Let’s Get Digital! Vancouver Virtual Events

Welcome to our Virtual Vancouver

Remember when you would rather stay in or play host rather than go out? In this age of social distancing, many are finding Skype and Netflix parties are keeping us more social than ever — however with that same old twist: the venue (and for some of us — the wardrobe) never changes; however in ever-innovative Downtown Vancouver Style  that hasn’t stopped these Vancouver based virtual social events from helping us stay connected!

Know of a virtual event you’d like to share? We want to hear from you! We’re all in this together, and we look forward to sharing your local events, or sending a shout out to businesses who have taken steps to innovate entirely and support their customers virtually. — so reach out to us in the form below, on any of our social channels, or simply #StayVancouverHotels to get our attention.

What’s Happening in our Virtual Vancouver?

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Missing the hustle and bustle of Downtown? Downtown Vancouver BIA is proud to present Part 1 of “Downtown Sounds”, easy listening to virtually showcase the buskers and musicians we work with in our placemaking & public space programs. Listen, support, and follow the new playlists, launching every Thursday. Learn More at  www.dtvan.ca

The Workout for Fitness Haters . Local actor and Instagram sensation Jason Sakaki is known for recently livestreaming his one-man production of Les Miserables. Advertised as a “workout/dance class for people who do not like to workout/dance”, make space for big moves and expect a lot of lighthearted fun! Learn more via Instagram

To be or not to be quarantined? Brought to you by the cheeky students of SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts, watch the online recreation of the iconic Shakespeare play.Learn more at sfu.ca

Dancing should be fun. Keep your feet moving and heart pumping in an energizing follow-the-leader style fitness class. You will dance to some of today’s hottest music and leave sweaty and energized. Follow the leader (Jared Byrne) style cardio dance in a sweaty dance party that you can have at home. Expect big queen energy pop hits from Beyonce and Lady Gaga. Learn more at popqueencardio.com 

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Capture Photo Fest. Held every April, Capture is a photography and lens-based art exhibition in galleries and public spaces. Based in Metro Vancouver, you can browse the digital catalog from submissions all around the world and observe public art pieces (online!).Learn more at facebook.com/CapturePhotoFest

 

The Best Aquatic Screensaver Ever. You know who else is #stayinghome? Our aquatic pals at the Vancouver Aquarium!…That doesn’t mean they’ve stopped being ADORABLE though! If you want an uplifting backdrop, catch their virtual show for free and from the comfort of your home. See what our city’s Jellyfish, Penguins and Otters are up to right now

 #MuseumsAndChill Vancouver has joined the countless  International Council of Museums (ICOM) establishments around the globe offering virtual tours. Locally this includes the Vancouver Art Gallery and MOV Learn More 

The Best New Video Party App

 

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The new all-ages isolation app we hope is here to stay. You may have already heard of it but passed it up based on the assumption it was just another video call platform — we did at first! The House Party free app allows anyone with a smartphone to:

  • Jump in and out of a group video call
  • Play Heads Up  and Pictionary style games
  • Group or two-player trivia and more

Start the party at houseparty.com

Until next time, thank you to all who are doing their parts in healthcare, essential services and by staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’re in this together Vancouver and as we dream of travelling later, we look forward to discovering which clever indoor innovations our beautiful city will come up with next. #stayhomestaysafe

Looking for more? Check out Tourism Vancouver’s latest #VirtuallyVancouver post.

Spring Break 2020 Activities in Vancouver

Spring Break: March 16th – 27th, 2020

 

It’s no secret a lot of people in Vancouver are already enjoying early bird summer fun by this time each year because of the beautiful attractions available in the area. So when it comes to the school holidays, there are tons of exciting activities that are designed to entertain both residents and tourists — of all ages. 

 

Leave it to Vancity to line up almost too many fun activities to keep us all busy this Spring Break 2020. Whether you are a parent looking to join in on the fun or you’re simply looking for an entertaining week for your children while you’re at work, Vancouver is the ideal place to be for the spring break holiday. You have to check these out:

Kids-Zone Fun

Vancouver Art Gallery

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There are both drop art activities (every Sunday!) and advance booking workshops available for kids at the Vancouver Art Gallery this coming spring break holiday 2020. Learn more: vanartgallery.bc.ca

Admission: Free for children under 12 years old 

 

Spring Break Movies

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Entertain your kids (and let’s be honest, Frozen II kept us all entertained) with these must-watch child-friendly matinee movies! Take note that some of these shows are available only during the morning time slot of the school holiday break.

Admission: Varies, please visit familyfuncanada.com  to learn more.

 

YMCA Day Camps

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YMCA Vancouver offers spring break camps for children of all ages. It is crucial to book ahead of time as these camps are typically fully-booked. There are tons of activities designed to keep kids active and laughing during these, typically 4-day long, day camps.

