Seeking Silence

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  Starting the New Year with a mindfulness escape right here in Vancouver.   By Shannon Pidlubny   When most people think of a mid-winter break, they think of sunny beaches, margaritas or vacationing in an exotic location with palm trees and warm ocean breezes. They think of a place they can escape to—somewhere a passport and

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Vancouver Gems

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    Ellen Lee is a Vancouver designer currently living and working between Singapore and Bali. These photos are from a brief visit to Vancouver in October.    

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Take Your Pick

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    From raspberries to plums, a guide to do-it-yourself fruit picking in Vancouver.   Story and photos by Abeer Yusuf   With the height of summer fast-approaching, the flowers that give Vancouver the springtime appearance of a child’s drawing book will finally give way to fruits. B.C. is known for its quality produce and

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Space Jam

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    New Surrey Night Market to launch on July 4 featuring a Star Trek simulation.   Who: Satbir Cheema, PICS What: Surrey Night Market When: July 4 to August 30 on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Where: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds at 6050 176 Street How much: $2 admission, free parking.

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Cycle the City

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  Guidebook takes a grand tour of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods on two wheels.   Story and photos by Alice Sejin Lim   Vancouver is a gigantic city with lots of things to see. I have lived in the Lower Mainland for almost eight months, and yet there’s many famous landmarks in Vancouver I don’t know about.

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See What’s Growing in Vancouver

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    Why locals love their farmers’ markets.   By Abeer Yusuf   They appear like mushrooms every spring and summer, forming an important fabric of the Vancouver identity—the weekly farmers’ market.   A way of bridging the gap between the farm producers and the end customer, farmers’ markets are the perfect weekend activity that

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Sweet Dreams

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    The Richmond Night Market kicks off the summer with ‘Candyland’ theme   By Abeer Yusuf   What: Official Richmond Night Market When: May 16 to October 13, 2014, Friday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sundays and holidays from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, close

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Nothing fishy about a day-trip to a historic Fraser River factory

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        Want to explore some less-known BC history on your day off? Check out the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, BC, where immigrant fishing villages are woven into British Columbia’s social and economic fabric.   By David P. Ball   Perhaps you might dismiss this as a fishy idea, but a

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Live the Olympic Experience

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    With the 2014, Sochi Olympic Winter Games just days away, we on Canada’s west coast are reminded that just four short years ago, British Columbia welcomed the world to the 2010 Winter Games.   The spirit of 2010 lives on in Olympic venues that brought the games to life. The Whistler Sliding Centre’s

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Discover Vancouver: Troubleshooting on the North Shore mountains

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    Are you ready for a steep climb? Be prepared for the unexpected when hiking Vancouver’s mountains.   Story by Sarah Berman Photos by Kristian Secher     News photographer Kristian Secher wasn’t prepared for the Grouse Grind?but not in the way you might guess. Secher has plenty of experience climbing mountains, but a

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Discover Vancouver: Troubleshooting on the North Shore mountains

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      Are you ready for a steep climb? Be prepared for the unexpected when hiking Vancouver’s mountains.   Story by Sarah Berman Photos by Kristian Secher   News photographer Kristian Secher wasn’t prepared for the Grouse Grind?but not in the way you might guess. Secher has plenty of experience climbing mountains, but a

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Prison Break

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      Guidebook contributor Tanvi Bhatia recommends a thrilling “exit strategy” game in Richmond.   By Tanvi Bhatia   Being locked in a room with four strangers and very little idea of how to get out doesn’t sound like the ideal way to spend your Friday night, but fans of Richmond’s very own escape-the-room

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Finding Zen

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  Exploring gardens at the University of British Columbia   By Euihyeon Nam   At the University of British Columbia, great scenery is never too far away. But now that spring has arrived and the flowers are budding, there’s a special opportunity to find peaceful green space on campus. To find a zen moment, all

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In Bloom: Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

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  By Carina Thanabadeepathara, VCBF.ca   A cherry tree in bloom is a wondrous sight. It is the quintessential symbol of spring, of renewal and new beginnings.   This year, Vancouver’s 40,000 cherry trees are once again inspiring our visual artists, musicians, poets, musicians, filmmakers, designers, artisans, photographers, and chefs. Just in time for the

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Venue Spotlight : Roger’s Arena

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    By Seo Yeon Bae (UBC Intern)   Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Pink, Cher, One Direction, Imagine Dragons, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. Can you guess what they have in common? They all have held or will have their concerts at Rogers Arena.   Rogers Arena is the

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