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Things to do in Vancouver, December 2014

Things to do in Vancouver  |  11.25.2014  |  

Yes sir, it’s the holiday season. But that doesn’t mean that everything you do has to be cinnamon-scented and draped with a thick layer of sparkly lights, which is why three out of the four ideas we have for you this month have nothing to do with either! (If you would prefer to completely immerse yourself in holiday activities while you’re in Vancouver, check out earlier blog post for more ideas.)

Jelly Swarm at Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium knows how to do the holidays right. It’s one of our top picks for visitors with kids (who can resist Scuba Claus?), but features like Jelly Swarm, a light installation created with origami artist Joseph Wu, keep us grown-ups coming back for more as well. While you’re there, check out a screening of the Polar Express 4-D Experience in their theatre, as well as their tree powered by electric eels. Yes. Electric eels.
November 27 – January 4;


Christmas in Vancouver

Things to do in Vancouver  |  11.11.2014  |  

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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.


Things to do in Vancouver, November 2014

Things to do in Vancouver  |  10.28.2014  |  

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.


Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup (Nov 26 – 30, 2014)

Things to do in Vancouver  |  10.21.2014  |  

Grey Cup Vancouver
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.


Five Hot New Restaurants in Vancouver!

Things to do in Vancouver  |  10.08.2014  |  

By Ken Hawkins
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.