3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a perfect starter home, a spacious townhome and a sleek one-bedroom condo. Read more…

Kitsilano Community Gardens Fight to Survive CP Rail Evictions

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Maple Community Garden

Many community gardens in the city, including our own award-winning Maple Community Garden and Cypress Community Garden, are facing imminent crisis as Canadian Pacific has issued a notice that much of the gardens be dismantled by July 31 in order to make way for track maintenance.

On Saturday July 26, from 11am-5pm, a the gardens are throwing a garden party to draw awareness to the issue and celebrate the long life of these community gardens. The event takes place between Maple and Fir along the 6th Avenue railway tracks. This could very likely be a final hurrah for the community of passionate gardeners that have called this spot home for years. A BBQ will be provided for anyone to use, there will be plant seed giveaways, music, veggies, and a mini market. Harvest and Garden Tours will take place at 1pm and 3pm, and there will be a Seed Saving Workshop at 2pm. This event is open to the public of all ages, including pets, and is free. Be sure to stop by to show your support for a lovely Kitsilano landmark. Read more…

Get Ready for Fireworks! Celebration of Light Kicks off Saturday, July 26

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The annual Honda Celebration of Light Vancouver fireworks festival kicks off this Saturday, July 26, with a performance by the United States. Beginning at 10pm, rain or shine, the shebang lasts 25 minutes and is launched from the barges in English Bay.

While ideal spots to watch are downtown from Sunset Beach or English Bay, Kitsilano Beach is always packed and offers a respectable view. Big crowds, some extra foods carts, and nearby bars for after show drinks help make our neighbourhood an sweet spot from which to view the show. The music simulcast can be heard on SHORE 104.3 and on the festival’s mobile app, or you can settle in at the Kitsilano Showboat, which will also be playing the music and offering seating from a great vantage point. Read more…

4 Things You Didn’t Know about Granville Island

 

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Floating homes at Sea Village on Granville Island

Granville Island’s evolution from a First Nations winter fishing village on a sandbar, to industrial island, to derelict wasteland, to thriving tourist destination and artistry hotspot that it is today, can be difficult to imagine.

Some remnants of its past are still visible. Railway tracks can be seen amongst the cobblestone streets and corrugated buildings. A drill-bit manufacturer and concrete factory still remain – subtle tributes to its days of cranking out manufactured goods.

As a successful model for brownfield redevelopment, Granville Island now sees over 10 million visitors every year.

While urban planners, architects, and developers speculate about its shrouded future, spend an afternoon checking out these 4 things you didn’t know about Granville Island.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Granville Island

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Where to Get a Milkshake in Kitsilano

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Cold, sweet and creamy, milkshakes evoke childhood. There’s something about summer that makes us it okay for grown-ups to indulge too. Here’s where to get a milkshake in Kits, while you can still get away with it.

Where to Get a Milkshake in Kitsilano

1. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe

We love it all year round for diner fare and the fact that there’s real art (find the Fred Herzog!) mixed in with the kitsch covering the walls. When it comes to the art of the milkshake, you can bet they know their stuff. Expect oversized portions, the overflow served on the side in a chrome mixing cup, with real ice cream in flavours such as coconut, almond and espresso. They also have the classic triumvirate: choc, strawberry and vanilla. Add booze for just $3 more. Read more…

Free Outdoor Movies Vancouver 2014: Stanley Park & Canada Place

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Free outdoor movies, one of the quintessential elements of summer in Vancouver, are back.  This year, there are two downtown options.

Option 1: The Chevron Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park — free outdoor movies which take place every Tuesday at dusk until September 2.

Option 2: Scotiabank SCENE presents Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place, taking place weekly on Thursdays throughout July and August.

Details on showtimes, what to bring, snacks and weather related cancellations after the jump. Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a heritage home, a townhouse with stunning views and a one-bedroom condo. Read more…

What To Do This Weekend in Kits

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Summer Kitsilano is packed with events and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the action. Without further ado, here are 7 fun things to do this weekend in Kits:

Thank you to the Kitsilano Dairy Queen for supporting the Kitsilano.ca community by sponsoring our events guide.

What To Do This Weekend in Kits

1. Vancouver Folk Music Festival: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park July 18-20 and tickets are still on sale. We love Folk Fest not only because it’s been a part of Kits culture since 1978, but also because the organizers do a great job of honouring the past while keeping up with what’s hot now. This year, for example, folk legend Joan Baez is coming along with the offbeat superstar Andrew Bird, who gives remarkable live performances. Follow the links to find out more about 2014 Folk Fest artists and tickets. Read more…

Yak & Yeti Nepalese Bistro Now Open in Kitsilano

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If you’ve been hunting for yak dumplings in Kitsilano, the search is over. You can find them at Yak & Yeti Bistro, the Nepalese restaurant now open at West 4th and Bayswater. Yak & Yeti opened in late 2013, but it hasn’t come across our radar until only recently.

According to the July 16, 2014 review in the Straight, the momos (yak dumplings) are pretty nice and the yak meat in them comes from locally-raised, shaggy beasts. But the rest of the cuisine departs from the Nepalese name tag and turns out to be an odd mash-up of Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine which the chef/owner describes as other Himalayan street food. Read more…

Vancouver Says Okay to Craft Booze at Farmers Markets

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As reported by BIV, City of Vancouver recently announced that it will roll out a one-season pilot program to allow the sale of craft liquor at Vancouver Farmers Markets including Kitsilano Farmers Market starting this summer. The program is effective immediately. The Vancouver Farmers Market has a long list of potential vendors ready to offer mini-tastes of beer, sake or wine at summer markets.

The provincial regulations allow for samples of craft beer, wine and spirits to be consumed at a farmers’ market booth. Vendors can also sell closed bottles. Read more…