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Transit-friendly bookstores in Metro Vancouver

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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9 beaches in Metro Vancouver to visit by transit

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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#MyTransLink – August 7

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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10 top farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver to visit on transit

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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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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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

20 epic and FREE spray parks to beat the heat

Child playing in the spray park

Beat the heat with a trip to the spray parks with the whole family!

Looking to beat the heat and use transit? Read on, because The Buzzer blog’s got you covered!

As the sun continues to shine on us, the heat tags along, making it unbearable to be out in the sun for a long time. Summer is also the time when kids are home and what better way to entertain them in this scorching heat than a trip to the nearest spray park.

While the weather is a bit cooler now, looks like the temperature will soar again on the weekend and all of next week.

Our increased service to many popular summer attractions makes it easier for you to get out and about, while Tap to Pay provides you with an option to pay for your transit fare — just tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card and be on your way.

While spray parks provide an intermittent relief from the heat, it is imperative that you follow some summer tips to stay hydrated at all times, wear sunscreen, and dress according to the weather.

Spray parks are an easy and FREE way to keep kids occupied in this heat. Don’t know where the closest spray park in your neighborhood is? Worry not, because The Buzzer blog’s got your back. Oh, and we will also tell you how to get there by transit. You can use the TransLink trip planner to plan your route. Use our summer changes guide to know about increased service in your area.

All you have to do is lather on the sunscreen, and don’t forget to bring a towel and a change of clothes!  Read more »

SkyTrain and downtown New Westminster re-imagined as Lego

SkyTrain car 002 re-imagined as Lego!

The New Westminster Museum’s People Gotta Move project might just be the World Cup of Lego building, bringing together the very best builders in Metro Vancouver to recreate the city’s iconic downtown and waterfront.

This ambitious exhibit transcends time—showcasing the past, present and near future of transport in the city. Included is everything from the historic B.C. Electric Railway streetcar to the now-iconic “W” made from shipping containers on the waterfront, and of course—SkyTrain!

Completely rebuilt in Lego form by the Vancouver Lego Club for the exhibit is New Westminster Station along with a pair of Mark I trains, a Mark II train and a New Flyer Xcelsior bus!

William Fong tells us he built the Mark I trains after car 001 Spirit of Kelowna and car 002 Spirit of Peachland in their livery from around 1990–1992. They even got a fully lit interior, as well as headlights and taillights!

“I’ve tried to keep the graphic design as accurate as possible to the time period, but there’s not many photos to draw reference from,” he says.

The People Gotta Move exhibits runs until November 16 at the New Westminster Museum (Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC). The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Anyone who has kids, or loves Lego or transit should come check out the display,” William says. “I think everyone would derive some enjoyment from seeing how much detail the club has packed into it.”

The exhibit was a culmination of a year’s work for William and his colleagues at the Vancouver Lego Club, who were first approached by the New Westminster Museum to build this display back in spring 2017.

“This is one of the largest displays in terms of volume and detail that the Vancouver Lego Club has put on to date and has been an unprecedented undertaking for us,” William says.

It was a no brainer for William that he wanted to be part of this as he’s always been interested in Lego and transit growing up. He already had experience reimagining transit as Lego.

The first build he did was a Mark II SkyTrain car in April 2016 for Vancouver’s Lego convention, BrickCan. In December 2016, as part of the Vancouver Lego Club, he built the Lafarge Lake–Douglas Station display for the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension opening. He had also built a 1983 New Flyer E902 trolleybus.

Photos courtesy of William Fong

 

 

9 epic transit-friendly places for outdoor movies in Metro Vancouver

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

Ghostbusters at Summer Movie Nights on the Square! (Photo: Michael Kossey)

You’ve heard us say it—summer’s a time for exploring! We have increased service to many popular summer attractionsTap to Pay makes it easier than ever to pay for your transit fare—just tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card and be on your way.

Outdoor movies have quickly become a Vancouver summertime favourite. The Buzzer blog‘s got you with FREE places that are conveniently located near transit where you can catch a flick this summer.

