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9 beaches in Metro Vancouver to visit by transit

9 beaches in Metro Vancouver on transit

Summer is a great time to explore the beautiful beaches that Metro Vancouver has to offer. The long days mean these beaches offer scenic views of the horizon that make for great photos and memories! While there are lots of popular beaches in the Lower Mainland, we compiled this list of some stunning beaches that could possibly be our cities’ best kept secrets. We also tell you how to get there by transit, so all you need to do is grab your beach towels, lather on that sunscreen and jump on transit your family!

Turns out, even in the 1930s, the print edition of The Buzzer suggested some great beaches in Vancouver to beat the heat!

Which is your favorite beach? Did we miss any other secret beaches? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Beach timings and swimming conditions may be affected due to the weather. Check each beach’s website for exact details.

1. White Pine Beach

Location: Sasamat Lake, Port Moody
Transit: Bus 150

White Pine Beach on Sasamat Lake in Port Moody is a family-friendly beach that has great walking trails, a beach area, swimming in the lake, and a floating bridge. Take advantage of our increased service to White Pine Beach during the summer and hit this great spot!

Perfect day at #WhitePineBeach

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#MyTransLink – July 30

SkyTrain bridge

Happy Tuesday, folks! Looks like we may be getting a breather from the scorching heat, finally! Tuesday also means it’s #MyTransLink time, so all you Instagrammers out there, we love what you share with us – keep clicking and sharing!

To the newbies, #MyTransLink is our series on The Buzzer blog where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! Each week, we give you a theme and you share your stunning photos by using the hashtag #MyTransLink on Instagram.

#MyTransLink isn’t just about transit in the Metro Vancouver area. It’s a chance to stand back and admire what our cities offer us. Last week, we asked you to share photos of the sun, as well as transit, and we love all those magnificent photos you share.

If the sun and the heat aren’t your thing, then maybe ice cream is? Here’s a list of some transit-friendly ice cream spots in Metro Vancouver. You can take advantage of our increased bus service to get there.

Our Tap to Pay payment option makes it easier than ever before to pay and be on your way. Remember, Compass cards offer discounted fares if you are a regular transit rider.

So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of architecture – especially of our transit system! Take advantage of the gorgeous sundown light and share your awesome clicks with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink, and we’ll be sure to feature them here.

Here are some of last week’s clicks:

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9 epic transit-friendly places to get ice cream in Metro Vancouver

9 epic transit-friendly places to get ice cream in Metro Vancouver

There is no place like Metro Vancouver when it comes to the ice cream scene. With new shops popping up across the region, you won’t have to look far to get a cold, sweet treat on a hot summer’s day!  High-end ice cream has become a staple in our culinary realm, with shops like Earnest and Rain or Shine setting the bar high. Whether you’re looking for good old-fashioned ice cream or curious to try something new, The Buzzer blog’s got you covered with 9 epic transit-friendly ice cream shops!

1. Buckets Ice Cream

Location: 3330 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3M7
Hours: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Transit: 3

This cozy, family-run shop specializes in liquid-nitrogen ice cream, made in-house and to-order! Offering a variety of tasty flavours (vegan included), you can enjoy your ice cream in many forms. Their ice cream sandwiches are on point! We’d recommend Le Norm. For something really different, try a house-made Kombucha float!  You can always grab a ready-to-go pint or order an ice cream pie with your choice of a waffle, Oreo or vegan and gluten-free date and nut crust.

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One millions taps—Tap to Pay hits a milestone

Customers have embraced Tap to Pay in a big way!

It’s been two months since we launched Tap to Pay and we are happy to share our customers have embraced this new payment option in a big way.

To date, there have been 160,000 unique users who have tapped their contactless credit cards and mobile wallets—a combined—more than one million times! 

If you are a tourist in Metro Vancouver or an infrequent transit rider, Tap to Pay means no more ticket line-ups, digging for change, or worrying about fare zones.

This is perfect for sports fans and concert goers heading down to BC Place or Rogers Arena to catch an event. Just tap your contactless credit card and be on your way! Taking transit to these games is also a great way to interact and banter with fellow fans about the match.

Compass remains the best choice for regular users as it offers discounts.

As always, remember—tap your card, not your wallet. Check out 5 things you need to know about Tap to Pay!

