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Must see January Events in Vancouver

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Winter is in full swing here we have had some frost, fog and even some light snow flurries mixing in with the rain, overall though it has not been a wild and stormy winter which we can be accustomed too, this is just as well as we are still an active city and have plenty activities to do for anyone who has decided to visit Vancouver and Whistler this winter. Let us show you the very best events that you should see in January.

DINE OUT VANCOUVER – Jan 15 – 31
Dine out Vancouver is the first major event of the year and has been a massive hit in Vancouver over the last 14 years. Tourism Vancouver presents us with Canada’s yearly largest food and drink festival spanning 17 days. 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, many complemented by the Wines of British Columbia, and craft beer or cocktails.

Website: http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/

PUSH INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ARTS FESTIVAL – January 17 to February 5, 2017
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts.
The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.

Website: http://pushfestival.ca/

ART, EAT, SIP at GRANVILLE ISLAND – Jan 20th
Get set for an extraordinary night of art, eating, and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries, and distilleries. Following your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites, sips, as well as have a chance to meet the artists, chefs, tour breweries, a distillery, and more.

Website: www.vancouverfoodster.com
Granville Island Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

Winter Solstice and Christmas in Vancouver

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

December 21st is the shortest day of the year which marks the Winter Solstice, this means it is the peak of the long dark nights in the northern hemisphere and in a few weeks time the longer days will be noticeable and celebrated.

It is also Christmas day on Friday and it is going to be a special one as we have the rare event of a Full Moon dazzling the night skies for the first time since 1977, the next Christmas full moon will be way into the future in the year 2034!

There are still many events to look forward too during the Christmas week – here are some highlights we feel you and the families will all enjoy!

Flyover Canada at CANADA PLACE
Fly over Canada has transformed itself into a Christmas Winter wonderland and continues to wow the masses with their 20 minute experience including a visit to the North Pole where we visit Santa himself. It is just as well too as you will be helping Santa with a problem as his Elves are missing, so while you are up there saying hello and enjoying the scenery you will be helping him find his missing elves!

Hours of Operation
Daily 10AM until 9PM
December 24 10AM until 6PM
December 25 Closed
December 26 10AM until 9PM

https://www.flyovercanada.com/tickets/christmas/

Enchanted Nights at the Bloedel Conservatory
Enchanted Nights at the Bloedel Conservatory starts at 4:30 every day (save Christmas Day) until January 3rd. Here you will visit an enchanted Forest wonderland that is home to magical Sprites and Fairies. You will be walking through gorgeous Art installations of Jelly Fish and Dragons – this will be spectacular and sure to fire up anyones imagination!

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bloedel-conservatory.aspx

Vancouver Christmas Market – open until Christmas Eve
The Vancouver Christmas Market has become known as one of British Columbia’s most delightful holiday attractions. The much-anticipated event is a magical outdoor experience, featuring more than 50 traditional wooden huts decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, all showcasing an assortment of vendors selling authentic food, handcrafted decorations, sweets and gifts.

http://vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

We hope you all have a great holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Christmas season at the Vancouver Aquarium

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

The Vancouver Aquarium will be open all through the festive season and Santa will be taking a dip among the marine life as he travels the globe throughout December. Here are the events at the aquarium between now and January 3rd.

SCUBA CLAUS!
Did you know that Santa is quite an excellent swimmer? If you didn’t you do now and you can witness this firsthand at the aquarium. You will get an excellent chance to wave hello to Santa as he makes his annual visit to Vancouver – you can watch him take his daily dive among the gorgeous Beluga Whales and other aquatic friends.

CHRISTMAS TREE POWERED BY ELECTRIC EELS.
How cool is this – the aquarium came up with this genius idea that puts the Electric Eels to work albeit in a festive mood – these are remarkable animals and of course it is all in the name, these Eels have the ability to produce electricity, the power they can create can be up to 600 volts of electricity! Ouch.
Fear not – these Eels want you to enjoy the season just as much as they do and they will harness their power to light up the Christmas tree – making this a must see unique holiday display.

THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D EXPERIENCE.
If you have never experienced 4-D now is your moment at the Aquarium. This has been a staple over the last 10 years and has wowed the audiences that visit the aquarium. If you are a thrill seeker then this is a must for you, so hop on and enjoy this incredible ride – you will feel the rumble of the train, be among magical falling snow with the scent of hot chocolate making this feel very festive indeed!
Experience the Youtube trailer here:dmO-4wXgB9Y

CANADA’S ARCTIC GALLERY.
Time to bundle up and visit the the far north of Canada albeit under water in the frigid waters of the Arctic. The tour will highlight what the exhibits and inhabitants of this world, you may have a chance encounter with the feeding animals, you can test your cold tolerance and experience the freezing temperatures of these chilly waters. Tours are daily.

BECOME AN ANIMAL TRAINER!
If you are a true animal lover then this is the job for you! Put on those rubber boots, grab yourself a bucket filled with yummy fish and you are ready for a fantastic animal encounter. You will be up close and personal with beluga whales, dolphins, Sea lions and Sea otters.

For further information on the Vancouver Aquarium click here: http://www.vanaqua.org/

The Fall & Winter hours of 3 must see Vancouver attractions.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

As the season transitions through Fall into the Winter hours many major attractions will be changing their schedules in line with the changing of daylight hours and volume of tourism traffic.

GROUSE MOUNTAIN
Many of the attractions at Grouse Mountain have closed for the season due to weather conditions, however, there are still activities that will be carrying on until the resort changes for the Winter season and hopefully the snows will return for the ski season.
A few of the regular attractions such as the Sky Ride 8:45am-10:00pm, Theatre in the sky 9:30am-9:00pm and the Eye of the Wind (Wind Turbine) Guided Tours 11:00am-3:00pm – are all still in operation.

Click on the following link to see what the Seasonal Activities are in operation and you can also see the schedule for the upcoming Winter Season. https://www.grousemountain.com/current_conditions#activities-guide

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Capilano Fall/Winter hours are as follows:
October 13 – November 26 9:00am – 5:00pm
November 27 – January 3 -(Closed Christmas Day – Dec 25) 11:00am – 9:00pm
– to find out Winter hours for 2016 keep checking the Capilano website and follow our Facebook page and blogs for future information.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver, British Columbia. The reason is simple, there are so many things to see and do.

The Canyon Lights will begin on from November 27, 2015 through to Sunday, January 3, 2016. (Closed Christmas Day – December 25th). Park hours are 11:00am – 9:00pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm.
Celebrate Canyon Lights November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band.

Website: http://www.capbridge.com/

GRANVILLE ISLAND & PUBLIC MARKET
During the actual Winter – the Granville Island Public Market will be closed on Mondays – the actual date this begins is still to be confirmed. The current hours through fall are as follows.

Granville Island Public Market Hours: Open 7 days a week: 9am – 7pm
Browse the aisles and sample local and exotic flavours from the very best farmers, bakers, butchers and fishmongers. All fresh. All the time. There’s crafts galore and buskers too. Plus a waterfront courtyard for people-watching.
Website: http://granvilleisland.com/public-market

Net Loft – Open 7 days a week: 10am – 7pm
The Net-Loft has a selection of Stores, shops and crafts – plus eateries for you to enjoy – click here for the full business directory http://granvilleisland.com/directory-location/directory-location/net-loft

Kids Market Hours: Open 7 days a week: 10am – 6pm
A wee hidden gem in the heart of Granville Island – The Kids Market is located next to the pond at the entrance to Granville Island and has over 25 shops, services and activities for children and their families.
The Kids Market is housed in an old factory which is over 100 years old, two annex buildings and a train caboose. Shop and play indoors or enjoy the patio and play area beside the pond! Splash around in the water park that is right next door!
Website: http://www.kidsmarket.ca/#welcome

The Public Market and Net Loft will be keeping regular hours on Remebrance Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Queen Elizabeth Park is 75 years old!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


Come celebrate Queen Elizabeth Park’s 75th year. Take in a free concert, enjoy our licensed area, free pitch and putt, free admission at the Bloedel Conservatory, $5.00 zipline rides, food trucks, family fun, and much more!

Queen Elizabeth Park
The park itself is located right in the middle of Vancouver and is one of the highest points of the city – the location is affectionately known as ‘Little Mountain’.
Some of the gardens are found to be a in a sunken hollow – this is actually the remnant scarring as the land was once used as a quarry, the rocks that were taken were used to lay down the new road systems for the growing city of Vancouver at the time.

