Jesse Dean Cook. Discovering West Vancouver's Most Glamorous Properties.

 

There was an exceptional turnout last night at The West Vancouver Yacht Club to see Mayor Mike Smith. It was a special environment where people could ask any question and know they would be getting an honest answer.

 

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce did a fantastic job of bringing together corporate sponsors such as: West Vancouver Community Foundation, British Pacific Properties, Grosvenor, H.Y Louie, Larco Investments,  London Drugs, Onni Group, Park Royal and WestVancouver.com in order to make this event happen.

 

The main issues that were discussed were:

- Climate Change (what affect this will have on West Vancouver's waterfront).

- Translink (how can West Vancouver separate as all funding is towards Metro Vancouver and Surrey and for ~$600 in taxes/year per resident we do not see any benefits).

- 13th Street/Marine Drive Grosvenor Project (in order to become a world class desitination we need to push forward with this plan). I agree that we need some trendy local stores and restaurants in Ambleside to keep locals from heading downtown Vancouver. Also, having a world class waterfront will bring tourists as well as Vancouver residents not only to Ambleside but other businesses will reap the benefits such as Dundarave Village. It's a win-win for our community.

- Affordable Housing (what steps are being taken to ensure that the younger generation can continue to live here in the future?).

- Outsourcing for items like solid waste (Cache Creek is almost at capacity...how can we recycle better and waste less so that future costs can go down?).

 

At the end of the day, change is scary to most people but once it has taken place most are grateful the change occured. Mayor Mike Smith is looking out for the best interest of the community and while it is taking some people out of their comfort zone, they need to trust that the changes that are about to take place will make the entire community better. This is a wonderful place to live, however, we can continue to improve and should always be looking at ways to do so.

 

Have a great weekend and enjoy the West Vancouver Community Day tomorrow at Ambleside (see Wednesday's blog for more information).

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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One of the places that Michael Buble calls Home is right here in West Vancouver! When Michael and his wife, Luisana are not in LA or Argentina, you may catch a glimpse of them walking on the seawall or grabbing a bite to eat at The Truffle House & Cafe in Dundarave.

 

As of June 30th the only way you will get to see Michael Buble in person is on his upcoming World Tour. MB begins in London, England to kick off his "To Be Loved" tour with ten (not a typo) shows, followed by five in Dublin, Ireland! After a month off MB will spend the fall touring the entire US with a stop in Seattle, WA on November 15th for those of you who cannot wait for a show in Vancouver.

 

We are lucky to have such a wonderful ambassador touring the world and promoting the place we call Home each and every day. Michael has given back a tremendous amount of time and money to the community and local charities and we are very grateful for this genorosity.

 

For more information on Michael Buble's upcoming tour as well as how to buy his new CD "To Be Loved" please go to his website link below. This is his best album yet so I encourage you to buy a copy and enjoy.

 

http://www.michaelbuble.com/splash

 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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West Vancouver Community Day is Saturday, June 1st — it will be a fun-filled day of activities and festivities for the whole family! West Vancouver is a unique and diverse community and this year's theme is Celebrate the World, to celebrate all the different cultures and styles of West Vancouver.   


Above is the Schedule of Events and below are the various acts who will be on display once the Parade (note new Parade route) has completed). See you all there!!!


Dance Stage at Ambleside Park

 

12-12:30 p.m. Vanleena Dance Academy
12:45-1 p.m. Eireborn Irish Dancers
1:15-1:45 p.m. Shift Dance
1:55-2 p.m. Hot Flash Hoofers
2:10-2:40 p.m. Pro Arte Dance Centre
2:55-3:25 p.m. RNB Dance & Theatre Arts
3:30-4 p.m. North  Shore Academy of Dancing

 

Community Bands Stage in John Lawson Park 
(A special thank you to Doug Macaulay and the West Vancouver Youth Band)

 

11 a.m. - post parade West Vancouver Youth Band
11:30 - 12:30 Thursday Pops Band
12:30 - 1:30 Sea To Sky Wind Ensemble
1:30 - 2:30 West Van Concert Band
2:30 - 3:30 Ambleside Orchestra


 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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If you are looking for a home away from home for you and your "modern family", Hollyburn Country Club really does have it all. Situated on 42 prime acres in the British Properties, Hollyburn offers state-of-the-art facilities and services that cater to various family needs. Also, unlike some clubs that offer only a few facilities, you will never get bored as there are constantly new things to try out!

 

Here is a list of some of the facilities and services that Hollyburn provides, and it is no wonder that so many top young athletes are groomed at this fabulous club.

