Summer Farmers Markets in Vancouver

July 28th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Farmers Markets is celebrating its 20th birthday this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Main Street Station Market with an official “Vancouver Farmers Markets Day” proclamation from the City. This non-profit society organized the city’s first open air farmers market on July 29, 1995.

From the Okanagan, fresh and organic!

Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer will be on hand to present the plaque and read the proclamation to market organizers, vendors and shoppers at 3:30pm. Other 20th birthday festivities at the market on Wednesday include free coffee and donuts for shoppers, compliments of Cartems Donuterie and Salt Spring Coffee.

If you’re looking for a farmers market this season, there are plenty to visit throughout the week in your neighbourhood or a new-to-you pocket of the city, each with growers, producers, artisans, and locals bringing the very best from their farm to your table.

Summer Farmers Markets in Vancouver

Vancouver Farmers Markets operate 9 weekly markets and host 425,000 people annually. Visit one of these 7 summer markets and pick up some merchandise to show your support:

What: Trout Lake
When: Every Saturday, 9:00am to 2:00pm (May 9 to Oct 24, 2015)
Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver

What: West End
When: Every Saturday, 9:00am to 2:00pm (May 30 to Oct 24, 2015)
Where: West End Farmers Market, Comox Street, Vancouver

What: Kitsilano
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am to 2:00pm (from May 10 to Oct 25, 2015)
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre, Larch Street, Vancouver

What: Main Street Station
When: Every Wednesday, 2:00pm to 6:00pm (from June 3 – October 7, 2015)
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver

What: Kerrisdale
When: Every Saturday, 10:00am to 2:00pm (from June 13 to Oct 10, 2015)
Where: 5500 East Boulevard, Vancouver

What: Mount Pleasant
When: Every Sunday, 10:00am to 2:00pm (from June 14 to Oct 11, 2015)
Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Vancouver

What: Yaletown
When: Every Thursday, 2:00pm to 6:00pm (from May 7 – October 29, 2015)
Where: 1200 Mainland Street, Vancouver

For more information follow Vancouver Farmers Markets on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrate BC Menu at White Spot

July 27th, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

White Spot’s Celebrate BC summer menu features local ingredients, seasonal dishes, and BC wine features to round out your inspired dining experience. Pairing up wine makers, farmers, and growers, the menu truly does celebrate the best of BC.


Celebrate BC Menu at White Spot

Enjoy grilled, wild Johnstone Strait Salmon, Karen Gillis’ Red Rooster Pinot Gris, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks brie, tomatoes from Windset Farms in Delta, baby zucchini and arugula from Evergreen Herbs Ltd. located in South Surrey, and cheese from Happy Days Goat Dairy in Salmon Arm.


All of these ingredients are crafted into dishes like the BC Blueberry Summer Salad, Prawn & BC Brie Flatbread, Gala Apple & BC Brie Chicken Burger, BC Blueberry Pie and more with delicious BC wine options.

Celebrate BC at White Spot

To help you Celebrate BC at your local White Spot, I have two $50 gift cards to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw two winners at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Follow White Spot on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on their latest menu offerings and promotions.

Archive Photos of the Day: Ships at Sea

July 27th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Looking out across English Bay the horizone is spotted with kayaks, sailboats, cruise ships and tankers. This has been the view, albeit with very different vessels, throughout most of Vancouver’s history. Thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives, along with photographers today who share their works online, we can see “then and now” views of our landscapes over 100 years apart.


Vessels in Harbor at Vancouver, July 1889 by Bailey and Neelands
Vancouver Archives# Bo P118

Red, white and blue
July 2014 by Ruth Hartnup

Team China Fireworks Photos from the Honda Celebration of Light

July 26th, 2015 @ 11:11am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Honda Celebration of Light kicked off its 25th season last night with China up first in the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition. Vancouver PD estimates 250,000-260,000 people packed Vancouver beaches last night to take in the show that was preceded by an aerial display by stunt pilot “Super” Dave Mathieson.

Team China Fireworks Photos

Heart of Gold ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: Seaside Signs on Flickr

Photo credit: Hammond Photography on Flickr

Fireworks at blue hour
Photo credit: james c. on Flickr

A photo posted by Wilson Wong (@wilsonnwong) on

Photo credit: Hammond Photography on Flickr

Also, did you see the #hearts? @CelebOfLight #China #WEAmaze
Photo credit: [Rikki] Julius Reque on Flickr

vancouver celebration of light 2015
Photo credit: danna on Flickr

Photo credit: Robert Henrickson on Flickr

Photo credit: Robert Henrickson on Flickr

Coming up on Wednesday, July 29th, Team Brazil will light up the skies at 10:00pm and the Canadian Armed Forces “Skyhawks” will put on the airshow at 8:00pm. On Saturday, August 1st, Team Canada will be up at 10:00pm along with “Skydancer” Anna Serbinenko at 8:00pm. Follow the Honda Celebration of Light on Facebook and Twitter for more information and check out free SHOREfest concerts starting each afternoon on fireworks days.

Reactions to the July Rain in Vancouver

July 24th, 2015 @ 12:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There was only 11mm of rain recorded in June where the monthly normal is 54mm here in Raincouver. We’ve had extreme drought conditions but this morning, waking up to the pitter patter of rain drops outside our windows, Vancouverites have been rejoicing.

Photos of pho, ramen, and warm soup lunches alongside soggy hiking gear, umbrellas, and droplet-covered windows have flooded in online. This tweet by Travis Lupick, I think, says it all:

Unfortunately this rain won’t be enough to top up our reservoirs, that have been reported at 69% of their usual levels, and we still have Stage 3 Watering Restrictions. However, it will nourish thirsty gardens, wash away some grime from our sidewalks and alleys, and invigorate our Wet Coast souls before another warm spell sets in to dry up our summer once more.