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Vancouver’s First Ever Mirrored Light Exhibit Opens Today!

This looks to be one of the coolest art exhibits ever. Get surrounded in light art and mirrors.

from their Facebook page:

We are Moon & Back Gallery, the First infinity mirrored digital light gallery in Vancouver ! We have 10 themed rooms and lots of amazing backdrops for photos! Come in for an amazing experience!

click here to book your ticket!

IKEA does it again!

IKEA Canada Launches A Vegan Burger And You Can Only Get It In Vancouver!!

On Monday, September 30, IKEA Canada launched a unique outdoor dining experience called Foodbox exclusively at its IKEA Coquitlam location. Called Foodbox, this little white food truck is the only place to get the IKEA vegan burger

IKEA Canada’s new Foodbox truck and vegan burger…only in VANCOUVER!

original article found here: Narcity.com

City greenways: Bike your way around Vancouver

Did you know … The city of Vancouver is working towards the goal of ensuring there is a city greenway no more than a 25-minute walk or a 10-minute bike ride from every residence in Vancouver.

Once the city greenway network is complete, together its 17 routes will be about 140 km long.

While greenways are generally evenly distributed throughout the city, routes are concentrated in areas with greater population density and a higher number of destinations, such as the downtown peninsula.

Plan your route with our cycling map

Our annual cycling map details all bikeways and greenways in the city. It uses different line styles to highlight the most comfortable routes for people of all ages and abilities, and explains bicycle traffic signs used in Vancouver.

Download the cycling map PDF file (7 MB)

Benefits of city greenways

City greenways:

  • Expand the opportunities for urban recreation
  • Encourage people to travel by foot and by bike
  • Enhance the experience of nature and city life

City greenways in progress

Arbutus Greenway

When complete, the Arbutus Greenway will enable you to walk or cycle continuously from Marpole in South Vancouver to False Creek.


Central Valley

Central Valley Greenway Map

The Central Valley Greenway is a 25 km regional greenway linking important regional destinations in Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster.


Comox-Helmcken

Illustration of proposed Comox Helmcken Greenway

The Comox-Helmcken Greenway provides an important east-west connection through Downtown from False Creek to Stanley Park. It is being developed in two phases.


North Arm Trail

North Arm Trail Greenway

The North Arm Trail will link pedestrians and cyclists with parks, schools, and local shopping areas and provides efficient bike travel to regional destinations in Vancouver and Burnaby. This 8 KM Greenway/Bikeway will also connects major bus routes, five bike routes, and four greenways.


North False Creek Seawall

People walking and cycling along the Seawall on the north side of False Creek

We’re planning improvements to the Seawall on the north side of False Creek from Burrard Bridge to Granville Bridge.


Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway

Point Grey Road - Cornwall Avenue Corridor

The Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway provide a safe, convenient, and comfortable walking and cycling connection between Burrard Bridge and Jericho Beach.


Ridgeway

Ridgeway Greenway

The Ridgeway Greenway is almost complete, with only a small section of it still under review. Learn more about the progress being made on this initiative.


South False Creek Seawall Improvements

People walking, cycling, and using mobility scooters on the South False Creek Seawall

The City and Park Board are improving conditions for people walking and cycling along the Seawall between Cambie and Burrard bridges.

** original article at:  https://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/city-greenways.asp

You can drink beer and wine on BC Ferries sailings out of Vancouver this fall!

Thirsty BC Ferries passengers will have the chance to sip an alcoholic beverage on sailings between Vancouver and Victoria starting this fall.

Beer and wine will be available in the Pacific Buffet – a unique dining experience that is available on three vessels that service the Vancouver – Victoria (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay) route. These three include The Spirit of Vancouver Island, the Spirit of British Columbia and the Coastal Celebration.

 

BC Ferries beer wine

Photo: VANCOUVER, BC – JULY 23: A BC ferry between Vancouver and Vancouver Island on July 26, 2013. BC Ferries announced plans to build three new vessels on July 23, 2013 / Shutterstock

Operating on a trail basis, the pilot will launch in late October. The ferry operator originally proposed the idea in April, and stated that passengers would be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage on board as early as the summer season.

This is the first time beer and wine will be offered on sailings linking Vancouver and Victoria. However, drinks are limited to one per customer, and they must be purchased with a meal. You must also be 19 years of age or older to purchase a drink, but people under 19 are welcome in the Pacific Buffet.

