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Five Best Spas in Vancouver

Monday April 21, 2014

Want to pamper yourself--or someone else (Mom for Mother's Day?)--at a Vancouver spa but aren't sure which to choose? With so many luxury and neighbourhood spas in Vancouver, it can be hard to decide where to go if you don't already have a favourite.

Which is why I created a new Guide, Five Best Spas in Vancouver, which highlights five top spas with unique or unusual signature treatments. Stressed out and in pain? Try Spruce Body Lab's Infrared Sauna. Want a luxury anti-aging treatment? There's Absolute Spa's Oxygen Facial. Or, try the raved-about, 100% organic facials at J Spa in Kits.

If you have a favourite Vancouver spa or spa treatment, I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Image Courtesy of Absolute Spa Group

Easter Events, Fan Expo Vancouver & Surrey Vaisakhi Parade - Weekend Picks

Friday April 18, 2014

For more things to do for Easter in Vancouver, go here: Complete Guide to Easter in Vancouver 2014.

  • Top 5 Easter Events & Easter Egg Hunts
    Take the kids to an Easter egg hunt or top Easter event this weekend, including the Easter Train at Stanley Park and Easter at Grouse Mountain.

  • Fan Expo Vancouver
    Fans of sci-fi, comics, anime and more converge on the Vancouver Convention Centre for two days of 700 exhibits, loads of celebrities, and more. Runs Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20.

  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade
    The annual Vaisakhi Parade is one of Surrey's biggest free events, attracting over 80,000 spectators. Enjoy food, live entertainment, and more. Happens Saturday, April 19.

Top 7 Things to Do for Easter in Vancouver 2014

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This Sunday, April 20, is Easter in Vancouver, and even you don't celebrate the holiday you can still enjoy the holiday-themed fun!

Top 7 Things to Do for Easter & Easter Weekend in Vancouver 2014

  1. Ride the Easter Train at Stanley Park - April 16 - 21, 2014
  2. Hunt for Easter eggs at VanDusen Botanical Garden - April 19, 2014
  3. See the Easter Bunny on Grouse Mountain - April 20, 2014
  4. Gorge yourself on a scrumptious Easter Brunch - April 20, 2014
  5. Tour the cherry trees in your neighbourhood on foot or by bike
  6. Head up to Whistler for the free World Ski & Snowboard Festival - April 11 - 20, 2014
  7. Cosplay at Fan Expo Vancouver - April 18 - 20, 2014

For more, check out my Complete Guide to Easter in Vancouver 2014

Image Courtesy of Vancouver Park Board

What Sign Should the Vancouver Park Board Use For Gender-Neutral Washrooms?

Monday April 14, 2014

Gender-neutral washrooms are a step toward inclusivity that are a win-win for everyone: Not only are gender-neutral washrooms helpful for people who are transgendered or who don't identify with binary gender definitions, they're great for families and for cutting down on washroom wait times (why wait for your gender's washroom to become available if the other one is free?), and just make sense. As long as they're clean--and don't we want all restrooms to be clean, anyway?--I think they're a fantastic idea.

So does the Vancouver Park Board, which plans to add gender-neutral changing rooms and washrooms to all its recreational facilities. The question for the Park Board is: What will the gender-neutral bathroom sign look like? (Presumably, if there comes a time when gender-neutral is the default, the sign will simply say, "washroom.")

The Vancouver Park Board has several ideas, including a rainbow triangle and an all-inclusive gender sign (pictured) or just a symbol of a toilet.  The final report on the issue--including which sign to use--will go before the Park Board on April 28. In the meantime, you can weigh in with your opinion of the gender-neutral signage online, as part of the City of Vancouver's Engaged City initiative.

Which symbol do you like for a gender-neutral washroom? Please comment below!

Image Courtesy of Vancouver Park Board

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