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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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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…

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…

5 Places to Get Wet in Vancouver

30 ft. pool, Lynn Canyon. Image: TripAdvisor

30 ft. pool, Lynn Canyon. Image: TripAdvisor

When it comes to taking a dip in Vancouver, the obvious pick is the ocean. What are your other options?

From Olympic-length, salt water swimming pools to aquamarine swimming holes hidden deep in the forest, here are 5 other fun ways to get wet in and around Vancouver. Read more…

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Kitsilano

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Love it or loathe it, expect at least a few more days of this summer heatwave here in Vancouver. Sure, you can place a bowl of ice-water in front of a fan, drape a wet sheet across an open window, or turn off all heat-emitting appliances, but those options are not nearly as much fun as these 5 ways to beat the heat in Kitsilano:

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Kitsilano

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What To Do This Weekend in Kits

Image: Susan Jacks; The Poppy Family

Susan Jacks of the The Poppy Family – headliners at Khatsahlano Street Party

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 6 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 in Kits This Weekend

1. Khatsahlano Street Party: Saturday
It’s high summer and this is the pinnacle event of the season. The deets: 10 city blocks on West 4th from Burrard to MacDonald. 50 bands giving free shows– genuinely good bands. 8 stages. 40 food trucks. 3 beer gardens. A family zone with family programming. Edgy art shows. 100+ artisan vendors. Don’t miss out. Even if we won’t miss typing Khatsahlano over and over. Read more…

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Stanley Park

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“Hollow Tree”, a Stanley Park icon, is a stump and lower trunk of an 800 year old Western Red Cedar and was one of the park’s first tourist attractions.

Taking the top spot for the annual TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Parks of the World list last month, Stanley Park sees millions of visitors every year who come to admire one of our favourite pieces of British Columbian soil. While the natural splendour of the Park is remarkable and often leaves visitors with the impression that they have witnessed a sample of undisturbed wilderness, the dense forest of Stanley Park disguises a rich, complex history of change and disturbance.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Stanley Park

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Heads up! Khatsahlano Street Party is Coming to West 4th Saturday, July 12

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Image: Khatsahlano

Vancouver’s largest music and arts festival is coming up in Kitsilano this Saturday, July 12. Here’s what you need to know.

Khatsahlano Street Party will take over ten blocks of West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald from 11am to 9pm. The ten blocks will have 8 stages ready for a line up of 50 bands curated by our very own Zulu Records. All shows are free.

You will also find 40 food trucks parked around the area, as well as three beer gardens, outdoor art shows, and 100+ artisans selling locally made goodness.

In addition to the grown -up entertainment, families with little ones will want to hit up the Family Zone at Trafalgar Street which will have hours of live acts for children, games, balloon artists, face painting, a roving juggler, yo-yo artists and more.

Find answers to other Khatsahlano FAQs (participating bands, showtimes, pets, traffic, art etc.) after the jump.

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Don’t Miss the Final Matches of Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament at Kitsilano Beach

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Image: Metro

More than 120 professional players are battling it out at Kitsilano Beach for the Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament, put on by Volleyball BC. Qualifying matches took place Friday, while Saturday and Sunday are the showdown matches between the top two-person teams of men and women. The prize, other than total supremacy, is $15,000 cash. The matches run from 8:30am until 6pm, rain or shine. Spectating is free and, in our humble opinion, super exciting.