The Dine Out Vancouver Festival and Other Culinary Adventures

It’s a new year and so why not try some new food? There’s no better opportunity than the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, taking place at the end of January. On top of that, eight Vancouver local restaurants just received their Michelin Star, and if none of that interests you, we even have a couple of unique dining experiences for you to try. Our recommendation—make sure you’re not hungry before you start reading this handy guide.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Dine Out Vancouver Festival has been in operation for over twenty years, and this year runs from January 20th to February 5th. The festival includes over “300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers, and more for a month of dining, food-forward virtual events, and experiences designed to give culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the best flavours of the city.” Now considered to be Canada’s largest food and drink festival, the event offers fixed-price menu deals to encourage community involvement and ushers people to dine out during a season when restaurants are generally quieter. Been thinking of trying a restaurant, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet? Now’s your chance!

New Michelin Star Restaurants

Michelin has long been classed as the gold standard when it comes to gastronomic art, and Vancouver restaurants stand among the best in the world. At a Michelin evening gala event last October, eight restaurants were awarded the coveted Michelin Star, framing them as places for exceptional culinary experiences. The list of restaurants include: 

  • AnnaLena (contemporary)
  • Barbara (contemporary)
  • Burdock & Co (contemporary)
  • iDen & QuanJuDe Beijing Duck House (Chinese)
  • Kissa Tanto (Japanese-Italian fusion)
  • Masayoshi (Japanese)
  • Published on Main (contemporary)
  • St. Lawrence (Quebecois)

Be sure to visit one of these restaurants, and discover just what fine dining is all about!

Dine at the Dark Table

If you’re looking for something completely different in your dining experience, why not try a dinner reservation at the Dark Table? At this restaurant you’ll dine in complete darkness. The concept being that if your sight is removed, your other senses will be much stronger. You’ll choose your menu items when you arrive and then a blind or visually impaired server will guide you into the dining room and ensure you’re comfortable. Following that, you’ll be treated to a multi-course meal in the dark. It doesn’t get much more unique than that. Not recommended for messy eaters.

Eat at the Very Top of Vancouver

Finally, we want to highlight a Vancouver staple that’s still considered to be a unique dining experience despite it being around since 1977. Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant sits 553 feet above the city and completes a full rotation every hour. Diners are treated to beautiful views of Vancouver while enjoying a delicious meal at what’s considered to be one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. 

No matter your gastronomic preferences, be sure to try something different this month and take advantage of Vancouver’s culinary delights. Whether visiting or being a tourist in your own town, be sure to book your stay with stayvancouverhotels.com and receive amazing promotional gifts including free tickets and numerous gift cards to choose from!

December is a month of giveaways with the return of Very Merry Vancouver

Imagine walking across a breathtaking bridge suspended two hundred and thirty feet above a river gorge and adorned with a million glittering lights.. walking through a traditional German Christmas Market, sipping on hot chocolate, and shopping for that perfect holiday keepsake from one of its 90 jolly merchants… an evening stroll in the garden of twinkling lights at Van Dusen…or fly like Santa and take an exhilarating trip to the North Pole with Fly Over Canada! 

As if there wasn’t already enough to draw you to Very Merry Vancouver during this most magical time of the year! 

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But now Stay Vancouver Hotels is enchanting tourists with an online advent calendar that is giving away attraction prizes every single day, with the chance to win a grand prize of a luxurious, experience-packed stay in Vancouver that will promise memories or a lifetime. Prizes include: 

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Festive Favourites Market Tour of Granville Island, which will be buzzing with festive foods, Christmas decor, and one-of-a-kind artisan shops, as the perfect place for friends and families to share in the holiday spirit! 

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience. Go beyond the mask and see Ancient Egypt’s most iconic king like never before. 

Family packs to PNE Winter Fair The event runs for ten festive nights and will feature a nightly Christmas-themed concert series, a classic Canadian Winter Ice Pond with live musical performances and large indoor skating rink, magical holiday theatre shows that will be a favourite for the little ones, a winter market, tasty food and beverages, and a sparkling walk-thru WinterLights display! 

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Family passes to Santa’s winter wonderland at the Peak of Grouse Mountain and its awe-inspiring views of the city and the ocean below.  

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An underwater winter wonderland and holiday traditions at the Vancouver Aquarium including popular daily Scuba Claus dives. And so much more! 

And the shopping! Visit the world-class Cadillac Fairview Pacific Centre mall, with a prize SHOP! Card® for use at CF Pacific Centre.

