The Ultimate Kitsilano Guide for First-Time Visitors: Day 1

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Although Kits is hyped as the Venice Beach of Vancouver, we locals know that our identity is deeper than a “sexy” beach. It’s tourist season so we’ve put together a three-day Kitsilano guide for visitors to shine a light on some of our other facets.

The Kitsilano we know and love has a highly-evolved but unpretentious food scene, an incredible stash of museums, seriously cool independent shops, and unparalleled access to nature. We also nod to the original residents and counterculture legacy this now gentrified neighbourhood was founded upon.

Without further ado, here’s “Day 1: Meet Kits.” Next up, “Day 2: Cool Kits” and “Day 3: Historic Kits.” Read more…

How To Have the Perfect Picnic in Kitsilano

Volunteer Park in Kitsilano. Image credit: Vancouver.ca

Volunteer Park in Kitsilano. Image credit: Vancouver.ca

It’s the season for picnics here in Kitsilano, even if the weather forecast for this weekend looks a little rainy. What better way to spend a (hopefully) sunny day then at one of our lovely neighbourhood beaches and parks. Here’s what you’ll need to make that day as perfect as possible.

How To Have the Perfect Picnic in Kitsilano

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Kitsilano.ca Succumbs to Hypnosis at New Kitsilano Hypnotherapy Treatment Centre

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Image: Kitsilano Hypnotherapy

Rob Hadley is a hypnotist and yesterday he hypnotized me. I spent what felt like two minutes but was actually about 45 in a trans-like state as I travelled back in time to embody a former self in a session called Past Life Regression at Kitsilano Hypnotherapy, newly opened on West 4th and Bayswater. The experience was somewhat surreal but also invigorating and intriguing, and something that I never thought would happen to me. Read more…

Khatsahlano Festival Reveals Band Line-Up for July 11

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Image: Yukon Blonde

Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival, Vancouver’s largest free music festival, is coming to West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano July 11. There will be live music on 8 stages with over 50 bands. Today they revealed which bands are getting on stage to play for your listening pleasure. The line-up is curated by our very own record shop Zulu. So you can bet it’s going to be good.

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Kitsilano Pool Opens Saturday, May 16

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Summer in Vancouver unofficially starts with the opening of outdoor pools and beaches. The fun kicks off this Victoria Day/May Long Weekend, the first weekend of 2015 when the lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty.

The seaside pools including Kitsilano Pool at Kitsilano Beach Park, and Second Beach in Stanley Park open Saturday, May 16. Swimmers often line up to be the first to make a splash. The outdoor pools operate until the Labour Day weekend, with our neighbourhood pool, Kitsilano Pool,  open until mid-September.

Also happening this weekend: beaches open. Lifeguards will patrol the 11 supervised beaches from Victoria Day to Labour Day, from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, with hours extending until 9:00 p.m. from mid-June to mid-August. Read more…

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Kitsilano’s Glory Juice Co.

Image: Glory Juice Co.

Image: Glory Juice Co.

We recently filled you in on the True Cleanse taking place twice this month, courtesy of delicious juices from Glory Juice Co. We loved their concept – and their juice – so much that we decided to visit them on West 4th and Vine to find out more about why this two-month old shop is quickly becoming a Kitsilano hot spot. Here are five fun facts about Glory Juice Co. Read more…

4 Must-Try Eats in Kitsilano This Long Weekend

Sweet and succulent pink beauties from the Spot Prawn Festival. Image Credit: Spotprawnfestival.com

Sweet and succulent pink beauties from the Spot Prawn Festival. Image credit: Spotprawnfestival.com

It’s the May Long Weekend this weekend, with the Victoria Day holiday falling on Monday, May 18th. It’s the weekend when summer unofficially kicks off in our neighbourhood as the Kitsilano Pool opens on Saturday. Forget any camping ideas and stick around for some ocean-front swimming and for some great food ideas to try, listed for you below.

4 Must-Try Eats in Kitsilano this Long Weekend

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Hurry up. Spot Prawn Festival Is This Weekend and Tickets Are Still Available

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It’s spot prawn season again. Oh how we love those big, sweet, firm crustaceans. The time to celebrate this local and sustainable bounty, which happens to be the envy of seafood lovers around the world, is this weekend at the annual Spot Prawn Festival May 17.

Each year at the Spot Prawn Festival Boil, Chefs’ Table Society member chefs from across the Lower Mainland serve you fresh-from-the-boat spot prawns at Fisherman’s Wharf. All proceeds will support the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.

Tickets are still available for $17.50 and get you a plate of three succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of side dishes and bread from Terra Breads. Read more…