***find original post here:  https://www.vancouverisawesome.com

AUGUST MARKET STATS ARE OUT!

Home buyer activity increased to more typical levels in Metro Vancouver throughout the summer months.

Here’s a little breakdown:

– August’s sales were down 9.2% from the 10-year average for the month.
– There were 13.3% more homes listed than the previous year.
– The benchmark price for a home in Metro Vancouver was $993,300.

…visit the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver for the whole post! …and feel free to call me if you have any questions.

A new condo trend

*original article> National Post  *

A new condo trend

Looking for an escape to cottage country that’s more fun and less work?
There’s plenty to choose from…

Edgewater, overlooking the locks in Port Carling, offers luxury boathouse cottages.Supplied

Cottage ownership is not all about enjoying precious summer weekends lounging beside clear blue lakes in the crisp unpolluted air. There are just as many weekends spent repairing rotting docks, painting decks or cleaning out the firepit.

For those who covet the recreational lifestyle, but cringe at the idea of maintaining a second property, there’s an ever-expanding supply of luxury highrise residences in cottage country that provide all the perks of lakeside summers minus the headaches of home ownership.

On Muskoka’s Fairy Lake at Huntsville, The Waterfront at Grandview combines convenience with quintessential Canadiana cottage charm. Property management takes care of the swim and boat docks, infinity pool, sandy beach and outdoor terraces, allowing owners to make the most of every summer minute. Resembling urban condos, The Waterfront at Grandview also offers concierge services, a fitness facility, electric car charging, heated storage and an events room for entertaining guests.

It’s far from the only condominium development popping up in Ontario’s popular Muskoka lakes region.

Edgewater, overlooking the famous locks in Port Carling, at the intersection of Lakes Muskoka, Joseph and Rosseau, offers luxury boathouse cottages with suites starting from $599,000 — although there are just two left. Condos have up to 1,560-square-feet of living space and include a private boat slip and patio. The largest units feature four bedrooms atop private boathouses and stone-clad gas fireplaces.

Touchstone has a refreshing pool for cooling off…

Cottage country’s new condo trend isn’t solely driven by time-strapped city dwellers. As baby boomers leave the workforce, they’re also looking to flee the big city and its suburbs. What used to be considered purely seasonal properties are now highly desirable, year-round permanent homes.

The trend has resulted in “robust demand for cottage, cabin and chalet-style retirement properties,” Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage, recently stated in a press release. “In Ontario and Quebec, this has resulted in exceptional demand and upward pressure on prices.”

In Muskoka, prices increased by more than 10 per cent in 2018, with average values reaching $1.65 million, according to Royal Le Page. And 2019 is forecast to be another year of “solid gains” for recreational regions.

It’s not just boomers looking for lakeside living. Cottage country has also seen demand from a new segment of the market — young prospective GTA homebuyers frustrated with skyrocketing Toronto home prices. Millennials are upending the traditional pattern of young buyers investing in a starter home and, instead, are setting their sights on a “starter cottage” while continuing to rent in the city.

A deck with a view at Orchard Point Harbour… Supplied

According to a study by Toronto-Dominion Bank, millennials are twice as interested as the rest of the population in owning a recreational property.

While even five years ago, condos in cottage country would have been unheard of, developers have responded to the soaring demand with some of the area’s hottest — and tallest — new properties. For boomers and millennials alike, this has opened up some compelling new options for vacation property investments — that don’t involve slaving away on weekends.

The challenge, of course, is responsible development. And that’s what the Muskoka Lakes Association, which represents more than 15,000 cottagers in the area, wants.

“The Muskoka Lakes Association doesn’t believe that waterfront condominium development and proper lake stewardship can credibly co-exist,” Katie Edwards, general manager of the association, writes in an email. “There’s a finite amount of development, boat traffic and population that our lakes can tolerate from a carrying capacity and water quality perspective.

Twelve Trees condos are conveniently located in Prince Edward County. Supplied

“This is why, for decades, shoreline residential lots have generally had 200-foot minimum frontage requirements in Muskoka. We will continue to advance this position for proposed residential waterfront condos to ensure our shorelines and protect our lakes for all the values they are so famous for.”

In Huntsville, Treetops at Hidden Valley promises an eco-friendly four-season experience. The property arranges special membership packages for golfers and skiers at nearby clubs, along with private beach access and 2,000 kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails nearby.