More than twenty, must-see holiday attractions and events are giving away tickets and gift packages as part of the Very Merry Vancouver promotion. Not to mention hotel partners giving away accommodation as well. 

VeryMerryVancouver.com is now welcoming online visitors to try and win those daily holiday prizes and encouraging those online visitors to visit Vancouver in person during the holiday season.  

Already renowned for its natural beauty, cosmopolitan diversity, unbelievable food, and shopping, Vancouver is now also sure to become known for one more thing – a perennial favourite for visitors seeking to enjoy the best of the holiday season with all that Very Merry Vancouver has to offer.

Link: www.verymerryvancouver.com 

Getting Cultured in Vancouver

Sometimes the best sort of entertainment comes in the form of education. Vancouver is a wealth of culture and history. From historic landmarks in gastown and beyond, to exhibits and shows that call Vancouver home, either temporarily or permanently. Whether you’re looking to admire beautiful art or get lost in an ancient civilization, Vancouver never fails to deliver, and that’s why it’s one of the best places to visit in Canada! Here are just a few cultural highlights happening in our beautiful city this November …

Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience

If you do absolutely nothing else this November, you should at least treat yourself to an experience that plants you straight in the middle of ancient Egypt—unlocking a story over three thousand years in the making. The Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience features nine distinct multi-sensory galleries that take you through the story of King Tut’s life and his death. Fun and informative for the whole family, the exhibit will be on display at the Vancouver Convention Center from November through to January. Learn more.

Science World

Possibly one of the most recognizable buildings in Vancouver, Science World has been a staple of the city for years. With its shiny golf ball-esque design, the center boasts a number of floors, rooms, and rotating exhibits to explore. You can learn first hand and hands-on about physics and biology while interacting with exhibits and machines that make learning fun for all ages. The current rotating exhibit is T-Rex: The Ultimate Predator and takes a look at the most famous dinosaur in the world. Learn more.

Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver made some drastic changes in the past two years and now offers both in-person and virtual exhibits for all to enjoy. Many exhibits remain on permanent rotation, while others are switched out on a regular basis to provide variety and opportunity for visitors to learn about a wide range of cultural highlights and oddities in equal measure. Learn more.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Founded just under a hundred years ago, the Vancouver Art Gallery is a famous downtown landmark that has been featured in numerous documentaries and feature films thanks to its unique architecture. Its galleries and exhibits contribute to the Art Gallery being recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. If you’re looking for a true sense of creative culture, look no further. Learn more.

Season of Lights

Christmas is just around the corner and from the downtown core to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, you’ll find the season of lights begin to emerge as more and more business and landmarks get into the festive season and light up the nights. Learn more.

Soak up the culture that Vancouver has to offer and don’t forget to book with stayvancouverhotels.com in order to receive some awesome promotional gifts! Not only do we offer high quality accommodations for your stay but from November 4th, we’re also providing tickets to the Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience or gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, iTunes, and more. Learn more!

Trick or Treat and Eats

‘Tis the spooky season and there’s no better place to celebrate than Vancouver. Our beautiful city always gets in the festive spirit, no matter what the season. This year, there are numerous events that offer scares, food, drink, and more, all in equal measure. If you’re looking for something to do as a local or visiting the city from out of town, there’s lots to tingle your spine and taste buds this October . . .

HARVEST HAUS 

Before the scary stuff happens, why not embark on a cultural experience full of bier, bratwurst, and lederhosen? Harvest Haus returns to Vancouver this year from Sept 30th to Oct 31st at the PNE Forum. This authentic European harvest tradition with a modern flare hosts several fun events and highlights including local brewers, vintners, chefs, and entertainers galore. Enjoy new tastes plus all the Oktoberfest classics you already know and love. Tickets are limited, so purchasing early is recommended. Learn more.

PNE HALLOWEEN FRIGHT NIGHTS

After taking a covid break, Fright Night at Playland is returning in 2022. This spooky event that boasts you’ll “scream your face off” runs from October 7th to October 31st. Watch Playland turn into a carnival of horrors with night rides, a haunted mansion, Hollywood horrors, creepy clowns, a doll factory, and more! Check the website for admission days and rates and be prepared to scream.  Learn more. 

FORBIDDEN VANCOUVER WALKING TOURS 

If being chased through a carnival by clowns isn’t really your scene, you might want to consider a walking tour by Forbidden Vancouver. While many of the tours are steeped in history, The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour is a popular feature at Halloween. Detailing a gruesome history of Victorian Gastown full of murder and revenge, this unique theatrical performance is both educational and fun and a great way to spend an evening. Learn more.

