August 9, 2018, 11:41 am
August 9th is Book Lovers’ Day
There’s something about the smell of books – old or new, they have the ability to transport you someplace magical! And while many now prefer to read their favorite books online, nothing beats the charm of holding that paperback and carefully using bookmarks to come back to it the next day. That is, if you can actually put it down in the first place!
August 9th is Book Lovers’ Day and what better day to give a shout-out to these amazing bookstores in Metro Vancouver that you can easily check out on transit!
Of course, let’s not forget stores like Chapters or Indigo, but with this listicle, we are shining the spotlight on the little-known neighborhood bookstores that are tucked away.
Some of these stores only sell used books, while some specialize in a certain genre. At the end of the day, they are all book lovers’ paradise.
1. The Paper Hound
Location: 344 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Transit: Expo Line, Bus 19
The Paper Hound offers a selection of new, used, and rare titles in a historic, atmospheric building. This bookstore has over 9,000 titles and favours classics.
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August 8, 2018, 10:23 am
9 beaches in Metro Vancouver to visit by 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!
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August 7, 2018, 4:12 pm
A SkyTrain track is featured in this stock photo from 2017
Hola all you fellow transit enthusiasts! Our favorite day of the week is back and so is #MyTransLink – 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 aims to capture all your beautiful shots of Metro Vancouver. Whether you take the bus, the SkyTrain, or the SeaBus, make sure you capture those stunning moments and share with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink.
So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of architecture – especially of our transit system! 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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August 3, 2018, 9:31 am
Top 10 farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver
Nothing describes summer like spending time wandering around the numerous farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver. Farmers’ markets are a great way for families to spend time together buying fresh, local produce directly from the vendors. You can stock up your entire kitchen with the wide variety of foods and more on display.
The Buzzer blog compiled 10 of these markets that are held in various communities across Metro Vancouver. The best part? These are all easily accessible by transit, so we listed some options on how to get there! You can use the TransLink trip planner to plan your route.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab that shopping bag and hop on board!
Which farmers’ market do you shop at? Let us know in the comments below!
Note: Market details such as times, dates and venue addresses are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.
1. Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market
Location: 2300 Guelph Street, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 8, 9, 99 B-Line
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July 27, 2018, 11:35 am
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
July 24, 2018, 11:21 am
Hello fellow Metro Vancouverites! Hope it’s goin’ swell for you folks out there. It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for #MyTransLink.
For our new friends here, #MyTransLink is our series on The Buzzer blog where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! You’ve shown us a lot of love by sharing your B.E.A.utiful photos with the hashtag #MyTransLink on Instagram this past week.
As you know, #MyTransLink isn’t just about transit in the Metro Vancouver area. It’s about the amazing sights our cities have to offer and, accordingly, our theme this past week is of places in Metro Vancouver that transit takes you to. Read on to check out all the photos selected from last week and the theme for the week to come!
Summer is the time to go out and explore new areas, visit family and go out with friends. And what better way to do this than now when we have increased bus service.
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.
If the heat is unbearable and you are looking for some FREE options to beat it, worry not. We compiled a list of some cool kid-friendly spray parks in Metro Vancouver that are easily accessible by transit.
So, for this week’s #MyTransLink post, we asked you to share photos of transit and the sun! We’ve purposely kept the topic general to see what creative shots you come up with. Perhaps you’ll find a nice shot of the sun reflecting off of a SkyTrain. Maybe you’ll snap a pic of a sun flooded bus exchange or depot. Who knows!
Check out the awesome pictures you shot and shared with us last week in this edition of #MyTransLink:
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July 20, 2018, 2:19 pm
Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting fodder about transportation from the last few weeks or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments or email us!
» Looks like we are not the only transit enthusiasts here! This global network of Millennials called The Numtots – New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens wants to make cities better.
» A group of digital artists is using aerial images to trace paths of transit lines in their city using bright colors – so, you can get a bird’s eye view of the entire transportation network of that city. Read more »