All you have to do is bring something to sit on and stay warm! Movies begin at sunset. Spots are first come, first serve.

Note: movies and schedule are subject to change, so make sure you check their websites. Movies may also be cancelled due to inclement weather. 

1. Summer Movie Nights on the Square

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery plaza, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Transit: 
Expo Line to Granville Station, Canada Line to Vancouver City Centre Station

We’re a sponsor for Summer Movie Nights on the Square, presented by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association! The theme is “cities” so they’ll be showing blockbuster films that take place in cities both in and out of this world. Our TravelSmart team will be there to share tips and answer your questions about transit.

  • July 11: Ready Player One
  • July 18: Zootopia
  • July 25: Ocean’s Eleven
  • Aug. 1: Moulin Rouge
  • Aug. 8: Notting Hill
  • Aug. 15: Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Aug. 22: La La Land
  • Aug. 29: Avengers: Infinity War

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9 epic transit-friendly places to visit this summer

Stanley Park seawall

The seawall at Stanley Park is one of many places to explore this summer!

It’s no secret that Metro Vancouver—with our West Coast charm—is a global summertime destination.

From our beautiful beaches to awe-inspiring mountain ranges and pristine lakes, enjoying the great outdoors is a staple summer activity for locals and tourists alike. If outdoors-ing isn’t for you, take advantage of our world-class art, theatre, music and food scenes!

Before we get into our 9 epic transit friendly places to visit this summer…did you know it’s easier than ever to choose transit when exploring our region this summer?!

Pay for your transit fare using our Tap to Pay feature! Simply tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card, or mobile wallet at a fare gate or mobile validator—just like a Compass Card.

Not only that—we’ve expanded our partnership with Modo, bringing more car-sharing parking spots to our SkyTrain stations. There are now two stalls for Modo vehicles at Braid Station and three at King George Station. In New Westminster, access Evo car share at Braid and Columbia stations. Have your own vehicle? You can park it at one of our Park and Ride lots and connect with transit.

Don’t forget! Our Summer Service Changes went live on June 25, bringing extra trips to and from many popular summer attractions.  Read more »

9 epic things to do on Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Canada celebrates its 151st birthday on July 1!

No Canada Day plans? No problem! The Buzzer blog‘s got you covered with 9 epic things to do on Canada Day. There’s something happening in communities throughout Metro Vancouver. Perhaps the best part is they’re all transit accessible!

So, dust off your Canada gear, and wear it loud and wear it proud on Canada Day! Hashtag your adventures with the hashtag #MyTransLink—we’d love to see them.

Holiday service

Canada Day – SkyTrain and bus will operate Sunday/holiday schedules with modified, extended and increased service, so everyone can celebrate Canada Day! SeaBus will provide extra and extended service.

July 2 – SkyTrain, SeaBus and bus will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule, and the West Coast Express will not operate.

Know before you go – visit translink.ca/holidayservice for all the details and plan your trip at translink.ca/tripplanner.

1. Surrey Canada Day

Location: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 1W8
Hours:
 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fireworks: 10:30 p.m.
Transit: 320

Canadian singer-songwriters Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel co-headline the City of Surrey’s annual Canada Day celebration. There will also be an amusement park, midway games and interactive activities for all ages! TransLink will be there with the community engagement bus until 10 p.m.

Take the 320 from Surrey Central Station to get there and we’ll be operating 12 shuttle buses post-event to get everyone home. Read more »

Have an innovative idea that will improve mobility in Metro Vancouver? Let’s hear it!

Do you have ideas on how to enable more seamless and efficient door-to-door mobility for people and goods? Does your mobility innovation make our communities safer, healthier and cleaner? Or does your idea help ensure affordable and equitable access for all?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, we want to hear from you!

TransLink is looking for the best and brightest new ideas for how we can improve mobility in Metro Vancouver. We are offering support to help further develop your idea, access to our assets to test or demo your idea, and an opportunity to pilot your idea on a larger scale in partnership with us.

