Music blares from onboard stereo systems as BC Wake Boats' 2011 Tige RZ2 tournament boats tour the scenic waters of Granville and Vancouver Island. But these boat charters aren't just limited to standard sightseeing trips or transporting goldfish into the witness protection program. Every excursion also grants access to on-water activities ranging from leisurely tubing to high-intensity water-skiing or wake boarding. Boat captains, many of whom are marine rescue experts, double as instructors and teach how to operate each piece of equipment.
This commitment to water sport education continues during BC Wake Boats' camps. Throughout each weeklong camp, counselors coach participants one-on-one as they master the art of balancing atop boards and using water skis to pick up giant pieces of sushi.
Run by designer Jenna Herbut and her brother Chandler, also a designer, the fairs showcase the work of more than 250 Canadian artisans and designers at events Merge magazine has described as "the craft sale for the next generation." The laid-back emporium?that has received tons of positive press?thrums with the energy of desingers such as Sugar + Candy, Faye Tality Couture, and Prickly Potter Ceramics as they enthusiastically promote their wares. Music serenades ears wandering between booths, and homemade creations from vendors such as My Chocolate Tree sate hunger with snacks that are as sweet and savoury as a love poem written in worcestershire sauce.
As an extension of her mission to improve designers' livelihoods, Jenna channels her background in marketing into a parallel venture Make It! University, which helps artisans hone their business models.
Every year for the last decade, designers and aficionados from across British Columbia and North America have gathered in Vancouver to share news, ideas, and inspiration at Interior Design Show West. The hundreds of vetted exhibitors range from retail shops to designer brands, and they're all here to display new products or talk shop with other industry professionals.
Naturally, IDSW is partitioned according to specific interests and design preferences. In The District, artists sell unique household items that include everything from pillows to felt bowls. Studio North celebrates custom and limited work, while The Brooklyn Exchange showcases designers from New York's trendy borough. While taking a break from shopping, visitors can listen in on talks delivered by industry luminaries such as HGTV's Sarah Richardson and designers Amanda Forrest and Billy Halpern.
Since 1931, more than three million visitors have walked down the docks of Sewell's Marina, stepped into a boat, and floated through the islands and inlets of Howe Sound. The marina's vessels have proffered spectacular glimpses into nature, such as the plunging waters of Shannon Falls and the wild blacksmiths that gallop across Anvil Island Cliffs.
Sewell's Marina's current trips tread the line between education and adventure. Their crews pilot vessels on fishing charters and aquatic thrills such as a Sea Quest scavenger hunts. Sea Safari tours send boats speeding alongside cliffs and into the habitats of seals, bald eagles, and marine birds. Even with boat rentals, Sewell's crew still guides customers, giving dockside instruction on how to operate speedboats and politely ask harbour seals for directions.
From the views of snow-capped mountains and the cascading Granite Falls of Indian Arm to the bustling public market of Granville Island, the Vancouver area overflows with seafaring escapes. Realizing the abundance of sandy beaches meeting lush green forests, diverse wildlife, totem poles, and charming seaside villages, the owners of Lonsdale Boat Rentals decided they needed to give locals and visitors easy access to the region's splendour. To accomplish this, they offer rentals of Hourston Glascrafts, Bayliners, and fishing boats to licensed boaters. They also create customizable sightseeing tours piloted by experienced captains who ferry passengers to Bowen Island for a coffee or to Deep Cove for dinner at a seaside restaurant. To accommodate groups, the team can charter 40- to 80-foot boats, allowing corporate outings, private parties, or the Brady Bunch's family reunion to take place in a scenic setting.
On September 9, 1979, more than 100,000 Whitecaps fans lined Robson Street to salute their hometown club. That day, the Whitecaps returned home after becoming Vancouver's first professional sports team to win a major North American championship: they had just defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies to claim the North American Soccer League title.
Since that first one, the franchise has won six additional titles–including four in a row from 1988–1991 while playing as the 86ers in the Canadian Soccer League. In fact, the club competed under that 86ers moniker until 2000. That year, spurred by public support and an unexplainable 'Caps logo beamed into the night sky, it re-emerged under its original Whitecaps identity. Today, the 21st-century incarnation of the club continues to battle for its first championship as part of Major League Soccer, where it began play in 2011.