In keeping with the delicate natural environment, Treetops uses geothermal heating and cooling, which eliminates carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, while reducing the amount of electricity consumed.

In addition to relatively worry-free living, the new cohort of cottage condos also allows for relatively worry-free rental income. CanadaStays, Canada’s largest vacation rental marketplace, reports a rapidly growing demand for vacation rental properties in Canada. Rental management is often taken care of for condo owners as part of their annual fees.

Treetops at Hidden Valley arranges special membership packages for golfers and skiers. Supplied

The Touchstone Resort on Lake Muskoka near Bracebridge, markets its new Crescendo properties from the low $400,000s. On top of the standard lakeside docks and outdoor decks, Crescendo ownership includes access to non-motorized watersports equipment, an on-site spa and fully managed property rental services. Groundskeeping, even snow removal, are all provided. These aren’t your standard glass towers. On offer are treetop penthouses and beach house villas situated on a private beach.

Other recreational destinations are also seeing the arrival of condos. In Prince Edward County, approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto, Twelve Trees waterfront condominiums offers 30 boutique condo residences and six townhomes starting from the mid-$400,000s. Townhomes boast private garages, full basements and large outdoor terraces for entertaining guests. All suites enjoy a shared gas BBQ area, communal vegetable garden and boat launch ramp for canoes and kayaks.

On Lake Simcoe, Orchard Point Harbour offers floorplans from 800 to more than 2,000 square feet. Nine-foot ceilings, crown molding, chef’s kitchens, Colonial-style doors and designer brushed-nickel hardware are clearly meant to entice buyers used to urban abodes. The property’s Lakeside Club features a fitness club, yoga studio and a lakeside infinity pool and hot tub.

Outdoor amenities and inside finishes may vary from property to property, but one thing seems certain: cottage country condo prices will only go up from here. If Ontario’s north has ever called you, now may be the time to answer.

IKEA will buy back your stuff

Ok…who knew about this and didn’t tell anyone?

Re-circulate. Re-decorate.
The IKEA Sell-Back Program

“Take part in creating a more sustainable everyday life at home with the IKEA Sell-Back Program. We’ll help you give your used IKEA items another life.”

Assortment of used furniture pieces in a warehouse space.

IKEA Family Sell-Back Program

At IKEA, we believe the value of an IKEA product is a beautiful thing not to be wasted. We know that sometimes you need to part with a piece of furniture because it no longer suits your needs, and we want to give those products another life. IKEA Canada’s “Sell-Back” program is a smarter way to look at the value of your unwanted furnishings. When it’s time to say goodbye to the things that are outdated, unwanted or cluttering your home, we’ll buy them back from you in the form of an IKEA in-store credit. It really is that simple and easy! We’ll do our best to give another life to the items we buy back, so that you benefit, the community benefits, and so does the planet. Together, we’re making a more beautiful world.

Free Bus Fare

In an effort to introduce more of our little town to public transit and perhaps alleviate some of the traffic at summer events, Squamish Transit will offer free rides on weekends and holidays from June 16 to Sept. 2 – the bill for this venture will be assumed by the Sea to Sky Gondola….so get out there and get exploring!

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….click here to read the whole article in the Squamish Chief

and visit these websites for more great information!

Squamish Transit

Sea to Sky Gondola

 

LOOP – REusing like never before

Shop for trusted brands now redesigned to be smarter and waste free.

Loop is a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed designs.

Not so long ago, the milkman delivered reusable bottles and later picked them up to be refilled. Loop is the milkman re-imagined – honoring our past from a modern perspective. A revolution in design from your favorite brands – your everyday essentials are now available in durable, functional packaging that’s beautiful enough to display. No more hassle from trash and recycling – simply drop your used empties back into the Loop Tote and schedule a free pick-up from your home.

Instead of getting a box every month, we’ll automatically replenish the products you send back so that your favorites are available as you need them, in the first subscription model that manages itself.

Loop hygienically cleans and sanitizes the empty packaging you send back so they are ready for reuse, instead of ending up as waste after a single use. 

The Loop tote is a breakthrough zero-waste delivery system that eliminates wasteful single use shipping materials (say goodbye to that stack of cardboard boxes and ice packs).
Durable packaging enables innovative features and unparalleled design, so that you experience everyday products in a brand new way.

Loop is launching in Spring 2019 in the United States and France….Join them as they change the world from disposable to durable – register on their website to join the waitlist.

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