  • Who can apply? Anyone!* (This includes individuals, companies, non-profit and non-governmental organizations and academic institutions)
  • What types of ideas are you looking for? We seek ideas that can be eventually implemented in our region, but they can be at any stage of development from early concept to already embodied in a commercialized product.
  • What is the theme? Bringing “seamless mobility” to Metro Vancouver.
  • What is the process? The initial submission is a 1-2 page idea brief, with an optional video. This is due Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. From all the submissions received, selected participants will be invited to submit a more detailed project proposal and to present in front of an evaluation panel. If your idea is selected by the evaluation panel, it may be considered for further research and investment.

This marks the start of TransLink Tomorrow’s first Open Innovation Call, a chance for individuals, companies, non-profits, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to partner with TransLink on new mobility initiatives. We expect this to be biannual open calls, each with a different theme.

For more information and to apply, visit www.translink.ca/opencall! The deadline is Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

*You’ll have to be 19 years or older to apply and employees of TransLink, its subsidiaries and contractors are not eligible. Sorry!

 

9 epic transit-friendly places to get donuts in Metro Vancouver on National Doughnut Day

June 1 is National Doughnut Day. With so many options in Metro Vancouver, it can be tough to begin figuring out where to go to begin satisfy your sweet tooth—especially near transit.

Doughnut worry fam, we got you! Here are nine epic transit-friendly places to get doughnuts in Metro Vancouver:

1. Krispy Kreme

Location: 7153 120 St, Delta, BC V4E 2A9
Hours: 5:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
Transit: 311, 312, 316, 319, 340, 364, 391 and C76

There’s no better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day than picking up one free (yes free!) doughnut of your choice. Offer is available from opening to close.

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LTE wireless connectivity arrives for Freedom Mobile customers in SkyTrain’s Dunsmuir Tunnel

Customers disembark the SkyTrain

Freedom Mobile customers now have access to fast LTE service at Waterfront, Burrard, Granville and Stadium–Chinatown stations, as well as in the Dunsmuir Tunnel that connects them!

We’re excited more customers will now be able to email, text, stream music and surf the web through one of the busiest sections of the SkyTrain network. It’s all part of our commitment to improve the customer experience.

TransLink and Freedom Mobile are working to expand wireless connectivity throughout the SkyTrain network so Freedom Mobile can have access throughout their commute.

“The tunnel between Waterfront and Stadium–Chinatown stations is one of the busiest SkyTrain sections, so we’re pleased to have partnered with Freedom Mobile to offer wireless connectivity to our mutual customers throughout their downtown ride. We know that uninterrupted connectivity is important to transit users and we’re pleased that these kinds of partnerships can improve our customers’ experience at no cost to transit customers or taxpayers.”

—Derrick Cheung, TransLink’s vice-president of strategic sourcing and real estate

This is the latest initiative TransLink and Shaw Communications, Freedom Mobile’s owner, has worked on together to improve the customer experience. We partnered to bring Shaw Go WiFi to the SeaBus terminals in 2015 before expanding it to include the SeaBus fleet in 2016.

Last December, Rogers completed installing cellular-network infrastructure, bringing LTE wireless connectivity to Rogers and Fido customers throughout the entire SkyTrain network.

[CLOSED] Listen and take this poll to choose the best Morgan Freeman Tap to Pay announcement on transit!

In light of information we’ve learned through news stories on May 24, 2018, of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system. We will be reaching out to VISA to discuss further.

– TransLink Media Relations

If you’re of the 35% of poll respondents who opt not to listen to anything while traveling on transit, you’ve likely heard a familiar voice during your commute. In celebration of Tap to Pay launching on May 22, 2018, you will now hear Morgan Freeman welcoming SkyTrain and bus riders into Vancouver by sharing some fun facts, etiquette reminders and a heads up that you can now Tap to Pay with your contactless Visa and Mastercard credit card or Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay at Compass Card readers across the system.

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