With nicer weather upon us in Vancouver, many of us are seeking activities to get us out and about. So whether you are doing a staycation or are a visitor to this beautiful city, you definitely will want to check out these easily accessible gardens.
Here are 5 gardens in Vancouver that we just simply love – a perfect activity for sunny days!
With so much to do in Vancouver, there’s no reason to ever get bored! You can go hiking, participate in a race or marathon, visit museums or landmarks, check out sporting events, and so much more. However, if you are looking for something uniquely Vancouver, we’ve got that too!
Here are 5 of our favorite unique activities to experience in Vancouver as the weather continues to warm up.
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With beautiful Spring weather upon us, why would you ever want to leave Vancouver?
Instead of expensive trips to foreign destinations, people have been substituting cheaper alternatives: waiting for special travel deals online, driving to see relatives, having friends and relatives come to see them, etc. But an increasingly popular and fun vacation is the stay-at-home-vacation, or the “staycation.”
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It’s no secret that Vancouver is renowned for its beautiful outdoors, lush greenery and stunning mountains. But did you know it’s also rich with culture, art and history? Here are 5 museums (popular by world-travelers and residents alike) worth checking out – a perfect activity for those not-so sunny days!
We are so excited for this year’s JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, which returns to our city this month from February 14th – 23rd, 2019. Attendees can look forward to 10 days of stand-up, podcast, improv & hilarious sketch performances. In addition to the comedy-packed schedule, JFL NorthWest will also be hosting the 2nd edition of the Vancouver Just for Laughs Film Festival and 3-Day Block Party.
All of the venues will be easily accessible from any of our fantastic downtown hotels – so don’t delay and reserve your room at StayVancouverHotels.com before they sell out!
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A new year, a new you! If you ask us, there’s certainly no better time than now to set your new year’s resolutions in motion. In fact, one of our favorite resolutions is a renewed focus on health; whether it’s to stay fit, eat healthier, or just to be more active!
Need a little boost to get you motivated? StayVancouverHotels.com wants to help you achieve your health goals, while also offering some FREE GIFTS in return! Check out our “Top 3 Runner Activities” below, and we hope to see you at one or all three of the Start Lines!
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Wine lovers! Are you ready? With more than 160 participating wineries and nearly 725 select wines to sample from, the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) will soon be here before you know it! With an expected attendance of 25,000+ to the 2019 edition, now is the best time to secure your accommodation for what’s expected to be a fun-filled festival.
To help you celebrate, StayVancouverHotels is giving away FREE International Festival Tasting tickets with your hotel booking — LEARN MORE HERE!
VanWineFest is considered the premiere wine festival in the Western Hemisphere and has been rated the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality event in Canada for the last six years in a row. Designed to be informative, educational and entertaining, this celebrated fête is organized by people who love wine for people who love wine. This is a wonderful opportunity to drink and mingle with owners, producers and winemakers from around the world, a fantastic 8-day event not to be missed!
The theme for VanWineFest 2019 is California, with 53 Californian wineries participating. Attendees and participants will get to enjoy and learn about ~ 750 wines at the International Festival Tastings. There will also be an additional 550 special wines to be experienced during 54 events held at the iconic Vancouver Convention Centre and 20+ venues around the city.
The Vancouver Convention Centre is an architecturally stunning building – perfectly situated along the gorgeous Vancouver waterfront and within walking distance to many of Vancouver’s excellent hotels and picturesque landmarks. The venue is the world first double LEED Platinum certified convention facility, an achievement in environmental sustainability and leadership.
Insider Tip: Extend your stay for the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament at BC Place Stadium. Beginning November 9th, you’ll be able to gain exclusive access to Sideline & Reserved sections by using promo code: RUGBY2019. CLICK HEREto get your premier tickets which are only available for a limited time – so don’t delay!
The city of Vancouver boasts beautiful autumns, and is well-known by tourists as an ideal shoulder season destination due to its mild temperature and tranquil atmosphere.
