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The Best of Vancouver Summer 2013

This summer (please, tell us it’s not over yet!) has been stuffed with a filling rich in experience, music, and inspiration. Not only that, but Vancouver skies broke records with its consecutive days of sun exposure. No wonder there are so many smiles spreading across town.

Over those sunny days and nights, we held an Instagram contest, #YVRLovin to award those who captured beautiful Vancouver. Judged by photographer Clayton Perry, the above six photos were selected as winners.

Here are a few of our favourite memories from the past few months:

Chinatown Night Market: This year the market stepped up their game with the help of Bao Bei’s Tannis  Ling and pop-up expert Ken Tsui. We played ping pong, sang at Hip Hop Karaoke, and battled at Street Fighter. We bet you’re already practicing your hip hop beats for next year’s show, aren’t you?

Squamish Valley Music Festival: If you can’t make it to Coachella, don’t fret. This 3-day music festival less than an hour out of town draws the most hypnotic of tunes. Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Queens of the Stone Age, and Dragonette were just a handful of the talent that trekked onto the stages. We can’t wait to hear what next year will bring.

Grand Hotel Exhibit: Clearly, we’re into hotels, and this exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery pays homage to that international beacon of history, culture and hospitality. If you haven’t yet seen it, get in before September 15th.

Deighton Cup: The excitement of the horse track can be experienced most weekends, but the Ascot-esque finery and elegance that goes along with the races can only be taken in one weekend each summer when the Deighton Cup occurs.

Pride Weekend: While Pride is celebrated year-round in Vancouver, the community rallies together over the August Long Weekend to produce one grand expression of diversity, acceptance, and love. Dance parties, street parties, and boat parties buffered the colourful parade that guests from all around the world fly in to attend.

What are your favourite memories from Vancouver’s summer?

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

#YVRLovin winners (left to right, top to bottom): @TheFalconer; @viviahsu; @youyesyou; @ephekz; @mike_was_here; @Bronwyn_00

Best pools for a dip

Pools have long been a draw for summer travelers. Sizzling sun. Bare bodies. The coconut scent of sunscreen hanging in the air. Local surroundings are neglected when there’s a pool to dip in and recline beside. The whole scene sends bathers into a hazy, dazy state where time stands still and days slowly extend into nights.

Where is your favourite hotel pool?

(From top to bottom, left to right)

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Black lava bathing)

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France (French Mediterranean views from the lap of luxury)

Hotel Roosevelt, Los Angeles (Pool-side dancing is encouraged)

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives (Tranquility in a sea of blue)

San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile (The world’s largest and deepest pool)

Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali (Each room has a private pool)

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello, Italy (Where Greta Garbo found seclusion with a lover)

Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy (Both you and the pool float on the waters of lake)

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Opus Vancouver + Music Direction present…

A soundtrack is just as important as pictures when it comes to reminiscing iconic summers. We remember the music that accompanies us on boat decks, lake docks, beach sand, and wooden patios as vividly as the images behind our eyes.

We’ve invited Music Direction to conjure up a flirtatious summer companion for all your sun moments. Even on the darkest of days, you’ll bring sunshine back when you listen to one of these tunes. Thank you, Music Direction, for the intoxicating tracks!

Coconuts - Van She
California Sunset - Poolside
Sun (Gigamesh Remix) - Two Door Cinema Club
Get Lucky (Radio Edit) - Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Losing You - Solange
Forever - Haim
Hurricane (Chvrches Remix) - MSMR
Peanut Butter - (Moon Boots Remix) - Alison Valentine
Shine - Wild Belle
Fifteen - Goldroom (feat. Chela)
Ocean Love - She Said Disco

Opus Hotel ~ Summer Sounds ~ from Music Direction on 8tracks Radio.