Where to Hit the Slopes Near Downtown Vancouver This Winter

Winter is all about taking advantage of the amazing seasonal weather conditions! And the best way to do that is by giving your vacation, a vacation! Located minutes from all things Pacific West Coast, Vancouver is home base to multiple world-class ski resorts, all located just a very short drive from Downtown. Here’s your rundown of some of the best local hills for a day trip.

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN

Host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Cypress Mountain is a short 34 minute drive from bustling Downtown Vancouver. You can even catch a bus from the Vancouver Art Gallery! There’s plenty of skiable terrain and the resort is geared to beginners and a family-friendly atmosphere. There are children’s lifts, a magic carpet, and a ski school for younger ages. There’s still plenty to do for non-skiers including snow tubing, snowshoeing, and enjoy the stunning views.

GROUSE MOUNTAIN

From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoe tours and terrain parks, Grouse Mountain has it all. Night-skiing runs daily until 10 pm and there’s not one, but two express lifts for intermediate and advanced terrain. Slopestyle skiers and boarders can find their rush in any one of the 6 different terrain parks and it’s located just a short 26-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The best part!? Stay Vancouver Hotels is currently offering free lift passes when you book your stay!  

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MOUNT SEYMOUR

Just over half an hour from Downtown Vancouver, you’ll find Mount Seymour, Vancouver’s only family-owned and operated ski resort. The mountain features a more friendly, family oriented vibe with a smaller overall ski area, but complemented with sledding and snow tubing for all-ages fun on the slopes.

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

The largest ski resort in North America and part of the 2010 Olympic Games, Whistler Blackcomb is famous for varied terrain, stunning views, and a packed ski village with every amenity imaginable. Located a 1.5 hour drive from downtown Vancouver, Whistler-Blackcomb provides world-class skiing that suits all age groups and abilities. The two mountains are linked by the Peak-2-Peak gondola and feature wide runs with long downhills to keep you slicing up the snow for hours. Even if you’re not into skiing or snowboarding, Whistler village is an experience unto itself with boutique shopping and fine dining at every turn.

APRÈS SKI

If the day trip worked up an appetite we have your remedy! The Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back January 14-30, 2022 for its 20th anniversary. Restaurant menus will be live as of January 6, 2022 so you can plan ahead. Take it all in with vacation specials and Downtown Vancouver hotel offers. Learn more.   

Don’t forget! Stay Vancouver Hotels provides amazing offers so you can stay and receive gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes, FlyOver Canada, or even free lift tickets to hit the slopes at Grouse Mountain.

6 Ways to Get in the Christmas Spirit in Vancouver This December

The festive season is upon us! It’s time to grab those candy canes, string up the lights, and bring the tree indoors! Vancouver is a hotbed of activity when it comes to Christmas so there is lots to see and do.

Whether you’re looking to explore an artisan market or craft fair, take in the festive lights, or sample some delectable seasonal treats, there’s something for everyone in BC’s largest city. Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, there’s so much to explore. Here are six ways you can get into the Christmas spirit this December in Vancouver:

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

What’s better than visiting the North Pole? Heading there straight after work! Visit the magical winter wonderland at Grouse mountain for some festive fun. Hop on a scenic gondola ride, take photos in a sparkling tunnel or even visit the Big Guy himself! That’s right, Santa has set up a satellite workshop right here at Grouse Mountain. Book ahead to join him for breakfast between December 18-24. The Peak of Christmas event runs from November 25th to January 3rd 2022. Feel like staying a bit longer? Learn how you can get FREE Grouse Mountain Winter Snow Lift tickets with your stay here.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada is a multi-dimensional movie experience at Canada Place where you can virtually fly over Canada from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and all the way up into the Arctic. During Christmas, the attraction adopts a winter holiday theme that runs through the Christmas season. The Christmas version of the experience features elves and has guests following Santa on his travels across our great country.

This is a great event for a number of reasons. Not only is it a unique interactive experience, but it’s also indoors which means you don’t have to worry about the weather.

The Christmas-themed film runs from December 9th, 2021, until January 3rd, 2022. If you book a stay through Stay Vancouver Hotels, you can receive two free tickets to FlyOver Canada!

Christmas Lights at Granville Island

Granville Island is an amazing place to visit at any time throughout the year, but at Christmas, the entire place is lit up for the season. There’s no charge for admission and there’s a massive selection of unique and wonderful things to see and do. Take some time to explore, sample the artisan foods, and shop at the boutique shops for that perfect Christmas gift.