As an environmental gem surrounded by lush forests, towering mountains and the Pacific Ocean, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to participate in this fall.
Walk the Seawall
One of the best ways to take in the changing fall foliage is to walk Vancouver’s tree-lined seawall. Head out on an afternoon stroll through Stanley Park and admire the bright auburn hues that adorn the local tree species of the region.
Run the Trails
Work up a sweat while basking in all of fall’s glory sprinting through Vancouver’s ethereal rainforests. Visit Lighthouse Park for winding trails that feature mossy old-growth forests, or run alongside towering Cedars and Douglas Firs in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Bike the Mountains
If you’re an adrenaline-seeker, downhill mountain biking makes the perfect autumn past-time. Just a short drive or bus ride over the Lion’s Gate Bridge, Vancouver’s North Shore area is home to vast mountainous terrain with world-class trails.
Hike the Grouse Grind
Challenge yourself with “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, also known as the legendary Grouse Grind. Although the hike takes a whopping 2,830 steps to complete, the striking fall colours along the way and sweeping views of downtown are reward enough.
Paddle the Waters
Vancouver’s pleasant climate makes watersports accessible year-round. Sport some cozy attire and rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board at the city’s famous English Bay Beach, where you can leisurely cruise along the stunning shoreline.
Want to take advantage on some of these local destinations? Our VanPass voucher allows you to choose from up to 20 Top Vancouver Attractions (worth up to $75 in value)! Click here Click here to learn more and see below for some of our favourite recommendations.
Vancouver is known as one of the premier sporting cities in North America. As the celebrated Host City of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the metropolis’s awe-inspiring natural environment and strong community pride combine for big crowds and electrifying atmospheres at many athletic events. Read on for our round-up of the best annual sporting entertainment that the city has to offer:
HSBC Canada Rugby Sevens Series
Since Vancouver was awarded hosting rights to the HSBC Canada Rugby Sevens Series in 2015, the city comes alive every March with a raucous weekend-long festival complete with outrageous costumes, fan activities and world-class rugby. As one of the most dynamic global sporting events on the market, the yearly series includes ten tournaments held internationally in various host cities, and features 16 of the world’s top men’s rugby sevens teams. In Vancouver, the event takes place at 54,000-seat BC Place, distinguished as one of the league’s largest stadiums.
Want in on some of the action? For a limited time only, Stay Vancouver Hotels is offering Rugby fans select Sideline & Reserved tournament passes, plus a free $25 e-card bonus gift from Amazon. Learn more here before passes sell out.
Bank of Montreal (BMO) Vancouver Marathon
Internationally recognized as one of the top destination marathons in the world, the BMO Marathon is lauded for its unique route that features 70 percent shoreline views – including sweeping ocean vistas, snow-capped mountain ranges and blooming cherry blossom trees. The marathon embraces all fitness levels with Vancouver’s only marathon, a fast half marathon, 8KM race, relay and kids run. Since its inauguration in 1972, which hosted just 32 finishers, the event now sells out annually with over 17,000 participants hailing from 65-plus countries.
Let Stay Vancouver Hotels help you partake in next year’s excitement, with a chance to win free entry to the marathon from now until January 2019. For contest details, click here.
Vancouver Sun Run
The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985, and now holds the title as the third largest timed 10K in the world. Founded by former Canadian Olympians, the purpose behind the Sun Run is to promote the benefits of running to improve health and wellness, as well as support aspiring athletes. Today, over 40,000 runners take part in the race along with 2,500 loyal volunteers who work together to continually bring a healthy, family-friendly event to the city every spring.
Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Lions
Vancouver is also home to three professional sports teams that draw fans in from all over the Lower Mainland and beyond. The Vancouver Canucks are the city’s beloved ice hockey team that regularly plays out of Rogers Arena as members of the National Hockey League. Vancouver Whitecaps FC compete in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer to a boisterous crowd in BC Place, while the stadium also hosts the city’s celebrated football team, the BC Lions.