 

- 25 tennis courts (grass, clay and hard courts....indoor/outdoor). Voted Canada's Top Tennis Facility.

- 7 squash courts

- 7 badminton courts

- 3 hockey/figure skating/curling ice sheets

- High end fitness facility (weights, cardio, spin etc...)

- Karate

- Aquatics (25m pool and leaisure pool)

- Physiotherapy

- Child Minding

- Massage

- Dining (Bar and Grill has a great patio, and The Energy Bar serves protein shakes/smoothies etc)

- Full catering for weddings, gatherings and corporate events.

 

For more information about the club including membership please follow the link below. Fitness and Health is overlooked too often in today's busy lifestyle and if you feel this is happening to you, perhaps it would be a good idea to take a facility tour to see if Hollyburn is the modern club for your family! 

 

http://www.hollyburn.org/

 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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People who stop into Savary Island Pie Company for a latte, lunch and carrot cake generally have no idea of the hardships that faced the original founder, Eileen Walkem-Hall. 

 

Having spent years trying to make ends meet, essentially penniless on Bowen Island, Eileen started selling pies, muffins and cinnamon buns at the Cypress Bowl cafeteria during ski season. From there, she rented a small space on Marine and 25th and her reputation started to take shape. Finally, on April 17, 1989 she opened Savary Island Pie Co. on Marine Drive between 15th and 16th where you will see it today. 

 

Like most successful small businesses, they take a ton of hard work and sacrifice in order to not only get off of the ground, but stay prosperous. Having the community support these businesses is key to the long-term success of West Vancouver and will give confidence to other entrepreneurs thinking of starting a new business.

 

If you are thinking of finally making the jump and working for yourself as opposed to someone else, what better place to sit back, enjoy a wonderful meal and be at one with your thoughts than Savary Island.

 

For more information about Eileen Walkem-Hall as well as the Bakery and Restaurant menu's, please click on the link below.

 

http://www.savaryislandpiecompany.com/

 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

 

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West Van Florist Home & Garden opened its doors in 1933 at 1821 Marine Drive in West Vancouver. Since that time, they have been a consistent contributor to the community while providing the highest quality products year in and year out.

 

Some companies get complacent after many years of success...not West Van Florist Home & Garden. Winners of the 2013 West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce "BIG Business of the Year" this wonderful local business owned by Rob and Wendy Harrington (since 1972) continually raises its expectations of service and quality.

 

High School Graduation is here and Wedding Season is just around the corner! West Van Florist Home & Garden is the perfect place to help you with not only these occasions but many others such as: Corporate Events, Sympathy/Get Well Soon, Romance, Special Occasions and all Holidays. 

 

I know that anytime I drop off fresh cut flowers for my wife, mother or grandmother there is nothing that compares...perhaps it is time you pick out a bouquet this weekend to simply show those you love how much you care.

 

For more information, photos and how to order please click on the website link below.

 

http://www.westvanflorist.com/shop-new/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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There wasn't always the Lions Gate Bridge, so people had to figure out a way of transporting themselves between West Vancouver and Vancouver back in the day.

 

In 1906, John Lawson purchased a small fishing boat which he renamed Aoma. He bought the river craft for personal use, however, he was often called upon to ferry citizens for supplies and food. When John and W.C. Thompson decided to set-up shop in West Vancouver and develop the land, they knew a Ferry Service would be key to their survival and growth as a community.

 

On November 8, 1909, service began on a 35 passenger craft named West Vancouver which offered hourly service between Hollyburn and Vancouver. As more newcomers landed in West Vancouver, the need for a ferry terminal rose and in 1913 work started on a wharf at the foot of 14th Street. 

 

Passengers initially purchased single fares, however, this proved cumbersome and instead a 20 fare ticket was issued and hole punched by a mate during each trip. The Ferry Terminal acted as a waiting room, and men were to be at the front (north-side), with women at the back where a large stove kept them somewhat warm during the winter months.

 

The Terminal acted as more than just a ferry terminal, but a meeting hub for the entire community. Six other vessels were added to the fleet, each with her own personality. However, once the Lions Gate Bridge opened in May 1939, the demand for the West Vancouver Ferry Service plummeted. In 1947, after 34 years in business, the ferry service discontinued and soon after the wharf was abandoned.

 

The Ferry Building was beautifully restored and is now a wonderful Art Gallery promoting local artists. Admission to the gallery exhibits is free so make a point of checking out some excellent North Shore artists this summer! 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

 

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Ambleside Park is the most well known park in all of West Vancouver. Located just West of the Lions Gate Bridge, it offers 59 acres of fun for families to enjoy!