HOWLOVER (FLYOVER) CANADA <LINK: 

Certainly more of an event for the kids, this magical adventure put on by Flyover Canada has you soaring through the skies on a magical adventure to a spooky music festival alongside some interesting characters. The event runs from September 27th to October 31st so get your tickets and head out for a fun ride! If you book with stayvancouverhotels.com before October 31st, you could also receive 2 free tickets to Flyover Canada! Learn more. 

Whether you’re eating and drinking at Oktoberfest, running from scary clowns at Playland, or enjoying a spooky journey through Vancouver, be sure to book with stayvancouverhotels.com in order to receive some awesome incentives! Not only do we offer high-quality accommodations for your stay, we also provide exclusive offers on bike rentals, tickets to the Egyptian exhibit and Flyover Canada, or gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, and iTunes. Learn more!

Celebrate the last days of summer with these 5 craft breweries in Vancouver

As summer begins to wind down and we enjoy the last days of the season, there’s a lot of opportunity to take advantage of some of Vancouver’s brewmasters. The craft beer scene in Vancouver has been growing steadily over the last several years, with more and more options available for those wanting to sample unique offerings and explore the length and breadth of IPAs, sours, dark beers, and more. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best craft brewery experiences in or close to downtown Vancouver. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor in this amazing city and you’re a lover of excellent beer, you’ll want to visit every location on this list. 

GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING

Opened in 1984, Granville Island Brewing is Canada’s first microbrewery. Their innovation in the field of craft beer has been recognized nationally and internationally and they specialize in providing premium beer alongside limited-release small batches. You can find their beer in most liquor stores, but if you’re looking for a special treat, they offer special one-off brews available only in their taproom. 

STANLEY PARK BREWING

Inspired by the park itself, Stanley Park Brewing’s beers are all inspired by the experience of being in the park. Whether it’s a wind storm, a sunset, or spending time in the forest, the beers are meant to be “explored and savored.” 

YALETOWN BREWING COMPANY

Located in the trendy Yaletown district of Vancouver, Yaletown Brewing was originally founded in 1994. Initially framed as a friendly neighborhood pub, the brand has evolved into one that’s well known for its superb beer offerings and an inspired menu that’s both innovative and delicious. It has been voted Best Brew Pub in Canada on several occasions and boasts as “a welcoming gathering place whether you arrived dressed in a suit or flip-flops.”

STRATHCONA BEER COMPANY

One of the newer breweries in Vancouver, Strathcona is quickly making a name for themselves on the craft beer scene. They specialize in a modern traditional beer and supplement it by serving fresh made in-house Neapolitan-style pizza. Started by a group of friends with a serious appreciation for beer, Strathcona embraces a funky modern vibe centered around interests such as art, music, and skateboarding.

STEAMWORKS BREWING

The first to use a traditional steam-powered brewing method in Canada, Steamworks Brewing featured 20 rotating taps throughout the year, including specially brewed seasonal flavors. Located in Burnaby, their brew pub also offers delectable food offerings that pair perfectly with their craft beer options. 

Remember to drink responsibly when visiting these breweries. There’s a number of brewery tours you can also hop on so everyone can enjoy the experience and not worry about driving.  If you’re a visitor to Vancouver, be sure to book with stayvancouverhotels.com in order to receive some amazing deals! We offer high quality accommodations for your stay and in addition provide exclusive offers on bike rentals, tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Egyptian exhibit, or gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, iTunes, and shopping. Learn more!

Vancouver Exhibitions, Markets, and More!

Vancouver is home to all sorts of attractions and delights, from world-class restaurants to internationally acclaimed concerts, to festivals, exhibitions, markets, and more—Vancouver is eternally a hotbed of activity for all to enjoy. Throughout the summer and, in particular, coming up in August, there’s lots to feast your appetite when it comes to outdoor events. Here’s our recommendations for some of the best things to do in August in Vancouver . . .

THE PACIFIC NATIONAL EXHIBITION (PNE)

Since 1910, the PNE has entertained millions of guests providing exhibits, shows, concerts, the annual summer fair, cultural experiences, and more. The PNE will arrive on August 20th this year and run through until September 5th. As always, the fair will take place at their location on Hastings, next to Playland so visitors can enjoy all the thrilling rides and take in the fair in one glorious location.

Hailed as the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in BC, the PNE has hosted historic acts, including the Beatles, and continues to entertain every single year and this year is no exception. This year’s concert series includes The Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Cake, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Visit the PNE for some of the best entertainment in Vancouver—fun for the entire family.

