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Take transit to the Vancouver Aquarium and save $2 on admission

A beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium. Photo by Leto A.

If you hadn’t heard yet, the Vancouver Aquarium is teaming up with us to encourage visitors to travel smart!

You’ll get a $2 discount on admission to the Aquarium if you show:

  • a valid transit pass, such as a FareCard, U-Pass, or Employer Pass,
  • or a DayPass (adult or concession),
  • or a FareSaver ticket or farebox ticket valid for that day.

Plus you can visit all year for the discount — this special offer is a permanent new policy!

As the Aquarium says on their special offers page, the discount “helps the Aquarium reinforce its commitment to conservation. By leaving your vehicle at home and taking public transit, your visit to the Aquarium becomes even easier, more economical and lighter on the environment.”

To get to the Vancouver Aquarium by transit, just take the #19 Stanley Park/Metrotown, which ends just a brief walk from the Aquarium. During the summer months, the regular bus service is supplemented by “short-turn” shuttle buses running between Pender and Cambie and the Stanley Park Loop. Visit our Trip Planner to plan your trip.

Find out more at the Vancouver Aquarium’s special offers page, and the TransLink press release about the new offer.

You can also find more tips for travelling smart on our TravelSmart page, and find local attractions reachable by transit at Destinations to Discover.

Ride Canada Line to the Apple Store opening at Oakridge Centre

The Apple Store is opening in Oakridge Centre this weekend.

The Apple Store is opening in Oakridge Centre this weekend.

Kate sent word that a new Apple Store opens Saturday in Oakridge Centre, along with this note:

I noticed that Apple’s website provides driving directions to Oakridge, but has nothing on the Canada Line! I wonder if they know…

Maybe they don’t know? But certainly, as Kate alludes to, Oakridge Centre has a Canada Line stop right in front of it: Oakridge – 41st Avenue Station! So you can certainly use the Canada Line to make it there on Saturday.

To plan your exact journey, try our trip planner or Google Transit to map out your specific route. And here’s the station map for Oakridge-41st Avenue.

Four spots for shopping along the Canada Line

We’re highlighting spots along the Canada Line, if you need reasons to explore! Check out earlier posts in this series, and if you have spots to share, e-mail me with photos and I’ll put it up. (Fewer spots are fine too, and they can all be at one station or spread out.)

This entry is by Erica Lam of TheStyleSpy.com, a fantastic style blog based in Vancouver! They’ve always got fresh looks for inspiration and the inside scoop on deals and events.

Now that the Canada Line is open, there’s a whole new range of possibilities for accessible shopping. As a city shopping expert on TheStyleSpy.com (my credit card is also my best friend), I wanted to share a few of my favourite spots.

Station: Yaletown – Roundhouse

Fine Finds, 1014 Mainland Street, Vancouver
www.finefindsboutique.com

Known for its top-notch restaurants, Yaletown is also an area with undiscovered boutiques. I get my regular fix at Fine Finds Boutique, a store filled from top to bottom with women’s shoes, clothing and handbags, along with a whimsical mix of jewellery, accessories, baby items and fun gifts. What’s on my wish list right now? The cute and colourful umbrellas from Cheeky Umbrella. A trusty blazer from Lily + Jae. And sustainable jewellery from Dotted Loop. To the guys – this is the perfect boutique to visit for girlfriend/wife gifting.

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Five spots to dine along the Canada Line

We’re highlighting spots to visit along the Canada Line, if you need some reasons to explore! Check out earlier posts in this series, and if you have spots to share, e-mail me along with a couple of photos and I’ll put it up. (Fewer spots are fine too, and they can all be at one station or spread out.)

This entry is by Karen Hamilton of TinyBites.ca, a fabulous Vancouver food blog! Check her site out: she’s already doing a terrific Dine the Canada Line series. Mmmm….

The arrival of the Canada Line promises eating opportunities galore for a culinary tourist like myself. The jewels of Richmond cuisine that were formerly too much of a driving headache to visit are now just a hop and a train away from my Yaletown abode. Similarly, the restaurants of downtown and the Cambie corridor are now that much more accessible for those that usually eat south of the Fraser River.

I plan to report on my Skytrain-enabled eating many times as the 2010 Winter Olympics draw closer. Until my Dine the Canada Line Series becomes more robust, enjoy these five restaurants from Yaletown to Lansdowne that make my tummy smile.

Yaletown: Rodney’s Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House: oysters Rockefeller

Rodney's Oyster House: oysters Rockefeller

Rodney’s Oyster House is the most rambunctious (seafood) restaurant in Yaletown. Eat by the oyster bar and watch your order get shucked while you get wildly entertained by the irreverent service staff. Buy a suggestive souvenir, if you dare.

To get to Rodney’s, exit Yaletown Station at Davie and Mainland and walk uphill on Davie until you hit Hamilton Street. You should see the round blue logo of Rodney’s to the right as you peer down the cobbled alley.

More on Rodney’s Oyster House >

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Colleen’s four spots to visit near Canada Line’s Broadway-City Hall Station

We’re highlighting spots to visit along the Canada Line, if you needed some reasons to explore! Check out earlier posts in this series, and if you have spots to share, e-mail me along with a couple of photos and I’ll put it up. (Fewer spots are fine too, and they can all be at one station or spread out.)

