Spring Gillard

Gulls on Ice

A frozen Kits pool, New Year’s Day, Vancouver

Watch out Philadelphia Flyers, the Kitsilano Gulls have scored some extra ice time.


I went for a walk in the gorgeous sunshine today and came across this scene at Kits Beach. Since the pool closed mid-September, the seagulls have moved in and taken over the deck, so the tanners had to find a new stage. The Kitsilano Showboat suits the purpose. Normally home to tiny ballerinas […]

Lessons from Mama Goose

I was at a meeting downtown recently and spotted this goose happily swimming in its very own pond. She seemed oblivious to all the downtown hustle bustle and deadlines. (It should be noted that I actually have no idea if this was a goose or a gander.) Super happy that my […]

Pool Weather

Every May long weekend I celebrate the opening of the Kitsilano pool. Then it rains til July. I still swim during the rainy months, alongside the triathletes, all cozy in their wet suits. But the crowds don’t roll in til the weather warms. The second Sunday in September, I mourn the closing […]

The Final Swim

It is a sad day for me. The Kits Pool is closing. I mark my entire summer around when the beachside outdoor pool opens on the May long weekend and when it closes, the second week in September. And rain or shine, I am there on the first and last days. Today it is pouring, […]