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

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.

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!

9 Downtown Vancouver Hotels with Onsite Restaurants (Open January 2021)

It’s been a tough year to find a change of scenery with a lot of places being closed but there couldn’t be a better time for dinner out with your family (or even just your work laptop) in Downtown Vancouver. 

We’ve put together a list of a few great spots that are open and happy to host your dinner or even staycation.

BONUS if you do decide to stay downtown, we’ll include a promo code for 1-2 days Grouse Mountain winter passes. Details at the end of this post!

On-Site Fine Dining

Hydra Vancouver Restaurant

 

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Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean is located in the Exchange Hotel Vancouver.

“A beautiful restaurant whose name comes from the culinary hotspot in the Aegean Sea, the chef-driven Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean & Bar is an up-market dining destination that goes far above and beyond your typical taverna.” (source: The Exchange Hotel)

Bacchus Restaurant

 

Home to one of the most promising young chefs in Canada: Montgomery Lau Bacchus Restaurant is located in the Wedgewood Hotel and is the place to enjoy afternoon tea, a private event in “the Library” or an evening immersed in luxury and Venetian decor.

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar at The Sutton Place is home to Iron Chef Champion (2019) Chef Alex Chen and Chef Roger Ma. The Culinary geniuses and their team have been recognized for an unparalleled fine dining experience. 

Claiming the 31st spot in the top 100 most prestigious restaurants in Canada might be impressive enough for some, however with too many awards to list you can read the full list here

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar at Georgian Court Hotel provides one of the very best Italian dining experiences in all of Vancouver. “Named after the owner’s grandfather, Francesco Raffaele Aiello, a meal at Frankie’s is a true Italian experience – blending family, food, and friends.” (Source: The Georgian Court Hotel)

Fun and Casual Hotel

The Living Room Restaurant

 

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Located in the Hotel Belmont is this self-styled “delightfully uncommon” spot which features arcade games, and every meal between your morning coffee, to happy hour and late-night snacks. 

Moxies Restaurant

 

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This national favourite is located at both the Sandman Suites Vancouver – Davie Street and Sandman Hotel Vancouver city center locations. Visit any location to enjoy a classy and casual (always allergy-friendly!) Moxies dinner. 

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Shark Club Sports Bar

 

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Shark Club Sports bar located at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre is the perfect spot for sports fans. Sports fans can stay at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver city center to catch a game at the bar while enjoying a bite of their signature cuisine and other exceptional sports classics.

Bar One and Cafe One

 

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After your continental breakfast come to choose from The Sheraton Wall Centre’s Cafe One or return again later for craft beers, single malt scotches, and small plate snacks while enjoying the beautiful atmosphere until midnight. 

BONUS: An amazing on-site restaurant experience is not the only two for one perk in Downtown Vancouver! Book using promo code “GrouseMtn” when booking before March 31, 2021 to make sure the fun continues with 1-2 FREE Winter Snow Lift Tickets 

Northern Lights in Vancouver

In addition to the gorgeous, interactive art tradition: Lumiere, lighting up Downtown Vancouver this November 5 – 30, 2020, our city’s very own BC Place will also be brightening lives this month with the stadium’s Northern Lights Display!

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In the following article, originally posted on BC Place.com, the stadium is honoured to be able to help bring awareness to events, charities and non-profit causes that are important to communities in British Columbia.

Here are the stadium’s lighting initiatives for November:

November 1st – Green and purple for LGS Awareness Day

November 2nd – Orange for CRPS/RDS Awareness

November 3rd – White for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 4th – Green for Show Your 4-H Colours Day

November 5th – Teal for the ‘Light the World in Teal’ campaign

November 6th – Lime green for Adoption Awareness Month

November 7th – Red for Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month

November 8th – Purple for Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month

November 9th – Moustache design for Movember

November 10th – Teal for Cervical Cancer Awareness

November 11th – Poppy design for Remembrance Day

November 12th – Blue for World Pneumonia Day

November 13th – Blue in advance of World Diabetes Day on November 14th

November 14th – Rainbow animation for Diwali

November 15th – Rainbow for Multiculturalism Week in British Columbia

November 16th – Blue and gold for the Covenant House ‘Sleep Out’ event

November 17th – Purple for World Prematurity Day

November 18th – Light blue in advance of National Child Day on November 20th

November 19th – Special animation for the St. Paul’s ‘Lights of Hope’ celebration

November 20th – Blue, pink and white for Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 21st – Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November 22nd – Blue for National Addictions Awareness Day

November 23rd – Blue and green for Fall Prevention Month

November 24th – Purple for Osteoporosis Awareness Month

November 25th – Orange for the ‘Orange the World’ campaign

November 26th – Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November 27th – Northern Lights Animation

November 28th – Snowfall Animation

November 29th – Red for The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign

November 30th – Blue for Stomach Cancer Awareness Day

In addition to these lighting initiatives, the stadium will continue to light up with a heart animation at the top of each hour (between 7pm and 11pm) for 5 minutes every night to show support for health care professionals across the province who are working tirelessly to support our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This article was originally published on BCPlace.com To learn more or to submit a lighting request, visit BC Place’s Northern Lights Display page.

Things To Do October 2020 | Hallowe’en 2020 Vancouver

Hallowe’en 2020 falls on a Blue Moon. That’s right Downtown Vancouver, it’s more than just an expression. A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month, and this isn’t the only reason Hallowe’en 2020 is special. This year will occur on a:

  • Blue moon: The next blue moon will be 2023
  • Saturday: The next time Saturday Halloween will be in 2026
  • Full moon: The next full moon on Halloween will be 2039
  • Plus there is that whole pandemic spook factor… (we’ll just hope that will recur approximately never.)

With all those spooktacular factors aligning on the very year, we all could use an extra excuse for some light-hearted and distracting fun this Haunted Season, it begs the question: Is there a safe way to celebrate this tradition in 2020?

Luckily for us, safe Hallowe’en fun in Downtown Vancouver occurs far more frequently than an average blue moon.

Gastown Ghost Tour 

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Craving some ghoulish fun? From the Great Fire in 1886 and unsolved murders to the chilling tales of George Vancouver and Gaoler’s Mews,  this Gastown walking tour takes you to the heart of Vancouver’s paranormal activity… Do you dare to learn more?

 

The Forbidden Downtown & Chinatown

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Few may remember how far north prohibition spread, but the gangstersspeakeasies and bootleggers from Vancouver’s rum-running past have yet to be forgotten – if you know where to look that is…learn more

Dark Secrets of Stanley Park

 

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Think you know Stanley Park? Are you familiar with the Hidden Cemeteries, Historic Totem Poles, Notorious Crime Scenes, Legends of Ancient Wars, Deadman’s Island, and something strange beneath the seawall? 

Learn when you can tour all the dark secrets of Stanley Park here.

 

Slayland by Playland

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While the haunted houses won’t be open, complimentary masks will be limited, rides will be open and Playland will make sure all your screams come true…learn more.

 

 

Trick-or-Treating is Approved Province Wide

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For most of the province, our worst fears were settled when Dr. Bonnie Henry declared that, provided certain guidelines are followed, trick or treating will still be safe to proceed this year.

Early instructions include: 

? Pre-packaging treats

? Keeping groups smaller than 5-6

? Encouraging masks (a happy coincidence) 

?Handing out candy in single file lines (perhaps from a cauldron spoon for good measure?)

 

Do you have a Vancouver event or attraction to share? Let us know for a chance to be featured.

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

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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

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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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