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Ferris wheel awaiting entry for this week’s PlayDome at BC Place


Spring Break 2014 is upon us as both Point Grey private schools and the Vancouver School Board releases the hounds either this coming week or the next. For family homes in the UBC area that are remaining in town for this stretch their household will fast become a haven of restlessness if an onslaught of activities are not planned for the kids. In today’s blog I decided to offer up a few recommendations for notable Spring Break events in Greater Vancouver that the entire family can enjoy. The following top three affairs will require that you come down from the perch of the UBC community to join in on the fun – but that’s what this season is all about – get out there and explore!


Best 3 Spring Break Events in Vancouver


PlayDome at BC Place – March 15 to 23


PlayDome at BC Place in downtown Vancouver is the country’s largest indoor carnival. The fair offers nearly 50 rides and attractions. Many of the dizzy inducing rides that you wait all year for at the PNE can be found here at PlayDome, along with more casual ones for the tots and nausea averse. At only $29 for an unlimited ride day-pass and $6 spectator pass (let your kids defy gravity while you watch comfortably from the sidelines) this event offers much of the fun of the PNE but at a fraction of the cost.


LEGO Travel Adventure at Science World – Ongoing until May 6


Didn’t have the opportunity to pack up the family and take a vacation during spring break? Fret not and travel the world along with everyone’s favorite building blocks at the Telus World of Science this spring break. LEGO brand presents their take on wanderlust with this exhibition that delivers a culturally enriching experience as attendees soak up the incredible displays of LEGO architecture as it applies to the countries and their attractions around the globe. From land to sea and sky LEGO Travel Adventure is out of this world!


10th Anniversary CelticFest St Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Vancouver – March 16


Get the family outfitted in green and grab your shamrock shakes from Mc D’s as you bring the troop down to the 2014 St Patrick’s Day Parade in the downtown core of Vancouver. In addition to the Granville Street parade the CelticFest affair includes street entertainment, food vendors, kids’ activities, artisans, exhibitions, shopping, and more. CelticFest is entering its 10th year so you can expect big things for St Patrick’s Day in Vancouver more than ever before.


To all of the households that I have gotten to know in the UBC area I hope to see you at one or more of the above events in the week ahead. For those of you in the process of finding a home in the UBC area, friends I haven’t met yet, I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your needs. Please feel free to contact my UBC real estate office anytime – I don’t break in the spring, or any time of the year, when it comes to serving my community.

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A local triathlon is on my list of things to do. Honest. But you see I’ve been so busy working hard to find the perfect home for the multitude of individuals and families arriving in the UBC area that I simply have not had the time to adequately train for such a thing. If it wasn’t for my duty to the community, I would most certainly be competing in the up and coming UBC Triathlon. It’s an honest excuse, right?


OK, so you may not be buying into my procrastination of competing in this annual endurance event but I could not maintain my blog this month without mentioning one of BC’s largest and longest-running triathlons which takes place right here within one of the most scenic courses of its kind in the province.


The UBC Triathlon offers a variety of official distances which include Olympic, Sprint, and Short - I suppose I have no excuse for not competing after all. There is also a Duathlon, a Relay, and an Aquathlon for the kids (I really have no excuse). This is one triathlon that offers something for everyone and can very well spark one’s desire to one day compete in the likes of the world famous Challenge (Okanagan) or even IronMan Canada – possibly earning a birth into the World Championships in Kona Hawaii every October.


While registration is now closed for this UBC Triathlon which takes place this coming Sunday March 9 (you are encouraged to come on by and cheer on the triathletes), the event also serves as the gateway to get our area residents into gear this spring and onto a path of fitness that may very well lead to their inclusion into the very same event next year. Even if you have no such “official” aspirations you likely intend on getting more fit as the summer approaches. Why not train as if you are about to compete in the likes of the above mentioned event? Of course you should do so at a pace that is comfortable for you and your current level of health. I can tell you this, there is no better community to do it in that right here in the UBC area.


I conclude today’s blog post with some suggestions of where you and/or your party can get out there and enjoy casual triathlon-like training in the local community of UBC this spring/summer:


  • Spanish Banks to Jericho – This is the best pathway in Greater Vancouver for jogging and biking. No matter the time of the year you can enjoy this scenic path to work up a sweat without it feeling like an intense workout (unless of course you thrive off of that feeling). In the summer your trifecta of endurance can be made complete by jumping in the Pacific for a lap or two parallel to the shores of Spanish Banks, Lacarno, and/or Jericho Beach.
  • Wreck Beach Stairmaster – The stairs of Wreck Beach are famous/infamous for giving climbers’ thighs, hamstrings, and glutes a serious workout. You can also throw summer swimming into the equation along the beach found at the base of the steps – although those with a shy personality may want to cover their eyes en route to the water (you’ll see why – if you look).
  • UBC Recreational Facilities – UBC has the best recreational amenities in the entire province, if not country, especially if you are counting scenery into the consideration. With everything from an Aquatic Center and Boathouse to an expansive outdoor track & field at Thunderbird Park UBC students and residents alike are given a head start towards their triathlon dreams, official or personal in nature. For more information on UBC sports facilities click here.

UBC offers the perfect community landscape for all things fitness and the simple act of owning a home in UBC practically makes you healthier by default – not a soul can resist the lure of the active amenities available to all that live here. If you have happened to find this article while searching for a home in UBC please do contact my real estate office today – as soon as possible, before my lofty ambitions to start training for next year’s UBC Triathlon kick in.

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