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April 2015 events in Vancouver

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

April is a great time to visit the city in Vancouver. The city starts to warm up nicely with the colours of the plants and trees in full bloom which makes the city vividly come alive.


VANCOUVER SUN RUN – APRIL 19th

Now in its 31st year the Vancouver Sun Run has grown ever popular since the very first run way back in 1985 which had 3,200 participants at the 2014 event it attracted 45,183 participants which is quite the jump in numbers! The run is Canada’s largest 10k event and was founded by former Canadian Olympians Dr. Doug & Diane Clement & Dr. Jack Taunton.
The purpose was top promote a healthier lifestyle among the population and a chance for long distance athletes to improve their sport.
Website: http://www.vancouversun.com/sunrun/index.html

PLAYLAND at the PNE April to October
One of the most popular attractions at the PNE site is Playland Amusement Park which is a 15-acre amusement park that has hosted millions of thrillseekers of all ages since it opened in 1910.
The Park was named “Happy Land” in 1926 and remained on the original site until 1958, when it was moved to its present site and re-opened under the name, Playland.
Playland’s marquee attraction, the beloved 1958 Wooden Roller Coaster remains the most popular ride on the site and one of the most highly regarded wooden coasters in the world.
Website: http://www.pne.ca/playland/index.html

WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Although the Whales start to become visible in the coastal waters of BC around the beginning of March the officila Whale Watching Season for guided tours runs from April 1st to October 31st.
There are various Tour operators that you can use to spend a day out at sea to catch these Whales. Reservations for these tours can be made directly with us at the Front desk of the hotel.

Vancouver operations
Wild Whales Vancouver
1806 Mast Tower Road – Granville Island
Vancouver, B.C.
V6H 4B6 Canada Phone: 604-699-2011
Website: http://www.whalesvancouver.com/

South Vancouver/Richmond/Steveston area
Vancouver Whale Watch
Suite 210 – 12240 Second Avenue
Richmond (Steveston), BC
Canada V7E 3L8
Phone: (604) 274-9565
Website: http://www.vancouverwhalewatch.com/index.html

Victoria operations
Prince of Whales
812 Wharf Street, Lower Causeway Level
Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 Canada
Toll-free 1-888-383-4884
info@princeofwhales.com
website http://www.princeofwhales.com/

Twitter’s #MuseumWeek 23rd to 29th March 2015 Vancouver & worldwide.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

#MuseumWeek is a campaign run by Twitter that started in 2014. It is a worldwide event that encourages participants around the world to commemorate the very best museums, galleries and other major institutions. Museumweek by Twitter wants to showcase and celebrate local and worldwide cultures of local and major historical significance, the Arts and Sciences.

Vancouver is one of the many cities around the world that will have museums and galleries participating, the list is as follows.

MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
The Museum of Vancouver has Permanent exhibitions that tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits.
Since its rebranding in 2009 the MOV has become a leader in the reimagining of museums. The exhibitions are Vancouver centric and designed to make the viewer think not just about the objects, but their greater context. We’ve played host to two Venice Biennale in Architecture projects. We’ve even gone so far as to hire a Curator of Contemporary Issues. We are a bold, contemporary museum, and we can’t wait for you to visit.
Website: http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

ROEDDE HOUSE MUSEUM
Located not too far from the hotel in Vancouver’s West End, this is a late-Victorian home in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, the city’s first bookbinder, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class, immigrant family at the turn of the last century.
The Museum offers a unique experience for visitors: unlike many heritage houses, the rooms are not roped off or behind glass, and some of the artefacts may be handled with care. Each of the eleven rooms has been furnished with artefacts and period items, which were collected over the years, some returned by the Roedde family.
Website: http://www.roeddehouse.org/en/

SCIENCE WORLD
Science World at Telus World of Science Vancouver is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver. It is located at the end of False Creek, and features many permanent interactive exhibits and displays, as well as areas with varying topics throughout the years. This is a huge hit for all ages when you come to visit Vancouver.
Website: http://www.scienceworld.ca/