Gift Big Shop Small

More of an overall campaign than a specific event, Gift Big Shop Small is in partnership with the Vancouver BIAs and encourages consumers to shop at local businesses during the Christmas season. The campaign includes some fun tie-in initiatives and events including media features, and neighbourhood prize draws. Shop local this year and find the perfect gift for friends and family on your shopping list.

The Vancouver Christmas Market

It’s impossible to list things to do at Christmas in Vancouver and not list the Vancouver Christmas Market. This German-themed outdoor holiday market features dozens of artisan food vendors and craft stalls with unique products and gifts for all ages. Located at Jack Poole Plaza, the event also comes complete with live entertainment and a carousel ride. The market is open daily between November 13th and December 24th.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Everyone is welcome at the Capilano suspension bridge park and it is a sight to see!  Wander high above the forest floor at the Treetops Adventure or snap pictures in the mesmerizing “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel. Enjoy live festive tunes and even try your hand at the Snowy Owl Prowl scavenger hunt to win a Canadian Rockies trip. 

The event runs from November 20th until January 23, 2022. 

December is all about the run-up to Christmas and getting into the spirit of the season. Without a doubt, there’s something for all ages when it comes to Vancouver events. Stay Vancouver Hotels provides amazing offers where you can stay and receive gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes, or get complimentary tickets to FlyOver Canada. Learn more here

3 Seasonal Outdoor Events to Enjoy in Vancouver This November

If you’re looking to get in the festive spirit or even just looking for some fun date night or family fun ideas, there are lots to do in the month of November in Vancouver. As one of Canada’s busiest cities, there’s always something to do, no matter the time of year, but the transition from fall to winter comes with some extra special events. Whether you’re looking to light up the night at a Lumiere light installation, drink hot cocoa at a German-inspired Christmas market, or enjoy a stroll through CandyTown, there’s something for everyone.

Lumiere 2021

One of the most unique events that has happened every year in Vancouver for the past five years is the Lumiere art exhibit that takes place all over the city. The event features a number of art installations in well-known locations like Granville Island, English Bay, and Jim Deva Plaza. Inspired by light and artistic impression, Lumiere 2021 takes place from November 12th to 30th. Visit the various exhibits and enjoy the artistic expression, perfect for a night out on the town, a date, or a family outing. 

Vancouver Christmas Market

A throwback to festive old-world festivities, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a seasonal celebration of food, drink, shopping, and music. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for friends and loved ones at Christmas. The market features over 80 artisan huts offering handcrafted gifts, festive food, mulled wine, European beers and spirits, and sweet and savoury desserts of all kinds. 

The European-inspired village is located at Jack Poole Plaza and runs from November 13th to December 24th. Wander down lover’s lane, explore the walk-in Christmas tree, spend some quality time in the alpine lounge, or attach a lock at the love-lock installation. 

No matter your interests, there’s plenty to do and see! 

CandyTown Yaletown Holiday Festival

Taking place exclusively on November 27th from noon to 6 pm in Yaletown, the CandyTown Yaletown Holiday Festival is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. This family-friendly street festival is completely free and features live music, a market full of handcrafted gifts, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations, and the CandyTown cocktail tour. 

The Roundhouse Community Centre will also be featuring Vancouver’s own version of the Polar Express at the event, with a historic steam engine, decorated with twinkling lights—a unique photo opportunity for kids of all ages. Enjoy an afternoon in the city and get your Christmas shopping done all at the same time. 

Bonus Event!

The Winter Pop-up Event at the Rosewood Hotel will be back this year begining in mid-November for a very short, but festive, 40-day run! Visit www.rosewoodhotels.com or their Instagram for all the details!

Get in the festive season and enjoy these amazing attractions throughout the month of November. While you’re visiting, be sure to take advantage of the awesome offers from Stay Vancouver Hotels where you can stay and receive gift certificates for Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes, or take in the city with two half-day bike rentals from CycleCity.  

6 Top Attractions to See in Vancouver This Fall

 There are so many awesome ways to use your $75 Vancouver Attractions Voucher this Fall. Whether you’re looking for some sightseeing or plan to take in a cultural experience, Vancouver is the place to be.

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Welcome to the jewel of the west coast: the city of Vancouver, BC. Home to the BC Lions, the Vancouver Canucks, and some of the best attractions to be found in this beautiful province. If you’re looking for something to do in Vancouver this Fall, we have some suggestions to help make your decision easier.