The idea was to transform the ugly scarring of the Quarry into sunken gardens on top of the hill, the growth of plants that had become quite overgrown and not a very good sight to the eye was also transformed to create a larger park for the public to enjoy. The site had been turned over to the Vancouver Park Board for park and recreation purposes, and was dedicated as such by King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth (the mother of Queen Elizabeth II) on their much lauded visit to Vancouver in 1939, as King and Queen of Canada.

Happy 75th Birthday QE
As this is a very big birthday there will be some great events and activities happening in celebration.

Live Music Stage schedule
Beginning at 12:00 noon to 12:30pm with Opening Speeches

12:30pm to 1:30pm Pop Junkies
1:45pm to 2:45pm Hot Panda
3:00pm to 4:15pm Patrick Nazemi
4:30pm to 5:30pm The Zolas
5:45pm to 7:00pm Delhi 2 Dublin

At 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm there will be an aerial show by CircusWest at the fountain plaza.

All day activities from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm with the Stanley Park Brewing licensed area.
$5.00 zipline rides
Free pitch & putt
Free admission at the Bloedel Conservatory
Face painting at the fountain plaza
Photo booth at the fountain plaza
Pickleball at the tennis courts
Free drop-in at the QE lawn bowling club

City of Vancouver QEP: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

In 10 days time our annual street parties returns once more to the Westend where we will be entertained with the annual Celebration of Light Fireworks display at English Bay, and the colourful spectacle that is the Vancouver Pride parade and festival which we will write about in our next blog.

HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS – JULY 25th, July 29th & August 1st
The Honda Celebration of Light is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer in Vancouver, Canada since 1990. Three companies representing their country perform a 25 minute fireworks display set to accompanying music. This competition is cited as being the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is broadcast over the radio station LG104.3 FM. http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

This years participants are China, Brazil & Canada – we are very excited to see what they will show us as these countries have traditional dazzled and wowed the crowds in the past with excellent pyrotechnics that will amaze! The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light competition begins at 10:00pm sharp each night, rain or shine.

SHOREFEST – Sunset Beach Festival – Live Music begins at 2pm at Sunset Beach & Keg Lounge at English Bay at 7.30pm
Just a little over a 5 minute walk from the hotel you will find Sunset Beach and here is where the festivities begin in the day – this is a great family orientated event and is getting bigger and better each year.

As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay. Come down early to the Sunset Beach stage for live music all afternoon. Then move on over to English Bay to catch our feature performers on the stage in The Keg Lounge. This stage plays to the beach – to you the fans – with rock and roll starting at 7:30pm.

For a complete breakdown of the full days Schedule click here: http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/festival-info/

LOOK UP ON FESTIVAL NIGHTS! 3 amazing Airshows!
At 8:00 PM lift your eyes to the skies and watch for Super Dave, The Skyhawks, and Anna Serbinenko! These three epic air shows are sure to amaze all of you on the three festival nights.
Saturday July 25 “Super” Dave Mathieson. http://www.superdaveairshows.com/
Wednesday July 29 Canadian Armed Forces “Skyhawks” Parachute Team. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/skyhawks/index.page
Saturday August 1 “Skydancer” Anna Serbinenko. http://www.annaserbinenko.com/

FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup Final – BC Place in Vancouver on Sunday July 5th

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The FIFA Women’s Soccer world cup is soon to be reaching the grand final which will be held in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium on Sunday July 5th and what an event it has been to date.

Canada had a great run – some may not agree with this, but to make it in the quarter finals in any tournament as big as this is never an easy feat – so we have to congratulate the girls on their effort and especially their fearless Captain Christine Sinclair. Christine is a local girl and both her uncles have experience playing Soccer so it is no surprise that Christine followed in their footsteps. We feel that the current squad with Christine at the helm has put Women’s soccer in the limelight now and we feel for many years to come – and it is for the very fact that women like Christine can show the world that they are an equal to the men with their skills, technical ability and thought process that makes this game such a delight to watch.

