Summer is blazing, get your errands done in a flash then make a break for it and get out to the country like we did recently for a day trip to Cultus Lake Marina the Honda Fit is a perfect fit.
I recently had the opportunity to drive the peppy subcompact Honda Fit EX-L Navi for a few days and was pleasantly surprised. In most small cars I tend to either hit my head on the inside roof or have to slouch down to see and sit comfortably, but in the Honda Fit this was not the case. The Fit, quite simply fits, I could sit upright, and still have plenty to head clearance and plenty of viewing through the large front windows. The EX-L Navi trimline takes the simple car up a notch with HondaLink system, leather trims, HD radio/Sirius XM, automatic climate control, all added to the standard Fit features like; keyless entry, 6 speaker audio system, multi-view rear camera, steering wheel cruise control and audio controls.
The 60/40 split rear seats and cargo cover for when the seats are up, allow the Honda Fit to pack in a lot of people and stuff for your getaway. Great fuel economy is a huge plus, especially with the current fuel prices, making it easier to justify hopping in the car for any reason. The subcompact is a dream to park too, perfect for everyday errands around the city. Unlike some subcompacts that lack power, the Honda Fit handles highway driving nicely with enough pep to get in and out of traffic and on to your destination in a breeze.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Honda Fit EX-L Navi for a great economical, easy-to-drive, subcompact, and starting at around $15,500 for the base trim models, plus good fuel economy, it can definitely fit in most everyone’s budget.
For specs and details on all trimlines of the Honda Fit visit honda.ca/fit
During the tasting extravaganza restaurants in the area along Granville Street, between 12th and 16th Avenues, will open their doors to bring patrons a Tasting Plate that best exemplifies their kitchens. Taste the bites, visit with chefs, and meet new and old foodie friends as you roam table to table, taste to taste.
Starting at a to-be-determined staring location, Tasting Plate participants will check in and pick up their Tasting maps and menus then set off to seek out new tastes and flavours. Walk, ride, or roll your way around the streets with your friends and family for a pleasant late-summer evening.
The participating eateries for Tasting Plates South Granville include;
The Rise Eatery, 3121 Granville Street
Fiore Restaurant, 1485 W 12th Avenue
Meinhardt Fine Foods, 3002 Granville Street
Phoscao Cafe, 3007 Granville Street
More restaurants and the opening location will be announce by Vancouver Foodster as the event draws near.
Tickets are available now on Eventbrite: $29 Ultra Early-Bird Ticket sales end on Friday August 17th $35 Early-Bird Tickets, from August 17th – 31st $45 Advance Tickets after August 31st $60 per person regular tickets, after September 9, 2018
Laugh: Visit one of the best patios in Vancouver, the Neil McRae Bar at the Improv Centre on Granville Island and while you’re there get a good laugh a at Vancouver Theatresports League zany improv antics when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!
Kicks:Whitecaps FC hope to continue the forward momentum into the playoffs as they host NY Red Bulls on Saturday
Rock: It’s the weekend to Rock Ambleside Park, as it welcomes a bevy of classic rock acts, including Loverboy, Lee Aaron, Trooper, Chilliwack, Nazareth and more on Aug 17, 18, & 19.
PNE: The 2018 Fair at the PNE opens this weekend, this year the Fair celebrates the40th Anniversary of SuperDogs, the Pacific Coliseum’s 50th Anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of the famed Wooden Roller Coaster.
Nights: The opening of the PNE also kicks off the Summer Nights Concert Series fan picks between free concerts from Boyz II Men and Air Supply this Saturday and Sunday
Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street
Exhibit: Experience a visit to the cabin and stay indoors, at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever an exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018. As well, David Milne: Modern Painting on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.
Wild: The Museum of Vancouver latest exhibit Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, brings the great outdoors, indoors to take a look at the relationship between local plants and animals and the people and places in the city, showing until 2019
Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It, now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018
Hot summer days beg for a trip to the shore, Vancouver is lucky to have Cultus Lake, a hub of water recreation just a up the highway. At just under 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver to Cultus Lake Marina, it’s a quick getaway, but the aquatic oasis feels like a world away.
Whether your overnighting at one of the campgrounds and cottages, or just taking a day-trip with friends, Cultus Lake is a hive of activities. The famed Waterpark bring tons of friends and families to play on the waterslides and other rides but the lake itself is nature’s water park. The compact 6 sq km lake punches above its size for what it has to offer.
Beaches for swimming, shores for picnics and family gatherings, calm coves for fishing or stand-up paddle-boarding, and open water for jetskiing, boating, waterskiing and more.
The hub of most of these activities, is the Cultus Lake Marina; rent jetskis, wake boards, tubes, or like our gang, one of the many boats that the Marina has to offer.