Admission: Varies. Please visit ymca.ca to learn more

 

Adults & Adolescence

 

Celtic Fest Vancouver

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This event is ideal for anyone skipping town to Vancity this March — but not willing to skip St. Patrick’s Day: Celticfest has you covered! There are themed activities designed for adults in line with the celebration.

Note: Due to recent health concerns, events for 2020 may be smaller compared to the previous years. Please visit www.celticfestvancouver.com for details and updates.

 

Shen Yun

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This is the perfect show for just about anyone – whether or not you’re into the arts. Tickets are available for show dates running March 13 to 22, 2020. The event is scheduled to take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Expect a world-class performance from these elite theatre actors. Learn more at Shenyun.com 

Admission: $95 – 239

 

All Ages Family Fun 

 

Playdome 2020

Photo courtesy of BC Place

The best place for children (and adults who are kids-at-heart!) is the Playdome 2020. This Indoor carnival is well-known for providing endless fun and excitement to its guests of all ages. It will take place at BC Place and the same is only available during the spring break holiday. 

Admission: Guest Passes start at $11.00. Learn more at bcplace.com 

 

Flyover Canada

Video courtesy of Flyover Canada

Flyover Canada hosts a spectacular feature show during the spring break holiday. The theme changes every year to ensure that there is always something new and exciting that attendees can look forward to. 

Admission: Visit flyovercanada.com for pricing and promo codes 

 

Indeed, Vancouver has a lot in store for us this coming spring break 2020. If you are traveling to the city for the upcoming holiday, be sure to book your stay with us to receive exclusive discounts.

Take note that the list mentioned above is not exclusive. There are still other entertaining activities designed to keep both residents or tourists busy this spring break! 

 

Spring Sneak Preview

Planning your April 2020? This April 14th the Canada WNT will be playing Australia at BC Place! Tickets on sale now Visit canadasoccer.com  for details.

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Everything You Need To Know About The Vancouver International Wine Festival

The number of tourists who travel or spend a holiday in Vancouver keeps on increasing every year. It is not a surprise why the city’s tourism industry is flourishing. There are many reasons why people love to keep on coming back to this wonderful destination. 

One of the most anticipated events of 2020, Vancouver International Wine Festival, will again kick off the new year.  More commonly known as the VanWineFest, this event holds the record of being Canada’s premier wine and food show, pouring more than 750 wines from more than 16 countries, in only 8 short days. (Now who said math class wouldn’t be useful!) These wines will, of course, be accompanied by the most welcome of chaperones: their respective winemakers and vineyard owners. 

Rated the “#1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada” by New York’s BizBash (for the past 6 years in a row!) this year’s celebration will take place starting from February 22 to March 1, 2020.

We have something special for our valued guests like you. Book your stay with us and enjoy a FREE admission ticket to one of the world’s largest wine and food festivals. More details are available at the end of this post! 

Knowing The History  

The popular Vancouver International Wine Festival was inaugurated in 1979. During that time, the festival was organized to last for only two days. In its first public event, only around 1,000 people attended the festival. What makes this event even more meaningful is the fact that it was created in typical Vancity Style: for fundraising purposes. Since then, the VanWineFest has grown to raise more than $9.2 million and latest reports now boast an average of 25,000 admissions to the festival!

There is a theme or feature each year – This year France is the feature country!

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The “Tasting Room”

One of the popular areas in the festival is, of course, the Tasting Room, where all the magic happens. In this area, you can see several brand owners and wine producers who will showcase their products to everyone. All attendees have a  chance to have a taste of their share of the 750+ wines available for display. 

 

The best part of all, however, is that several of these wine products are sourced from 15 other countries. As such, if you are going to be there, you will also get an opportunity to check out the top brands from the participating wineries abroad. Most of these wineries are award winners and considered senior leaders in the industry. 

Where else can you visit with award-winning wineries and winemakers from across 5 different continents, while trying their finest wines in only 10 consecutive days …without a private jet? (Seriously, we’re interested if you know! You can find us in the tasting room)

 

Photo Courtesy of vanwinefest.ca

Tips To Remember

 If you are traveling to Vancouver for this iconic festival, be sure to arrive at least one day before the scheduled event. Not only will you have more time to prepare for the line up of activities prepared for all attendees, you’ll be in Vancity! This foodie paradise has more to see and do than can possibly be achieved in 10 days’ time — wine fests aside! However that’s not the only reason: as much as possible, try to avoid being late for this event so that you can still catch all the highlights and avoid line-ups.

Whether attending from Kits, Kelowna or out-of-country entirely, another thing to keep in mind is that if you do plan to stay in downtown Vancouver, you’ll want to book your stay ahead of time. Each year this Wine Festival brings in thousands of travelers to the city.

