Recreation & Leisure

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BC Seniors Games Demonstrate the Power of Age

By Irene Butler on Oct 7, 2009

The gala Opening Ceremony for the September 16th to 19th Richmond 2009 BC Seniors Games pulsated with "grey power" as athletes and spectators absorbed well-wishes of dignitaries and were wowed by choral singers. Irene Butler and her husband Rick had front row seats (so to speak) as they covered the event as photographers. Read more...

Sharing Stories

By Mary Anne Hajer on Oct 2, 2009

It's just after 12:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, and at the Minoru Place Activity Centre in Richmond, members of the Minoru Amateur Writers' Group begin to drift into a large room at the end of the hall. Read more...

Worth the Wait

By Ken Oxley on Sep 28, 2009

If you thought you saw a camouflage fighter/attacked aircraft in Russian markings at the Comox Airport recently, you did. A dream of mine came true when I won the draw for a 40-minute flight in an L-39ZA Albatros fighter jet owned by Ed McDonald of St. Albert, Alberta. Read more...

Paddling for Fun and Friendship

By Candice Schultz on Jun 30, 2009

Every Friday morning in Victoria, Marilyn and Ken Tomlinson lead their teams, Senior's Moment and the Friday Flyers, on a paddle down the Gorge Waterway. They uncover their 45-foot [13.7 m] outrigger canoes while the teams laugh and joke as they lift the boats into the shallow water and guide them to the dock. Read more...

Foodies Go Nuts in the Fraser Valley

By Chris & Rick Millikan on Jun 30, 2009

Skyrocketing travel expenses encourage avid adventurers like us to explore closer to home. So hearing of farming tours less than two hours from Vancouver, we investigate rural life around Agassiz-Harrison, browsing and nibbling our way through several glorious days; but first a detour into Harrison's renowned World Championship of Sand Sculptures. Read more...

Never Too Old For The Circus

By Jane Cassie on Jun 2, 2009

When I was seven, I had high hopes of joining the circus. My dad even installed a trapeze in our basement to pacify this childhood whim. But that was a number of decades and 100 or so pounds ago. Today, in my pre-golden years, as I teeter on the edge of Whistler's Zip Trek platform, I'm not as certain that I'll soar through the air with great ease Read more...

An Enlightening Romance

By Jane Cassie on Jun 1, 2009

We've pre-booked a tour with Wild Earth Llama Adventures to trek New Mexico's Rio Grande Gorge. The scenic six-hour jaunt into the volcanic rift promises to provide some insight into the area's culture and history, right back to the early days when the Pueblo people first arrived. And just like Peruvians, who for centuries have hiked the high Andes, toting our load and lunch will be a few loyal llamas. Read more...


By Mary Anne Hajer on Jun 1, 2009

I never wanted to be a sailor. Boats were risky, I thought, not dependable at all. They were never still, always bobbing around in the waves. Sometimes, they even tipped over, or worse, hit a rock and sank - and I didn't know how to swim. So, I was shocked when my husband, Frank, announced one day that he had signed us up for sailing lessons. Read more...

Fit for the Adventure

By Enise Olding on Jun 1, 2009

Saying that Vic Lindal has a zest for life, boundless energy and a sense of adventure would be mere understatements. Freshly back from scuba diving in Wakatobi Marine Park, Indonesia, Vic is full of enthusiasm about his new experiences. Read more...

The Pilates Method

By Candice Schultz on Apr 28, 2009

Pilates is a diverse fitness phenomenon that has recently gained popularity across North America. During the last decade, Pilates studios and programs have emerged all over the Island. Now, it's possible to practise Pilates at specialized studios, recreation centres or physical therapy clinics. Read more...

Freedom of the Road

By Kevin McKay on Apr 28, 2009

Flush with success from their first cross-Canada ride in 1982, in 1984, the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society took off for their second major tour: a ride around Australia and New Zealand; this time 91 members took part. From there, the group took off and grew to the present day group of about 500 cycling enthusiasts who undertake many rides during the course of the year. Read more...

Nature Unblemished

By Mary Anne Hajer on Mar 31, 2009

Princess Louisa Inlet, considered by some to be the most beautiful place on earth, is nestled deep in B.C.'s coastal range and accessible only by water or air. Surrounded and protected by mountains as high as 2,100 metres, it is the premier destination on the coast for recreational boaters, as well as a major attraction for visitors from all over the world. Read more...

Wasn't That a Party?

By Vernice Shostal on Mar 31, 2009

Dozens of participants within 12 entertainment acts, exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors congregated at the Senior Living 50+ Active Living Celebration at Pearkes Arena on Friday, March 13 to sing, dance, visit over 140 exhibits, meet people they haven't seen in a while and generally be entertained. Read more...

The Greatest One Mile Race

By Richard Bauman on Mar 31, 2009

Roger Bannister was the first known human to run a mile in less than four minutes. In 1954, Roger and John Landy would race against one another in Vancouver, British Columbia, in what was called by many, "The Mile of the Century." Read more...

Spring Snowshoeing

By Debbie McKeown on Mar 31, 2009

Residents of British Columbia's Lower Mainland have the exceptional possibility of experiencing multiple seasons in a single day. Skiing on Grouse Mountain in the morning and bike riding in Stanley Park that same afternoon is not unheard of due to the varying elevations of the landscape. Read more...

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