TransLink was the first transit agency in Canada and one of the first in North America to launch this new payment option.

With Tap to Pay, customers can travel across all modes in the same way as customers with Compass Cards. Customers can tap card readers with a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card, or a device with an Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay wallet.

Learn more about Tap to Pay at translink.ca/taptopay.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

Seth Rogen – A Guest Voice on Transit


Want to know what would make public transit even more awesome? Seth Rogen!

That’s right, the Vancouver-born actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director has donated his time and love of Metro Vancouver and TransLink in the form of public announcements on our system!

In the coming weeks and into the fall, Seth Rogen’s distinctive voice (and laugh) can be heard on SkyTrain platforms, SkyTrain cars and buses across the region. Seth will be tackling transit etiquette as well as interesting tidbits about Vancouver and his relation to it.

If you don’t already know, Seth grew up in Vancouver using our public transit system and still does so today! We were overjoyed that Seth wanted to help make the customer experience on transit better…and funnier!

We’re also stoked that this idea of having Seth be the guest voice on transit came from our followers on social media and that we were able to make it happen.

Author: Robert Willis

#MyTransLink – May 22

Welcome back to this week’s edition of #MyTransLink! Longer and sunnier days are upon us and it’s shown in the amazing shots you’ve been submitting each week. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series we asked for your mountain view shots in and around our region. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

 

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#MyTransLink – May 15

It’s National Police Week, and we’re paying respect to our partners in blue by dedicating this entire week of #MyTransLink to Metro Vancouver Transit Police. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series were showcasing your best shots of our Transit Police at work in and around our region. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

#MyTransLink – May 8

There’s no denying that you were on track with this week’s #MyTransLink challenge. In this edition of our fun weekly photo series showcasing your best shots of transit life in and around our region, we asked for your West Coast Express shots and once again you delivered. Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

 

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#MyTransLink – May 1

Welcome back to another week of #MyTransLink, our fun weekly photo series showcasing your best shots of transit life in and around our region. This week, snap happy commuters and transit fans were on the right track, taking us for a ride on the Millennium Line! Check out this week’s photos and scroll on down for next week’s challenge!

#moodycentrestation #mytranslink #skytrain

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#MyTransLink – April 24

DOO DOO DOO, this is an Expo Line train to…. #MyTransLink! This week, our fun photo series was looking for your shots of Metro Vancouver’s first SkyTrain line, the Expo Line. Each week, we showcase your best shots of transit life in and around our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

#MyTransLink – April 17

Arguably one of the cooler and more non-traditional modes of public transportation, this week we were checking out your SeaBus perspective! Welcome back to #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best stills in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

#seabus #seabusterminal #lonsdalequayseabusterminal #emptyseabus #focus

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#MyTransLink – April 10

We asked and once again you provided! This week we were looking for your Canada Line photos and your point of view did not disappoint! If you’re new here, #MyTransLink is our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures in and around transit in our region. Take a look at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

Sunny Sea Island Sundays ☀️ #weekending #skytrain #canadaline #mytranslink #yvr

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#MyTransLink – April 3

The blooming of the Sakura (cherry blossom tree) is a welcome sign that Spring has sprung! In fact, Vancouver has a whole Cherry Blossom Festival taking place from April 3 – 29, 2018, which celebrates the reawakening in our community of all that makes us alive and human. This edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in our region, challenged you to capture the many cherry blossom trees around Metro Vancouver! Take a look at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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#MyTransLink – March 27

Here’s lookin’ at you Metro Vancouver—literally! We’re back with the latest edition of #MyTransLink, our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in our region. This week, we challenged you to capture the Metro Vancouver commuter! We were looking for the hustle and bustle of people on transit, and you captured just that in the most beautiful of ways. Photos, pencil and ink sketches, and watercolour paintings filled the #MyTransLink feed. Take a look at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

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#MyTransLink – March 20

Hello again, and thank you for coming back for another edition of #MyTransLink. #MyTranslink is our weekly photo series showcasing your best pictures of life in and around transit in Metro Vancouver. Your theme this week was sun rise/sun set shots and this marks another week of amazing images captured in and around transit. Let’s take a look back at the week that was and make sure to scroll to the bottom to grab the theme for the upcoming week.

#translink #skytrain #skytrainbridge#mytranslink

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