One of the 7,8,9 or 11 passenger Four Winns powerboats are ready to tow waterskis and tubes or just leisurely enjoy the waters. Groups of 13 can hit the water in the Marina’s Pontoon Boat, perfect for a party on the water. A boat license is not required to rent a boat from Cultus Lake Marina but the drivers (max 2) are required to watch a 10 minute safety video, inspect with the boat with the marina staff and take responsibility for the operation and condition of the boat. Once all the checks are done and all passengers have their personal floatation device fitted it’s time to sit back and enjoy the open water. Cruising around Cultus Lake is a great way to surround yourself in nature, the evergreen slopes and granite cliffs rising from the lakeside, only interrupted by the tiny villages of Cultus Lake and Lindell Beach book-ending the ends of water.
Whenever you’re looking for a getaway from the city, pack up the car, hit the road and enjoy everything Cultus Lake has to offer.
Cultus Lake Marina is located at #50 Sunnyside Blvd, Cultus Lake, BC. (about 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver or 10 minutes from Chilliwack) Visit cultuslakemarina.com for pricing and more information Call 604-858-9990 or email email@example.com to book your boat, jetskis or other watercraft. Follow @cultuslakemarina on instagram to get inspired for your own day on the water.
Last week Harmony Arts Festival presented its 3rd Night on the Pier, a celebration of cocktail culture. Under the late-day heat of the setting sun, Ambleside Pier was filled with visitors seeking thirst quenching cocktails.
Nine of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists poured their original cocktail creations for guests to sample and enjoy, alongside small bites from Mamie Taylor’s, Feast the Neighbourhood Table, Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats Ltd, Las Margaritas, Two Rivers Meats & Backyard Eatery.
After sipping all the cocktails, guests were invited to vote for their favourite to be crowned top mixologist.
After the votes were counted, Milestones’ bartender Souhail Rostainajad was crowned the people’s choice for top cocktail with his refreshing “Cocktails at Tiffany’s” featuring spirit sponsor Barcardi White Rum.
The other competing cocktails, bartenders, restaurant and spirit sponsors were:
Where better than the iconic Fairmont Empress in Victoria to host a leisurely garden party and croquet tournament.
On August 26, 2018, don your best summer garden party, cricket-friendly attire and join MC Joe Perkins of CTV Vancouver Island as the Fairmont Empress brings the beloved pastime to the front lawns of the restored grand hotel. Just as the hotel has gone under a $60+million rebirth to bring new life to the hotel’s rooms and interior spaces, the social scene is returning to the hub of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Like the social affairs of the colonial era, the verdant front lawns of Fairmont Empress, have been transformed to roll out a civilized Croquet tournament. The lush flower gardens Victoria is famous for, bloom around comfortable lounge seating, as the participants and guests enjoy culinary treats and craft cocktails from the Fairmont Empress team of chefs and bartenders, creating an ‘only in Victoria’ afternoon.
No experience is required to participate in the tournament, croquet attire consists of grass friendly footwear (flats, sandals, or wedges, no heels on the lawn), a sun hat to shield your eyes, and your smartest summer outfit to impress and intimidate the competition. Prizes are awarded for best dressed croquet team. If you don’t want to play, spectator tickets are available also.
Register, on Eventbrite, as a team (two people), or as a single to be paired with a teammate at the event: $89 per person plus tax & gratuity after August 1, 2018 at 5pm (must be 19+ to attend)
After a 22 year absence, Bathtub Races are returning to Vancouver, yes Bathtubs are back!
Part of KitsFest, Vancouver’s healthy living & sport beach fest, running August 10-12, 2018 at Kits Beach, The 1st Annual Bathtub Races will bring thrills and excitement to the water on Saturday.
This year’s bathtub event hearkens back to the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races that were part of the defunct Vancouver Seafest until the 90s. The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and KitsFest are bringing the quirky races to a whole new generation. Nearly three dozen racers, in three heats, will hop in their bathtubs and speed around the mile-long course off Kits Beach. Spectators will be dazzled at the speed and agility of the tiny watercraft, as they watch from the shores of English Bay or large licensed race pit. Live entertainment, DJ and prizes will keep the everyone amused during the Bathtub Races. The races get underway at 2:30pm, with heats following every hour until the final run at 5:30pm to determine the Bathtub Races champion.
The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub society have been racing bathtubs since Canada’s Centennial in 1967, the spectacle of the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races came to an end when SeaFest came to an end but the tradition has continued in Nanaimo Harbour and now the tubs are ready to return to Vancouver at KitsFest. KitsFest is a weekend filled with sport and activity from beach volleyball, and waterpolo to Lululemon Sunset Yoga, touch football, or try your hand at Steve Nash Spin by the Sea, tennis or Zumba.
To join in the fun of the Bathtub Races or any of KitsFest’s multitude of healthy living and family-friendly activities, head to Kits Beach August 10-12, visit kitsfest.com for schedule and events.