5 Fantastical bike rides to join as part of the 2019 Velopalooza cycling festival

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Bike Rave

As one of the most bike-friendly city in Canada (only second behind Victoria, BC according to UBC Cycling in Cities Research Program), Vancouverites take their cycling seriously.

Sometimes a little too seriously (looking at you, head-to-toe spandex Seawall speeders). Which is why it’s refreshing to celebrate Velopalooza, a community-driven festival celebrating bike fun in Vancouver.

First started in 2010 with themed bike rides with food, costumes, and rides for kids, Velopalooza is now a two-week celebration from June 14 – 30, 2019.

With 30+ themed rides and new ones getting added to the schedule regularly, it might be hard to choose which bike ride to join. For a good place to start, check out the list below for five fantastical bike rides that you’ve gotta join for 2019 Velopalooza in Vancouver:

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5 Fantastical bike rides to join as part of the 2019 Velopalooza cycling festival

Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

This weekend remember to appreciate your favourite dads! And while you’re at it, there’s Car Fee Day on Main and in the West End, a Harry Potter symphony, ballet, a live game show, baseball, and it’s looking like a good day for some straight-up park lounging as well.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Where to Swim in a Lake Near Vancouver This Summer

Swimming at Lost Lake

Swimming at Lost Lake in Whistler. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Andrew Strain

There’s nothing better than cooling off in a lake on a hot summer day. With lots of lakes near Vancouver, you have lots of freshwater swimming options. Here are some of the best swimming lakes near Vancouver, from the Sea to Sky region to the Fraser Valley.

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Where to Swim in a Lake Near Vancouver This Summer

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Island

The entire family will adore Granville Island! (Tourism Vancouver/Hubert Kang)

Once home to factories, plants and sawmills, Granville Island has evolved into a culinary and artisan hub. Equally appealing to locals and visitors, the neighbourhood – technically a peninsula – is situated along False Creek, right underneath the Granville Bridge. More than 300 retailers, artists, theatres, craft studios, tour companies and other businesses make their home here, anchored by the bustling Granville Island Public Market. So what are you waiting for? Let’s hop aboard a rainbow-coloured Aquabus or False Creek Ferry and zoom over to Granville Island!

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Island

Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean & Bar Opens with a Splash

Photo Credit: Leila Kwok

The highly anticipated Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean & Bar has launched, taking Greek dining in the city to an entirely new level.

Situated in the recently opened EXchange Hotel Vancouver, the establishment is visually stunning, and has fabulous menus to match.

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Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean & Bar Opens with a Splash

Sword-fighting, burlesque and local celebs in Game of Thrones Live

The cast of Game of Thrones Live.

Going through Games of Thrones withdrawal? Disappointed over the last season, but still hankering for some dragon-y Westeros action?

On June 14 and 15, the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) brings back Oakland, California’s variety vaudeville troupe Tourettes Without Regrets with a revamped version of its notorious and popular Game of Thrones burlesque. Game of Thrones Live: Fire & Ice, Ice Baby! features dozens of characters played by underground vaudeville and burlesque performers from the award-winning Tourettes Without Regrets as well as local Vancouver stars. According to Rio Theatre owner Corinne Lea, “This year is going to be off the hook!” A huge Night King battle, choreographed by a pro film fight choreographer, is planned, she says. “Plus Burns the Dragon has gone all out and created an incredible costume! This show is really a labour of love for the entire cast so they are going all out for the grand finale!”

Find out more below.

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Sword-fighting, burlesque and local celebs in Game of Thrones Live

Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019

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This weekend, several neighbourhoods in Vancouver will be going car-free to host some sensational community events.

Can you imagine Main Street in East Vancouver free of cars? How about Denman Street in the West End? Seems impossible, right? Not during the Car Free Vancouver festivals, which kick off this weekend in three neighbourhoods across the city. The festival will transform major streets into a family-friendly and pedestrian-only space with entertainment, food, live performances, and a whole lot more.

The festivals will be taking place along Main Street, Denman Street, and in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. There will also be a celebration on Commercial Drive, but in July. Here’s what’s going down for car free day(s) in Vancouver:

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Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019