What to do on the weekend?

Another weekend is coming up, so it is time to list all the fun things you can do while your are in Vancouver.

Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival

April means almost the end of the ski-season in Whistler and which better way to celebrate this that throwing a festival. This festival is a free festival and takes up to 10days with performance such as, music, arts, sports and mountain life. The festival is suitable for all ages and the slopes are going to be crazy. Check here for more information.

VCBF: Sakura Illumination

Artist Stuart Ward will illuminate the blossom of cherry this friday with LED and patterned video. The event will start at 7:45pm till 9.30pm at the Sunset Beach on Beach eve at Thurlow street. There is no entrance fee, so it is for free!

Pineapple Challenge

For the run-lovers a 5km obstacle course is planned on Saturday. Create a team, dress up crazy and sign up. Before the race you will get a pineapple and you have to run the obstacle course with your team without letting it fall. So be careful. All the reaised money will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Click here for more information.

Vaisakhi Day Parade

Every April, millions of Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi Day. This day celebrates the New Year and the anniversary of the first Amrit Ceremony. There are two parades in Vancouver. The Vancouver Vaisakhi Parada on April 12 with around 50,000 spectators showing up. The parade starts at 11am at the Ross Street Temple on 8000 Ross st at 64th. or the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade and Celebration on April 19 which attracts around 80,000 – 200,000 people. Making this Parade the biggest outside India. If you are interested in cultures, this is definitely something you should not miss.

Water Loving Otters and Beavers

Interested in how Otters and Beavers life in Stanley Park? Than head out to Stanley Park (Stanley Park Nature House at Lost Lagoon) on Sunday at 6:00pm for evening stroll from the shores of Lost Lagoon to Baever Lake and discover and learn more about the habitats of the animals. The cost are $10, but is sure is a great experience. Click here for more information.

We wish you a nice weekend and let us know on Tuesday (Pub Night) what you did

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Illuminate Yaletown / Olympic Winter Games Anniversary Events – Review

Last weekend was fully packed with great events! Nooo….not only the phenomenal INTERNeX Karaoke Night on Saturday Night! 😉

On Friday, Vancouver got warmed up for an exciting weekend by Illuminate Yaletown. Taking place on two nights, Hamilton and Mainland Street were illuminated by unique art installations. Building frontages were shining in all colours imaginable, artists performed fanciful shows in front of ice sculptures and so on… I went to this event and although it was raining heavily, I was immediately caught by this mystic atmosphere that the combinations of light, sculptures and animations were creating.

Saturday was fully packed with events all around the 1st Anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games.

And because it is an event that most of us, may it be intern or candidate, will probably not experience a second time, I grabbed my umbrella, took the Skytrain to downtown and was truly surprised about how many people were actually going to the events, although it was such bad weather.

 

A part of Granville Street was cordoned off and artists were performing shows, one could play street hockey, hold an Olympic torch and even meet the athletes! That was really cool! The best moment of the day was probably the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza at 4pm. Luckily, I was on time and got one of the best spots! More and more people pilgrimage to the plaza, a lot of them wearing the famous blue jackets. As we were all waiting, suddenly somebody started to sing the national anthem of Canada and one after another, everybody was joining until the whole place was filled with the sweet sound of “Oh Canada!”. It did not happen only once but 3 or 4 times that the anthem resounded by the Canadians around me. It gave me a really good feeling since among all the locals, I (the German girl from far far away) felt like one of them…

Finally, at 4.30pm, one of the officials entered the Plaza, followed by a big group of former volunteers. He held a short speech and then…. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3…2…1…..BAM! The cauldron got ignited and thousands of people were going crazy! Everybody was cheering, singing, dancing!

It is hard to describe this moment, therefore I filmed it! 😉 Check I out if you missed out on Saturday.

For more pictures visit our Flickr page! 🙂

 

Cheers,

Ziska

 

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