GRANVILLE ISLAND MARKET

In operation since 1979, the Granville Island indoor market is home to around fifty merchants and is a massive draw for tourists and locals alike. The mix of vendors changes every week, offering a wide range of diverse selections when it comes to boutique shopping and tantalizing food offerings. The market is open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm and the indoor venue means it’s a great place to visit no matter the weather. The waterfront area outside the market has picnic tables and the surrounding area boasts art galleries and unique shopping experiences aplenty. 

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

Formerly known as the Yaletown Farmers Market, the Downtown Farmers Market takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm-6pm in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Hornby Street and runs until October 5th. Here you’ll discover fresh fruits and vegetables, plus vendors selling art, toys, clothing, gifts, crafts, and more, all accompanied by live music. 

RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET

Modeled after Asian night markets, the Richmond Night Market is the largest of its kind in North America. The food vendors alone are enough to warrant a visit, but you’d better bring an appetite. Food is cooked fresh in front of you and the air is filled with delectable smells of crab meat noodles, brazilian pastries, sausage, ice cream, ramen, and more. There are over 70 food stalls and over 100 retails stalls, plus live music and entertainment at the main stage and carnival stalls for everyone to enjoy.

NORTH VANCOUVER SHIPYARDS

The shipyard district in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale is a functioning shipyard, but also plays host to boutique shopping, specialty food, galleries, restaurants, antique stores, and more. Steeped in history and full of shopping excursion possibilities, The Shipyard truly captures the spirit of Vancouver’s North Shore.

With the markets providing so many shopping and dining options, there’s simply no shortage of possibilities when you visit Vancouver. When you do visit, make sure you book with stayvancouverhotels.com for all the best deals in the city! We offer amazing accommodations for your stay and provide exclusive offers including bike rentals, tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, iTunes, and shopping. Learn more!

Vancouver Takes Entertainment Outdoors

July in Vancouver is crammed full of amazing outdoor activities and events that are fun for all ages! If you’re a Vancouver resident or traveling to our magnificent city this month, you’ll find there’s more than enough to occupy your time. The arts and entertainment scene comes alive in the early summer on the west coast and visitors can revel in everything from outdoor cinematic experiences to world-class fireworks displays. Here’s a look at several different entertaining ways to spend your time throughout the month of July: 

Feature Movies in the Park Stanley Park

The annual Summer Cinema event at Stanley park is returning in 2022 with movie screenings taking place every Tuesday (weather permitting) after sunset. As in past years, the public gets to vote on what movies they’d like to see. This annual series invites visitors to bring their own chair or blanket and enjoy a free outdoor movie experience. No tickets or reservations required. Those wishing to attend are asked to show up at the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadow in the park (near Second Beach). The space can accommodate up to 5,000 people. Anyone wanting to make it an extra special experience can purchase a general admission ticket to the VIP seating area at the front of the lawn. The movies for July include The Lion King, Zoolander, Jurassic Park, and Top Gun. 

Downtown Vancouver BIA Summer Movie Nights and Activations

If an outdoor movie in the park isn’t your scene, then you could always stay closer to the city and take in the Summer Movie Night series outside the šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square

(formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) located on Hornby Street. From July 7th to August 18th, you can check out amazing activations from 4pm followed by an outdoor movie screening at 9pm. The activations this year include hula-hooping, drum circles, choirs, music, and more. On Thursday July 28th, there will be a special Pride takeover with drag performances and music by DJ Black Cat. Food trucks are also on-site and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. The movies for July include Mean Girls, Jumanji, Spiderman: No Way Home, and Moulin Rouge.

Bard on the Beach at Vanier Park 

What light through yonder window breaks? If you’re into live performance and passionate about Shakespeare, you have to take in a performance of Bard on the Beach at Sen̓ákw/Vanier Park. Performances run through until September and take place in two modern performance tents against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. Get whisked away into the magical worlds of the bard with this year’s theatrical performances of Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets are available from the Bard on the Beach website and the site also offers additional activities and educational opportunities offered throughout the season. 

Celebration of Lights

On July 27th, the Honda Celebration of Light returns to Vancouver. You think you may have seen a fireworks display, but you’ve seen nothing until you’ve seen the Celebration of Light. Taking place at English Bay, this fireworks show accompanied by music that’s streamed across the bay and numerous outdoor seating lounges are sure to delight as the sky is lit up in spectacular fashion. You can either view the program from various locations around Vancouver (it’s highly visible) or purchase tickets and enjoy a seating in one of the lounges. Learn more.

