Things to Do in Vancouver in November 2023

Are you planning a trip to Vancouver this November? Looking for things to do while you visit our beautiful city? Look no further! We will guide you through the exciting array of activities and events that await you in this vibrant city this month. Whether you’re a comedy enthusiast, an art lover, or a fan of live performances, Vancouver has it all. Uncover the top things to do in Vancouver, ensuring that your visit is nothing short of unforgettable.


Get ready for a magical evening with Disney on Ice Presents Frozen & Encanto at the PNE Pacific Coliseum. From November 22nd-26th, watch your favorite Disney characters come to life on the ice as they perform enchanting routines and bring beloved stories to the stage. Join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the Frozen gang as they embark on a heartwarming journey filled with ice-skating, music, and captivating performances. And don’t miss the enchantment of Encanto, as the magical world of Mirabel and her extraordinary family unfolds before your eyes. This spectacular show is sure to delight Disney fans of all ages.


Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at the Vancouver Christmas Market from November 16th right up until Christmas Eve. This annual holiday event transforms the heart of the city into a magical wonderland. Explore the charming wooden stalls filled with unique gifts, indulge in delicious holiday treats, and enjoy live entertainment in this enchanting winter experience. From handcrafted ornaments to traditional German delicacies, the Vancouver Christmas Market offers a wide array of festive delights. Take a sip of warm mulled wine, listen to carolers singing joyful tunes, and create lasting memories with loved ones in this festive atmosphere.


Witness the city come alive with stunning light installations and art at Lumière Vancouver 2023. This mesmerizing event transforms Vancouver’s streets into a dazzling display of colors and creativity. Take a leisurely stroll through the illuminated streets and experience the magic of this captivating outdoor event. From intricate light sculptures to interactive installations, Lumière Vancouver showcases the work of local and international artists. Marvel at the beauty of the city’s architecture as it is bathed in vibrant lights, and immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of this unique cultural celebration.


Art lovers should make their way to the Vancouver Art Gallery. With its extensive collection of contemporary and historical artworks, the gallery offers a captivating experience for visitors. Check out the latest exhibitions and immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of Vancouver.


Laugh the night away at The Improv Centre, where talented improvisational performers create hilarious and spontaneous comedy on the spot. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a night of laughter and entertainment as the actors craft witty and unexpected scenes based on audience suggestions. With their quick thinking and comedic timing, the performers at The Improv Centre never fail to deliver a side-splitting show. Whether you’re a fan of improv comedy or simply looking for a fun night out, this cozy venue guarantees an evening filled with laughter and memorable moments.

These are just a few of the exciting events and attractions happening in Vancouver in November 2023. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or family-friendly entertainment, the city has something for everyone to enjoy. Book your trip to Vancouver today with StayVancouverHotels. Select from 43 downtown Vancouver locations for your stay and find the perfect place to suit your travel needs. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s events and attractions – Learn more

Vancouver in September: From Cycling to Comedy

September is a wonderful month to visit Vancouver. The summertime crowds are beginning to dwindle, and the temperatures are still mild, making it a perfect opportunity to explore all the city has to offer. This September, there are three exciting not-to-be-missed events taking place: the RBC Granfondo, the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival in Stanley Park, and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

RBC GranFondo

The RBC GranFondo Whistler is North America’s largest GranFondo Event. This annual cycling extravaganza takes place on September 9th. This event is not just a race, it’s a celebration of the cycling community in British Columbia. The race begins in downtown Vancouver, and riders will cover a stunning 122-kilometer route through the mountains and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The ride finishes in the beautiful town of Whistler, where participants will be greeted with a festival atmosphere, packed with live music, food, and drinks. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just a casual rider, this event is an exciting opportunity to challenge yourself and take in some of the most beautiful scenery British Columbia has to offer. Learn more on the GranFondo website. If you’re looking to test your cycling skills, you can register for the GranFondo and if you book your hotel stay with StayVancouverHotels you can receive $75 off your registration.

Great Outdoors Comedy Festival

Who doesn’t like a good laugh? From September 15th to the 16th, Stanley Park will be hosting the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival. This unique event features some of the best comedians from around the world performing in one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the city. With the stunning backdrop of Stanley Park and the ocean, it’s sure to be a night of laughs that you won’t forget. The festival is a two-night event, with comedy favorite Russell Peters headlining on the 15th, and Hollywood superstar Kevin Hart and friends headlining on the 16th. The festival is perfect for comedy fans, locals, and visitors alike. Grab your tickets on the Great Outdoor Comedy Festival website.