Until February 13th, you can still save on select downtown hotels using promo code VIWF. If you book a hotel with StayVancouverHotels.com, you will receive a FREE International Festival Tastings event ticket for the most anticipated Vancouver International Wine Festival ever: 

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:00 – 10:00 PM ($95 value) 
  • Friday, Feb. 28, 7:00 – 10:00 PM ($105 value) 
  • Saturday, Feb. 29, 2:30 – 5:00 PM ($95 value) 
  • Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:00 – 10:00 PM ($115 value) 

 

Surprising Reasons to Book Early

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Can you believe it’s already been a decade!? If you can make it to Vancity a few weeks before the Vancouver International Wine Tasting event don’t think for a minute February isn’t a perfect month for tourism! Celebrating 10 years since the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games the city has countless events going on – including  Vancouver’s Annual Just for Laughs festival  and the grand re-opening the Sea to Sky Gondola

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Check out the countless other fabulous Vancity events this February 2020 events here.

Remember! If you do plan to attend the Vancouver Festival this year, be sure to use promo code VIWF to receive a free ticket when you book your downtown Vancouver hotel stay. Offer ends February 13, 2020 – Click here to book.

9 Epic Downtown Vancouver Eateries

Vancouver is one of those cities that only feels dangerous at dinnertime, but before your mind jumps to the latest crime podcast, let us explain. With more than 3000 restaurants in this trendy oceanside city, amazing eateries can be found around every corner. Even the most fanatical foodie can feel overwhelmed by so many choices.

With so many great options, how do you choose? You’re in luck! We’ve got you covered with our top 9 not-to-be-missed restaurants in downtown Vancouver, and a special offer to refresh your palate – details at the end of this post!

 

French Fusion with Vegan Options

Catching a bite in Cole Harbour? Experience fine-dining and a snap-worthy backdrop at this iconic Vancouver landmark. The Five Sails waterfront restaurant is conveniently located on Canada Place Pier, mere stiletto steps away from the Hotel Fairmont Pacific Rim… Learn more 

 

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Oysters & Seafood

Making the top 40 in a city boasting 3000+ restaurants is impressive, however, more impressive still is placing among the Top 5 Seafood Restaurants by Vancouver Magazine! Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar has also received awards for Best Upscale Restaurant, Best Dessert, Premier [service and hospitality] Crew… Learn more

 

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Canadian Organic Seafood Cuisine

Hawksworth restaurant offers a contemporary venue which has also helped them achieve the title Best Upscale Restaurant in Vancouver not once, but four times! The diverse culinary techniques and elegant atmosphere makes it just one of the six amazing restaurants located in the Rosewood Hotel… Learn more

 

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French Cuisine with Vegetarian-Friendly Options

Vancouver’s Bacchus Restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is a hidden gem that is complete with a piano lounge and is ranked the 3rd Best Restaurant in all of Vancouver. Spoil yourself with their expansive selection of Canadian specialty cheeses and decadent desserts… Learn more 

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Historic Speakeasy Atmosphere & Impressive Wine List

Can’t decide between History Gastown or a Shoppers Paradise? Enjoy the best of both at Fairmont Hotel’s Notch8 Restaurant & Bar. Hoping to take it up a Notch? Stop in for afternoon tea or private dining experience. Learn more

 

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The North American Classic  

You may already frequent one of JOEY’s 27 North American locations, however, not all Joey’s are created equal. Recently partnering with DoorDash means this Canadian-based franchise plans to bring their amazing cuisine home to you – or even better, directly to your hotel room. Learn more

 

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Oceanview Diningroom, Bistro & Lounge

If you’ve found yourself in English Bay be sure to warm up and take in the oceanview.  Whether it’s a quiet fireside view of the seawall sunset, late-night live music or a 7:00 am British Columbia Classic Smoked Salmon Bagel Breakfast, the Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge has you covered… Learn more

 

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French Cuisine Made with Local West Coast Ingredients

The Tableau Bar Bistro is impressively located in Coal Harbour’s popular boutique hotel: The Loden, voted 2nd best hotel in all of Vancouver. Whether ordering this exquisite room service or sipping an Aperitif immersed in this Parisian atmosphere, patrons are sure to enjoy the very best of French cuisine and local west coast ingredients. Learn more

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Asia-Italian Fusion with Gluten-free Options

Authentic french toast for breakfast, and “Ital-Asain” fusion for dinner? Only a 25-minute stroll from The Tableau Bistro, La Pentola sustainably offers traditional “nose-to-tail” dishes in this calm and traditional setting and is located in yet another boutique hotel making Vancouver’s Top 5 Best Hotel List: The OPUS

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Planning ahead? If you were impressed with the international wine selection on these menus then those planning to visit Vancouver this February 22nd – March 1st, 2020 are also eligible to receive ONE FREE International Festival Tastings event ticket at the 2020 Vancouver International Wine Festival when you use promo code “VIWF” with a hotel booking. Our promo to attend Canada’s premier food and wine event will be made available to our subscribers this November 6th – so don’t miss out!