Tips for gardening in Kitsilano

Lupine, a native wildflower in BC. Image credit: Wikipedia.org

Lupine, a native wildflower in BC. Image credit: Wikipedia.org

It may be safe to say that our (mild) winter season is over, as confirmed by those four-legged forecasters last month, and by that lovely warm breeze we’ve felt outside lately. That means it’s time to get your garden in order!

Whether you have a plot in a community garden, a full-scale backyard to the envy of all your Kits neighbours, or even if you have just a few pots on your balcony, here are 3 tips to help you get started with your gardening.

3 tips for gardening in Kitsilano

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Saga of century-old schoolhouse in Kits heats up as parents have their say

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The fate of the century-old yellow schoolhouse on the grounds of General Gordon elementary school in Kitsilano is getting increasingly complicated. The building was scheduled for demolition to make room for teacher parking, but concerned residents have raised convincing arguments about historic preservation, sparking a big fat, “what now?” from all concerned parties. Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

Spring Break camps in Kitsilano that still have space

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With Spring Break 2016 just around the corner (March 14 to 28 in Vancouver), you may be wondering if you can still get your kids into a camp over the break. The good news is there are still some spaces in awesome half and full-day week-long camps and drop in programs in the neighbourhood.

6 fantastic Spring Break Camps in Kitsilano that have space

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Family-friendly March events in Kitsilano

4Cats art studio also has Easter workshops. Image credit: 4cats.com

4Cats art studio also has Easter workshops. Image credit: 4cats.com

In like a lion, out like a lamb.

March has a lot going on this year, with Spring Break (mid-March), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), the start of a new season (March 20th), the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (March 24th), and Easter (the weekend of the 25th) all occurring over the next few weeks. Throw Daylight Savings Time (starting on March 13th) and mixed weather into it and it all adds up to a busy month, especially for families.

We’ve gathered some details on family friendly March events in Kitsilano that your kids won’t want to miss, including Spring Break ideas and an Easter egg hunt. Sign up soon though as spaces are limited.

Family-friendly March Events in Kitsilano

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VSB is deciding whether or not to save century-old schoolhouse in Kitsilano

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As reported by Global News, the fate of a century-old, arts and crafts-style schoolhouse in Kitsilano remains uncertain, as residents vow to stop demolition. Meetings are taking place at the school board to find a solution.

The tiny schoolhouse sits on the same property as General Gordon Elementary where a replacement school is under construction. Locals believe the old schoolhouse may be razed to make room for a staff parking lot. They’ve started a petition to protest. Read more…

4 of Cananda’s top 100 restaurants are in Kitsilano

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Image: AnnaLena

16 of Canada’s 100 best restaurants are in Vancouver, and 4 of the 16 are in Kitsilano. Canada’s 100 Best is the “definitive guide to Canada’s culinary scene.” Judges include rockstar chefs, food journalists, restaurateurs, and other culinary pros. KPMG Canada is the official adjudicator of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, providing voting and data verification services to ensure the Canada’s 100 Best ranking remains independent and accurate.

Which fabulous restaurants in Kitsilano made Canada’s 100 Best list in 2016? AnnaLena, La Quercia, Maenam, and Bishop’s.

Vancouver ranks 5th best city globally for quality of life

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Image: Flick/Nick Kenrick

It may not surprise you that Vancouver recently ranked fifth best city among 230 cities globally for quality of life. The list is annually compiled by consultancy firm Mercer, and is used to help global companies compensate expat workers fairly based on location.

Vancouver is the only city in North America to make the top 10, Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, and Munich coming in ahead. Other North American cities to make the top 100 include Toronto (15) and Ottawa (17). In the United States, San Francisco (28) ranks highest for quality of living, followed by Boston (34), Honolulu (35), Chicago (43), and New York City (44).

Mercer ranks quality of living based on internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement, and the home country’s relationship with other countries.

Here are the top 10 cities globally:

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6 mood-lifting ways to get ready for spring

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Image: Flickr/d-olwen-dee

Spring is the season for renewal and growth. With the first day of spring coming up March 20, this is the ideal time to freshen your home and change your habits.

From uncluttering and spring cleaning, to gardening and taking your work-out outdoors, here are six uplifting ways to get ready for spring. Read more…