Recreation & Leisure

312 articles

Vancouver's Soccer Soul

By Iain Ferguson on Jan 1, 2011

On the new terraces beside the PNE, Vancouver has an opportunity to win back its title of North America's No. 1 soccer city. Forget those plans for a waterfront home for the Whitecaps. Read more...

Keep on Trekking

By Dee Walmsley on Jan 1, 2011

Not all pole walkers are Scandinavian. In our group of happy wanderers, there is a retired Blue Bomber defenceman, a neurologist, some pensioned teachers, nurses, artists and a few who are still walking towards their gold card. Read more...

Easy Rider

By Joan W. Winter on Jan 1, 2011

Five years earlier, Marlene, then 60, dreamt that at age 65 she would cycle across Canada - from coast to coast - dipping her front wheel in the ocean at Mile 0 in Victoria B.C. and then cycle to Mile 0 in Newfoundland, through all 10 provinces. Read more...

Finally on Track

By Kevin McKay on Jan 1, 2011

The 100-metre dash has always been considered one of the marquee events of any track and field competition. During the race for women aged 70-74 at the 2010 North Central Caribbean World Masters Championships, Christa Bortignon of West Vancouver was leading with less than 10 metres to go. Read more...


By Elizabeth Godley on Jan 1, 2011

A tiny gecko, sunning itself on a sandstone outcrop bordered by towering banksia and eucalyptus trees, skittered off at the sound of our footsteps, seeking shelter among fallen leaves and lichen-encrusted rocks. Read more...

Sharing a Passion

By Enise Olding on Jan 1, 2011

The year was 1977. A 44lb 9oz lobster was caught off Nova Scotia, ABBA's Dancing Queen was a No. 1 hit, Elvis died, the rings of Uranus were discovered, Star Wars opened in cinemas, caftans and ponchos were in fashion along with flared trousers, I took a scuba diving course in B.C.'s Okanagan Lakes and got my diving certificate. Read more...

A Multitude of Chocolate - Oaxaca

By Dorothy Shamah on Dec 1, 2010

When retirement is on the horizon, many of us seek adventure that transcends the emptiness of unexpected freedom. When I turned 62, ready to begin the third stage of my life, I sought a travel destination far from home. Oaxaca, Mexico beckoned. Read more...

Our Usual Hello

By Kevin McKay on Dec 1, 2010

"I'd like to pass along our usual hello to the hospital patients, shut-ins, pensioners, the blind..." is the beginning of a refrain familiar to generations of hockey fans in British Columbia, as said during every game by Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Robson. Read more...

Budget Travel = Rich Experience

By Polly Tafrate on Nov 30, 2010

My husband and I received an invitation to a family wedding - an "April in Paris" affair. Of course, we wanted to go, but could we afford it? We had enough frequent flyer miles for a round trip flight, but the staggering accommodation prices had us stumped. Read more...

A Taste of China

By Dee Walmsley on Nov 1, 2010

Most westerners were given a glimpse of Beijing's unique architecture during the Olympics; the bird's nest and water cube are the most architecturally stunning and technically engineered permanent structures that remain. Read more...

Go On, Take a Bite

By Enise Olding on Nov 1, 2010

Everybody has been to New York, if not in person, then by way of TV, movies or music, and images of the action, people and scenery are familiar. Just hearing the words the Bronx, Yankees, Central Park, UN, 5th Avenue and Ground Zero transports us to the centre of The Big Apple. Read more...

Riding the Rails

By George Zador on Aug 26, 2010

Travel by train across the continent was always on our "bucket list" and when the invitation came for a long overdue family visit to Ottawa, my wife and I thought it was a great opportunity to fly there and take the train back. Why not see if "getting there is half the fun?" Read more...

We Shall Not Rest

By Elizabeth McAuley on Aug 26, 2010

What would go through your mind if you saw a group of 26 older cyclists wearing neon green shirts struggling up hills and braving weekend traffic on Island roads and highways? Would you think this must be a group of extreme athletes or a bunch of foolhardy seniors? Read more...

My 5k Run

By Beth Colaner-Kenny on Aug 26, 2010

Participating in a 5k run at my age is humbling. I recently completed my first one since turning 70 and my time has nearly doubled since my 40s! Read more...

The Frogettes

By Rosa Goldstein on Aug 26, 2010

We are a group of women of a certain age exercising or exorcising in our community pool, which we commandeer each morning Monday to Saturday from 9-10 a.m. This routine is more than water aerobics; it is supportive and healing. Read more...

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