Entertainment & Activities
With such a large artistic community filled with young families, Mount Pleasant goes the extra mile in having a wide array of after-work activities to take in.
Start the weekend morning at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre. With a branch of the Vancouver Public Library there, a gym, fitness centre, dance studio, climbing wall and day care, you’ve got more options than just hopping on the treadmill to start your day. In the afternoon, head over to Science World at the Telus World of Science. One of Vancouver’s premier destinations, this icon of the 1986 Expo was build by renowned architect R. Buckminster Fuller, and its geodesic dome is easily spotted as Vancouver’s landmark. While here, checkout the 5-story highs creek that is the Omnimax Theatre, UBC’s Living Lab, and the ever-popular Science World After Dark which features adult-only programming.
Once the little ones are tucked in for the night and in good care of a local babysitter, check out some of Mount Pleasant’s craft beer microbreweries. With 33 acres, Main Street Brewing Company, Brassneck Brewery, and Steel Toad Brewery nearby, a walking tour of these fine establishments will get you in the mood for some fine entertainment. With that in mind, The Fox Cabaret is a popular venue for live bands, DJs, and dance parties, and the Fortune Sound Club hosts up-and-coming and celebrated musicians in a renovated historic venue.
For the historic part of Mount Pleasant known as Chinatown, take in the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Built in 1986 by fifty-three master craftsmen from China of 950 cares of traditional material, it serves as a quiet, green oasis in the heart to the city. Visitors to the garden can walk the pathways that wind around the jade green koi ponds, gazebos and miniature trees. And every February, the Chinese New Year celebration draws more than 50,000 spectators and 3,000 performers to Chinatown. It includes traditional Chinese ceremonies, performances, a parade, fireworks, and is the place to see the largest troupe of traditional Chinese lion dancers in Canada.
Finally, for those who are most outdoor enthusiasts, Hinge Park is a beautiful and striking blend of urban and ecological design. Its waterfront location features sculptural and play structure elements reminiscent of the area’s industrial heritage. The Dragon Zone Paddling Club runs off the dock between Creekside Community Centre and Science World. From this stunning location, they offer programs for dragon boat paddling, as well as for kayaking and canoeing. Not only do they run programs for individuals, they also train corporate and school teams.