Patio Vancouver

In 2021, the City of Vancouver approved special permits to expand patios throughout the city of Vancouver making it easier to be social outdoors and come together with friends and family to enjoy all the eats and treats Vancouver has to offer. This year, Patio Vancouver has launched a fun and interactive campaign to get residents and visitors alike to experience more than 400 patios in and around the city. Simply check out the Patio Map and start exploring!

No matter whether you’re heading into town for business, pleasure, or both, be sure to book with stayvancouverhotels.com for the absolute best deals in town! Not only do we offer great places to stay, but we provide exclusive offers including bike rentals, event tickets, and gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, iTunes, and shopping. Until the end of July, you can even pick up a $75 GC to spend on shopping at the CF Pacific Centre. Learn more.

The 5 Best Places to Hike, Bike, and Run in Vancouver

Whether you exercise for health reasons (mental or physical) or that wonderful rush of endorphins, it’s still important to get those exercise hours in when visiting a different city. If you’re going to be heading to the Vancouver area, you’re in luck! Western Canada’s biggest city has numerous opportunities to get your sweat on, and even better, it’s a beautiful place to work out. Here are 5 of the best places to hike, bike, and run in Vancouver:

1) The Grouse Grind

Operational since May 2017, the Grouse Grind has become a staple for hikers and runners wanting to prove their mettle against a trail that’s as challenging as it is steep. Located in North Vancouver, this trail has a 300 meter elevation and climbs 2.5 kilometers up Grouse Mountain. Rugged terrain, shifting weather, and a beautiful forest atmosphere round out this challenging trail that is not for the faint of heart. Like really, if you have heart problems, give it a miss. Remember to snap your picture at the top with your climb time! And then enjoy the gondola ride down (it’s mandatory as downhill hiking isn’t allowed due to the steep terrain).

2) Jericho Beach (by UBC)

Enjoy the sprawl of the University of British Columbia with this charming run or ride around the extensive campus—which is a self-contained city within a city. The trail takes you along the waterfront of Jericho Beach and then around the outskirts of the campus passing the Museum of Anthropology, the UBC Botanical Garden, and the Greenheart TreeWalk. 

3) Stanley Park Seawall Loop

It’s impossible to talk about the perfect running and biking route in Vancouver and not mention the seawall around Stanley Park. This 9.25 km loop is a runner/cyclist’s dream, winding around the outside of Stanley Park along the waterfront. There’s lots of opportunities to modify your route, take a forest trail, run along a beach, or even take a step further and head to English Bay after your workout and enjoy the restaurants and shops of this picturesque beach community. 

4) Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Close to UBC, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park sports unpaved bike and running paths that cut through beautiful forested areas. Located on the west side of Vancouver, the trail network spans more than 750 hectares of forest and is accessible year round. There’s no specific recommended route, simply because there’s so many trails to choose from. Be sure to check out a trail map and plan the best route to suit your wants and needs.

5) Yaletown (Kitsilano Beach)

If you’re looking for a more city-centric trail for running or biking, you can visit the upscale locale of Yaletown. This waterfront path leads you along the waterfront from the Yaletown Ferry Dock, through parks, across the Burrard Street bridge and through Kits Beach. You can enjoy breath-taking views along False Creek and pass by Vancouver landmarks including Science World. 

Bonus fun for Après Run!

Dragon Boat Festival in False Creek with Science World

In June, you can also see the world famous Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival. taking place at False Creek and surrounding parks as racers from around the world partake in North America’s flagship dragon boat festival.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival at David Lam Park

If you’re a jazz enthusiast, be sure to check out the 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Taking place from June 24th to July 3rd. The 11-day festival features 700 artists and 200 performances at 19 venues, along with more than 60 free shows. 

If you’re heading into town, for business or pleasure, be sure to book with stayvancouverhotels.com for the best deals in town! You can get bike rentals and gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes, receive a flight voucher, or grab a $75 GC to spend on shopping at the CF Pacific Centre. Learn more.

It’s Wine O’Clock in Vancouver This May

May 2022 events in Vancouver cater to a number of different types of people: those that love to run, those that love to cruise, and those that appreciate a fine glass of chardonnay. No matter which category you fall into, there’s always something for everyone happening in Western Canada’s most popular travel destination. 

THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL

Happening May 16th-22nd, Canada’s premier food and wine event aims to provide an informative, educational, and entertaining experience for all. The festival has a long rich history having run for 43 years, it’s one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the entire world. There are numerous events tied to the festival including seminars, vintage tastings, winery dinners, lunches, wine minglers, beach parties, brunches, and more. 

