals and departures from the south terminal viewing platform, or visit Flight Path Park for jets soaring directly overhead.  


YVR’s famous Green Coats can be found all throughout the terminal, assisting passengers and making YVR a happier place to travel, and people can apply for that program by sending us an email. But, we also offer a number of other volunteer opportunities throughout the year through our community program including Shoreline Cleanup and Quest Holiday Hamper Drive. Follow our social channels to stay informed of upcoming opportunities.


There are so many things you can do with wee ones at YVR, especially in summer. YVR Take Off Fridays runs every week in July and August and features loads of fun stuff for free you can as a family including face painting, arts and crafts and kid-friendly entertainment, all in terminal. Year round you can visit the Observation Area and check out some of planes right outside the window and the nearby Flight Path Park (pictured above) is a fantastic spot to go stand on top of the world and dream of all the places you’ll go as a family. 


Image of art piece 'Hugging the World'

YVR boasts one of the biggest privately owned, publicly displayed collections of West Coast First Nations art in the world. We recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the jade canoe at YVR, and encourage the public to enter a contest for a trip to the Haida Gwaii. Check out some fun pieces on Domestic Level 1, visit the Welcome Figures at International Arrivals Level 2, and marvel at the Great Wave Wall located straight across from the Jade Canoe. 

Brunch in Vancouver

15 places to find great brunch in Vancouver

by Tammy Kwan

It’s true that brunch is a popular weekend (or weekday) tradition in our city, and there are plenty of options when it comes down to who serves it best.

From traditional hearty plates such as eggs benny to Southern-inspired dishes like chicken-and-waffles, Vancouver definitely has something to offer for each type of palate.


Here are 15 places to find delicious brunch around town.

1. Belgard Kitchen (55 Dunlevy Avenue)

Feast on steak and eggs or some gravlax hash in a beautiful, Instagram-worthy eatery. We like its appetite-waking Belgard Bacon: maple-bourbon pork belly topped with maple caramel. Its menu also features a Postmark stout sausage skillet, steak and eggs, and smashed avocado and sourdough (salmon and/or burrata can be added for an additional charge). If you’re feeling like something sweet, we suggest its bread-pudding French toast served with blueberry compote and chantilly cream.

Brunch availability: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2. Burdock & Co (2702 Main Street)

Tucked away in Mount Pleasant, this restaurant is known for its organic, farm-to-table creations in a fuss-free setting. Food-lovers will enjoy its small but focused brunch menu, which includes dishes like crispy fried chicken with potato-pickle mayo, gluten-free eggs benny with lemon hollandaise, and frittata & soda bread (with bacon-caramelized onion or hot smoked salmon). French pancake with seasonal fruits, cauliflower risotto, and vegan avocado smash are also served here.

Brunch availability: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3. Catch 122 Café Bistro (122 West Hastings Street)

Offering contemporary Canadian fare in a rustic-chic space, this Gastown eatery serves up brunch items that are consistently delicious. Its menu offers smoked pork-shoulder benny, steak-and-egg, the veg breakfast sandwich, and a Moroccan lamb stew. It also offers a variety of brunch cocktails that include everything from a mimosa to Caesar to rosemary maple-bourbon sour. Zero-proof beverages such as hot chocolate, butter beer, cold-press juice, and a variety of caffeinated drinks are also available.

Brunch availability: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4. Chambar (568 Beatty Street)

Wake up with paella (curried orzo, hot Spanish chorizo, and charred tomato salsa), steak and fried eggs with cornbread, or omelettes with roasted mushrooms and pesto. You can’t leave without digging into some decadent waffles at this Belgian restaurant, which offer toppings like milk chocolate lavender, white chocolate pistachio rosewater, and fig orange marmalade—drooling yet?

Brunch availability: Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

5. Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar(2201 West 1st Avenue and 1055 West Hastings Street)

This laidback seafood restaurant offers a hearty New Orleans brunch, with one specific dish that outshines most of the other brunch items: Southern fried chicken-and-waffles, topped with a Cajun honey-butter drizzle. It’s the perfect way to wake up on the weekends without an alarm, and once you taste it, you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without it. Other menu items include biscuit sandwiches, Bayou fried-shrimp eggs benny, and a beefcake hash, among others.

Brunch availability: Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at its Kitsilano location, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at its Coal Harbour location.

6. Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant(1509 West 12th Avenue and 1390 Marine Drive, West Vancouver)

Located in South Granville and Ambleside, this restaurant is a favourite spot not just among vegetarians and vegans, but also those who prefer healthy and clean dishes that still taste great. Some of the features on its brunch menu include a mouth-watering grilled cheese sandwich with local apples and arugula on cranberry sourdough, mushroom benedict with caramelized onions, vegan buttermilk pancakes, tofu ninja bowl, and smashed avocado benny.

