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It feels like it was only yesterday that you packed away the bikini, and now here you are ready to bring out the reindeer sweater and settle in for your annual viewing of “Love Actually.” The holiday season is almost upon us, and while we enjoy Christmas Day itself (or insert other religious holiday here as required), we love the lead-up to it just as much.
A month of drinking eggnog would be enough to get us at The Burrard Hotel all merry and bright, but occasionally we like to leave the comfort of our modern-retro guestrooms wearing that reindeer sweater. Luckily, Vancouver is a pretty fun place to be during the holiday season, and whether you’re a visitor or a local, there’s a lot to put you in the Christmas spirit. Here are a few of our favourite Yuletide activities.READ MORE
You know how people sometimes say, “you just have to look at it another way,” and then suddenly something you thought was awful becomes awesome? Well, we just realised that November’s short days mean that we get longer nights! Our new rule? Cocktail hour officially begins as soon as it gets dark.READ MORE
If you have no idea what the Grey Cup is, the easiest way to describe it is as “Canada’s Superbowl.” Of course, it’s not the Superbowl because we’re Canadians, and among a dozen other differentiating factors, we would never allow a Janet Jackson nip-slip. But the Grey Cup is the championship game of the Canadian Football League’s season, held in a different city each year, and along with the big game itself, there are all of the other shenanigans that you would hope/expect around what is our country’s biggest football game of the year.
Vancouver is this year’s host, with the festival’s activities kicking off (see what we did there?) on November 26, and making a touchdown (again?) on November 30 with the Grey Cup game itself. There are still tickets for the game, but even if you’d rather watch that on TV, there are plenty of football-related good times to be had – concerts, a parade, pancake breakfasts and street activities. Here are some of the highlights we’re stoked for.READ MORE
Hot damn does Vancouver love a new restaurant! That’s actually a good thing, because there are so many cool places that pop up each month that Vancouverites have to keep lists of places they still haven’t hit up, lest they be left out of water cooler conversations. Seriously, as a Vancouver conversation topic, “Which new restaurants have you been to?” is second only to “How crazy are these real estate prices, eh?”
But for every awesome new haunt, there are three mediocre joints that won’t last the year. And when you’re on vacation, you want to go to the hot new place that has staying power, so when your friends head to Vancouver a year from now, you’ll know where to send them. So we’ve done the leg work for you – these are the fresh new restaurants that you should visit while you’re in Vancouver.READ MORE
We’ve got a case of the sillies. That’s what happens when the drugstore starts selling bulk bags of Halloween candy months in advance, and then it starts getting dark by 6pm, and you’re wearing an oversize sweater, and then suddenly, oops – the family bag of Aero bars disappears. School is back in session, and we’re as childish as ever. This month, we’re snickering at art shows, finding the perfect apple for teacher and scaring the bejesus out of ourselves.READ MORE