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5 Sugar-Free Easter Treats for Kids

Naturally dyed eggs

Naturally dyed eggs

Easter treat shopping for a young child this week? You may want to consider some alternatives to the usual sugar-laden options, so try these 5 sugar-free Easter treats and activities for tots below. Of course, you could always include a few pieces of that divine stuff from Chocolate Arts in their baskets. You could eat it for them and do their teeth a favour, right? Read more…

5 Cool Things to Do in Vancouver in Spring

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Balmy breezes. Blossoms. More sun. Warm weather is on its way back, along with your desire to get outdoors and explore Vancouver. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up five cool things to do in Vancouver in spring. Go play outside! Read more…

5 Ways to Get Gardening in Kitsilano

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Herbs growing in a recycled wine box.

 

The cherry trees are blooming, the grass is growing, and those clever crows are getting really vocal. It’s springtime in Kitsilano and it’s also time to tend to your gardens, big and small. Here are 5 ways to get gardening in Kitsilano NOW. No matter what size your green space – a full garden or a few pots on the window sill – we’ve got you sorted. Read more…

Air Canada Rouge Low Cost Carrier Expands Service to Vancouver

Air Canada Rouge uniforms Image: Air Canada

Image: Air Canada

Yeah, we live on a beach. But that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of our next vacation over here at Kitsilano.ca.  Low cost carrier Air Canada Rouge (a subsidiary of Air Canada) begins service out of Vancouver this spring. Their focus is leisure travel. So we’re looking forward to cheaper flights to sunny destinations plus more route options.

Rouge will fly to a number of destinations where Air Canada has already flown to in the past — just more frequently. Air Canada Rouge will take over Air Canada’s flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Anchorage. The airline announced that it will introduce new seasonal non-stop service operated by Air Canada rouge between Vancouver and Phoenix beginning December 17, 2014.

We also expect, especially in Europe, a rollout of additional destinations. Rouge plans to operate a total of 54 routes, including new service this summer to Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, Manchester, Nice and Rome. Read more…

5 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

Utagawa Hiroshige - Cherry Blossom Viewing at Asuka Hill

Woodblock ukiyo-e print by Utagawa Hiroshi, Cherry Blossom Viewing at Asuka Hill, 1840. Photo credit: Mfa.org

Vancouver’s street tree population is well over 130,000 and about one third of those trees are of the Prunus genus variety – flowering cherry trees. As April is the time for hanami – the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms), here are the 5 best spots to see cherry blossoms in Vancouver over the next few weeks. Read more…

Cool New Exhibit: “Rewilding Vancouver” at MOV

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Vancouver gets credit in international rankings for being an urban space that’s culturally attuned to and integrated with nature. We’re green and getting greener. We have tons of green space, most especially the well-known 1,001-acre Stanley Park, and an easily accessible seawall. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment to fit our needs.

Rewilding Vancouver, the new exhibit at Museum of Vancouver in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, takes a look at the city’s nature as it was, is, and could be. Read more…

Think Pink! Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2014 Takes Place April 3-28

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Despite the drippy morning, sun and pretty-in-pink blossoms are just around the corner. Toward the end of March and throughout April, Vancouver’s 40,000-plus cherry trees burst into bloom. 35 varieties of cherry trees will carpet Vancouver’s streets with petals. Every year, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the blossoms with festivities that take place April 3-28, 2014. Read more…

Don’t Miss the 10th Annual Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 16

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The most family-friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver is the 10th annual Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which takes place 11am Sunday, March 16. Over 200,000 folks will don shamrock green and line the parade route to cheer on 2000+ parade participants, including award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and mounted horse drill teams. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will follow the same route as in 2013, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.

You will also find more low key entertainment throughout the day March 15-16 at the Celtic Village & Street Market on Granville Street and Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.

The most festive bit? Both of these celebrations are free to attend. Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Kits-dwellers!

Kitsilano Spring Break Camps That Still Have Space

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If you’re reconsidering your decision to just “hang out with the children” over Spring Break, or you forgot to sign them up for activities this holiday, don’t fret.  There’s still space in some great Spring Break camps in Kitsilano where your kids are going to have a blast. Here’s where to look: Read more…