Brunch availability: Daily from 9 late at its South Granville location, and daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Ambleside location.

7. Jam Café (556 Beatty Street and 2153 West 4th Avenue)

This Victoria-born brunch hub has become a staple in Vancouver, and it still commands lengthy waits on any given day, even with two outlets in the city. Purely a breakfast joint, Jam Café is famous for its generous portions and comfort food. Popular items include green-eggs-and-ham (who doesn’t love some Dr. Seuss?), brioche Fresh toast, triple-stack red-velvet pancakes, and Farmer’s breakfast skillet (with sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns, peppers, mushrooms, shredded cheddar cheese, and more).

Brunch availability: Daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8. Jules Bistro (216 Abbott Street)

You don’t have to travel all the way to France for some good French food—this Gastown spot does it just as well. Guests can start off their first meal with a basket of freshly baked mini butter croissants served with butter and jam, before proceeding to heavier items such as sunny-side up eggs or a breakfast cassoulet (with beans, bacon, chorizo, duck confit, and a poached egg). For those with larger appetites, go for the ribeye steak, moules frites, and croque-monsieur.

Brunch availability: Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

9. L’Abattoir (217 Carrall Street)

This Gastown eatery serves up simple but delicious brunch dishes, with a French twist. Start off by choosing some baked goods from L’Abattoir’s famous fresh pastry basket, and go for the warm currant scone (with jam and clotted cream) by default. Try its poached eggs with smoked pork belly, full breakfast (with eggs, house sausage, pork and beans, and toast), and cured cockeye salmon tartine. If you want to make it a classy meal with the crew, skip the mimosas and go straight for the bubbles.

Brunch availability: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10. Medina Café (780 Richards Street)

You’ll find Mediterranean-inspired bistro fare at this downtown staple. Dishes such as Israeli cous-cous (with roasted eggplant and marinated beets), fricasse (with sunny eggs, braised short ribs, and applewood-smoked cheddar), and paella (with orzo, spicy chorizo, and seasonal veggies) are popular items. Of course, you can’t leave without trying its most famous offering: Liege-style waffles. Add a sweet topping like salted caramel or dark chocolate to your dessert—but it you really want to indulge, pair it with a scoop (or two) of Earnest ice cream. 

Brunch availability: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11. Red Wagon Café (2296 East Hastings Street)

This neighbourhood joint has an all-day menu that features buttermilk pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, as well as classic eggs benedict topped with hollandaise and its signature homefries. We suggest heading there before you even get hungry, because the wait time can take a while—it’s very common to see people huddled outside its entrance. Don’t fret if you’re craving brunch even at 4 p.m., this East Van spot is open late.

Brunch availability: Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

12. The Acorn Restaurant (3995 Main Street)

Guests will find innovative and photogenic brunch plates at this fan-favourite establishment, which cater to vegetarian and vegan palates around town. Featured items include Southern-fried artichokes (with house waffle and Bourbon maple syrup), fried poached egg (with squash, Honey-Crisp apple, and sun choke chips), and a skillet (with confit potato, seasonal veggie hash, and hollandaise). Pair your dish with organic cold-pressed juice and one of its brunch-friendly signature cocktails.

Brunch availability: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

13. The Oakwood Canadian Bistro(2731 West 4th Avenue)

Enjoy your first meal of the day at this cozy spot, which has a charming atmosphere that can rival a rustic ski cabin on the slopes. Its brunch menu offers smoked ham-hock benedict, brunch poutine with braised beef shank and sous-vide eggs, steak-and-eggs, and roasted-mushroom-and-lemon-ricotta omelette. Be sure to save room for its biggest hit: cinnamon-bun French toast, complete with salted caramel and cream-cheese icing.

Brunch availability: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

14. Tuc Craft Kitchen (60 West Cordova Street)

Situated in the heart of Gastown, Tuc has won over the hearts of many food-lovers in the city with its hearty Canadian comfort food. Its rustic and seasonal fare extends to a well-loved brunch menu, which includes everything from crispy chicken and waffles to falafel-and-eggs, and from chorizo-and-spuds to spam-and-eggs. Order some sharable sides for the table, such as pork belly and house-cured bacon. Morning happy hour drinks (think mimosas and Caesars) are also available, which can be elevated with prosecco or bourbon.

