Whether it’s the blooming flowers, the sunny weather or the fact that spring is often associated with rebirth and renewal, this season just feels like the right time to get out, start exploring and try something new. To make the most of the season, we’ve partnered with some of Vancouver’s best destinations, activities and restaurants to bring you a list of AWESOME things to do, well into those April showers.
From trips to the circus to vegan bubble tea, here’s everything you should do this spring in Vancouver.
Visit the Royal Canadian International Circus in Vancouver
The Royal Canadian International Circus is coming to Richmond (Lansdowne Centre), Vancouver (Concord Pacific Place), and Surrey (Cloverdale Fairgrounds) for 34 spectacular shows from May 14 to June 7, 2020. Witness explosive live acts from around the world bring their traditions, thrills and grace to the magnificent Big Top. This year’s performers include the Wheel of Destiny, death-defying Acrobats, the Motorcycle Globe, Argentinian Gauchos, Unicycles, Aerialists and more! This an animal-free show. For specially priced two-for-one tickets, visit royalcanadiancircus.ca and use promo code: VIA.
Laugh your head off at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club hosts live comedy shows every Tuesday through Saturday night and are located on Cambie and 12th, right by City Hall. Check their online calendar at yukyuks.com/vancouver to see what’s coming up as their lineup is always changing. These shows often sell out in advance, so it’s recommended to buy your tickets online before you go. They have a full bar and food menu with servers that come to your table, so all you have to do it sit back and relax until your cheeks hurt from laughing!
Eat a giant donut at Boca Grande
Photo: Tyler Garnham
This brand new donut shop opened its doors in the Heart of Ladner Village late 2019 and since then, there’s been a buzz all over the Lower Mainland about their sugary confections. Boca Grande is known for frequently switching up the lineup and serving up over-the-top flavours like “Netflix n’ Chill” (butter glaze with salted and buttered popcorn and a caramel drizzle,) “The Elvis” (stuffed with banana pastry cream, topped with peanut butter frosting and bacon), and “The Nanaimo Bar” (the name speaks for itself). They are also known for having fantastic Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Keto Donuts. Best of all, this wife and husband team fry these creative, small-batch handcrafted Donuts fresh every morning. This spring, be sure to take a break and visit the brand new Boca Grande Donut Shop.
Bring some donations into Clothes and Collectibles Thrift Boutique
Achieving your spring health and wellness goals doesn’t always have to mean spending money. In fact, decluttering your home is a proven way to help combat excess stress and anxiety. So this season, why not donate the items that no longer “spark joy”? Clothes and Collectibles Thrift Boutique accepts men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and handbags, as well as collectables, artwork, books and select small housewares. Best of all, the proceeds from your generous donations support the West End Seniors’ Network, which provides social, recreational, educational, and supportive programs and services for older adults (55+) in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. If you are interested in making a donation, you can call 604-682-0327 to make sure they can accept your items.
Baroness Canada Bubble Tea Cafe
Baroness is a bubble tea brand from Taipei that specializes in sweet, creamy delicious brown sugar tea. In addition to classic offerings, Baroness offers loads of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly options, including iced-teas and exotic pairings like Lychee Coconut Jelly with Citrus Green Tea. Now open at W Broadway and Macdonald St in Vancouver, this modern cafe should definitely be on your must-try list, especially if you prefer your bubble tea dairy-free, as Baroness now offers Oat Milk as a substitution in any of their drinks.
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