This list is from my colleague Colleen Sondermann, who has four spots to recommend near Broadway-City Hall Station.

Shop Cocoon

Shop Cocoon during one of its many events. (Photo from <a href=http://shopcocoon.com>ShopCocoon.com</a>)

Shop Cocoon during one of its many events. (Photo from ShopCocoon.com)

3345 Cambie St. (between 17th & 18th Ave.)

Shop Cocoon is a boutique shop that provides local emerging designers an opportunity to get their products to market. Focuses on clothing, jewellery, accessories, and homeware.

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Sungsu’s five (free!) spots to visit along the Canada Line

We’re highlighting spots to visit along the Canada Line, if you needed some reasons to explore! Check out my first post in this series and if you have spots to share e-mail me along with a couple of photos and I’ll put them up. (Fewer spots are fine too, and they can all be at one station or spread out.)

The series continues: here’s Sungsu‘s five spots to visit along the Canada Line without spending any money!

1. Richmond Cultural Centre and Richmond Public Library (Richmond-Brighouse Station)

Main branch of the Richmond Library! Photo by <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/exphiles/126866362/>selihpxe8</a>.

Main branch of the Richmond Library! Photo by selihpxe8.

The Richmond Cultural Centre contains an art gallery, a museum, archives and an art centre. Many of the exhibits or events are free or by donation. Next door is the main branch of the Richmond Public Library.

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New series: five spots to visit along the Canada Line

With lots of people so excited to ride the Canada Line, I thought it might be fun to do a little series spotlighting places to visit along the Line’s corridor!

So read on for five good excuses to ride the Line out somewhere — as if you needed more :) And if you have five spots to share along the Canada Line too, e-mail me and I’ll put them up. (Fewer spots are fine too, and they can all be at one station or spread out.)

1. Daiso (near Aberdeen Station)

Daiso in Aberdeen Centre!

Daiso in Aberdeen Centre!

Daiso is in Aberdeen Centre, a shopping mall about a block away from Aberdeen Station in Richmond. Here’s a map showing how to get there from the station.

Daiso is probably one of the most amazing shopping experiences in the Lower Mainland.

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Summer spots: Surrey Urban Farmers Market, plus a few more

The Surrey Farmers Market, at Surrey Central Station!

The Surrey Farmers Market, at Surrey Central Station!

A map of the Surrey Urban Farmers Market location!

A map of the Surrey Urban Farmers Market location!

There hasn’t been much summer weather this week, but that’s no reason to stop writing up summer spots to visit on transit!

How about the Surrey Urban Farmers Market, conveniently located at Surrey Central SkyTrain Station? (Thanks to Peter Leblanc for the suggestion!)

The market is open Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the market runs June 17 to Sept 30. This is an exciting “new” location for the market this year—the market actually used to be here about 8-10 years ago, before construction shut down this spot.

Anyway, check it out: the market has 20 local vendors selling produce, along with unique artisans and educational activities. There’s also a book exchange, plus the market tent will fill up your water bottle and take your batteries to be recycled!

Visit their website for more info, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

A few more summer spots…

  • Check out Movies Under The Stars, an outdoor movie series in Surrey! Here’s the schedule of events: the Aug 16 movie (Grease!) will be at Holland Park, just a short walk west of King George Station, and the Aug 23 film (Nim’s Island) is at Station Tower near Gateway Station. Never mind, looks like I’ve linked to the 2008 info! Check the comments: Robert has the right links.
  • The Collingwood Multicultural Summer Market is happening near the Joyce Collingwood Skytrain Station, on Vanness Ave between McGeer and McHardy Street! There’s fresh produce, a spice market, and more. Catch the last two market days on Sunday August 16 & Sunday August 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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  • Check Vancouver is Awesome’s event category for more events, and Miss 604 always has listings of community events worth checking out.
  • And email me if you have any more transit-accessible summer spots to add!

Summer spot: the Main Street Farmers Market

The Main Street Farmers Market in Thornton Park, near Main Street SkyTrain Station!

The Main Street Farmers Market in Thornton Park, near Main Street SkyTrain Station!

As you might recall, I wanted to do some posts highlighting summer destinations you can get to on transit. So here’s one: the new Main Street Farmers Market!

Map of the market location.

Map of the market location.

The market is held every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm in Thornton Park, which is just next to Main Street SkyTrain Station.

It used to be at Riley Park near Nat Bailey Stadium, but they moved it this year to serve more people at a more accessible location.

It’s a great new place to stop on the way home for fresh dinner ingredients — and there’s even bike delivery service in case you buy too much!

You can grab the SkyTrain to get there, or use bus routes 3, 8, 19, and 22, which stop at Main and Terminal. It’s also close to several bike routes: you can use Cycle Vancouver to plan a route there.

And catch it while you can: the Main Street market will only be open from June 10 – October 21. More about the market and its organizer, the Vancouver Farmers Markets, can be found here.

If you have a transit/bike-accessible summer spot to nominate, email me!