On Tuesday evenings in the summer – and we’ll be talking about this one for years to come – there’s a ritual event on the north end of Third Beach, something very west-coast and lovely.

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Drummers from all over Vancouver come together here a few hours before sunset, joined by dozens of onlookers and occasional participants, to beat a good-bye to the day.

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Most come by bicycle, it appears.  In fact, cycling to Third Beach is part of the ritual – and not just for drumming.

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This drumfest used to take place at Second Beach – and became such a big deal that it overwhelmed other users in the park.  The idyllic became an annoyance.  Moving to Third Beach seems to have worked things out.