Vancouver International Film Festival 2023

The Vancouver International Film Festival is a highly anticipated event taking place from September 28th to October 8th. This year, the festival will be showcasing over 300 films from around the world, with something for everyone. From thought-provoking documentaries to heartwarming dramas, the Vancouver International Film Festival is a celebration of the art of cinema and a testament to the diverse voices that make up our global community. The festival has been running since 1958 and stands as one of the largest film festivals in North America. In addition to the films, the festival also features talks, seminars, and workshops with industry professionals. For film lovers and filmmakers alike, the International Film Festival is not to be missed. Book your tickets on the VIFF website.

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a comedy fan, or a film buff, there’s something for everyone in Vancouver this September. The RBC Granfondo, the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival are all exciting opportunities to explore the city, connect with like-minded individuals, and celebrate the best Vancouver has to offer. Don’t miss out on these incredible events – book your trip to Vancouver today with StayVancouverHotels. With 42 downtown Vancouver locations to choose from, guests can find the perfect accommodations to suit their travel needs. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s events and festivals – Learn more

Experience the Best of Vancouver’s Summer Markets, Festivals, and Events

Summer in Vancouver is the perfect time to explore the city’s vibrant culture and numerous exciting events. In August, the city comes alive with festivals and markets, and there’s no better way to experience the best of Vancouver than with a stay at one of StayVancouverHotels’ 42 downtown properties. Here are just a few of the must-visit events happening this August in Vancouver and the surrounding communities.


Vancouver is known for its thriving markets and exhibitions, showcasing local artisans, food vendors, and more. One of the most popular markets in the city is the Granville Island Public Market, where visitors can browse through hundreds of stalls offering fresh produce, seafood, and unique souvenirs. Another must-visit market is the Richmond Night Market, located just a short drive from downtown Vancouver. Here, visitors can sample a variety of Asian-inspired cuisine, browse through vendor booths, and enjoy live entertainment.


For those looking to experience all the best markets in Vancouver, be sure to check out the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) Fair, which runs from August 19th to September 4th. This annual event features live entertainment, carnival rides, and a showcase of local vendors. 


If you’re looking to venture outside of downtown Vancouver, visit the North Van Shipyards, located in North Vancouver. This waterfront destination offers stunning views of the city skyline, as well as a variety of food trucks, craft breweries, and artisan markets. Visitors can also enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the summer months.


For those looking to embrace and celebrate diversity and inclusivity, the Vancouver Pride Parade is a not to be missed event. This year, the parade will take place on August 6th and will feature a new route along the Seawall. Visitors can expect to see colourful floats, live music, and thousands of participants celebrating the LGBTQ2+ community.


StayVancouverHotels offers a great deal for those who want to participate in the RBC GranFondo Whistler, one of the most popular cycling events in North America featuring thousands of participants as they travel from sea to sky. With the GranFondo promotion, guests can save $75 on their registration for the event with a one-night stay, or receive $75 off of 2 registrations when reserving 2 or more nights. This is a great opportunity to stay in one of the downtown Vancouver hotels and enjoy the city’s summer events while preparing for this exciting and grueling cycling challenge.


An event for the art lover in everyone! The Vancouver Mural Festival takes place from August 4th to 13th. This annual festival showcases the city’s vibrant street art scene, with over 60 new murals painted throughout the city. Visit the website for details and locations.

Regardless of what you decide to do this month, make the most of your Vancouver vacation or staycation by booking with StayVancouverHotels. With a variety of locations to choose from, guests can find the perfect accommodation to suit their needs and budget. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s summer markets and festivals – Learn more

A Summer of Entertainment! July 2023 Guide To Vancouver

The month of Canada’s birthday is always a reason to celebrate! The summer weather makes Vancouver a hub of activities, festivals, and events. In July, our city is hosting a variety of entertainment options that are perfect for residents and visitors alike. From live theatre to outdoor movies, and a jazz festival that’s sure to get your toes tapping, there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy.


