Scene in the City – Up in Smoke!

SUPER, Natural British Columbia (the ads say this)  Vancouver is a cultured city and marijuana is a BIG part of our culture.  On Saturday we celebrated (in the best way we know how) an event called 4/20 Vancouver but I only went to LOOK, that’s all.  A lazy, hazy Saturday afternoon so what’s a girl to do? And If you didn’t know exactly where you were going once downtown you could just follow your nose.  Also a great way to catch up with many friends and acquaintances you haven’t seen for a while.  Well if you missed it there’s always next year.

Photo from VanCity Buzz
Photo from VanCity Buzz
 What is it ABOUT?

Every year on April 20, thousands of people gather on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery to celebrate the marijuana culture. This year’s celebration took place on a Saturday with record breaking crowds in the neighborhood of  20,000 but it was hard to tell exactly with all the smoke in the air.

The very first celebration in this town was held in 1995. Each year 10,000 to 15,000 people actively participate (ha, the magic word) in this event, making it one of the, if not the largest 420 celebrations in North America.  The food trucks were smart and got set up in droves around this event.  But many brought their own munchies.  Next year I plan to have a little kiosk selling cookie dough and potato chips and think I’ll do just fine.


I ran the Vancouver Sun Run.  Many people registered at the last minute that weren’t originally intending to run in support of what happened in Boston and so the theme colors were that of the Boston flag – Yellow & Blue.  There must have been about 50,000 people.

crowd just before getting started
Just before the START – Georgia & Burrard.


The Vancouver Sun Run is Canada’s largest running event. 


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