What You Can’t Do In Vancouver B.C.

What can’t you do in Vancouver B.C.? Off the top of my head in no particular order, a list of Vancouver facts to ponder –

1 – Buy a detached home anywhere in the city for under a million dollars. This 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow built in 1946 is listed at $1,189,000.

2 – Purchase a cat, dog or rabbit from pet stores. Last week city council voted unanimously in favor of the ban, citing a means to curb unscrupulous puppy mills. ( Unrelated, but while on the subject of animals – since 2011 Vancouver households can keep up to 4 backyard chickens, but no roosters, turkeys, ducks or geese. And absolutely no backyard slaughtering or sale of manure. )

Experts say when animals are sold in retail stores it can be difficult to assess the breeding conditions.

3 – Smoke a cigarette in city parks or at the beach.

4 – Exercise as a group in city parks without a permit. No impromptu outdoor yoga, Tai Chi, swing dancing or cross fit without prior approval.

In Vancouver's Dude Chilling Park β€” also known as Guelph Park, in Mount Pleasant β€” a yoga group has held daily by-donation classes for several years, as shown in this aerial drone photograph showing them practicing.

5 – Purchase alcohol for off-site consumption after 11 pm, or buy liquor at a grocery store.

6 – Be in possession of or offer fireworks for sale other than between October 24 and November 1. Anyone wanting to purchase fireworks must produce a permit obtained after passing an online safety quiz.

7 – Rely on public transportation to make your way home from the bar. Train service shuts down between roughly 1:30 and 5 am. Clubs on Granville Street in the downtown entertainment district serve patrons until 3 am, an hour later than 2 am shutters mandated establishments outside the district. Not that it makes a difference, either way public transit is limited to several woefully inadequate bus routes.

8 – Remove any tree measuring 20 cm circumference at 1.4 meters above ground without a permit. Application for removable must be approved by an arborist, verified by utility companies as a risk or fall into a strident category of other considerations. Fines are steep and justice swift, Vancouver takes trees seriously.

9 – Wood burning fireplaces are banned in new home construction. Additionally, all new construction must be wheelchair accessible and electric car charging station equipped.

 

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8 thoughts on “What You Can’t Do In Vancouver B.C.

  1. Like France, how you get ten bureaucrats for every tax-payer… Your post reminds me of that show they used to have on TV, “This is the Law” demonstrating some of the stupidest laws in the books.

  2. really surprised by the no-exercise rule. the others I could have predicted on some level based on the developments in society β€” not so much that one.

    considering I’m not a night owl, I’d be happy if the city shut down completely at 11 p.m.. but then I’m just a cranky old codger. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ every time I read a story about someone getting shot at 2 a.m. by the cops I ask myself what the heck were they doing out at that time of night in a dark alley anyway….

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