Free movie screenings? Outdoors? We’ve got you covered! Every Thursday evening from July 6th to August 17th, the Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) will host the Summer Nights Movie Series, showing a mix of new and classic films on a large inflatable screen with amazing sound. Movie nights begin at 5 p.m. with screenings starting around 9 p.m. This summer’s lineup includes Twilight, Bend It Like Beckham, Legally Blonde, The Lego Movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Topgun Maverick, and Everything Everywhere All At Once. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and don’t forget the kids!


If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you can’t miss Bard on the Beach. This annual festival takes place from June to September and offers Shakespearean plays performed by some of the best actors in the city. The festival takes place at Vanier Park, boasting stunning views of the ocean and mountains. This year’s lineup includes As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Henry V, and Goblin:Macbeth. As You Like It returns to the BMO Mainstage after playing to sold out venues across Western Canada and the USA. It will play in rotation with Shakespeare’s thrilling and tragic political drama, Julius Caesar. On the Howard Family Stage, there are two very different p productions: Henry V, the inspiring and timely history drama, followed by a hilariously interactive take on one of the bard’s most tragic tales with Goblin:Macbeth. Learn More and Get Tickets.


Described as “a quintessential Vancouver summer experience”, the Theatre Under the Stars takes place in Stanley Park. This award-winning outdoor theatre company produces popular musicals throughout the summer. With past shows like Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Under the Stars is the perfect summer activity for families and theatre lovers alike. This year’s summer lineup includes Matilda and the broadway musical The Prom. Learn More and Get Tickets.


While the festival wraps up at the beginning of July, there’s still time to catch some great performances at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. For music lovers, the Festival is a must-see event featuring over 1,800 artists from around the world. With concerts at various venues throughout the city, you can enjoy jazz music in a variety of settings, from intimate clubs to outdoor stages.

Whether you’re a cinema buff, a theatre fanatic, or a music lover, Vancouver has something for you this summer. From outdoor movies to Shakespearean plays, there’s no shortage of entertainment in this vibrant city. If you’re looking for a place to stay, be sure to book with Find the best hotel prices and take advantage of great promotional incentives, including discounts on events, a $100 shopping spree at Pacific Centre, half-day bike rentals, gift cards, and more.! Learn more.

Vancouver Event and Activity Ideas for June 2023

Can you feel heat? Summer is here! And with it comes a variety of festivals and events to take advantage of in Vancouver, BC. Our fair city plays hosts to some of the most popular events in Canada and this month is no exception. From Father’s Day celebrations to the International Children’s Festival, cycling, Indigenous Peoples Day, and more, there’s lots of fun to be had. Here’s our handy guide to what’s happening in June . . .


Father’s Day is just around the corner, and Vancouver has plenty of events to celebrate dads of all kinds. On June 18, 2023, families can enjoy a variety of activities throughout the city to show their appreciation for fathers everywhere. Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with the kids or something a little more laid back, Vancouver has something for everyone this Father’s Day. For example, the Father’s Day Walk and Run is a festive event that takes place at Burnaby Lake. Participants can choose between a 5k and 10k option and can run individually or as part of a team. The event also includes free lunch, live entertainment, and a large celebration at the end. Learn More.


The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is a fantastic event for children and families. This child-focused festival features a variety of entertaining and engaging activities that are perfect for kids of all ages. The festival takes place from May 30th to June 4th and offers a range of options for children to enjoy, including music, dance, theater, storytelling, and much more.

The festival is a great way for children to explore their creative side and learn new things. The activities are designed to be interactive and engaging, with plenty of opportunities for children to participate and have fun. Parents and caregivers can also join in on the fun and create lasting memories with their children. Learn More


On Tuesday, June 21st, the Carnegie Community Centre, in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange and the City, is hosting an in-person event with live streaming to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and learn about Indigenous culture and the Downtown Eastside. The event will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. and will feature tea from Hives for Humanity, crafts created by Cultural Sharing Elders, live performances, and more – including the Carnegie’s own lexwst’i:lem drum group, John Sam and the Big Drum, Larissa Healy, and much more. Additionally, for the month of June, 16 Indigenous flags will fly on City Hall’s flag island at 12th Ave and Cambie St to honour Host Nations and Indigenous Peoples, including flags from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Indian Band, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation next to the National Indigenous Peoples Day flag designed by Sam McKay, in recognition that we are located on these Nations’ traditional, ancestral and unceded territories. Learn More


