by Cy Chan
Drum roll please! For local people and visitors, it’s nice to know Vancouver has lots of free and paid publications that provides plenty of news and events. Here are a few to look out for:
1. The Georgia Straight
It comes out weekly and can be found at news stands in just about every neighbourhood in Vancouver, community centres or even your local veterinary. What’s so great about this paper? It has plenty of interesting articles about local politics, fashion or the latest fad. I love the local listings offering readers information about upcoming events, concerts, plays and movie listings. Sometimes you might be able to find a coupon to help you save money at a local restaurant or event.
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Vancouver’s Best Local Papers And Blogs–The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Sun And More!
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July 15 2012
The place couldn’t be more perfect -Jericho Beach, Vancouver. Last weekend’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival celebrated its 35th annual event (July 13, 14, 15) with a stellar cast of international and local musical artists who managed to thrill thousands of sun-seeking festival visitors.
This year’s event also saw almost perfect summer weather, with Sunday being the lone day where visitors witnessed specks of rain –a complete downpour never happened.
People, young and old, packed the seven stages and took advantage of the expansive park to either sleep between sets, read books, or eat at the dozen or so vendors. The attire of the visitors ranged from skimpy two piece swim suits, to hippie style bandanas –preferred by twenty-somethings, t5endy hats, or long flowing skirts by some older women. Sunscreen and floppy hats were visible everywhere during the first two days of the festival. On Sunday, the weather moved from cloudiness, to sun, and a few sprinkles of rain. But despite the mixed weather, music lovers took to the performers in full — in fact, attendance to the 35th annual Folk Music Festival appeared to smash attendance seen last year and earlier festival editions.
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Vancouver’s Folk Music Festival Served Up Range of Music to Thousands of Hungry Music Lovers
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Don’t worry if you feel uncomfortable about nude sunbathers. On a sunny day, you may see a handful of brave nudists. There are more people fully clothed than the nudists. Many come to sit on the beach, play the guitar and enjoy a picnic. It is a beach that is a favorite year-round. It is not proper etiquette to take photos of the nudists, but feel free to take pictures of the wonderful scenery. If you want to walk and explore the beach, it is mostly a rocky area, so wear sturdy shoes.
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Wreck Beach -A Magnet for Nude Sunbathers, Hikers, Bird Lovers and Artists
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If you are looking for things to explore in Vancouver, check out the world-famous Stanley Park. Within the park, you will find plenty to do, including fine dining, walking, jogging and cycling. If you are in the mood for First Nations culture, check out the immensely popular totem poles in the park. Tourists come by the bus load to take photos and admire the intricate carving. Parking may be more difficult to find close to the totem poles, but you can always walk or cycle to the free site.
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Vancouver’s relatively mild weather attracts locals and visitors to the beach and winter is no exception. On a recent February mildly foggy weekend afternoon, English Bay was the place where people gathered to watch a street entertainer from England perform an escape act, sprinkled with comedy. Nearby, a lone drummer on a bench played a rhythmic beat, while others walked along the beach, taking pictures of a distant fog that made boats disappear and reappear. Kites flew and people gaped and smiled at an Amazing Laughter sculpture by Yue Minjun.
The best thing about Vancouver, Canada is that it has an abundance of things to do for visitors. Vancouver welcomes the world. The city boasts a landscape that includes beaches and trails for hiking, biking or walking. For the foodie, it boasts world-class restaurants, major shopping areas with well-known brands and things to do for people of all ages. It also has a transportation system that is easy to use, inexpensive and allows people to get to and from places easily and conveniently. Its residents are fluent in many languages, and are friendly and eager to welcome newcomers and showcase their city. This site intends to showcase the best of Vancouver and help visitors navigate the city easily, while pointing out the best attractions to do. So whether you are here for one day, two days, one week or a few months, Vancouver welcomes you! Enjoy our city!
Enjoy our restaurants, the nightlife, the parks.
You will also find money-saving coupons, links to places around Vancouver, and information about other places in beautiful British Columbia.