 

There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy at the park such as: volleyball, swimming, baseball, field hockey and soccer. Also, there is even a skateboard park and Par 3 golf course!

 

Many dog lovers have already found what I believe is the best dog park in the Lower Mainland as the East beach and park consisting of close to 9 acres are reserved for your hounds! They simply love it!

 

The sandy beach itself is 1.2 km and is a very popular spot in the summer. What is also popular year round is the Seawall Walk that begins at the East end of Ambleside Park and wraps around the waterfront all the way to Dundarave Pier. A fabulous walk along one of the nicest shorelines in the world.

 

If you are looking for somewhere to take your family this Victoria Day, or any day during the summer, pack a cooler, some chairs and sunscreen and make a day of it at Ambleside Park.

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

 

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The Boathouse is well know as a franchise for its great seafood and amazing locations. The Horsehoe Bay location is no different as it is perched above Sewell's Marina just west of Horseshoe Bay Park and the BC Ferrries Terminal.

 

This is a great spot to grab a quick drink and appetizer if you are waiting for the ferry; a lovely way to spend an afternoon on the patio sipping mojito's and cold beers; or a fun place to bring a group of friends and family to enjoy a great night out...no matter what the occasion may be.

 

As someone who used to work for The Boathouse many years ago, it is the service of the staff that has people coming back over and over again! If you haven't been to the Horseshoe Bay location in sometime (or ever), I'd recommend making a reservation which can be performed online by clicking on the below link.

 

http://boathouserestaurants.ca/

 

Finally, my go-to move for dinner is usually:

- 6 kusshi oysters

- sirloin and 8oz lobster tail (I upgrade to the NY Steak)

- creme brulee

- a couple glasses of red wine :)

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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With records dating back to 1925, West Vancouver Fire & Rescue services has been helping keep the community of West Vancouver safe.

 

Four stations that are manned 24/7 are strategically positioned around our community to ensure the quickest response time should a fire, motor vehicle accident or medical emergency take place. These brave individuals work as a team and put themselves at risk to ensure the safety of others. This is the truest form of heroism!

 

If putting yourself in harms way to help others isn't enough, the West Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society (IAFF 1525) sets up car washes and events such as Bagpipes at the Beach to raise money for various charities.

 

The next time you see one of these brave young men and women be sure to say hello and thank them so very much for providing such a wonderful service for West Vancouver!

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Between Park Royal North, South and The Village at Park Royal you will find 280 unique stores and services.

 

It truly acts as a one-stop-shop as whether you are in need of groceries, decorating ideas, restaurants, home repairs or even high fashion, Park Royal at the corner of Taylor Way and Marine Drive has everything. The Village has a nice community feel with its open air approach, and it is great on a sunny day to take a break on one of the many patios.

 

With the combination of locally owned and operated stores, big box chains as well as high fashion boutiques, Park Royal truly offers a unique shopping experience unlike anything else in the Lower Mainland.

 

For more information about the stores and hours of operation, please feel free to click on the link below. Happy Shopping everybody!

 

http://shopparkroyal.com/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Located just east of Dundarave Village, Zen Japanese sushi restaurant offers a fabulous selection of items to choose from to satisfy the most seasoned sushi lover.

 

Winner of both the Vanmag.com and OpenTable.com Diner's Choice Awards in 2012, Zen Japanese will surely make you want to return for some of the best sushi this city has to offer.

 

There are too many delicious items to name, so you will find the full menu in the website link below under the menu section. Sayonara!

 

http://www.zensushi.ca/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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The Dundarave Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9am to 3pm until October. The premise behind the Market is to bring the community together as well as have fresh items available for purchase such as: fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods etc, as well as promoting hand made items such as jewellry, hand made toys, ceramics etc...

 

Each Saturday is somewhat different as there is Live Entertainment as well as Events for your children to take part in.

 

It makes for a very special morning/early afternoon as you can grab a coffee or brunch at any of the many coffee shops and restaurants between 24th and 25th (on Marine Drive), go for a walk on the Seawall, spend some time at the Dundarave Pier, and then pick up some fresh produce on your way home. Also, given it is Mother's Day on Sunday this will be a good place to bring the kids to make Mother's Day cards (attention Dads)!

 

Below is the schedule for May 11th as well as a link to the home page. I hope to see you there!