Self-guided bike tours in Vancouver’s Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park are a great way to get out and see the beautiful scenery of our city. Stanley Park is a 405-hectare urban park that offers a scenic view of the waterfront. The park features several attractions such as beaches, trails, playgrounds, and the Vancouver Aquarium. The self-guided bike tour in Stanley Park provides a unique opportunity to explore the park’s natural beauty and rich history. On the other hand, Queen Elizabeth Park is a 52-hectare park that offers a stunning view of the city skyline and the North Shore Mountains. The self-guided bike tour in Queen Elizabeth Park provides an excellent opportunity to explore the park’s manicured gardens and arboretum. Download the self-guided tours. And if you don’t have your bike with you, you can get two half day nike rentals when you book with Learn More.  

Don’t forget to celebrate Father’s Day and take advantage of the great weather by visiting festivals, events, and parks around Vancouver in June. And if you need a place to stay, check out for the best prices on hotels and promotional incentives. These include numerous gift cards, a $100 shopping spree at Pacific Centre, half-day bike rentals, and more! Learn more.

Venture into the Great Outdoors! (Your May 2023 Guide To Vancouver)

In May we celebrate mothers, the Canadian baseball season begins, we venture outdoors as the weather turns much warmer, and some of us run through the city some 42 kilometers . . . for the fun of it! Now that Spring has officially sprung, it’s time to take full advantage of everything our fair city has to offer. Events and activities are aplenty as we kick off with warmer weather and the opportunity to venture outside. 


One single day to celebrate mothers is simply not enough, but at this time of year it’s important that we recognize those who have helped raise and shape us and turn us into the (mostly) functioning humans we are today. Vancouver offers a variety of things to do to celebrate your mom on May 14th. The Pacific Arts Market at 1448 West Broadway holds a mom-centric event featuring mimosas, food, activities, and prizes. Toby’s Social Club on Main street will be hosting the Mother’s Day Comedy Night starring comedian John Cullen. Many restaurants in the downtown core are sporting special menus for the occasion. So, no excuses! Make plans with your mom on May 14th!


The Canadian baseball season officially begins in May, with minor league and major league regular season games taking a swing for victory. The Vancouver Canadians, a minor league baseball team play throughout the season in Vancouver at Nat Bailey Stadium (next to Queen Elizabeth Park). Tickets are available online through Ticket Smarter. Learn more.


Not for the faint of heart, the Vancouver BMO marathon takes place on May 7th, drawing participants from all over Canada and beyond as they take part in Western Canada’s biggest running race. With 8km and half marathon race lengths available, the real stretch of the legs (and mind) is the full 42km marathon that has athletes running through Vancouver’s downtown, UBC campus, and along the Stanley Park Seawall. There’s even a kids run that takes place on Saturday May 6th for younger participants. Book your stay with and receive a $75 discount on your BMO marathon registration. Learn more


The 405-hectare sprawling park nestled in the heart of the city, with a road along the seawall that loops for approximately 9.5 kms leaves a lot of ground to explore in Stanley Park. Over 500,000 cedar, fir, and hemlock trees fill this natural habitat along with various other vegetation and wildlife. A pool, waterpark, miniature railway, the aquarium, and much more make Stanley Park the perfect way to spend a spring day! Book your stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels and you can even get two half day bike rentals—a great way to explore the park. Learn more.

Whether you’re taking your mother out for a nice dinner or you’re sweating from every pore through a grueling 42km run, always remember to book your stay with The best prices on hotels, and great promotional incentives to choose from, including discounts on the BMO marathon, $100 shopping spree at Pacific Centre, half day bike rentals, and more! Learn more.

Your April 2023 Guide to Events and Attractions in Vancouver

Looking to run? Have a thirst for some classical music? Feel an inkling to search for inner peace among the cherry blossoms? Or simply want to sample the fruits of the vine? April in Vancouver has you covered on all bases! From running events to wine tasting, to the exquisite beauty of the cherry blossom, there’s more than enough to get you the Spring mood!