Brunch availability: Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

15. Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary(546 West Broadway and 1598 East Hastings Street)

This popular establishment (with two locations and a food truck) is arguably the go-to spot for brunch-lovers around town. It specializes in creating perfectly poached eggs, with customizable options that feature doubled-smoked bacon and hand-carved maple ham. Top it off with real hollandaise sauce and a side of truffle lemon hash browns for the ultimate eggs benedict dish. Chicken-and-waffles, beignets, and French toast are also on the menu.

Brunch availability: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit Golden BC

Fast Facts about Golden and Kicking Horse Country

Golden is situated in the Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia, and lies between two mountain ranges – the Columbia Mountains (sub ranges: Selkirk and Purcell) and the Rocky Mountains, and at the junction of two heritage rivers – the Columbia River and the Kicking Horse River.

Kicking Horse Mountain resort is located 15 minutes from Golden and is renowned for some of the best snow and powder conditions in the world. 

Golden is close to 4 other world class ski resorts: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Panorama Mountain Village.


  • 280 kms from Calgary International Airport
  • 250 kms from Cranbrook
  • 4 hours from US border
  • Close to six National Parks – Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho


  • Town of Golden: 3,701
  • Surround Rural Areas: 3,065



  • Summer average high: 25°C/77°F
  • Summer average low: 9°C/48°F
  • Winter average high: -6°C/21°F
  • Winter average low: -14°C/7°F


  • Annual average: 306.3 mm or 12.1 inches of rain per year. (Less than one-quarter the rainfall of Vancouver)


Annual average snowfall:

  • Town of Golden: 184 cm/72 inches
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Alpine Stations: 650 cm/256 inches
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Summit Snow Stations: 690 cm/295 inches


  • Town of Golden: 800 metres/2,600 feet
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Base: 1,190 metres/3,900 feet
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Summit: 2,450 metres/8,033 feet

Spend a Day In North Vancouver

1. Night Walk on the Cliffs

A time-honoured stop for locals of all ages, take your time exploring the 137-metre Capilano Suspension Bridge(3735 Capilano Rd.), as well as the suspended walkways through the trees in this nature park. Pro tip: If you head over after 5 p.m., you’ll skip the crowds and get 30 percent off your ticket (full price for an adult is $42.95) between May 20 and Labour Day. Grab a made-in-North Van Bridge Brewing pale ale at the Logger’s Grill before hitting the Cliffwalk for a lights-out evening stroll along the hanging cliff-face path.

2. Pizza, Please!

For a primo slice of pie, we recommend the Salsiccia from the warm and inviting Il Castello Pizzeria(119 E 2nd St.). Think smoked onion sauce, smoked pro-volone, Italian fennel sausage and kale. (Almost healthy, right?) Try to score a seat where you can admire your pizza rising and bubbling in the custom wood-fired oven.

3. For Nifty Gifties

In Lower Lonsdale (that’s LoLo for short) Mo’s General Store (51 Lonsdale Ave.) is the browse-friendly stop for everything from beard oil to cast iron pans. Shelves are stocked with a curated selection of local products staff have tested and loved themselves—bottled laundry soap, wood-carved candle trays, your new favourite coffee maker. Plus, they make custom gift packages wrapped in hip Cumberland Company crates.

4. Ice Cream Flights FTW

One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever make at the ice-cream counter is being faced with a window of flavours and having to commit to just one. That’s why we love North Van’s new sweet kid on the block, Welcome Parlour Ice Cream (227 E 8th St.), because they offer four-flavour tasting flights (thanks, craft beer craze!) of their rotating natural concoctions—so you don’t have to choose.

Hearthstone Brewery (Photo: Duncan Joseph.)

5. Beer Crawl

Kick off a roving beer quest at Hearthstone Brewery (1015 Marine Dr.) with their refreshing Cucumber Sour. Next, walk or bike downhill to Black Kettle Brewing Company (720 Copping St.) to sip their White IPA, a dry-hopped wheat ale with notes of orange and fruity hops. Then head over to Green Leaf Brewing Company(123 Carrie Cates Ct.) in Lonsdale Quay for their Black Currant Sour—as it’s the year of sours, after all.

6. New Heights

Getting to the peak of a mountain is thrilling, but we’ll go you one further. Take the $15 elevator ride to the top of the Eye of the Wind turbine (11 Alpine Trl.) to get the best 360-degree view atop Grouse (with no trees in the way!). It’s the only turbine in the world visitors can go inside to see heart-stopping vistas from their own viewPOD station—complete with massive rotating blades.

7. Taste the Rainbow

Drop the traditional bar and scoop one of the über-popular chocolate cups from Coconama Chocolate (264 E 1st St.). Filled with colourful (pink, yellow, green!) chocolate squares, these sweets have a mouth-watering smooth texture and come in a smattering of coveted flavours—try their signature truffles in salted caramel, or local fave, matcha. They also host workshops so you can learn how to make these delicious treats at home.