As we type this blog it is hot off the heals of the famous USA victory over Germany which has propelled them to a record 4th Final in the world cup tournament – that is a an impressive feat in itself.
It is ironic that Germany were to lose the game in the manner they did, it was as many feel assumed that if the game was to go to penalties then germany were likely to be victors as this was undoubtedly their strengtht as they had been knocking in some accurate goals under immense pressure. So you do have to feel for the German striker Celia Sasic who missed her penalty shot. As in many games of Soccer – it takes a moment of chaos to turn a game on its head and this seems to be the case in this instant.

So the next game coming up is a huge one – England versus Japan – we will love to know who you think will be the victors? Japan has the massive task of getting through to the final knowing that there is a chance of winning back to back tournaments which is hard to do in any sport! England have made 4 appearances in this tournament in the past and have made it only as far as the quarters – so their tails will be up as they feel they have a chance to go all the way – the team had a very good run leading up to this moment with 10 straight wins on the bounce in the qualifying stages that lead to entry into the world cup.

This tournament has been a boon to the economy of Canada and especially Vancouver – we have witnessed immense interest and pleasure in this world cup and have certainly seen the benefits of all the tourism that has inflated the city this past month – the weather has been exceptional too – warm, dry and perfect for Soccer!

We are looking forward to the final and who knows it could be a very good Independence day for the USA?!?!?!

Popular Vancouver events that are FREE!

Friday, June 19th, 2015

There are many events and festivals to enjoy and it all starts this weekend as Summer is really here folks, plus the weather is playing ball too! Get out there and enjoy it as these events are FREE!

CAR FREE DAYS – VANCOUVER June 20th & 21st.
West EndSaturday, June 20th, Noon-6pm from Davie to Robson on Denman Street: Fun for young, old, families, couples and single folks, which includes music, artists, artisans, and lots of local community groups.

Commercial Drive – Sunday, June 21st, Noon-7pm from Venables to Grandview on Commercial Drive: Roller disco, parading drummers, healing gardens, DJs spinning beats, and all your friends and neighbours hanging out.

Main Street – Sunday, June 21st, Noon-7pm from Broadway to 30th on Main Street: Mini-festivals, community-supported stages with dozens of bands, multiple kids zones, artisan markets, roller derby, skateboarding, parkour and more!

Website: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations – June 21st
Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of celebration that kicks off with a traditional Coast Salish welcome, followed by a variety of Aboriginal performances, including traditional dances, storytelling and more. National Aboriginal Day is officially designated on Sunday, June 21, 2015 to coincide with the summer solstice. This is a special opportunity to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Website: http://www.canadaplace.ca/Events/National_Aboriginal_Day_Celebration

Vancouver International Jazz Festival till July 1
While not all of the events are free, a majority of them are, giving you access to some of the best jazz acts in the city! There are endless options for free performances, including Blue Moon Marquee, Rumba Cazalda, and Karin Plato Ensemble.

Website: http://www.coastaljazz.ca/

Vancouver Buskerfest – Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28
Featuring astonishing and Diverse Street performers from all around Vancouver and all around the globe deliver comedy, circus, music and mayhem on Downtown Vancouver’s main entertainment area that is Granville Street.

Website: http://www.vancouverbuskerfest.com/

Canada Day at Canada Place – July 1st
Canada Day at Canada Place is a celebration that brings communities together to share our special bond of living in one of the greatest country’s in the world and celebrating our freedom, values and diversity. It all ends with a fantastic spectacular Fireworks display.

Website: http://www.canadaplace.ca/

Canada Day at Granville Island July 1, 10 a.m. to midnight
Canada Day on Granville Island is an all-ages event that goes from morning until late! This year, they’ll start with a pancake breakfast, then continue with jazz festivals, a street festival and a parade. The team at Granville Island encourages you to bring your kids!

Website: http://granvilleisland.com/top-things-do-kids-summer-granville-island

Stanley Park Free Outdoor Movies July 7 to August 25
The Evo Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park is back for another year from July 7 to August 25. Expect classics like Jurassic Park, The Breakfast Club and Harry Potter. Don’t forget to arrive early to get a good spot since upwards of 5,000 people attend each screening

Website: http://www.freshaircinema.ca/summercinema/index.html

FIFA Women’s world cup soccer comes to Canada and Vancouver #Canada2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

As the hockey playoffs get closer to the final that is the Stanley Cup we will turn our attention to another very popular event that is Soccer. Vancouver and Canada welcomes the FIFA Women’s Soccer World cup in June where Vancouver will be one of 6 other cities taking part.

