Lisa Corriveau is an East Van mom who blogs about family cycling, living green and what’s going on in Vancouver at Spokesmama.com. She is a member of the City of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council, on the Board of Directors of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre, and helps organize group rides with Vancouver Family Biking. She, her husband and their two little kids live in a 1940s bungalow and get around on her “minivan” (a longtail cargo bike), powered by cheese, craft beer and chocolate.
Lisa’s favourite spots around town!
A playground with lots to do, a community garden, tons of lawn to romp on, giant jellybean sculptures and one of the best views in town, right on the South False Creek Seawall.
999 Charleson Rd, Vancouver, (604) 873-7000
The Birds at Olympic Village
The benches, tables, birds and planters of the plaza all form an irresistible invitation for preschooler parkour. Terra Breads is right there for tasty snacks and drinks. We always bump into someone we know there.
Foot of Manitoba St, Vancouver
Coal Harbour Airport
Though the waterfront bike path that winds around the new Convention Centre is usually full of tourists, it’s worth the trip to watch the float planes land and take off from the harbour.
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, (604) 647-7570
Tandem Bike Cafe
This overlooked gem along the Heather Street bike route is not only a cafe, but a full-service bike repair shop too. An awesome place for a quick brunch with crayons & books to entertain the littles.
3195 Heather St, Vancouver, (604) 376-8223
Hidden between Playland’s historic wooden rollercoaster and Empire Field, this park has something for everyone: parkour area, outdoor fitness equipment, sand pit, the fastest slides in the city and more.
188 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Spanish Banks Beach
Expansive beach with sandbars for miles, Oceanwise fish and chips at the concession, washrooms, and tables for picnics. Stop at Jericho on your way to see the colony of feral bunnies by the tennis courts.
4707 North West Marine Drive
Right on Stanley Park’s seawall, this park has lots to do and see, from a vintage firetruck to outdoor movies in summer. March to July, go see the nearby heron nests in the trees by the tennis courts.
8501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver, (604) 681-8029
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