Another weekend is coming up and even if you don’t join us for our great victioria trip, there are still some fun things to do this weekend. AND the weather is getting awesome again so lets go and do some fun stuff outside!!
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure in joining Critical Mass in Vancouver, the mob is meeting up again this Friday, July 25 at 6pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
They are meeting every last friday in a month but July is one of the best times to participate in Critical Mass, because the attendance is huge. The sun is usually shining and everybody is set to take over the city on their bike. If you’ve never heard of Critical Mass before, it’s a social movement that was started to reclaim public space and promote bike usage. It has blossomed into a huge event that attracts hundreds of bikers throughout the ride, taking over the streets of Downtown Vancouver and eventually the Lions Gate Bridge. Grab a bike and meet the rest of the group at 5:30 – 6pm in front of the VAG, from there, the route is an improvisation. But, it usually goes from the Vag to the Granville Street Bridge, to the Burrard Street Bridge, before winding over to the Lions Gate Bridge for the final stop of the evening.
Of course you all know whats going on on saturday, its finally time for the first part of the celebration of lights!! USA will be the first to start in the competition, followed by France (30th July) and Japan (2nd August). The event takes place at english bay from 10.00pm to 10.25pm and there are about 300.000 spectators expected at english bay, so you should either come early or look for another place with a good view. Another spot with a close-up view of the Celebration of Light Vancouver fireworks is Vanier Park, situated across the bay from English Bay Beach. If the crowds of thousands at English Bay Beach are too much for you, walk past English Bay Beach and head into Stanley Park. Any point along the Stanley Park Seawall facing English Bay will provide a great viewing point for the Vancouver fireworks! You can as well watch from the pedestrian walkways of the Burrard Bridge ( or Granville Bridge, but then they are pretty far away). People do watch from the Burrard Bridge, so do expect some competition for the best (centre) “spots.”
Each last week in July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing and dancing in the sunshine.
This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar — and with tens of thousands of attendees, possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC, period. From 10.00am to 7.00 pm on sunday they offer Caribbean boat cruises, parades and lots of exotic food, so if the weather is nice you should definitely check out this event.
Hope all of you enjoy you weekend!!! And remember that our office will be closed on friday next week and check out our awesome trip to the Rockies.
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