8. Coffee Crush

Moja Coffee (1412 Rupert St.) is the little gem now supplying their coffee to big chains like Terra Breads and the Four Seasons hotels, but they’ve stayed true to their North Vancouver roots. If you can handle the jolt, go for their house espresso straight up, paired with treats from Vancouver’s own The Lemon Square. And grab a bag of single-origin beans to brew at home when you hit Moja withdrawal.

9. Sweet Vegan

What do you get when you combine a mother’s dream to open a bakery and a daughter’s celiac diagnosis? A 100-percent gluten-free artisan vegan bakery like Two Daughters Bakeshop(121 E 1st St.). It’s food-sensitivity friendly, but most people just come for high-quality treats. Try one of their chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies or vegan Nanaimo bars.

10. Grab the Picnic Basket

Time to pull out that picnic basket and head south of Deep Cove to Cates Park(4141 Dollarton Hwy.). This park offers tons of grass to picnic on and trees for stealing some shade, and we like that it’s not as tourist-busy as kayak-central Deep Cove. There’s also a beach if you’re interested in taking a dip. Alternatively, go for a walk among the totem poles.

11. Tasty Night Out

Move over, Richmond: North Vancouver’s own Shipyards Night Market (15 Wallace Mews Rd.) rivals those of other suburbs, with live music, food trucks and a beer garden. Things get under way on Fridays at 5 p.m. from May to September at Shipbuilders’ Square, setting you up for the perfect time and place to watch the sunset while enjoying tasty food-truck bites.

I Love Kelowna

Seven Reasons Why Kelowna is Awesome in the Spring

by Tourism Kelowna

Spring is in the air.

Lakeside dock blossoms

For Kelowna’s residents that means a reawakening of activity that sweeps away the winter cobwebs and signals a renewed love affair with the Okanagan outdoors.

Photo by Brian Sprout Photography

Kelowna, in fact, comes from the Okanagan First Nation language and means “grizzly bear”—an animal renowned for its ferocious appetite for spring.

Originally known as L’Anse au Sable (or Sandy Cove), Kelowna has developed into a modern, casually sophisticated lakeside city that can hold its own when it comes to business, recreation, culture and quality of life. Get outdoors and you’ll find the people here are active, down to earth and eager to share.

Here are seven reasons why Kelowna is especially awesome in spring.

1. Street-side breakfast

There’s a simple joy in beginning the day perched outside a street-side cafe with a hot beverage, a pastry and the local newspaper to enjoy. Explore Bernard Avenue and settle in with the refreshing morning breeze as you watch the world go by or take it to go and head down to a lakefront bench.

2. The greens are green and fairways open

Kelowna is home to 18 golf courses and more than 100,000 yards of ball-striking heaven. That makes for a wide-open range of a multi-course excursion to work out the kinks in your swing.

Golf Kelowna
3. Trails to get your wheels turning

With 300 km of on-street lanes and another 40 km of separated multi-use paths, you’d be hard-pressed to find a city in Canada of Kelowna’s size with more to offer cyclists—including cycle-based wine tours. Bike racks and lockers are located throughout the city and if, heaven forbid, your early-season ride leaves you a little fatigued, you can always catch a bus home and bring your bike with you.

4. A little wine after lunch?

Okanagan wineries—over 40 in and around Kelowna—are open and eager to provide a tasting of their crafted delights. Select the wine tour of your choice and then set out, map in hand, to wander from stop to stop, enjoying not only the best in Okanagan reds and whites, but also the transfixing beauty of the Okanagan Valley’s mountains, vineyards, and water. Remember to save room in your bags for your favourite bottle.

5. Meals that marvel

Kelowna is home to the Canadian Culinary Championships, which is fitting as the city is also home to a rich and diverse food scene that offers everything from exquisite dining to fast food frenzy. On almost every corner you’ll find a great spot to settle in to indulge in a signature dish.

Downtown Sails Statue
6. Stroll and let it all soak in

A favourite treat for Kelowna residents is a stroll along the lakefront boardwalk. Take along a mid-day lunch for a picnic at Tugboat Bay and Waterfront Park. Or enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of an evening walk as you relive your day’s adventure and ponder the next. Popular boardwalk stops include the Rhapsody and Spirit of Sail sculptures, Rotary Marsh and Bear, a tribute to Kelowna’s settlement on Okanagan Lake.