1) SCIENCE WORLD

If you’ve ever wondered if science can be fun, you should consider visiting Science World. Not only is it one of the most recognizable buildings in Vancouver, it’s also one of the most fun. Science World features interactive and immersive exhibits that study biology and physics and put you in the driver’s seat. Everything from optical illusions to the science of nature and everything in between told through exhibits, films, and live shows can be found in the halls of Science World! 

2) CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK

Spanning 450 ft and situated 230 ft above the ground, the Capilano Suspension Bridge has been thrilling visitors since 1889. Considered a Vancouver landmark, the park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. For those looking for even more high-flying thrills, the new Cliff Walk follows a granite precipice along Capilano River across narrow cantilever bridges, stairs, and platforms through rainforest vegetation. This is not for the faint of heart!

3) THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

Engaging the world through a visual format, the Vancouver Art Gallery was founded in 1931. Recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions, the Vancouver Art Gallery features innovative exhibitions focusing on the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia and international centres. 

4) MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER

A hub of culture and history, the Museum of Vancouver takes visitors on a tour of the past. Current exhibits take visitors through Canada in the 1900s, celebrate indigenous cultures, take a look at the neon vibe of Vancouver’s past, and so much more. 

5) STANLEY PARK HORSE-DRAWN TOURS

A tradition since the late 1800’s, a horse-drawn tour of Stanley Park is a must-do experience for those wishing to see the sights of Vancouver. The old-fashioned horse-drawn vehicles carry visitors in comfort throughout the thousand acres of one of the most scenic parks in Canada. A professional guide narrates the tour and includes highlights such as Deadman’s Island, Vancouver’s Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, a Coastal Red Cedar Forest, and includes stops at the Totem Poles, the Girl in a Wetsuit Statue, the S.S. Empress of Japan Figurehead, and the Rose Garden.

6) VANCOUVER AQUARIUM

Connect with aquatic life at the Vancouver Aquarium—this unique experience is designed to rehabilitate aquatic life in need, and to familiarize you with the world that exists under our oceans featuring over 65,000 animals. Recently reopened, the aquarium offers a number of immersive experiences including the New Marine Mammal Rescue Exhibit, a 4D Experience® currently showing ‘Octopus: Blue Planet II’, the Graham Amazon Gallery, the Tropics, Treasures of the BC Coast, and more. A total of 30 exhibits, many that allow you to get up close and personal with marine life, await you at this remarkable facility located at the heart of Stanley Park.

And these are just a few of the amazing attractions on offer in Vancouver, BC. If you’ve never had a chance to take advantage of all this awesome west coast city has to offer, now’s your chance. Don’t forget to take advantage of this $50- $75 Voucher when you visit any Vancouver Attraction before October 31.

Top Vancouver Attraction Reopens

While there are countless Vancouver attractions to spend this $75 Vancouver Attractions Voucher on, we’re thrilled to be adding one more to the list: The Vancouver Aquarium 

The largest marine rescue facility in Western Canada, the Aquarium closed its doors to the public in early 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the attractions were shut down, the facility was able to sustain its heroic operations thanks to the help of benefactor Herschend Enterprises, who purchased the aquarium in April 2021. The new owners have helped provide resources and much-needed upgrades to what was Canada’s first official aquarium, returning it to its previous splendor.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out their aquatic residents on the live steam this past year—or even if you have—there is a lot of cuteness in store because the doors might have been closed, but the rescues never stopped!

New attractions at the aquarium include an interactive 4D theatre experience and a marine mammal rescue exhibit. Take a look at what you can expect to see on a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium in 2021:

VANAQUA MOMENTS: RESCUE STORIES

Every year, the aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre rescues, rehabilitates, and releases more than 150 marine mammals to the ocean. You can learn more about these stories throughout the aquarium and meet the six rescued sea otters that call Vancouver Aquarium home.

THE 4D THEATRE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a larger than life multi-sensory immersion that takes you to the depths of the oceans with the 4D Theatre Experience allowing you to see, hear, smell, and feel this cinematic adventure. Now showing Octopus: Blue Planet II 4D Experience®

PENGUIN POINT

Get up close with South African penguins, learn about the threat to their species, and how they’re one of the few species of penguin that live in a warmer climate. Watch as they waddle on the rockwork and swim in their habitat tank.

GRAHAM AMAZON GALLERY

This interactive exhibit features a re-creation of South America’s tropical rainforest. You can truly feel the heat and humidity as you walk through and be sure to keep an eye out for scarlet ibises in the branches, see if you can find the well-camouflaged sloths, and experience an indoor thunderstorm.

