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10 new attractions to check out in Vancouver this summer

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Take a two-wheeled art tour: Cycle City’s Art Wheelers public art bike tour starts in Coal Harbour, then cuts through downtown to the Seawall around False Creek. You’ll examine and discuss sculptural installations and unusual murals, architecture, landscaping and fountains. For ages 12 and up. cyclevancouver.com

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Fly like an eagle: FlyOver Canada, a 30-minute, $16-million ride, opens at Canada Place in mid-June and promises a “bird’s-eye-view” of Canada’s splendours in “4-D” – which means you get blasts of mist and scents for verisimilitude. If you’ve ever enjoyed the Disney ride Soarin’ Over California, you’ve got the idea. flyovercanada.com

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Spin and scream: Playland adds two new rides to its collection: the spinning throwback called the Teacups and Balloon Explorers, a carousel ride where guests rise nearly 13 metres in replicas of hot-air balloons, which they can turn 360 degrees for a panoramic park and North Shore mountain view. pne.ca/playland

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Rediscover an old favourite: The night market in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown has had a much-needed style injection. Found near Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the market runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights starting June 1. Check the online schedule for special events. Runs until Sept. 8.

Chinatown Night Market

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Get gallerygoing: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art opened in North Vancouver in October 2012 and calls itself Canada’s only gallery dedicated to young people. Its educational collection includes some 500 pieces by such major Canadian artists as Smith himself, Jack Shadbolt, Bill Reid, and Kenojuak Ashevak. gordonsmithgallery.ca

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Check in to Grand Hotel: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life is a major exhibition that runs through Sept. 15 and traces the evolution of hostelries from mere shelter to cushy and glamorous. vanartgallery.bc.ca

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Be a Main Street foodie: Launched in May, this company’s latest culinary walking tour takes 10 foodies at a time on a three-hour, five-course progressive dinner along Main Street, with two alcoholic beverages. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m. offtheeatentracktours.ca

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Berries and bottles: BC’s latest estate winery is handily located in Langley, just outside Vancouver. Krause Berry Farms Estate Winery, which opened May 26, adds fruit wine tastings to its “u-pick” flower operation, farm market, bakery and animal petting area for kids. krauseberryfarms.com

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Eat and be merry: Local experts arrange restaurant and pub crawls (all walking distance) for groups of up to 30; you’ll get food and drinks in three locations with like-minded partiers who may become new pals. tangoo.ca

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Toast the coast: Long Table Distillery brews small batch, Vancouver-made vodka (filtered through Texada Island limestone) and gin infused with area botanicals. Its 300-litre copper pot is visible from the tasting room, where you can sample the wares of Vancouver’s first micro-distillery on Fridays and Saturdays. 1451 Hornby St., longtabledistillery.com

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