May is here and Vancouver is filled with fun events for outdoor and nature enthusiasts! Put on your sneakers, grab your binoculars, and enjoy Daily Hive’s list of 10 outdoors events happening this May.
What: The Ships to Shore King of the Sea festival in Garry Point Park features the Kaiwo Maru, a massive naval training vessel from Japan. The free, family event features ship viewing and boarding on the dock, fireworks, live entertainment and more.
Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond
What: The BMO Vancouver Marathon has races for all runner types, including a new Marathon Relay with race distances between 5 km and 13 km, a separate 8 km race, Half Marathon, and Vancouver’s only marathon.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park – Midlothian Avenue, Langley
What: To celebrate BC Water Week, sign up for a free Coquitlam Watershed Tour and learn about our local water from source to tap. Learn about the drinking water infrastructure and enjoy the views of the old growth forests and the Coquitlam Watershed.
What: The fourth annual GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, returns on the Victoria Day Long Weekend. Come and spend four days trying different outdoors activities in a beautiful outdoor setting. Also features concerts, film screenings and arts workshops.
What: Celebrate World Orienteering Day with the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club. Orienteering is a sport that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park – 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
What: The 2017 tour will feature 16 gardens, located in various neighbourhoods in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Local visual artists and artisans are offered the opportunity to use these natural spaces as the ‘gallery walls’ on which to display their work. Individual musicians and small bands are also programmed to perform at each garden throughout the weekend.
Where: Various neighbourhoods in North Vancouver and West Vancouver
When: May 27 and 28 from 12 to 5 pm
Tickets: $2 per garden or $20 all-garden pass. Passes will be available in May 2017 for pre-purchase online, by phone at 604-988-6844, or in person at CityScape Community Art Space. Tickets will also be available at all gardens on the tour during the event weekend.
What: The Annual Science Fair Fun Run is the largest timed 5 km fun run in the province and one of the largest fundraising events in BC’s technology sector. It is a family-oriented event with balloons, free giveaways from run sponsors, free admission for registrants to TELUS World of Science on race day and prizes for the fastest runners and largest teams.
Where: Athletes Way between Salt & Manitoba, Vancouver