STELLER’S BAY

Experience the underwater world of Steller sea lions as they glide through their aquatic home. This exhibit features an active research station, bringing behind-the-scenes research to the forefront, and highlighting the role that sea lions play in the wild.

WET LAB

Welcome to the undersea classroom where you can actually touch the oceanic world. This interactive learning centre gives you the chance to explore and learn about the world of invertebrates including crabs, sea anemones, jellies, sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and shrimps.

THE TROPICS

The Tropics gallery showcases coral reefs, mangrove forests, rivers, and lakes near the equator. You’ll see pink, blue, and yellow fish, alongside swarms of jellyfish, a tropical green sea turtle, and even sharks.

And this is just a sampling of the attractions on offer at the newly reopened Vancouver Aquarium. Be sure to stop by, take in the sights, and create a connection with oceanic life in a uniquely immersive and interactive way. Don’t forget to take advantage of this $50- $75 Voucher when you visit the Aquarium or any Vancouver Attraction before October 31.

7 Great Beaches in Vancouver

Vancouver is a beautiful city offering anything anyone could need – alright we might be a bit biased, but it does still include the very best of the pacific west coast. There is no reason to head to the southern beaches of California when we have all the sand and heat we need right outside.

This summer has already been a hot one and it shows no signs of slowing down. Embracing the best of this weather is easy done at 7 Vancouver beaches which we highly recommend  – yet another reason to have yourself a staycation in this beautiful city!

Kitsilano Beach

“Kits” Beach as it is locally known is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver. There is even a bit of free street parking to be found … right here… in Vancouver!

Learn more here: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/city-of-vancouver/kitsilano

English Bay

English Bay can get a bit busy, but that is only because of its amazing location right downtown and part of Vancouver’s West End. 

Learn more here:https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/vancouvers-best-beaches/english-bay

Wreck Beach

Clothing is optional at Vancouver’s famed Wreck Beach, making it a unique visit for some. It is located at the end of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. In typical record-breaking style, Vancouver’s nude beach holds the record as the largest in e in all of North America! 

Learn more here: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/vancouvers-best-beaches/wreck-beach

Spanish Banks

If your last beach trip and book were interrupted by someone’s backpack blaring The Weekend, you may want to head over to a little spot between UBC and Locarno Beach, where amplified sounds of any kind are not permitted. Spanish Banks Beach is a peaceful place ideal for photos and family events.

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Learn more here: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/vancouvers-best-beaches/spanish-banks

Jericho Beach

Originally known as iy’a’l’mexw in Squamish, Jericho Beach is located just west of Kitsilano. Its oceanfront sandy beach is met with an exceptionally manicured park which on it’s own is something to behold. 

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Third Beach 

Vancouver got right to the point when we named Stanley Park’s sunbathing real estate. Third beach is located at Ferguson’s point in Stanley Park and is a great place to catch the sunset. 

Learn more here: https://youtu.be/vxCS0dMGEyE

Second Beach

Second Beach, also in Stanley Park, and comes with an outdoor pool and waterpark (including a waterslide!) – all on the beach! Second Beach is where family fun meets stunning oceanside views!

Learn more here: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/stanley-park/second-beach

The Restart Plan: What Step 3 Means for BC

After enjoying a month of movie theaters, birthday parties, BBQs, block parties, and any other personal configuration of an outdoor gathering with up to 50 people, it already feels like life is back to normal, however as of July 1, British Columbia is rolling out its most exciting section of the plan yet: Phase 3.

What Does Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan Mean in Vancouver?

Personal Gatherings

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Above all else, it means a full return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings with merely a strict community request to of course still stay home and get tested if you feel ill, and to wear your mask in public settings. It sounds as though it is not required at this time, however, encouraged where you are able for the sake of the whole community’s progress. 

Organized Gatherings

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Any organized events will run at increased capacity both indoors and outdoors, with COVID-19 Safety Plans in place, and this includes fairs and festivals!

While larger-scale parties and some concert events such as BC’s famed Rockin’ River will remain on hold, Playland has already extended their hours to be open on weekends! With this exciting new increase of traffic, early booking is still recommended. 

Travel 

Perhaps the most exciting category – or at least for those of us giving away daily deals at 39 downtown Vancouver hotels and attractions- Canada-wide recreational travel is back! And now has never been a better time to explore our one-of-a-kind Pacific Northwestern City.

