Only in Vancouver: Burrard Bridge to Close for Massive Yoga Class

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced Friday that Burrard Street Bridge will be closed on June 21, the International Day of Yoga (IDY), for a mass yoga class.

CBC reported on the strong social media response from Vancouver residents, which can be summarized as: “Only in Vancouver.”

The class will result in a seven-hour closure of one of the main connectors from downtown to the city’s West Side. The government has partnered with Lululemon and yoga studio YYoga to organize what they hope will be the largest IDY event to be hosted outside India. Natural Gas company Altagas is also supporting, with a $10,000 sponsorship.

Though the bridge will be closed to vehicles from 4 a.m. until 11 a.m. PT June 21, the big yoga stretch proper will begin at 8.30 a.m. and involve an hour-long yoga session.

Too bad Vancouver doesn’t have a 1,000 acre urban park or something. They would have had a more peaceful and less disruptive place to go…

#Omthebridge, y’all.

5 Types of Hiking and Camping Gear You Can Buy Used

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Summer is here. It’s time to uncurl from your desk chair and live outside. Fresh air, cook outs, starry skies — camping is one of our favourite summer escapes.

Car camping or backpacking, you need to invest in some gear before your trip. It makes sense to buy new on personal equipment such as footwear, but for many other pieces of camping gear, you can and should buy used.

Here are five camping essentials it’s easy to find in the used camping gear market. Read more…

Get Involved: How to Host a Block Party at Car Free Vancouver Days in Kitsilano June 20 & 21

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Car Free Days is coming Vancouver neighbourhoods June 20-21. Kitsilano has a special take on this Vancouver summer festival. Instead of having a big street festival like Commercial, Main and Denman streets do, Kitsilano residents hosts individual block parties throughout Kits on that weekend. These parties are typically intimate block parties for the people on their blocks where folks eat, do chalk art, play music and games and, most importantly, get to know their neighbours.

If anyone in Kits would like to have a block party on their block, it’s time to get going. The deadline for completed applications is June 12. See the Kits Car Free Vancouver Day website, or the Facebook page for more info. Read more…

Your Guide to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Kitsilano

Bard on the Beach in Kitsilano's Vanier Park. Image credit: Bardonthebeach.org

Bard on the Beach in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. Image credit: Bardonthebeach.org

Thursday, June 4th, marks the start of the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. Celebrating its 26th season in 2015, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit professional Shakespeare festivals. Last year these iconic white tents hosted over 100,000 patrons, so tickets sell out fast and have been on sale since April, though some are still available! The season will run till September 26th this year with ticket prices starting at $26. We’ve listed the quick details for you below.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Guide

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Save the Date: Greek Day on Broadway is June 28

Greek Day in the 1980s. Image: Vangelis Catevatis

Greek Day in the 1980s. Image: Vangelis Catevatis

Greek Day on Broadway is coming up June 28. This is your chance to dance on the streets, shout “Opa,” and eat too many cheesy tiropetes, hot-off-the-grill souvlaki and sweet honey loukoumades. Every year over 100,000 people come to West Broadway in Kitsilano for this family-friendly celebration of Vancouver’s Greek heritage. The much-loved festival has been taking place since the 1970s. As usual, there will be live entertainment, Mediterranean food tasting and demos, food and drink vendors (including wine and beer) and a Kids Zone with hands-on educational activities.

Check out our full list of summer festivals and events in Kitsilano here.

Lady Gaga Worked Out at Ron Zalko Gym in Kitsilano during Vancouver Visit

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Image: Ron Zalko

Ron Zalko Fitness & Yoga in Kitsilano has hosted a more than their fair share  of celebrities over the years. It started with Jane Fonda in the 1980s. Since then, the facility has hosted Faye Dunaway, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, Linda Carter (aka Wonder Woman), Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Biel, Seal, Jessica Alba, Diahann Carroll, Hugh Jackman, the Rock, Sylvester Stallone, and Kim Cattrall. But perhaps the most exciting icon to date is Lady Gaga. Read more…

Kitsilano Farmers Market Relocates to Riley Park until June 7

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Where’s the Kitsilano Farmers Market? If you stroll by its usual location at Kits Community Centre on Sunday, you’re in for a surprise. The Park Board is currently repaving the parking lot at 10th and Larch that hosts the Kitsilano Market. In the meantime, the Kits market will temporarily relocate to Riley Park, at the southeast corner of 30th Avenue and Ontario Street, through June 7th. Read more…

5 Best Ice Cream Shops in Vancouver

Soft Peaks soft serve. Image credit: Softpeaks.ca

Soft Peaks soft serve. Image credit: Softpeaks.ca

This weekend promises to be a hot one! Perfect for trying out a cool, sweet treat in our neighbourhood and beyond. Here is our list of the 5 best ice cream shops in Vancouver.

5 Best Ice Cream Shops in Vancouver

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The Ultimate Kitsilano Guide for First-Time Visitors: Day 3

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Although Kits is hyped as the Venice Beach of Vancouver, we locals know that our identity is deeper than a “sexy” beach. It’s tourist season so we’ve put together a three-day Kitsilano guide for visitors to shine a light on some of our other facets.

Without further ado, here’s ““Day 3: Historic Kits.”

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