What to do on the weekend?

Yet another weekend ahead of us, so here are some inspirations I want to give you to fill out your weekend! =)

Victoria Day Trip
Victoria Day trip July 2022

Some of us get to experience a great event on the weekend: We’re going to Vancouver Island to see Tofino with the possibilities to go whale watching or surfing. We then head to Victoria to see that beautiful city as well. To top everything we then are going to Nanaimo to go bungee jumping! =)) Hopefully we can do a beach fire in Tofino (I really want to experience this!). I think it’s going to be such a nice event with lots of great moments, sunsets and cool people. Don’t miss the next time we go to Vancouver Island =)

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In fact the weather is going to get a bit colder, so going for a walk in Stanley Park in Summer with the nice sunny vibes is not going to last any longer. Maybe give Stanley Park a try and go for a walk as long as it’s still sunny out. It’s one of North America’s largest urban green spaces with lots of forest-and-mountain oceanfront views. Also the park sit studded with nature-hugging trails, family friendly attractions, sunset-loving beaches and also tasty places to eat at. If you walk around the Seawall, which was built between 1917 and 1980, you can see the nice Waterfront area and next to it the beautiful nature of a forest. You can walk the trail in roughly three hours and see lots of figures and attractions like the popular totem poles of an abandoned 1930s plan to create a First Nations “theme” village. There are also some hidden figures and statues which you might be able to catch. Some natural attractions like the Lost Lagoon offers views of a little lake with animal wildlife such as raccoons, squirrels, birds and coyotes. Just keep in mind to give wildlife its space and do not approach or feed it. It doesn’t matter for which reason you come to Stanley Park, just a walk, jogging, going to the beach, seeing some wildlife, seeing some art, taking some pictures…..etc. Stanley Park will serve everybody who has some expectations about it. I promise!

Richmond night market
Richmond night market

If you’re not into nature I can recommend going to the Richmond Night Market. It’s located right besides the Fraser River, which separates South Vancouver from Richmond. You can get typical asian food and drinks and also some arts and crafts from the asian culture. The variety of different things you can get there is phenomenal! Asia’s night markets are all-night extravaganzas of tastes, smells and sounds. But you don’t have to journey far to indulge in this epic tradition. Devour crab meat noodles, BBQ squid, ramen, Japanese poutine, Brazilian pastries, spare ribs, sushi, Afghan bolani, even sausage in a waffle cone—with 70 food and 100 retail stalls; you’ll have no problems finding some food. If you go to Richmond, the whole vibe changes because for example the signs are now firstly in Chinese and then in English. So be interested in checking out a different culture at the Richmond Night Festival!

We hope you’ll have a great weekend and the inspirations help you. Do you have any plans yet? Let me know how your weekend was at the next Pub Night. Have a great weekend!

Cheers,
Tino =)

How was the weekend?

This weekend was really great. On Saturday morning we went to Grouse Mountain to challenge the Grouse Grind trail. I’ve been longing for a hike for weeks and we finally got to experience this beautiful mountain and everything it offers. The average trail time was between 2-2,5h and some of us did it in 1.45h and the others in 1.55h. I knew we could beat the time! The hike was challenging but so worth it! I totally enjoyed every minute of it. Hiking and trail running was my everyday life back home in Sweden, when I was living a life among the northern mountains a few years ago, so of course I’ve missed every part of it and I am so happy to experience all that here in Canada!!

Once at the face of the mountain we enjoyed the view in search of the traditional Beavertails. Sadly we didn’t get any Beavertails because the booth was closed.. But hey, we saw two grizzly bears – Grinder and Coola!

Thereafter we saw a LumberJack Show – an outdoor set that features two logging camps from the early 1900s, such a cool show!! Right after the LumberJack show we took the chairlift to the mountain peak, and wow, the view from up there – the whole city surrounded by nature, incredible! I can’t wait for the ski season to start!