Great deals on downtown hotel stays, restaurants, Vancouver attractions (such as Science World, the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Wings, and Wizards) can all be found here. 

Sports and Exercise

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While we think it is fantastic that our local fitness facilities are once again allowed to host classes at their standard capacity, for those fitness fanatics who would rather enjoy the heat, or are not yet quite ready to take this indoor leap, be sure to keep an eye on the Daily 2021 Stanley Park Events Calendar, as well as specials such as this Cycle Vancouver promotion. For those of you coming from out of town, as noted above, we even have a few great deals on 39 downtown Vancouver hotels that host absolutely incredible, near private fitness facilities. 

What else is happening?

Let’s all not leave our favourite phase 1 past-time in the dust! There are still hundreds of downtown Vancouver patios to hop. Easily support our local Vancouver patios past, present, and future this summer when following this amazing patio map created by @patiovancouver! Featuring over 400 patios, you will not only enjoy an amazing meal but also can vote for your favorites and even win daily and weekly prizes!

Best Patios in Downtown Vancouver

If you’re wondering what’s happening this June in Vancouver, we’re all about embracing the warm weather and patio season. Now has never been a better time to be a tourist in your hometown. 

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For your complete list of patios to try Vancouver this Summer 2021 (and to vote for your favourites!) be sure to visit @patiovancouver!

The City has also issued an exciting number of Temporary Patio Permits through their Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP) These next few patios only scratch the surface. Find the link to the full list (plus bonus staycation discounts) in the link below.

Prestons

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Exciting news! As of June 1, 2021, Prestons Restaurant + Lounge is now open for breakfast and dinner service! Prestons uses local and seasonal ingredients to create a menu that is innovative and refreshingly local.

Their goal is to bring you food from the farm to your table using fresh and locally grown ingredients in all of their recipes. “What we don’t make in-house is sourced from local artisans to bring you the quality and flavour of the West Coast.” Yes please!

Forage Restaurant

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One of the most sustainable dining choices in Vancouver and located in the Listel Hotel, Forage is a Farm-to-table bistro presenting creative, area-sourced plates. They pour local beer & wine on tap and are one of our top choices for a night out!

Bonus: Make your visit a discounted Listel Hotel Staycation when you enjoy this Patio Vancouver $50 Visa card. On select Patios in Vancouver, receive an additional $20 in value at the restaurant!

Modern Handi Indian Cusine

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Offering Tandoori fare, seafood, vegetarian dishes, and countless other awesome and authentic meals, Modern Handi has been a popular fixture since 2018 and made the list of recently approved patios. This establishment is fond of noting they are not about fast food, but rather good food fast! Sign us up!

Capo and Spritz

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In Canada, we’re known for our wine and beer, in Italia it’s the wine and an Aprol “Spritz” (Aprol or Campari!) Anyone wishing they were drinking up in this Medditerean EU gem this summer, can be more than transported there for a couple of hours to Sicilian shores when visiting Capo and Spritz!  This neighbourhood pizzeria is a neighborhood classic. Italian-trained Chef Lucais Syme uses a 36-hour fermented sourdough to create your masterpiece while you enjoy the hospitality and wine direction of restaurateur Dustin Dockendorf. Mamma Mia!

Mahony

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This pub with a patio has one of the best views in town. Situated right in the Convention Centre and in False Creek just about every seat, in both locations, is waterfront. Both their Downtown Vancouver and Stamps Landing locations have fully covered and heated patios.

The Victor

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As it’s said “to the Victor belongs the spoils” and at this incredible spot, they promise you’ll be spoiled for choice. The Victor boasts a contemporary play on surf and turf with fresh-caught Pacific Northwest seafood, a sumptuous selection of specialty steaks, and an elevated sushi and raw bar experience.

TC Lions Pub

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British pub fare in the heart of Vancouver. Minutes from Waterfront station, TC Lions Pub boasts the best traditional British Fare in Coal Harbour. Come meet their friendly staff and try out their authentic European-style patio. 

Thierry Patisserie

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And you thought this was just a chocolate shop? Headed by Chef Thierry Busset, Chocolatier and Patissier from Auvergne, France, this renowned cafe has long since had patio space to enjoy their cakes, and tarts… and eclairs…croissants…chocolates… flavoured ganache….on y va!

H Lounge

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Secret Gardens and Seawall dining, H Tasting Lounge, located at The Westin Bayshore, enjoy a luxurious and special evening (or lunch) dining in one of these translucent globes.