UBC MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Canada’s contemporary museum of world arts and cultures, is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions. From towering totem poles in our spectacular Great Hall, to the iconic “The Raven and the First Men” sculpture in the Bill Reid Rotunda, to more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in our new Multiversity Galleries, and cutting-edge temporary exhibitions on display in The Audain Gallery, MOA offers endless opportunities for visitors to discover and learn about their own and other cultures.
Website: http://moa.ubc.ca/

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
The Vancouver Art Gallery made its debut in 1931 with a tidy collection of British historical paintings and only seven works by Canadian artists. Those humble beginnings were the foundation of what was to become a collection of more than 10,000 pieces. Explore the gallery’s repository of works by Vancouverites Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden, Ian Wallace and others.
It also has a significant collection of paintings by Canadian modernist Emily Carr, who was known for using splashy, bold colors to bring B.C.’s unique landscape and culture to life. In 1937, the gallery purchased Carr’s Totem Poles, Kitseukla for $400; it inherited the rest of her collection in the 1960s. Today, you can see the full collection of paintings, sketches, ceramics, photographs and letters by one of British Columbia’s most groundbreaking natives.
Website: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

For further information on #MuseumWeek please click on this link: http://museumweek2015.org/

Great Blue Herons of Stanley Park webcam

Friday, March 20th, 2015

When you come to visit Vancouver during the Spring this is the perfect time for birdwatchers to see the Blue Herons at their one of their regular nesting homes next to the Tennis courts in Vancouver.

THE GREAT BLUE HERONS
These majestic creatures have made a small area in Stanley Park their natural home for nesting and it is in surprisingly large numbers considering the species is dwindling elsewhere.
During March we will see the return of the male Herons, the best place to see them are down by the Tennis Courts on Beach Avenue (Which is not too far a walk from the Sunset) the male herons will return to their designated nests where they will hope to attract the females whom arrive a short while later.

Once they do arrive the usual courtship ritual begins, you can spot this when the couples are in their nests and will cross their bills regularly, together they help maintain their nests (some return to the existing ones and like to modernise and spruce them up too).
Come the end of April and early May you will start to see the chicks hatching from their nests, it is quite a sight to see. This location has been a regular home since 1921 there were many nests across the creek in Vanier Park, but now, only a handful remain.

HERON CAM
A Webcam has now been installed at the sight of the Herons nests at Stanley Park near the Tennis courts and went live as of Wednesday March 18th. The heron cam is a remotely controlled wireless camera mounted on the roof of a building near Park Board offices at 2099 Beach Avenue. It gives you a “birds’ eye view” of the drama in the trees.

The heron cam gives you the ultimate close up view of one of North America’s largest urban colonies of Pacific great blue herons. It is a window on the world of these magnificent birds from courtship through egg laying, until the grown chicks fledge in late summer.
Tune in often to watch the drama of new life unfolding in our nests. Spread the word through Twitter using the hashtag #herontalk

The Stanley Park herons typically arrive in February and chicks are generally born in April and in 2014 there were 94 active nests in the colony, producing 131 fledgling herons. The baby birds face predators such as eagles and raccoons before they are able to fly.
Over the past century, the abundance of large trees suitable for Great Blue Heron nesting near foraging areas has declined in some parts of British Columbia because of human population growth and industrialization so this is a great way for the public to be aware of these majestic birds and the fact that they are an endangered species, hopefully this will help raise interest and awareness so these Great Herons do not go extinct.

WEBCAM: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/heron-cam.aspx

STANLEY PARK ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/

St Patricks Day family events and Parade in Vancouver

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

March 17th is fast approaching and we all know what that means……we celebrate everything that is Green, has potatos in it and is all washed down with some great dark beer more than likely known as Guinness. St Patricks day brings the Irish out of all of us and why not? It is always a good gig that lets everybody let their hair down and jig around like there is no tomorrow.

In Vancouver there will be lots of places to celebrate the occasion in the week leading up to the big day. Read on for the full list of events to celebrate Paddy’s Day.

CELTICFEST VANCOUVER 2015
Celticfest returns once again to celebrate in irish style and they have lots for you to see and do from great Music, excellent drinks and a parade to cap it all off.