After a long but an awesome day we took the gondola lift and the bus back to Lonsdale Quay, as we mentioned before there was a Shipyard festival going on at Lonsdale Quay. The event offered live music, a lot of food, entertainment and so much more with a beautiful view of downtown. I took a day off yesterday so Tino will let you know below what he did on Sunday:

Yesterday, I was on Granville Island to do a little tour with a friend and to watch a show at the Fringe Festival. First, we headed towards the Granville Island Licorice Store to grab some sweet and salty treats for a hand-picked array for the tour. Afterwards we went to the Kids Market, a big place to buy anything you like for kids which is also a lovely place for adults to meet their inner child! The nearby craft house is great for those who love artificial crafts, so you should definitely check this out! Watch out for the Liberty Distillery, which offers awesome products to mix with your own drinks, just like a whisker spoon or a shaker :). Right next to the Distillery is the Railspur Alley, an artisan-lined alleyway full of creative businesses. After browsing around there, we headed towards the Public Market, which is home to so many good things like fruits, vegetables, meat, sweets, treats, baked goods, and more. It’s definitely worth a visit! Another highlight was the Popina Canteen where we went to grab a unique ice cream that you can only get there. The ice cream was sandwiched between a sweet bun and you got to choose special toppings on the side. You can see it on one photo:) We then headed towards the Net Loft, a place lined with intriguing boutiques where you can buy cool gifts for your family back home. After shopping and exploring the markets on Granville Island, we went to the Fringe Festival which is happening at the moment. It’s a festival with many theatre shows and we watched one of them. The show was about a war in the future and a woman who was living alone in a bunker for 10 years, which was interrupted by her action of saving a soldier’s life, but I don’t want to spoil too much, in case you’re still interested in going. 😉 To conclude the day, we jumped in the Granville Island Brewery to do a beer tasting! That was a lot of fun!

We hope you had a nice weekend as well! Maybe you can tell us about it next PubNight?

See you there! =)

Ida & Tino

What to do on the weekend

This is one of the things on my bucket list while I’m here in Vancouver: A hike up Grouse Mountain. I’ve missed hiking so much and finally saw an opportunity to leave the city for a couple of hours, just being in nature and inhaling fresh air. Wow, I can’t wait! 

The Grouse Grind, as you might have already heard of or visited, is a 2,5 kilometre trail up the face of the mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, how awesome is that? You should join us this weekend for a challenge! Remember to bring comfortable clothes, hiking/running shoes and a rain jacket (just in case, you all know Vancouver weather can’t be trusted), snacks and lots of water. We meet up tomorrow (September 17th) at Waterfront Station, 10am to catch the sea bus to Lonsdale Quay. From Lonsdale quay we take the bus to Grouse Mountain (approximately 25min ride). When we get there we will start our hike to the top together.

Here is some trail facts

Length: 2.5 kilometres

Elevation Gain: 800 meters

Base: 290 metres above sea level 

Summit: 1,090 metres

Total stairs: 2,830

On average it takes up to 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the hike (let’s see if we can do it in an average of 2 hours). I am so excited about this hike!! 🙂

At the top of the mountain there’s a chance to meet Grinder and Coola, two Grizzly bears who made Grouse Mountain their home. It is also possible to have FIKA (as we say it in Swedish) meaning; sitting down, having a coffee and a bun for instance. I recently heard there’s also a booth that serves Canadian Beaver Tails which is a must have while you’re here! Don’t worry they are not actual beaver tails. 😉 Find out yourself what kind of treat the Canadians like. 

Following hanging out at the top for a bit it’s time to take the gondola back down. It costs $20, but I heard it’s worth it after climbing up the mountain and it gives us nice views over downton.

After the hike we optionally have the chance to explore Lonsdale Quay known as a very popular marketplace with shops and a beautiful view of Vancouver. There is also a festival happening at Lonsdale Quay: Shipyards Festival this Saturday 17th, from noon till 10pm and this event is for free! The venue of the festival includes a large area along the Shipyards district in North Vancouver. This event features musical performances by various artists and there are also areas at the festival where +19 can enjoy craft beer while listening to music. Let’s check it out together! 

Other optional activities on the weekend: 

Visit (MOA) Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The museum is open daily between 10am-5pm. Tickets are available on spot or online. 

How to get to MOA by transit from Vancouver: The westbound 25,33,R4,44,49,84,99 B-line, and 480 buses arrive at UBC Exchange. Get off at UBC Exchange (the last stop) and walk northwest for 15 minutes. 

The Westbound 4 and 14 buses arrive at an depart from university Boulevard. Get of at University Boulevard (the last stop) and walk northwest for 20 minutes. 

Oh, and I won’t forget to mention that there is one more festival coming up at Main Street: A Car Free Day festival featuring live music, street performances, market vendors and thousands of people which takes place on September 18th, between 12pm-7pm. 

Here are some fun facts about the Car free Days: Since 2008, Car Free Vancouver Society has hosted Car Free Days along Commercial Drive, Main Street and the West End to nature and grow the car free culture. By blocking off major thoroughfares, Car Free Days gave people the chance to experience what cities could be like with more space for pedestrians, not cars. 

