The Top Ten Signs Summer is Coming to Vancouver
10. Border lineups
Better tack on an extra two hours for your trip to Seattle this weekend. It’s crazy to think that Europeans can travel between countries with hardly any thing more than a signpost.
9. The roof is off
The $560 million roof is retracted at BC Place. Wait. Was that a raindrop? Better close it back up.
8. English Bay is packed
Did you know that the smiles on the Laughing Men extend two centimeters when the temperature gets above 20° Celsius. Fact!
7. No one is bitching about the Canucks
The city takes a two-month break from whining about our beloved Canucks. Sleep now Trevor; the honeymoon is coming to an abrupt end.
6. Gas prices are ridiculous
As soon as people start to abandon their cars for walking or riding to work, the government jacks the gas prices. Well, that’s our theory. Don’t hold us to it.
5. Stan from accounting is talking about his Grind time
Let’s all stand and give him a round of applause. Well-done Stan. Can’t wait to hear about your paddleboard adventures. Yes, that’s sarcasm.
4. The peppermint tents are up
Four new plays for the summer of 2014. The curtain rises on June 11th. This summer’s Bard offerings: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Tempest,” “Cymbeline” and “Equivocation,” a play by Bill Cain.
3. It’s raining
Rain spells the coming of every season in Vancouver. Remember folks: It’s what keeps it green.
2. The city is full of pink and purple rhododendron bushes
Douglas Coupland remarked that rhododendron green was an official colour in Vancouver. But for these early days of summer, brilliant coloured flowers hide the green. Thank you Ted and Mary Grieg for your marvelous gift to Vancouver.
1. The bike lanes are full
Those empty Vancouver bike lanes that you cursed at all winter are finally full with environmentally friendly commuters. Don’t hate. Join them!