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vrijdag 5 mei 2017

Canada: Dutch Network Newsletter

Netherlands Association "Je Maintiendrai" 's

Dutch Network

Dear reader,

I am pleased to send you May's edition of the Dutch Network Newsletter. The highlights of this issue are looking back at last week's Koningsdag event, and announcing a new Bike Ride!

Warm Regards,

Rick DeLooff
Newsletter Editor


This is a reminder of the Dodenherdenking event details, for those who have registered.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 4th, from 2-3 pm, followed by a reception. The location is:

The Drill Hall
The BC Regiment (DCO)
620 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2L9

Dress code: business attire/national dress. Paid parking available across the street. SkyTrain exit: Stadium-Chinatown.

Koningsdag was a huge success!

On Saturday, April 29th, we celebrated Koningsdag at one of Vancouver's most beautiful locations: De Dutch Restaurant at Canada Place. It was amazing!

Participants dressed in orange were filled with enthusiasm and in the spirit of celebration. Bitterballen and Pancake Bites were enjoyed by all, along with beverages and snacks. Some attendees had their pictures taken standing in massive wooden clogs in front of a gorgeous, typical Dutch backdrop. Others played shuffleboard, had their Holland-fact-knowledge quizzed, or watched the video of Willem-Alexander and Máxima attending the Koningsdag celebrations in Tilburg.

Raffle prizes were awarded and gift certificates to De Dutch were given to each household. All in all, the event was attended by about 120 people and everyone had a fantastic time. We hope to see you next year!

Click the button below to see a gallery of photos from the event.

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European Festival

Come to the 20th Annual European Festival and savor the flavours of Europe right at your doorstep! Join in on the 12 hours of family fun on Saturday, May 27th, or Sunday, May 28th, in Burnaby at the Swangard Stadium (Kingsway & Boundary Road). 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday; on Sunday the event wraps up at 7 pm.

See the swirling flags and colourful costumes in the Opening Ceremony parade, relax in the Food Tent & Beer Garden, and enjoy non-stop Stage performances, Children's Tent activities, Cultural Display booths, and the MarketPlace Tent.

Adults: $8 online or $10 at the gate; children under the age of 12 are free. Visit for more details.

Upcoming Bike Ride in Richmond

On Saturday, May 13th, The Dutch Bicycling Club will start their monthly rides with an enjoyable 25 km Bike Ride, for every level of performance, in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Area.

Registration: Please register with Adriana Zylmans at azylmans@telus. net by May 11th.

Meeting Point: We will get together at the Richmond Dyke at the foot of Lynas Lane and River Road.

Hosts: Adriana Zylmans, president of the Netherlands Association "Je Maintiendrai" / Dutch Network, and Bruce Melville.

Time: Meet at 10:00 am and depart at 10:30. We should be finished with the ride (including lunch) by 3:00 pm.

Parking: Free parking is available along the street, Lynas Lane and along River Road.

Route: The 25 km ride will take us along the dyke to Steveston, past Garry Point and through the fishing village of Steveston and along the seaside habour.

Lunch: We will have lunch at Shady Island Seafood Bar and Grill in Steveston.

Cautionary note: As we will be cycling on the dyke and the terrain is hard-packed gravel, it is advisable to check your tires prior to participating and bring a tire repair kit.

Travel directions - from Vancouver: Travel over the Arthur Laing Bridge and continue over the Number 2 Road Bridge until Westminster Highway. Turn right (west) at Westminster Highway and travel along for ½ km to Lynas Lane; then turn right at Lynas Lane and travel to the dyke at River Road.

The group will meet on top of the dyke at the foot of Lynas Lane and River Road (not far from the Olympic Speed Skating Oval).

From Langley: Travel via the Alex Fraser Bridge, take the Westminster Highway exit, and travel along Westminster Highway. Turn right at Lynas Lane, shortly after crossing Numer 2 Road.

From White Rock: Travel through the George Massey Tunnel, take the Westminster Highway exit, and travel west along Westminster Highway. Turn right at Lynas Lane, shortly after crossing Numer 2 Road.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. My cell phone is (604) 816-3243, if anyone needs to contact me on the day of the bike ride. Also, my email address is azylmans@telus. net.

If the weather is unfavourable for cycling, an email will be sent by 8:30 am on the day of the ride notifying participants of the cancelled ride.

Future Bike Rides—mark your calendar

  • June 10th: Stanley Park
  • July 15th: Barnston Island
  • August 19th: Surrey, Mud Bay
  • September 23th: Fort Langley

Upcoming Pub Night

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Vancouver Pub Night on Wednesday, May 17th, from 7:30 pm at New Oxford Pub in Yaletown. 1144 Homer Street.

Please confirm your attendance in the Meetup group, via WhatsApp, or by emailing pubnight@dutchnetwork. ca.

Dutch Network
Secretary: 4158 West King Edward Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6S 1N3