I really like the idea of it and I definitely want to check it out! Let me know if you’d like to join me. 🙂

See you on the weekend! 🙂

Cheers

Ida

How was the weekend?

I had a really great weekend with a lot of fun! Friday I went downtown to see the Olympic Cauldron from the Olympics from 2010. Afterwards I was heading towards the Vancouver Convention Center and Canada Place to have a great view over Stanley Park, West Van & North Van! Walking down the Burrard Street I stopped at the Marine Building, which is an old skyscraper with a cool vintage architectural design in the entrance.

I then headed towards the Robson Square to go into the Vancouver Art Gallery, which has an ongoing exhibition about Artificial Intelligence. You should definitely check it out.

On Saturday I went to Chinatown to make a tour there. The town get’s a different feeling after you enter the grand Chinatown Millennium Gate, which was erected in 2000. I headed towards the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to enjoy the beauty of nature and the silence there. There’s a freebie alternative next to the main entrance, so that you can enjoy the garden for free. After that I got to the Vancouver Police Museum to see the history of Vancouvers Police Department and the crimes, which have been committed over the years. That one was definitely worth a visit!

At night, I went to the Nat Stadium to see the Vancouver Canadians at a baseball match. I highly recommend going to a sports event in a stadium in Vancouver. The people there are so nice and you get to see many break shows, which are so funny to watch!

On Sunday, INTERNeX was going to the Mid Autumn Moon Festival, which was definitely a very cool event! We got to experience the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at night with a very special vibe of lanterns and special lights all over the garden. You had the opportunity to be part of a Classical Chinese tea ceremony, which is called “Gong Fu Cha”. Translated it means the skill of brewing tea with discipline and skill. After you got to experience the tea ceremony, you cold go to a tarot card reader, to show your future by fortune telling. At another room, it was possible to write your name in Chinese and get a portrait from you. Surrounded by that awesome atmosphere there was a chinese musician playing a traditional instrument, the Ghuzeng. If you were hungry, you could have had a try on traditional mooncakes. To conclude it was an amazing event with lots of stuff to do! Hope to see you on the INTERNeX Event this weekend!

See you on the weekend!

Cheers,

Tino 🙂

What to do on the weekend?

If you’re interested in fortune telling, moon gazing, arts & crafts, tea ceremonies and more we would recommend going to the Mid Autumn Moon Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Chinese Garden Portland

The festival is a historic event happening every year on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This year it’s on the 10th & 11th of September. In this time, the moon is on it’s fullest after the autumnal equinox. It’s supposed to be an event for the families to believe that the full moon is an coincidence for a good harvest in that time.

The beautiful festival is celebrated with some cool dancing acts, a Guzheng performance (a typical chinese instrument) and is surrounded with the music from DJ Nina Mendoza. The combination of music and the beautiful lanterns in the garden at night will create a very special vibe, which you better not miss!

If you’re not that interested in Chinese festivals I have another great option for you: The weather should be nice on the weekend so why don’t you visit Lonsdale Quay at North Vancouver. Just take the SeaBus from the Waterfront Station for a 15-minute ride over to the Lonsdale Quay. Turn around and enjoy a breathtaking view over the skyline of Vancouver and Stanley Park. Strole down the Lonsdale Quay Market and head over to the Polygon Gallery, a symbol of the revitalization of the area. Head across to the Old Wallace Shipyards to have a great area with cafés and other restaurants. If you’re more into having brunch try a croissant and a coffee at the Lift Breakfast Bakery. If you want to take some cool pictures, there’s a fun alley right next door.

INTERNeX Ziptrip

Now this weekend is going to be pretty warm! With a sunny day and up to 28-29 degrees Celsius, you must go to a beach! Have you ever tried Kitsilano Beach before? Facing English Bay, Kitsilano Beach is one of Vancouver’s favourite summertime hangouts. Since we’re about to have autumn, going to the beach is kind of the last call :). You can play some volleyball or basketball or if you’re fine with the temperature have a dip n the sea. For those who are familiar with warmer temperatures, check out the Kitsilano Beach Pool.

Whether you want to go to a festival, the beach, or see something interesting from the city, Vancouver has so many things to do on the weekend. Consider hiking, shopping, meeting people in parks or going out for the night! You’ll find something suiting you, I’m sure!

I really look forward meeting you on next week’s pub night to hear from your perfect weekend!

See you!

Cheers,

Tino 😀