Looking for a cool downtown Vancouver boutique hotel but don’t want to pay the earth for it? At The Burrard, we think you can have your cake and eat it too, and apparently, MSN Travel’s UK site agrees with us! In a great round-up of awesome hotels around the world coming in at under £80 a night (that’s about $150 Canadian), the site gives The Burrard props for our retro vibes as well as amenities like free North America-wide phone calls, the Nespresso machines in every room, and free use of our Brooklyn cruiser bikes.READ MORE
If you’re heading to Vancouver and looking for a downtown boutique hotel in which to lay your head, you probably want to see what you’re getting yourself into, right? Sure, you can look at regular, still photos, but that’s a bit old fashioned. So we asked our talented friends at BC BuzZ to produce a short video on The Burrard so you can see us and our modern-retro guest rooms in action! Highlights of the video include:READ MORE
People bandy around the term “Hollywood North” when talking about Vancouver, mainly because of the number of movies that are shot here, and not because of the rise in cosmetic surgery (we hope). So it’s totally fitting that Vancouver also has an awesome annual film festival. Running September 25 through October 10 this year, the Vancouver International Film Festival will offer 380 movie screenings, resulting in 142,000 bums in cinema seats. It’s one of top five North American film festivals in terms of the number of films and attendance. That’s pretty impressive.
But lots of cities have a film festival, so what makes the Vancouver Film Festival worth attending?READ MORE
We’re not supposed to tell you this, but September is our favourite month in Vancouver. Kids are back at school, the sun is still shining, and let’s just say that something as simple as walking Vancouver’s lovely seawall is a pleasant stroll as opposed to the elbows-out, blood sport that it becomes during July and August. On this month’s “to do” list, we have one of Vancouver’s biggest festivals, two doses of mid-century modern style, and a new wine event. Bottoms up!
TOP DROP VANCOUVER
Bringing together trade seminars, a dinner, a grand tasting and more, the two-day Top Drop event focuses on “terroir-focused, hand-crafted wines.” What the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks does that mean? All 24 of the wineries—some local, some international, produce wines that are a true reflection of where they’re from, the values and standards of those that make them, and their vintage. Coles Notes version: no industrial, factory wine here.
September 15 & 16, through Top Drop Vancouver
If the idea of riding up a mountain with a group of like-minded, lycra-clad individuals appeals to you, you’re going to love the GranFondo Whistler. Starting in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, more than 7,000 cyclists will start the “big ride” (yup, that’s what “GranFondo” loosely translates to in Italian), heading over the iconic Lions Gate Bridge, before continuing up the Sea-To-Sky highway to Whistler.READ MORE