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5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

Fairytale mushrooms are cropping up along sidewalk edges, acorns and chestnuts are scattered in the grass, and in the gardens, dark plumes of unpicked kale threaten to overcome those tender perennials.

We could suggest fungi foraging. We could list acorn coffee or chestnut cake recipes. Or how about 100 ways to consume kale and still enjoy it? Nah. Instead, try one or more of these 5 free (or almost free) things to do in Kitsilano this weekend. And please, leave those pretty red toadstools alone and let the mycologist do the picking.

5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

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Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

Butter Baked Goods

Find nostalgic treats at Butter Baked Goods on Dunbar Street

Over the last few weeks we’ve brought you recommendations on what to see, eat, and buy in some of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods that border Kitsilano, including the West Point Grey and The Armoury District areas. For this week, take a look at a neighbourhood where time has stood relatively still and with a community that is fiercely committed to holding on to its relics, including a retro theatre, several bookshops, antique stores, and even horse stables. Welcome to the Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

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Must Drink Now: Seasonal Pumpkin Beers at Darby’s Liquor Store

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Darby’s Liquir Store has a shelf full of pumpkin craft beers. Act fast, before they’re gone and pumpkin season passes you by.

  • Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
  • Parallel 49 Beer Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
  • Parallel 49 Beer Schadenfreude Pumpkin
  • Russell Brewing Pumpkin Jack
  • Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
  • Phillips Crooked-er Tooth Pumpkin Ale

Darby’s has expanded their liquor delivery service. You can get your pumpkin beer delivered  7 days a week from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. Call 604-731-8750.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 2: The Armoury District

Arthur Erickson's Waterfall Building in The Armoury District

Arthur Erickson’s Waterfall Building in The Armoury District

Last week we explored the West Point Grey neighbourhood with its wonderful parks, museums, and family-friendly cafes. This week, head the opposite direction, east, to The Armoury District just across Burrard Street. This esthetically cool and tiny neighbourhood has only recently become official, though many of the chic businesses there have been established for decades. Home to fine furniture, luxury car, and modern design showrooms, art galleries, and indulgent food shops, The Armoury District can easily be strolled through in an afternoon. Here are our recommendations on what you should see, eat, and buy:

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 2: The Armoury District

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Best Cafes & Coffee Shops for a Study Spot in Kits

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Week five of the semester means that classes are in full swing and student stress levels are on a steady incline. One crucial component of student life is finding your go-to study spot where you can get into your zone. Kitsilano is definitely the hot spot for UBC and SFU students in Vancouver, and we have a huge range of cafes, coffee shops, and the like that are perfect for studying.

Here are a few of my favourite neighbourhood nooks and crannies to hole up in with my books. Read more…

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

Pacific Spirit Park trail

Pacific Spirit Park trail

This weekend, venture out west. To West Point Grey to be exact. With its eastern boundary beginning at Alma Street, the West Point Grey (or Point Grey for short) neighbourhood is a pleasant stroll or short drive/ride away for many Kits residents. Here’s our guide on what to see, eat, and buy in this affluent, well-established section of Vancouver.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

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5 Ways to Welcome Autumn in Kitsilano

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You know it’s nearly autumn when your sweaters and boots suddenly appear from the back of the closet, squirrels hastily begin collecting acorns outside, and the couch starts to look mighty cozy in the evenings. We’ve got 5 ways for you to get out and welcome autumn in Kitsilano and here they are:

5 Ways to Welcome Autumn in Kitsilano

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Lucky’s Doughnuts Launches New Menu; Pumpkin Doughnuts Are Back

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Go buy elastic waist pants. Lucky’s Doughnuts, our local doughnut shop that operates out of 49th Parallel Coffee (2198 West 4th) , launches their new menu today. They’ve remixed old favourites; they’ve added new wonders.

Pumpkin doughnuts return with a few tweaks (see above). There’s a magical breakfast cruller with maple icing and candied peppercorn bacon (see below). We’re tempted to use that as the carb in a wacky sweet-meets-savoury-eggs breakfast sandwich.  Other standouts: chocolate chip cookie dough (what?!) and a matcha bismarck. Ummm, eat your greens? 

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A Tale of Two BC Apple Festivals

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Every year, we cover the annual fall UBC Apple Festival. This year, we’re bringing you even more fall harvest goodness and more access to tasty apple pies.

UBC Apple Festival takes place October 18-19, 2014. But there’s another apple festival on our radar. The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival takes place September 28, 2014. It’s a little farther afield and totally worth the trip. Salt Spring has been growing apples since 1860. Today over 350 varieties of organic apples grow on the island.

Details on the festivals are below. You don’t have to choose. They’re on different weekends. Why not hit up both? Read more…