Free Transit From Translink

To all you folks out there that are still in school (high school, that is), be sure to take advantage of a new offer Translink has running until Friday, October 6th, 2006.

For all students between Kindergarten and Grade 12, transit of all forms is completely FREE until October 6th, 2006, as long as you have a student ID to prove you’re a student.

Translink is offering the free ride to all school students to promote international “walk to school week”, if such a thing really exists, and in the hopes of making kids “think outside the car” when it comes to transportation.

From October 2 through 6, students from kindergarten through Grade 12 are being encouraged to walk or take alternate modes of transportation to get to school. TransLink will make transit an easier choice by providing free rides for students on Coast Mountain and West Vancouver buses, SeaBus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express during that time.

Translink

This is a great way to get from A to B if you qualify and can save you some cash. Naturally it’s only running during the week, so if you’re skipping school to hit the mall, take the bus and save some cash. Oh, and they don’t stipulate any times anywhere, they don’t say is has to be during school hours, to take full advantage and ride for free at night too. Taking advantage of Translink is like taking advantage of Starbucks, only less free starbucks coffee and more stinky people.

Good Deals in Vancouver

Being the cheap bastard that I am, when Chrys and I were thinking about going out for dinner and the various other things we might do over the weekend, I hit the interweb and started to deal search. After all, what sense is there in paying full price if you don’t have to, right? Right.

We ended up going to Original Joe’s on Broadway and Cambie for dinner, which I didn’t find any coupons for, but is well worth paying full price for anyhow. It’s been over a year now since we’ve been to Original Joe’s, the last time we were there was when Chrys & I went to pick up her wedding dress. It is a bar, but there is just something about it that has a homey, relaxing feeling to it. We always both feel really comfortable when eating there and, the best part, the food is always really good and a good price. They also have beer special everyday and are one of the few places in Vancouver that sells Russel’s Cream Ale, which, if you haven’t tried it yet, just so happens to be the best beer on the face of the earth, and it’s made by a local Vancouver brewery. Yay, local! Original Joe’s is well worth giving a shot if you’re looking for a yummy meal of comfort food and a good beer. I highly recommend the Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, very tastey.

Anyways, back to the good deals in Vancouver portion of the post. I was originally on the search for an illusive 2 for 1 Vancouver Aquarium coupon from the newest Yellow Pages or this years Entertainment book, but alas, I couldn’t manage to find one. Speaking of which, anyone know where I can get a Vancouver Entertainment Book? Anyhow, on my search I found a few websites with some good coupons and deals on restaurants and various other things around Vancouver. Check them out before heading out for a night on the city and you could just save yourself a few bucks.

DatersCorner.com
FoodVancouver.com
VancouverAttractions.com
PriceNetwork.ca
PriceGrabber.ca

Enjoy! And please, let me know if you have any sites you use for coupons and various other good deals in Vancouver.

Old Woodwards Building Implosion

As I’m sure almost every Vancouver resident knows by now, today marked the official ending of an era as the old Woodwards building in Downtown Vancouver was imploded today. I’ve been sick and didn’t want to drag my butt out of bed to go watch it, so I’ve been watching videos and checking out pics to see what there is. This is, by far, the best video and angle I’ve been able to find:

Woodwards Implosion Videos
Woodwards Imposion Pictures

Vancouver: Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver Edition

Yay! It’s that time of year again. The Georgia Straight has just released the much coveted and sought after Best of Vancouver… edition!

The Georgia Straight has always been my favorite local rag and the Best of Vancouver edition has always been my favorite edition. The Straight is a really good source for information about Vancouver, from restaurants to the local music scene, they pretty much cover it all. Though, I have to admit, it’s not that often that I find an awe inspiring article in the rag, I mostly read it to get info about bands coming to town and shows and events that are happening soon. But every now and then I find an article that’s pretty damn good.

The Best of Vancouver edition of the Georgia Straight is by far the most popular edition of the paper and is a great way to find new restaurants to try. However, when it comes to things like “best local band”, whoever voted obviously didn’t vote very well.

