RECREATION

WELCOME TO THE BONFIRE

Probably the best ways to promote and enjoy good mental health is to do fun, engaging, fulfilling, and motivating stuff!! Get out and exercise, enjoy the Pacific Northwest, and check out what's going on in our community.

Vancouver Trails

Vancouver Trails offers maps and information about hikes near Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton.

Urban Rec

Featuring leagues for Curling, Soccer, Volleyball and more, folks of all skill levels can sign up for locally-based sports teams with an emphasis on having fun and socializing.

Vancouver Community Centres

Check out some of Vancouver's 24 community centres, featuring services ranging from gyms, pools, and exercise classes to cultural events, libraries, artistic outlets and more!

The Hive

The Hive is an indoor rock climbing gym with studios in Vancouver and on the North Shore. Youth and LGBT-friendly, the Hive offers a community-based, inclusive approach to trying out bouldering.

Vancouver Farmer's Markets

Online guide to our local community of Farmer's Markets in Vancouver!

Womyn's Ware

Friendly, sex-positive adult store with helpful and informed staff and a wide selection of items.

East Van Roasters

EVR offers outstanding bean-to-bar chocolate and coffee in Gastown. EVR offers a meaningful work program for the residents of the Ranier hotel and bolsters the market for organic, fair-trade goods.

Full Circle // Talking Stick Festival

Full Circle is a non-profit that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists, through various productions, the Full Circle Aboriginal Ensemble Program, and the incredible Talking Stick Festival. Check out one of their amazing productions or get involved yourself!

Eastside Culture Crawl

"A four-day visual arts, design and crafts festival receiving more than 30,000 visitors to 500+ artists in their studios across 80 buildings in the area bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront in Vancouver, Canada." -from the Eastside Culture Crawl website

Vancouver Fringe Festival

"The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of all kinds of theatre. Produced annually by the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society over 11 days in September, with over 500 volunteers supporting 700+ performances and attracting over 40,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers." from the Vancouver Fringe Festival website

Therapeutic Movement & Art

This One-on-One program offers an alternative form of self-discovery, which works well in tandem with Counselling or on its own. Sessions focus on spurring creativity and fostering a self-directed spring of inspiration. Lana’s gentle confidence and expertise lends the framework of this movement and expression based program, which offers a plethora of unique and creative outlets for clients to self-discover. Indoor, Outdoor, and Mixed Sessions are available.

Bonfire Expression

Lana leads our Group-Based art, movement, and expression program, bringing these fun groups back to their earthy origins with outdoor work wherever possible. Open-Groups meet weekly or twice a week in a progressive exploration of femininity, personal culture, and the therapeutic power of sensuality. Clients are gently guided through a client-centered, movement-based expression program. These groups are diverse and dynamic: join us for cathartic, invigorating fun or supplement your counselling sessions with the visceral personal exploration that’s only possible through movement. Lana’s classes are geared toward cultivating the freedom of expression and connection while integrating the artistry of belly dance, including wild and juicy shimmies, earthy undulations, graceful arm techniques, controlled core isolations, musicality, and silk veil and improv play. This class is open level and welcoming to all shapes and ages. Come shimmy your stress off and playfully explore your mind-body connection in a non-judgemental space! Indoor, Outdoor, and Mixed Sessions are available.

Practical Power Fitness

Our fitness training program allows for the development of a wide range of skills that set our clients up for sustained, optimized health outcomes. Our lead Fitness Consultant Garrett develops an individualized program for each client based on their goals and specializations, allowing our clients to expand their knowledge pertaining to fitness while safely and efficiently meeting client-set goals. These sessions are highly motivating, energizing, and emphasize flexibility, speed, and practical strength depending on client goals. This program works especially well when supplemented with the Whole Cuisine or Bonfire Expression programs. Clients sometimes find it useful to jump into one of these sessions immediately following a Counselling session. Indoor, Outdoor, and Mixed Sessions are available.

Whole Cuisine

The Whole Cuisine program is a meal prep service that tailors meal plans to sync with your lifestyle and fitness goals. Based out of Surrey, this program is operated by health and fitness professionals who develop tasty, nutrient dense foods made according to a whole food diet. We source ingredients locally in one of the many steps we take to optimize the way that our programs benefit the peoples of our community. All the meal plans developed by Whole Cuisine are approved by a BC/Canada registered dietitian, and focus on nutrient density and calorie-accountability, without compromising taste. Accessibility is also a key feature of this program- meals are available for delivery (Free within Surrey) as well as pick up. Like all the other programs at Bonfire, Whole Cuisine is client-centered, with meals designed to complement a wide variety of lifestyles. We prepare meals for all shapes and sizes, from professional athletes (we are currently working with some of the BC Lions) to busy 9-5ers who want to stay healthy.

Overly Creative Minds (OCM)

OCM offers 15-24 year old Native youth a safe and welcoming space to explore cultural and creative activities that are important to them.  The program offers hands-on learning opportunities and experience related to the professional arts, and fosters the development of specific knowledge and transferable skills to help youth develop their leadership abilities and encourage them to pursue their own educational, personal and career goals.

