Enjoy summer in our spectacular city!

With August fast approaching I should let you all know that my partner Penny and I are taking our annual August staycation. This means I won’t be blogging until after Labour Day.

We already have a number of exciting items booked into our staycation schedule! What a great city to live in.

A visit to the Museum of Anthropology is always high on our list of to-dos. The feature exhibit, Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, explores the creative ideas that inspire indigenous resistance to threats facing the world’s largest rainforest.

Granville Island is also high on our list of places to go. It really is hard to believe it was only a few decades ago that this site was all industrial. A visionary who was also a longtime member of Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet — Ron Basford — saw the site’s great potential and now we have the most pedestrian-friendly venue in all of Vancouver. With Emily Carr University of Art and Design moving off the island to Great Northern Way, plans are underway to upgrade the island. Lets hope this doesn’t result in Granville Island losing any of the qualities that have made it so successful to date.

A trip to Southlands Nursery reminds us every year of this oasis within the City of Vancouver. Much like Granville Island the entire Southlands area — with its unique zoning regulations that allow for horse stables and a countryside atmosphere — demonstrates the power of what is possible in a city with the power of creative urban planning.

Have a great summer, and make sure you take time to really appreciate what a spectacular city we live in!

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