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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 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…

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…

What to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

The Jericho Sailing Centre is having an open house this weekend. Image credit: Jsca.bc.ca

The Jericho Sailing Centre is having an open house this weekend. Image credit: Jsca.bc.ca

Here’s what’s on in Kitsilano this weekend, come rain or shine (which we’ve had consistently these last two weeks). And don’t forget that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday! Happy weekend from the Kitsilano.ca crew.

What to do in Kitsilano this Weekend

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4 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Kits

Add some delicious pastries to mom's breakfast in bed or picnic in the park. Image credit: Thomashaas.com

Add some delicious pastries to mom’s breakfast in bed or picnic in the park. Image credit: Thomashaas.com

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 10th this year. That’s coming up fast and we’ve thought of 4 wonderful gift ideas for the mother in your life, with everything available right here in Kitsilano.

4 Kitsilano Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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6 Great Wildlife Parks in and around Vancouver

Meet this guy and others at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Image credit: Gvzoo.com

Meet this big guy and others at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Image credit: Gvzoo.com

Sure, we’ve got plenty of wild animals roaming around in our backyards and parks, if you count crafty raccoons, dare-devil squirrels, and super speedy hummingbirds as “wild”. And of course, you could go out about an hours drive any direction from Kitsilano to look for deer, eagles, and even bears. What’s more convenient and fun though is visiting one of these great menageries in and around Vancouver.

They are not just fun for families; try taking your date to one of them too! In addition, springtime is perfect for viewing wildlife, as the weather is mild, the tourist crowds are still manageable, and little ducklings, eaglets, and cubs are being welcomed into the world.

6 Great Wildlife Parks in and Around Vancouver

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Plan Ahead: Kitsilano Events and Festivals in Summer 2015

Image: Phanie & Corey for lindsaysdiet.com

Image: Phanie & Corey for lindsaysdiet.com

Kitsilano is worthwhile all year round, but there’s no doubt that our beachfront neighbourhood, called Vancouver’s Venice Beach, truly shines in summer.

Put these dates in your calendar. There are some great events and parties happening in Kits in kicking off in May and running through August.

From Vancouver’s biggest free live music festival, Khatsahlano, to a heck of a lot of good Greek food and vigorous dancing at Greek Day on Broadway, here are the best things to do in Kitsilano this summer. The list is in chronological order.

Check these listings for more summer community events and festival tickets.

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Bard on the Beach Tickets On Sale for Summer 2015

Bard-on-the-BeachBard on the Beach, Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival, is back in Vanier Park June 4-September 26.  For 26 years, Vancouver patrons of the arts have turned up enthusiastically for this culture fest celebrating the genius of William Shakespeare with natural beauty of Vancouver as the backdrop. Tickets for Bard on the Beach went on sale April 8. Now is the time to book if you want the good seats.

Here are the highlights for the 2015 season, including details on the incredibly popular Canada Day Bard-B-Q and fireworks. Read more…

9 Kid-Friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Vancouver

Enjoy a great latte and gorgeous pastry at the kid-friendly Darcy's Cafe. Image  credit: Darcyscafe.ca

Enjoy a great latte and a gorgeous pastry at kid-friendly Darcy’s Cafe. Image credit: Darcyscafe.ca

With this pleasant weather lending itself well to a daily stroll with the little ones, a family friendly spot for a snack en route would make for the perfect day. So here then, our list of Vancouver’s best kid-friendly cafes and restaurants for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or just a quick bite. Two are in our own Kitsilano neighbourhood while the rest are just a short drive away. Almost all of our picks have a play area for kids and a special kids menu to make life easier for the parent(s). As a bonus, they all offer great food and drinks for you too. Enjoy the break!

9 Kid Friendly Snack Spots in Vancouver

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