The Best of Vancouver edition of the Straight should be available across Vancouver now, so find a big black box next to an ugly orange and tacky green box, and grab a paper out of it. The best of edition is always worth a read, even if you only read the best of section. And don’t forget, unlike those other crappy papers you have to pay for and the even worse ad laden freebies, the Georgia Straight is 100% FREE and actually worth picking up!

Georgia Straight
Georgia Straight Best Of Vancouver
All Things Vancouver

Vancouver: 21st Annual Walk For Life

The BC Persons With Aids Society is putting on the 21st Annual Walk For Life on September 24th, 2006 in Vancouver.

“On June 15th, 1986, the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA) launched the first AIDS WALK in Canada. By 1997, walks were held in more than 120 cities across Canada and are now coordinated on the same day in September under the name WALK for LIFE. The WALK continues to increase community awareness and to raise funds for direct services for persons living with HIV and AIDS.”

This years event will be held on September 24th, 2006 and will begin in beautiful Stanley Park. All those interested in attending will get to choose between a 10k walk around the Stanley Park Seawall or a 2k walk around Lost Lagoon.

Registration opens at 8:30am where coffee, snacks and pre-walk entertaiment will be provided. 10:00am will see the start of the opening ceremonies and at 11:00am the 21st Annual Walk for Life will officially begin and see thousands of people treking around Stanley Park.

To learn more about the 21st Annual Walk for Life and to get further details on the even, go to: http://bcpwa.org/get_involved/wflsummary/

If you would like to donate money to support the BC Persons With Aids Society, you can do so at their website: http://bcpwa.org/

Vancouver: Flea Market and Bo Kong


Img by RichmondNightMarket.com

My lovely wife and I went to the Vancouver Flea Market for the first time with some friends this weekend and I have to admit, I wasn’t very impressed. It’s big, there are tons of booths and a whole crap load of stuff, but none of it was really any good. Only a few booths had things that sparked my interest and a lot of the booths will still closed when we got there (around 10am).We had a great time rummaging around through everything and our friends picked up some cool little trinkets, but we left with a $1 pack of AAA batteries. I do have to admit though, the Vancouver Flea Market is a great place to get batteries for really cheap.The best booth of the entire place was a guy selling a ton of records, all lot of which are pretty hard to find. He had a great selection of old school punk records and a copy of the original broadcasting of Orson Welles War of the Worlds for $12, which was a great price and super tempting, but for whatever reason, I decided not to pick it up.

The Vancouver Flea Market is a pretty interesting place to check out and is a great way to spend soem time rummaging around on the weekend, but for all the cool goodies and yummy food I think I’ll stick to the Richmond Night Market.

After we all got done digging through the Vancouver Flea Market we headed to a fantastic Vegan chinese restaurant called Bo Kong. Bo Kong is located at 3068 Main St. and serves up a fantastic assortment of all Vegan chinese food and Dim Sum on the weekends. We’d been there once before with the same friends and loved the place, though neither of us have ever had Dim Sum so we decided to give that shot this time. I have to say, it was pretty damn fantastic. We ended up walking out of Bo Kong with super full tummies and a measly $50 bill (including tip) for all four of us. I highly recommend giving Bo Kong a go and, while you’re there, you HAVE to try the Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin Rolls in Black Bean Sauce. We’ve had the dish both times we’ve gone and it is absolutely delicious!

Vancouver Flea Market
Richmond Night Market
Bo Kong Vegan Chinese Resaurant

Vancouver: CIBC Run For The Cure

The CIBC Run For The Cure is fast approaching, and though I won’t be participating myself, another Vancouver Blogger will be and I urge you to offer her any support you can.

Rebecca of Miss604.com and her husband John of Audihertz.net are both going to be running in the event where all money raised will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, a very good cause.

Technically, in order to run as a full sponsored participant, which Rebecca is hoping to run as, she will need to raise at least $150. So if you have any spare change sitting around, help out the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the CIBC Run For The Cure by going to Miss604.com and sponsoring her via the link in the right hand sidebar.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
CIBC Run For The Cure
Miss604.com
Audihertz.net