One of Vancouver’s longest running . . . runs, the Vancouver Sun Run is considered to be Canada’s largest 10k road race, and the third largest timed 10k in North America. The race takes place on April 16th, 2023, registration is available on the website. Since its inception in 1985, the Sun Run has attracted visitors from far and wide to partake in this exciting event, pacing participants throughout the heart of Vancouver. The event caters to all skill levels and makes special effort to include accessible community-based running/walking events and programs. Race categories include the main 10k race, a team run, the mini 2.5k, youth challenges, the walking program, and more! If you’re planning on running in the BMO Marathon in May, the Sun Run represents a great training opportunity to get you warmed up. Book your stay with and receive a $75 discount on your BMO marathon registration. Learn more.


Taking place from April 22nd-30th, the Vancouver International Wine Festival features 148 wineries from 17 different countries. This year’s global spotlight is on sparkling wines with the theme region being South America. Tickets are available on the festival website. The event represents a premier marketing opportunity for wineries as well as the chance for wine-lovers to experience tastings from around the world. The event also acts as a fundraiser to help raise money for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Experience the opportunity to taste over 800 different wines across 36 different events. 


Under conductor Jin Zhang, the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a multi-program concert on Saturday April 22nd, 2023. After you’ve visited the International Wine Festival, you can take in some classical music from the melodic minds of Adams, Rachmaninov, and Brahms. Taking place at the Shaughnessy Heights United Church, tickets for the event are available on the philharmonic website. Learn more.


Running from April 1st to April 23rd, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a unique opportunity to enjoy a fleeting moment as winter fully turns to Spring in our beautiful city. The signature springtime event is an annual celebration of the age-old Japanese cultural tradition if hanami (flower viewing). The festival takes place at numerous locations around Vancouver. Be sure to check the website for the latest updates. Learn more.

Whether you’re taking in the blossoms of spring, sweating it out on the running track, or sharing a ‘cheers’ with your friends at the wine festival, be sure to book your stay with You’ll receive the best prices on hotels, and choose from a selection of awesome promotional items including tickets to the wine festival, discounts on the BMO marathon, and a variety of gift cards! Learn more.

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. 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.


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 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.

Discover the artistic side of Vancouver’s great outdoors, year-round!

Ever known for its artistic creativity, Vancouver comes alive even in the winter months with something for everyone to enjoy! This February take in several outdoor and cultural events right in the city’s downtown centre. Thinking about making it a staycation? Learn more about our special offers below!

VMF Winter Arts 

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As the twinkle of holiday lights fade and we eagerly await spring’s blossoms, VMF Winter Arts arrives to brighten the city! From February 11-27, the second annual festival transforms downtown Vancouver into a free, all-ages, open-air gallery and celebration featuring augmented reality (AR) art, light installations and a licensed outdoor Hub with live entertainment, art, food and drinks. Learn more: / @winterartsfest

Plus, rain or shine all-year-round, explore over 300 murals across Vancouver! Download the free VMF App for a self-guided tour through the city’s various neighbourhoods to discover amazing murals by local (and international) artists while discovering local cafes, shops, restaurants, and breweries. (Bonus: visit from August 12-21 to experience the annual Vancouver Mural Festival celebrations!) / @vanmuralfest 

Vancouver PuSH Festival 

This international performing arts festival showcases local, Canadian and international artists and has been known to attract up to 20,000 attendees in years past! Enjoy groundbreaking, contemporary works of dance, theatre, multimedia and music in Vancouver theatres in January and February. This year the festival features a dozen different works from around the globe. Learn More.

Chinese New Year 2022


This year, on Tuesday, February 1st visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to welcome the Year of the Tiger! Several organized events have already taken place during the last week of January, however, this not-for-profit garden welcomes visitors during their regular opening hours to take and appreciate in this time of year. Learn more

Robson Square Ice Rink

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Vancouver is welcoming back a traditional favourite. Enjoy old-fashioned winter fun at Robson Square’s outdoor rink and take in all this pacific west coast winter magic has to offer. This season you can even enjoy the warmth of the brand new indoor skate and rental cafe too! Learn more

Grouse Mountain

Really earn that Downtown Apres Ski and head out of town and enjoy a day at Grouse Mountain on us!  Enjoy skiing and snowboarding, snowshoe tours and terrain parks, Grouse Mountain has it all! Night-skiing runs daily until 10 pm and there are two express lifts for intermediate and advanced terrain. Learn more about our special free pass offer here.

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.