7. Getting here is a piece of cake

Contemplating a getaway to Kelowna is as simple as choosing an hour-long flight from Vancouver or Abbotsford or pointing your automobile east on the TransCanada. No less than 20 flights leave the Lower Mainland for Kelowna each day. If you’d rather see beautiful B.C. from your vehicle, Kelowna is just four hours from the Lower Mainland—and it’s four-lanes all the way

The Best Hainan Chicken in VanCity

I think the best Hainan Chicken in the city by far can be found at MamaLees. This hidden gem is located  near West Broadway and Macdonald. I don’t live in the area but it’s not too far from downtown Vancouver, so I do sometimes make a trip just to have a some mamalee chicken! According to their website, the founder Betty came to Canada in 1990 from Malaysia and it was originally called Cafe D’Lite. In 1995 tragedy struck and Betty became partially paralyzed after a car accident and her health has never been the same. Tragedy struck again in 2005 when they were forced to relocated and even considered closing down due to Betty’s health. Everytime I go to MamaLee I see Betty there working hard still in the kitchen. I can taste all the hard work she puts into the dishes! I highly respect her. The prices are extremely reasonable. I usually order the large Hainan Chicken with rice. It’s under $14. Come by and check this place out ASAP! warning: this place can be packed during dinner time.

TransLink seeking ideas to improve amenities at SkyTrain stations and bus loops

Article from DailyHive Vancouver from Author Kenneth Chan

TransLink seeking ideas to improve amenities at SkyTrain stations and bus loops | Daily Hive Vancouver

New and improved creature comforts for SkyTrain stations and bus exchanges continue to be a major priority for TransLink.

For its 2019 Open Call For Innovation, the public transit authority wants individuals, companies, non-profits, non-government organizations, and academic institutions to submit their proposals for improving customer amenities at transit hubs in new innovative ways.

TransLink seeking ideas to improve amenities at SkyTrain stations and bus loops | Daily Hive Vancouver

This follows a number of announcements last year on new amenities such as real-time next train digital countdown signs for the Expo and Millennium lines, the gradual implementation of systemwide free Wi-Fi, and the introduction of public washrooms at major hubs.

“Every day, there are almost half-a-million people who use transit stops and stations throughout Metro Vancouver,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, in a statement.

“We are looking for ways to help our customers with their everyday needs while they are on the go. With all transit journeys beginning and ending at a transit stop or station, we want to generate new ideas for improving our customers’ experience while they are waiting for a bus or SkyTrain, or passing through our stations.”

To go beyond the standard amenities transit systems around the world are known for, submissions to TransLink should examine innovative technologies, business models, and partnerships to enhance the journey of passengers.

Successful applicants will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges, with winners offered support to help further develop their ideas, access to TransLink assets to test or demonstrate their idea, and opportunities to pilot the idea on a larger scale in partnership with TransLink.

This is the public transit authority’s second annual Open Innovation Call; last year’s inaugural call led to a joint pilot project in partnership with Evo, Modo and Mobi to explore ways to bundle mobility services for the customers of each company.

TransLink says a total of 90 submissions were evaluated and selected by an internal panel in the first Innovation Call launched in the middle of 2018.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Events

Cherry Jam Downtown

Burrard Skytrain station

The official festival kick-off is a culturally rockin’ good time with performances that honour Vancouver’s multicultural heritage — all amid a sea of cherry blossoms, of course.

Plein-Air Blossom Painting

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Plein-air instructors lead watercolour, pastel, oil and acrylic painters in art-making sessions right inside the garden, helping them to capture its cherry trees, rhododendrons, crocuses and many other plants in their work.

Tree Talks & Walks

Various locations

Six walks through some of Vancouver’s spectacular spring gardens are led by notable tree enthusiasts who help visitors find the city’s most beautiful blooms, talk about their origins and help identify different varieties.

Sakura Days Japan Fair

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Vancouver’s original 500 cherry trees were a gift from the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama in the 1930s, thanking the city for honoring Japanese Canadians who served in WWI. Celebrating the city’s long friendship with Japan, this family-friendly festival-within-a-festival includes tea ceremonies, ikebana (flower-arranging classes), sake tasting, geisha dances, taiko drumming, kimono demonstrations, Japanese cuisine and much more.

Bike the Blossoms

Visitors are invited to view the cherry trees from atop two wheels with Velopalooza, enjoying a guided ride that weaves through Vancouver’s most blossom-laden neighbourhoods.

Haiku Invitational

The cherry trees are sure to spark a creative sensation in all who witness them, and poets and non-poets alike are invited to submit haikus on the subject to festival organizers. The winning poets’ works will be published on the festival’s website.