Archive for the ‘Things to do in Vancouver’ Category:
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
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