The central component of the festival is the Tasting Room located at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Here the public can tantalize their taste buds choosing from over 750 wines at four individual International Festival Tastings. An additional 45 special events in and around Vancouver that include everything from social minglers to gala dinners feature another combined 550 different wines. If you love wine, then the Vancouver International Wine Festival should be your own slice of heaven. Receive a free festival ticket when you book your accommodations through Stay Vancouver Hotels. Learn more

THE BMO VANCOUVER MARATHON  

If running long distances alongside other adventurous athletes is your idea of a good time, then the BMO Vancouver Marathon is the place to be. Recognized by Forbes, CNN, and USA Today as one of the top destination running events in the world, the Vancouver Marathon is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!

Taking place on Sunday May 1st, the marathon offers 8km, half-marathon, and full marathon options. Runners can experience the sites of Vancouver as they run across parks, beaches, and the picturesque Vancouver Seawall. Registration is now open with in-person and virtual racing options available.  Learn more.

CRUISE SEASON LAUNCH

The 2022 cruise season has officially launched! After a long two years of prohibiting cruise ships in Canadian waters as a direct response to COVID-19, the prohibition was officially lifted in November 2021. As per tradition, the cruise season officially launched last month when the Holland America Line ship, Koningsdam docked at the Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver. This year, approximately 300 cruise ships are expected to call at the Port of Vancouver. If you are taking a cruise from Vancouver there are special discounts available to you by simply showing your boarding pass with various retailers, restaurants and attractions see offers here.

Whether it’s your final destination, or you’re departing from Vancouver, be sure to stop a while and see the sites and events that make up this amazing city. Receive gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes, receive a flight voucher, or grab an exclusive ticket to this year’s wine festival. Learn more

Springing into Vancouver

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From festivals to sporting events and an Easter train ride that’s sure to please the little ones, there’s so much to do in Vancouver in April. Thanks to the mild climate of the coast, Vancouver is fortunate to see greenery and flowers growing earlier than many other parts of Canada. And with that milder weather comes the opportunity to explore and experience all that the lower mainland has to offer. Here are just a few highlights:

2022 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

An indication that spring has truly arrived is the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Inspired by the ancient Japanese tradition of hanami (flower viewing), this community event runs from April 1st to the 23rd. For several weeks, while the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the event offers a variety of unifying community events kicking off with The Big Picnic at David Lam Park. Other events include a Haiku Invitational, Sakura Days Japan Fair, Tree Talks and Walks, and much more. Certainly a not-to-be-missed event for flower lovers.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Tournament

On April 16th and 17th, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off at BC Place. This stripped-down version of rugby union is fast-paced, energetic, and always a crowd-pleaser. Consisting of just two seven-minute halves and just seven players on each team, this exciting sport is not to be missed. The first day of the tournament sees each team take part in round-robin play within pools. On the second day, the bottom two teams of each pool will play each other, while the higher-seeded teams will battle it out for gold, silver, or bronze medals. You can get a Buy One Get One Free ticket offer for reserved tournament passes to this high octane event when you book with Stay Vancouver Hotels and use the promo code ‘Rugby7s’.

Stanley Park Railway Easter Train 2022

If you’re looking to shake up Easter this year with something a little different for the kids, you can always take a ride on the Stanley Park Railway Easter Train. Running from April 15th-18th, the train promises an egg-citing ride through the forests of Stanley Park in search of the Easter Bunny. Once the train ride concludes, kids have the chance to meet the actual Easter Bunny and explore the Bunny Burrow Maze.

The ‘Big Top’ has returned to Concord Pacific.

Take in a show. Alegría is an all-time Cirque du Soleil classic reimagined for a new generation to fall in love with. At the heart of a kingdom that has lost its king, Alegría witnesses the power struggle at play between the old order and a new movement yearning for hope and renewal.: 

Whether you’re looking for a festival, event, show, or just something fun to do with the family, there’s always lots on offer in BC’s largest city.

Visit downtown Vancouver this spring and discover the city for yourself and get the very best deals when you book through Stay Vancouver Hotels. Receive gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes, rent a bike, experience Flyover Canada or take in a rugby game at BC Place Stadium. April is also your last chance to hit the local slopes for Spring Skiing. to take advantage of the FlyOver Canada experience. You can get two tickets to this interactive media experience when you book with Stay Vancouver Hotels before the end of April.