We celebrated May Day in Port Coquitlam last week. This spring tradition is steeped in our culture here in PoCo. Something everyone looks forward to, the young and old come out to celebrate at events through out the city.
The weeks celebrations culminate in a parade of epic proportions. It was a gorgeous day, encouraging all the locals to come out to wave and cheer on their friends and family members as they marched on by.
I hope you enjoyed the parade. Look for even MORE friends and smiling faces in my coverage with Snapd Tri-Cities June edition, on the newstands and online June 1st.
Spring is blooming across the lower mainland. While many gardens still appear to be sleeping, the first buds of growth and bulbs of the season have already revealed themselves.
Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’
It’s a good time of year to take a walk around your garden. Start cleaning up the remains of last years beds, to make way for this years growth. Time to trim up the roses, add a top layer of manure or nutrient rich compost to the garden and plant a few winter pansies to soften up the edges.
It’s 2016! A good year to get gardening.
This year the city of Coquitlam is marking a milestone with it’s 125th birthday. To jump start the year’s events they hosted Activate Coquitlam 125. Marking off the first few days of the calendar year, the city of Coquitlam lent a helping hand to neighbours and friends looking to boost their exercise routines while making the most of those New Years resolutions with free classes and drop in sports at the rec centre.
In these two images I captured a small piece of that celebration as aboriginal groups, historians, artists and athletes came together to celebrate what makes Coquitlam a truly unique community.
Our new year started with the wonders of the sea and a membership renewal at the Vancouver Aquarium. We have held their membership before, especially through the children’s younger years. It was an exceptional place to spend the day with them as toddlers and infants. The facility is conducive to young and old alike. Great interactive displays, sensory learning and of course the fish! Now after a couple years away, a renovation and expansion, our children have been clamoring to get back. They’ve missed the hours of awe and wonder that come with the hands on and participatory learning offered at the Aquarium.
This Christmas we were gifted with a family membership to the Vancouver Aquarium. A years worth of opportunities for learning and creating special memories in a single card What a wonderful present to receive. We are so thankful for the hero of this story. Grandma. XOXO
So what did the kids think?
Well, that it was awesome of course. In the words of the 6 year old:
Last month my family and I hitched a ride on Radiance of the Seas as she made her last Alaskan voyage of the season out of Vancouver. Although we’ve cruised to and from some fabulous places, this was the first time we’d had the opportunity to sail out of our home port of Vancouver and it was an amazing experience!
Day One: Depart from Vancouver
Day Two: At Sea
Day Three: Icy Strait Point (Hoonah) Alaska – Tender
Day Four: Tracy Arm Fjord Alaska – Cruising
Day Five: Juneau Alaska – Docked
Day Six: Ketchikan Alaska – Docked
Day Seven: Inside Passage – Cruising
Day Eight: Vancouver – Disembark
This past weekend the family and I hit the streets to check out some cool cars and custom rims as the annual Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show came to town. This summer sizzling event has become a tradition for our kids. They love dreaming large while sizing up their next ride.
While the kids picked out their favorites with Dad, I spent the day Snapd’ing summer. Working the streets I met and chatted with families, car owners and local business’ and found a lot of smiling faces and happy kids excited about cars. Make sure to look for my coverage in the September edition of Snapd Coquitlam.
In the meantime enjoy a few of the images I collected along my travels. I love capturing images of classic cars, the little details are usually what draw me in. Colour, texture, shine, oh baby! These cars had it all.
I hope you find something in the images below that have you dreaming of your next ride. See you at the next car show!
I volunteered to be a driver for my son’s 2nd grade field trip last week to the North Shore for a gondola ride up to the top of Grouse Mountain. It was a beautiful day to be up at the top with views stretching as far as Vancouver Island.
While the kids were on their guided tour, I had some time to kill. So my camera and I took a nature walk. Here’s a taste of the sights from a top Grouse Mountain.
“Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.” -Alfred North Whitehead