The Georgia Straight

Vancouver's beloved free arts and culture magazine. There website has a bunch of info on local events of all kinds, dining, as well as Confessions and I Saw You columns :P

Miss 604

Award-winning blog with all the goings-on in Vancity!

The Scout

The Scout is an awesome and continually updated guide for food, places to go, and things to do in Vancouver :)

Narcity Vancouver

Bringing you updates on everything going on in Vancouver- from food and arts to events and weekend getaways.

Poke

Poke offers sliding scale rates for acupuncture. They provide their services in a quiet, soothing community space. Part of The People's Organization of Community Acupuncture.

The Art of Loving

A sex-positive adult store with  a wide selection of items and friendly, helpful staff. They also offer educational seminars including live demonstrations.

Vancouver Cooking Classes

Link through Dished Vancouver showing 10 spots in Vancouver offering cooking classes.

Sarah McLachlan School of Music

"The Sarah McLachlan School of Music offers daily music instruction at no cost, to under-served and at risk populations living in Vancouver, Surrey and Edmonton. Students aged 1 to 18, and age 55+ (Vancouver only) receive instruction in contemporary, classical and world music traditions with no previous experience required. Each year we provide community building experience through music education to hundreds of students at each of our locations as well as select offsite programs that run from September through to July." - from the Sarah McLachlan School website

Girls Rock Camp

"Girls Rock Camp Vancouver is a project for female youth ages 8-17. We provide young women the opportunity to explore, access and create music with the guidance of positive mentors. We believe that girls possess power and agency and that we provide tools to amplify their already strong voices.

Girls Rock Camp Vancouver strives to align ourselves with and be part of a movement that diminishes sexism and other forms of oppression. We believe that every person deserves to love and believe in themselves regardless of (but not limited to) economic status, sexual orientation, ability, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, citizenship, language, resources or size and that every person deserves the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to move through their lives with success and confidence.

We value multiple learning styles and encourage learning opportunities in all interactions. By creating an environment that respects and fosters diverse learning styles and holds space for diverse forms of information processes and expression, we hope to encourage female youth to respect each others differences." -from the Girls Rock Camp website

Mobi Bike Share

Local bike sharing company offers corporate and community rates for getting around town, as well as the BIKESAFE educational program.

Evo Car Share

Local car sharing program offers stops all around Vancouver, with satellite parking areas in North Van, Burnaby, New West, and even Grouse Mountain. Each hybrid vehicle features a bike and ski rack.

Aboriginal Youth First (AYF)

The goal of the Aboriginal Youth  First Sports and Recreation Program is to develop and deliver a diverse range of sports and recreation activities that encourage Native youth in East Vancouver to be active, participate in skills training, make positive life choices, and develop their leadership skills. 

My Sister's Closet

My Sister’s Closet is a community boutique offering diverse fashion and excellent service from over 40 volunteer women. It is a community space to help end violence against women and girls, where shoppers can find gently used, recycled, vintage, and eco-fashion clothing in a numerous styles and sizes for both women and men. All the clothing is donated by community members, retailers, and the film industry. My Sister’s Closet was founded on the principle of seeking freedom from the whims of government to end violence against women. Revenue helps fund violence prevention and intervention services operated by Battered Women’s Support Services.

Centre A- Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

"Centre A is a leading public art gallery currently situated in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Our purpose is to be an engaged participant in the ongoing production of a pluralistic and democratic society. We strive to activate contemporary art’s vital role in building and understanding the long and dynamic Asia-Canada relationship, while tackling questions of broader concern from Asian and Asian-diasporic perspectives." - from the Centre A website

Contemporary Art Gallery

"The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is a non-profit public art gallery dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual art as it is practiced locally through to internationally. It aspires to generate significant audiences for its innovative and diverse programmes through free access and a profile that is international in scope." from the CAG website

Vancouver Art Gallery

"Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s innovative ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship all focus on the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia and international centres, with special attention to the accomplishments of First Nations artists and the art of the Asia Pacific region­—through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture." -from the VAG website

Kip Fulbeck

Kip Fulbeck is an American artist whose work explores a number of themes including racial identity.

BC SPCA

The BC SPCA offers an animal cruelty hotline, as well as numerous locations where you can adopt pets who need a home. They also have numerous initiatives to help animals in our community.

Karma Teachers

Karma Teachers offers a wide range of yoga classes in the DTES, either by donation or for free.

Larissa Lai

Larissa Lai is a local author whose powerful novels elucidate important culturally inter-sectional themes. She is the author of such works as Salt Fish Girl, When Fox is a Thousand, and many more.