Floralia Growers - BC Farmer Fruits and Vegetables
Christina's Garden - Potted Vegetables,Herbs, Plants & Cut Flowers
Bon Ami Bakery - Fresh Baked Treats
Cannele & Honeybun Baking Co - Cookies
Sunshine Coast Natural Care - Handmade Natural Body Care Products
Kim Lampman - Jewelry
Anca Zah - Glass Terriums
MUSICIAN - Justine Collins - justinecollinsmusic.com
KIDS CRAFT EVENT - LET"S MAKE MOTHER"S DAY CARDS!

 

http://www.dundaravevillage.ca/event/dundarave-farmers-market

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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After a million dollar plus renovation, The Red Lion Bar & Grill was opened on St. Patricks Day in 2004 (naturally). Located between 24th and 25th on the north side of Marine Drive, you will notice The Red Lion quickly this time of year as the patio is packed all hours of the day! The patio is a great place to not only people watch, but the cars that roll by are out of this world! You will see supercars such as Ferrari's, Porsche's, Lamborghini's as well as classic Vintage cars. 

 

The restaurant itself is very authentic, with excellent pub style food as well as cold beer on tap. There are afternoon specials and the staff is warm, friendly and I found them to be excellent servers. While the patio is upbeat, the customer base is very respectful and you will have a fun experience.

 

Whether you come in for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or simply need a cold beverage after walking along the seawall (location is 2 blocks from the waters edge), The Red Lion Bar & Grill in Dundarave is a lively spot to do so.

 

Below is a link to their website as well as a map.

 

http://www.redlionbarandgrill.com/home.php

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Opened in May of 2005, this amazing Performing Arts Center was the vision of one amazing woman, Kay Meek. Born in England, Kay spent most of her life in West Vancouver and wanted to ensure the children of this community had a facility such as this to enjoy that others did not in the past.

 

The Kay Meek Center offers year round entertainment from various genres of music, theatre, comedy and even orcestras. Below is the link the the Kay Meek Center as well as the events calendar. Also, the Center may be rented out for Private events.

 

http://www.kaymeekcentre.com/

 

If you haven't been to the Kay Meek Centre or it has been a long time since your last visit, there is nothing like seeing live music or entertainment from local or well known acts. This is a place to come together as a community and continue the legacy of the main driver behind creating such a stunning facility, Kay Meek.

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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If you are looking for a gourmet shopping experience in Ambleside then look to the new FRESH ST. MARKET located at 1650 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

 

FRESH ST. MARKET is a unique grocery shopping experience as they will stop at nothing to ensure the freshest, local products are on their shelves for the community to enjoy. 

 

It is very easy to navigate thru this wonderful store, and it is sectioned off for your ease and enjoyment in the following manner:

 

- 13 Bakers
- 16th Street Deli
- Blooms of West Vancouver
- C'est Cheese
- Howe Sound Seafood Co.
- Party Tray & Gift Baskets
- Product & Bulk Foods
- Ready To Eat
- The Chop House

 

For more information please visit their excellent website that is located below, and I would recommend you drop by the next time you are in the neighborhood.

 

http://www.freshstmarket.com/

 

 

 

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The COFFEEBAR has now been open for two months on the corner of Marine Drive and 17th Street in Ambleside.

Owners Ivan and Raj have added a second store to their successful Gastown location and are hopeful that the local West Vancouver residents enjoy the Montreal influenced store with hints of Dubai. A very cool fusion of these two wonderful cities has taken place so if you haven't been to either, you'll want to stop by.


The COFFEEBAR is great spot to grab an espresso, refreshment, wrap or a delicious freshly baked good.

 

 

http://thecoffeebar.ca/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

 

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Novus Nights aims to bring new and experienced professionals together in a space where building valuable connections and relationships are fostered. Together with the Zajac Ranch for Children, Novus Nights is not only raising funds for a great cause but also cultivating a new generation of young philanthropists in Vancouver. Each room will have its own theme and entertainment allowing the attendee’s to mix and mingle in a plethora of unique experiences. Complimentary exciting food and beverages will be offered throughout.


For more information as well as how to obtain tickets for the event on May 4th please follow the link below.

 

http://novusnights.com/

 

Located on the shores of Slave Lake near Mission, BC, The Zajac Ranch provides camps for children with chronic, life-threatening and/or debilitating conditions. These experiences give participants the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and to enjoy the diversity and beauty of our wilderness surroundings.

 

For more information about this wonderful family place please follow the link below.

 

http://zajacranch.com/

 

 

My wife and I are excited to be attending this event for such a worthy cause and hope you do to.

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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