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Getting fit in the summer is easy. With the often balmy Vancouver months of July and August residents take to the shores, sea walls, trails, and city parks to partake in their favorite form of outdoor exercise on the weekends and week days alike. It doesn't feel like effort when the natural backdrop is so amazing. However when autumn creeps in many of us let the regime slip somewhat, trading bike seats for the comforts of movie theater chairs and coffee shop plush while the rain drips down the window panes outside. Sure we tend to get our rears in gear again with the passing of the new year but if we wait until our resolutions kick-in we end up spending time chasing something that we already had and let go, a fruitless endeavor, no?


Before I digress too much I want to note that as the community's UBC Realtor I look out for the interests of my past, present, and prospective UBC real estate clients. I use this blog to provide readers with valuable information about the area that spans far beyond property taxes and mortgage rates. The purpose of this week's blog post, if I haven't made it obvious enough yet above, is to provide those that plan on making the UBC area a longterm home with a few recommendations to staying fit, and having fun, in the fall in and around the UBC community. Let's get continue on the path that the summer set us on today and let the rest play catch up after Ryan Seacrest drops the ball on Times Square.


Fun Fall Fitness Activities in the UBC Area


Stand-Up-Paddle or Kayak @ Jericho - Don't think that since the summer is over that all fitness activities need to take place outside of the water. Us UBC'ers are relentless in our endeavor to squeeze every last recreational drop out of the great waterfront before us and sunny autumn days allow us to do so. In the late days of September and through October the ocean conditions are still prime while the crowds have dropped considerably. All you need is a wetsuit and a will to get out the and paddle. Visit Ecomarine for lessons and rental information.


The Stairs of Wreck - UBC can lay claim to one of the best beaches for getting a workout in Greater Vancouver yet many are too shy to use the natural "stair master" that leads to and from Wreck Beach in the summer. Why? Because it is Vancouver's only clothing optional beach. However when the autumn chill arrives many UBC area residents celebrate the opportunity to enjoy Wreck Beach when its regulars take their au-naturale lifestyle indoors. Whether casually hiking or looking for a grueling staircase to get your workout the staircase at Wreck will burn and tone better than any elliptical.


Get Aquatic Indoors @ UBC - OK, I know its autumn and many of your prefer to get for indoors so how does a heated indoor pool sound? The UBC Aquatic Center offers programming for both youth and adults (you don't need to be a student) thanks to UBC Recreation. Water fit activities include casual drop-in swimming, aqua fitness classes, and swimming lessons. For more information visit UBC Recreation.


Get Sent to Bootcamp, by Choice - UBC Recreation also offers the general public access to their Coop Combo Boot Camp. Some of us need a trainer to get us in gear (and get results, fast!) and what better way than through the bootcamp experience? This class combines the use of fitness balls and boards to improve our core, stability, and functional strength. For more information visit UBC Recreation.


I hope these recommendations inspired you to get out there and enjoy the UBC area community while getting fit in the process this fine fall season. As usual, should you have any inquiries about UBC real estate please feel free to contact my UBC Realtor office anytime.

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Hungry Nomad Food Truck UBC

Image courtesy of Carter Brundage / The Ubyssey


The food truck craze has swept across North America over the last decade. While Greater Vancouver has not been as quick as its south of the border sibling cities of Portland and San Francisco in adopting food trucks as a major part of its culinary scene the last three years have been a blast for mobile foodies in the city.


I'm not referring to the hot dog carts that have long been a staple in Vancouver, I'm talking about full-on eateries on wheels with menus to rival some of our best comfort food restaurants in town. Even some of the gourmet brick & mortars are getting a run for their money as local food truck menus continue to grow more sophisticated.


Not familiar with the food truck scene in Vancouver? This coming weekend marks the end of the now annual Food Truck Festival, with this year's location found on the expansive lot between Olympic Village and the Cambie Street Bridge. You have until September 22 to go and check it out. Be sure to save your appetite because you'll want to attempt to squeeze in all three square meals within the confines of the festival in one day. The variety is heavenly! For more information on the Vancouver Food Truck Fest and its vendors you can visit their website


Now anyone reading my UBC real estate blog on a regular basis knows that every edition includes recommendations of some sort within the UBC area. Have I left my neighborhood out of the mix this time? Of course not. My pride in the community is relentless and I would not have touched on the subject of food trucks if I didn't have something up my tailored sleeve (OK, I don't actually get my suits tailored).


The late summer brought in Canada's very first arrival of an on-campus food truck. That campus? You guessed it - the University of British Columbia. Known as the Hungry Nomad, this mobile eatery is permanently stationed (contingent upon continued success) at the northwest corner of UBC's East Mall and University BLVD between 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM from Monday through Friday. Students in class during that time frame will likely be petitioning for extended hours very soon. The line-ups are already forming daily.


The cuisine up for grabs at the Hungry Nomad includes everything from Mediterranean to seafood and Carolina styled pulled pork to beef brisket. Another nice surprise is the price range which falls between $5 and 8 dollars - a student budget friendly treat that departs from the common $10-12 range that exists downtown. Given that the campus based food truck is the brainchild of UBC Food Services profits go towards supporting the university which ultimately serves the students twofold - belly included.


Whether a starving student or resident of the UBC area you should definitely hit the campus for a bite from the Hungry Nomand. The more successful this UBC based food truck, the more arrivals of others we can expect along the roads of the region. This perpetually hungry UBC Realtor will thank you for it.

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