Bonus:  Enjoy this Patio Vancouver $50 Visa card on select Patios in Vancouver and receive an additional $20 in value at the restaurant

For your complete list of patios in Vancouver for Summer 2021! You can vote for your favourites at @patiovancouver!

What else is happening?

Why not cycle some of these stops and countless others? Take advantage of our latest Cycle and Staycation Bike rental, or Stay and Shop promotions and be sure to check the ever-growing patios Vancouver-wide @patiovancouver. Shopping and cycling not your thing? Why not grab 4 FREE free tickets to Wings And Wizards? All the deals live at www.stayvancouverhotels.com

Cycle Your Way Through May in Downtown Vancouver

If you’re wondering what’s happening this May in Vancouver, embracing the warm weather and locals-only restrictions is on the top of our agenda! It has never been a better time to be a tourist in your own hometown!

Whether enjoying a lunch break now that you’re back at the office, taking advantage of our special staycation discount packages for the whole family, or simply visiting downtown for the day, Cycle City Vancouver has it covered! Assess your cycling route level at bikehub.ca or simply hit the road with this all-ages family route:  

Cycle Vancouver’s Top Self-Guided Stanley Park Tour

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Sharing their most popular bike ride for your safe bubble in DIY fashion, Cycle Vancouver recommends a unique spin on Stanley Park! Borrowing the park’s 28 kilometre long, uninterrupted pathway, you will embark on the familiar path that was constructed almost 100 years ago (due to shipping erosion!) This tour is especially rooted in first nations history as Stanley Park remains unceded First Nations territory. Admire countless monuments, art pieces, attractions and a thousand acres of temperate rainforest. Instagram worthy stops you will enjoy include:

  • The Drop
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Totem Poles
  • Girl in Wetsuit
  • Kid’s Water Park
  • Beaver Lake
  • Prospect Point
  • Hollow Tree
  • Third Beach
  • Old Growth Trees
  • Two-Spirit Stump 
  • Second Beach Pool
  • A-Maze-ing Laughter

Read their full article with all the details of this tour and more at cyclevancouver.com or Get two FREE half-day bike rentals (up to 5 hours) when you book a downtown staycation using promo code “City Cycle”

Source: cyclevancouver.com (snapshot current as of April 2021)

We Love the Spring and, We #LoveVancouver

Spring has sprung Vancouver! March 20 marked the end of winter 2021 and a season of new, outdoor fun to come. So, what is there to do right now in downtown Vancouver? Let’s get outside…

Visit the Local Gardens

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Although the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden remains temporarily closed, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens are open and blooming! Touring this 55-acre landscape, which hosts 7,500+ plant species in the heart of Vancouver means an opportunity for multiple entertaining visits.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens include restaurants, patios and even a full -sizes Elizebethian maze.

Speaking of Queen’s named Elizabeth, visit another of our monarch’s namesakes with a trip to Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Many Murals

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It’s no secret there are beautiful murals covering our city streets and brightening the most surprising corners and allies all across town, but did you know there are now more than 250!? Find them all by following the maps created for each neighbourhood at vanmuralfest.ca  

Imagine Van Gogh  

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Let’s face it… spring or not we may have to plan for rain. We should plan for rain. Imagine Van Gogh is here and, luckily, our sold out staycation package is back too! Book a stay in one of our 38 participating downtown Vancouver hotels for later this summer, and get access to half price tickets to see Imagine Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The original immersive exhibition from Europe featuring more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings. Learn more.

Retail Therapy – Stay and Shop

Who’s not a fan of some retail therapy? We are! Put the fun in spring cleaning by going out with the old and in with the new spring fashions! Spend a weekend shopping in Downtown Vancouver and get a $50 CF SHOP! card® for CF Pacific Centre with ANY Booking.

The $50 CF SHOP! card® is accepted by all retailers at CF Pacific Centre. Use the promo code “StayandShop

Check out the monuments

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There are certainly silver linings to this past year of enjoying a little hometown tourism without the crowds and well, tourists!

Take advantage of 2 FREE half day bike rentals and go on a self-guided Downtown Vancouver  Biking tour.  Discover what exactly is up with the many unique statues and sculptures we’re so used to driving right by.Learn More.

What else is happening?

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We’d like you to let us know by participating in the ongoing #LoveVancouver event!   Get out and explore Vancouver this spring.  Tell us what are your favourite spots?.  #LoveVancouver neighbourhoods here.