Over the course of his NBA career, Steve Nash developed a fitness vision—one where a place could promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle for all. Within its 18 locations across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club strives to fulfill that vision by maximizing each member's experience in a fun and friendly environment.
Featuring a variety of amenities for all those wanting to achieve their fitness goals, each facility boasts state-of-the-art training equipment for clients' cardio and weight-lifting needs. For those who work better in packs, a wide range of fun group fitness classes are offered, including Zumba, yoga, pound, and LaBlast. Experienced certified personal trainers impart their wealth of fitness knowledge and effective exercise programs, but also inform on the latest in health and fitness, in-club events, and several other exciting member services.
Coasting throughout Vancouver's harbors since 1981, Vancouver Cruises affixes sea legs to locals and tourists alike while serving up dazzling views of the city and its neighbouring waterways. One of three luxurious boats ferries groups as large as 400 people throughout the popular Vancouver harbour and False Creek waters, including the nightclub-inspired Abitibi, which features large sun decks, and the Queen of Diamonds, which provides 360-degree panoramas of passing sights. Gourmet chefs are on hand on all three ships, accompanying memorable occasions such as weddings, graduations, and company outings with equally memorable eats. During the holiday season, Vancouver Cruises also fuels festive spirits with its Carol Ships rife with decorations and singing.
Working out can take a host of forms, from training for a marathon to supporting your weight during pole dancing in a penthouse. Pole Dance Studio focuses on the latter. Their 2,500-square-foot penthouse studio sprawls across the entire top floor of their building, complete with 13 poles and enormous windows that give stunning views of nature's brass pole, the humble tree. The classes that unfold in the urbane space cover the breadth of pole dance, kicking off with intro sessions on simple spins and floorwork. For more seasoned students, higher-level courses focus on more complex moves—Pole-Bellydance, for example, mixes serpentine figure-eights and shimmies with occasional pole spins. For special occasions, the studio hosts parties, where revelers learn pole routines, sip drinks from the roll-out bar, and don hats, wigs, and boas.
Going on nine years, designers and aficionados from across British Columbia and North America have gathered in Vancouver to trade news, ideas, and inspiration. Hundreds of vetted exhibitors—from retail shops to designer brands—display new products and talk shop from behind as many booths. In The District, artists sell unique household items from pillows and earrings to felt bowls. In Future Masters Vol. 4, area design students forecast the future of the industry; Studio North celebrates established but young Canadian talent. In between shopping, visitors can listen in on talks delivered by industry luminaries, including Tommy Smythe, Brian Gluckstein, and Kelly Deck.
There are more than two million biological specimens showcasing the research at UBC housed within the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Among the museum's treasures are an 85-foot-long (26-metre) blue whale skeleton, which looms over visitors in the atrium, the third-largest fish collection in Canada. Additionally, a myriad of fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around BC and across the world. Those seeking an interactive experience can head to the Allan Yap Discovery Lab or check out a film in the Allan Yap Theatre.
Pride of Vancouver Charters provides groups of up to 200 with a floating venue for weddings, office parties, and other social gatherings. They also host dinner cruises aboard their two ships, the Pride of Vancouver and the Star of Vancouver, that let passengers feast on views of the city and live entertainment as well as a gourmet buffet with table served beverages and dessert.