Vancouver Weekender: July 13 though 15, 2012

There’s plenty to get you up and out the door this fine, sun-filled weekend, and we’ve got a noteworthy stack of options for you to peruse in this YVR Weekender edition.

First off, Friday night calls for a post-work bevy atop a patio. Why not head over to the Rosewood’s Reflections for a glass of bubbles or toward Coal Harbour’s Lift Bar & Grill to find some liquid salvation?  If you opt for the later, we think you might also want to consider hopping aboard The Wine Yacht for a few hours of wine tasting with the ladies behind House Wine. This event explores the cooler climate wines from Down Under we think you’ll love.

Come Saturday, tuck into a diner-style brunch by heading over to Davie Street fixture Hamburger Mary’s, or head over to South Granville’s Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen for your foodie fix. We love their selection of Benny’s (especially the prosciutto) and recommend the stuffed French toast in an almond, coconut batter.

Next, consider cruising your way over to enjoy a day in the sun at (previously noted) Jericho Beach Park for the Folk Festival, or rent a kayak, paddleboard or windsurfer at the adjacent Sailing Club and make the most of a perfect beach-bound day.

Looking to use Saturday as a means of escaping the city? If you’re not into heading to Whistler for the Longboard Festival, head out to the Fraser Valley and cruise your way around the many farms, artisanal shops and more than 15 wineries that call the area home.

Come Sunday, we challenge you to head to Wreck Beach (voted one of Canada’s Top 25 Wonders) to take part in the 16th Annual Bare Buns Run. Join hundreds of other brave Vancouverites at 11am sharp as you make the dash throughout the course to raise funds for the Wreck Beach Preservation Society. 

Not feeling so natural that early in the morning? Why not grab your bike and head over to the nearby Pacific Spirit Park for a trail ride that will have you working up a sweat in no time. With more than 763 hectares of forested area and fantastic views, it’s a spectacular space to explore (we suggest with friends).

Now that you’ve burned some calories, why not head out to the Canada Cup of Beer Festival in the afternoon to load a few back on.  This 7th Annual event brings together more than 100 different craft-brewed beers from around the world – icy cold and ready to taste.

Wind things down with a BBQ at the beach, grabbing choice cuts at one of our notable favourites, Big Lou’s Butcher Shop in Railown. Open Sunday until 5pm, this shop offers customized cuts, ready-made sandwiches, marinades, rubs and more guaranteed to fill your belly as you head into the week ahead.

Photo courtesy Lift Bar and Grill