Dine Out Vancouver

"Tourism Vancouver's Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival is Canada's largest annual food and drink festival, attracting over 100,000 local and visiting food enthusiasts to experience the city's exceptionally diverse culinary scene. The festival gives diners the opportunity to select from hundreds of restaurants each offering unique three (or more) course prix-fix meals at $20, $30 or $40 per person{.}" -from the Dine Out Vancouver website

Modo

Locally based care share co-op originally developed out of SFU. Offering a wide variety of vehicles as well as individual and business rates.

The Window Community Art Shop

Amazing shop outside of the DTES offering a variety of local artists' creations. Cards, jewelry, books, tote bags, paintings and much more from a store that gives splits its earnings between the local artists and the Portland Hotel Society.

UNYA Kinnections

Kinnections provides support to Aboriginal youth ages 16 - 19 years old.  The program connects youth to trained community volunteer mentors who can provide life skills training to assist youth in becoming adults.  Kinnections provides support to youth, mentors, and referral sources.

Community Thrift and Vintage

"Community Thrift & Vintage is a social enterprise in Gastown, the heart of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES) selling hand picked thrift and vintage clothing in a warm and dynamic environment." from https://www.phs.ca/index.php/project/community-thrift-vintage/

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

A UBC natural history museum featuring an incredible range of flora and fauna. Perhaps the most notable display is a breathtaking 82-foot blue whale skeleton hanging over the entrance to the museum, however there is no shortage of other similarly stunning exhibits in the collection. Beaty offers tours, film screenings, and both youth and adult workshops.

MOA

"Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art in a spectacular Arthur Erickson designed building overlooking the mountains and ocean. It also features extensive collections from around the world as well as a wide range of temporary exhibitions, guided tours, and other public events." -from the MOA website

The Rio

"The Rio ... is a multimedia venue for premier independent cinema of first-run feature films and live entertainment. Built in 1938 the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage for live events and 420 of the most comfortable brand new luxury seats (with adjustable arms in case you’re on a date). Commercial free Hollywood blockbusters, late night screenings of cult classics, live music and the site of film and comedy festivals. The Rio has it all! With friendly film-loving staff ready to make you feel at home. At the Rio Cinema we cater to Sci -Fi, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Cult and Horror movies for both adult and family rated films. No serious drama here! We encourage people to have fun & dress up & yell out or sing along... Dress in costume at our late night screenings and win a prize!" -from the Rio website

 

UNYA Mentorship

The mandate of the Mentorship Program is to connect Native youth to volunteer Mentors in the community.  With the support of positive role-models, Native youth have the opportunity to realize their strengths and work towards future goals. The program aims to empower youth and provide them with the tools they need to make positive choices and changes, helping them grow into strong, capable and confident adults.

Native Youth Learning Centre (NYLC)

The NYLC takes a pro-active approach to developing, delivering and referring youth to a wide range of educational and employment services. The NYLC can be thought of as a "hub" for Native youth to access support programs and services through assisted internet access, faxing, free phone, resource books, group workshops, community announcements/postings board and referrals to organizations who can help meet their specific needs.  The NYLC nurtures a culturally sensitive environment, respecting and appreciating the different paths and backgrounds that Native youth have come from.  In a relaxed, social learning setting the Centre encourages self-determination and increases confidence to continue a lifelong learning process.  

Good Night Out

"Good Night Out is an independent worldwide campaign that works with clubs, bars, pubs and venues to deal with, tackle and prevent harassment on nights out. Participating spaces agree to display the Good Night Out pledge on posters, which state: “We want you to have a good night out. If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it may seem, you can report it to any member of staff and they will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.” They also agree to get staff trained in Good Night Out approach, which can include specialist workshops direct from our pool of independent organisers." -from the Good Night Out website

UNYA School Support

UNYA's School Support program offers counselling and a number of other supports for Aboriginal youth in Vancouver. They also frequently organize teaching Sweat Lodges, so check out their Facebook page to see when the next one is!

Monte Clark Gallery

"Monte Clark Gallery was established in 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The gallery exhibits and promotes the work of contemporary Canadian artists alongside a selection of international artists, situating the gallery platform in a global and historical context." -from the Monte Clark website

Winsor Gallery

"Founded by Jennifer Winsor in 2002, Winsor Gallery has distinguished itself locally, nationally, and internationally as a premier source for contemporary art.  Winsor Gallery strives to ensure the long-term development of our artists’ careers through promotion, collaboration, and thoughtful curation... Through this commitment to forging strong relationships with our artists, we have accrued one of the most attractive portfolios of established and emerging talent in Vancouver... Innovation compelled by artistic curiosity, Winsor Gallery continues to modernize the contemporary art scene of Vancouver by hosting an annual bloc party in The Flats, facilitating an art collective between galleries in order to showcase the most experimental, progressive, contemporary art on the West Coast." -from the Winsor Gallery website

Own Driver

Own Driver provides convenient and safe designated driver services in the Vancouver area. Drivers will pick you and your car up and get you and the car home safely.

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Bonfire Counselling

778-928-3458

Suite 232; 1118 Homer Street, 
Vancouver, BC V6B 6L5

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