The Women’s world cup tournament has been running since 1991 and like the Men’s tournament returns to the world stage every 4 years, it had been 61 years that the first Men’s Soccer world cup tournament preceded the women’s – which was won by Uruguay in 1930, certainly it was long overdue for the ladies to show us their footballing skills!

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is recognized as the most important international competition in women’s football and is played amongst women’s national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body. The current format of the tournament involves 24 teams competing for the title at venues across the host nations country over a period of about three weeks. The grand final game of this tournament will be held in Vancouver at BC place on Sunday July 5th 2015.

Full countrywide schedule of the tournament: http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/03/96/71/fwwc2015_matchschedule_09122014_en_neutral.pdf

To date only a couple of teams have won the tournament twice – these were Germany in 2003 & 2007, and the USA in 1991 & 1999.

The event in Vancouver will be staged at The BC Place stadium which is the home of the Vancouver Whitecaps (Who incidentally are playing not a bad game these days considering how young the squad is) and the BC Lions CFL team. During June it will be turned into a Soccer haven for probably the best sport of all time.

Just outside BC Place there will be a Fanzone section to enjoy the festivities that this tournament will bring, read the excerpt below taken from the FIFA website.

Fanzone Vancouver at BC Place.
In celebration of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, the City of Vancouver is hosting FIFA Fan Zone in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The FIFA Fan Zone is just steps from BC Place Stadium and will serve as the main gathering place for fans outside of the stadium.

The Vancouver FIFA Fan Zone will feature talented Canadian bands, a large viewing tent, sponsor activations, and a wide selection of food and drink! It will provide fun and enjoyment for people of all ages, and give the public a chance to experience the excitement of Canada 2015!

FIFA Fan Zone Schedule*:
DATE HOURS OF OPERATION (PST)
Saturday June 6 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monday June 8 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday June 11 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday June 12 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday June 15 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday June 16 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday June 21 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday June 23 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday June 27 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday July 1 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday July 4 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday July 5 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
* Schedule subject to change

FANZONE: http://vancouver.fwwc2015.ca/fifa-fan-zone/

MAY 2015 EVENTS

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Here are some great events and festivals to check out during the month of May.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival – Runs till May 10th
DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences.
The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs.

Website: http://www.doxafestival.ca/

Vancouver Farmers Markets – Every Saturday at various locations around the city.
Since 1995, Vancouver Farmers Markets have been supporting small BC farms and producers and bringing you the freshest, most local food in the city.
Along the way, they’ve nourished people, connected neighbours, and contributed millions of dollars to the local and regional economy.

Website: http://eatlocal.org/

Mothers Day – Sunday May 10th
Many happenings around Vancouver that will be a sure treat for Mum – Check out the Vancouver Couriers suggestions http://www.vancourier.com/top-10-things-to-do-on-mother-s-day-in-vancouver-1.1871881

Roedde House Jazz Concert Series presents: Braveheart feat. Ted Crosby, James Meger and Omar Amlani – Thursday, May 14
Braveheart is a jazz saxophone trio that explores group improvisation and composition with an obstinate sense of honesty and integrity.

The Roedde House museum is a uniquely restored Heritage house in the heart of the West End. Take a stroll through the peaceful, leafy Barclay Heritage Square; sit under the gazebo or on one of the many benches and take in the sights of Roedde House and its Victorian neighbours, such as Barclay Manor.

Website: http://www.roeddehouse.org/en/activities/cultural-activities/jazz-nights-xbq

Old Money: West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
Sunday May 17, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Before Vancouver’s upper class elite moved to Shaughnessy Heights, “West of Denman” by Stanley Park, was where many of the “Who’s Who” lived until the First World War. Discover who they were, where and how they lived and what lured them out. This tour also explores the lives of the domestic workers, sellers and nursemaids like Janet Smith. Stroll the streets of the West End to hear fascinating stories about this early Vancouver neighbourhood. Meet beside the Buchan Hotel at 1906 Haro St. (at Gilford Street). $10 cash. Drop-in only.

Website: https://stanleyparkhistory.wordpress.com/

Victoria Day – MAY 18th 2015
Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria’s birthday.