Family orientated events.
Many if us will think of the more adult inspired events that generally involves copious amounts of Whiskey and Guinness, but its not all about the people that enjoy the ‘Craic on the lash’, there are plenty of events that involves the younger generation too…
Celtic Village & Street Market
Saturday March 14: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday March 15: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Granville Street (between Robson and Nelson Streets
)
Head down to Robson Square and see the whole area be transformed into a village that will transport you to Ireland. There will be live music, plenty of yummy irish food, face painting, lots of crafts and stalls plus a large stage set up by Doolins for some seriously Irish inspired entertainment.

http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/street-market/

FREE IRISH DANCING With the O’Connor- O’Brien Irish Dancers
Sunday, March 15 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Tom Lee Music Hall

Vancouver BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K for Charity
Saturday, March 14
A “flat and fast” 5k run through Stanley Park a St Patrick’s Day tradition that lets all ages of people no matter what their ability is to take part. Taking place on (the day before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade), this annual event is a fundraiser the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), and includes a fun after-party for all participants and quite possibly a pot of gold awaiting you at the finish line….(ok ok we made that bit up)

ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 11am – 1pm
The parade route begins at Howe St. and Davie St. in downtown Vancouver, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets

Organized by CelticFest Vancouver, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver is the culmination of a nine-day Celtic festival–the biggest Celtic festival in Western Canada– that includes international and Canadian Celtic performers, musicians, artists, and dancers.

IRISH PUBS IN VANCOUVER
There are plenty of great Irish themed bars and pubs in Vancouver, here is our pick.

The Blarney Stone
Established in 1972, The Blarney Stone is the longest running Irish Pub in the City of Vancouver. This venue is a great place to watch live bands and enjoy irish favorates and other popular music that is irish themed.
http://blarneystone.ca/

Doolins Irish Pub
Doolin’s is Vancouver’s modern Irish pub, bringing traditional Irish charm amidst state of the art A/V technology, live music, and 8 TV screens. Doolin’s staff proudly wears kilts to honor our Celtic heritage, and Doolin’s live entertainers blast the Irish spirit into the heart of every patron.
http://www.doolins.ca/

The Irish Heather
If you are true foodie then the Irish Heather is for you! A great vancouver GastroPub, Whiskey Shebeen and bar all in one, Sean Heather’s flagship restaurant is a neighbourhood institution in Gastown and home to the famous Long Table Series of communal dinners.
http://irishheather.com/

Johnnie Foxes Irish Snug
On a personal level, this bar is quintessentially Irish, the decor, the staff, and the patrons that make the atmosphere pretty unique to what an actual irish bar is like, well this place has it and they have done it well.
http://www.johnniefox.ca/

Gardens & Parks to visit in Vancouver during Spring & Summer

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The flowers are responding to the gorgeous weather we are having here on the West coast. This gives us a great opportunity for us to guide you to see where the very best Gardens and Parks are to visit.

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK – BLOEDEL CONSERVATORY – VAN DUSEN BOTANICAL GARDENS
A jewel that sits in the heart of Vancouver and has incredible views of the city due to is location at 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.
The gardens and the conservatory is located among an old disused quarry which is now home to an extensive array of incredible plants, flowers and trees for you to absorb. You can also enjoy some great recreational time by playing games at the Pitch and Put, Tennis and Bowling lawn. After all that we are pretty sure you will have worked up an appetite – so try out the Seasons in the Park restaurant for some incredibly good food that is typically flavored and inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are situated here also – during the month of March Kids are allowed entrance for free!

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

STANLEY PARK
New York has central park and we have Stanley Park. Stanley Park is huge and right next to the downtown heart of Vancouver with incredible views of English Bay, the North shore Mountains and Bowen island in the distance. The park really makes you understand the complexities of the rain forest area that Vancouver resides in. It is also home to many animals, birds and other incredible wildlife that call this area home. The highlights of the park are the array of trees that make up the park, the Herons nesting site at the Tennis courts and The Lost Lagoon to name but a few.

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx

DR SUN YAT-SEN CHINESE GARDENS
Right in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and adjacent Sun Yat-Sen Park are the perfect urban oasis.
The stunning Garden is an authentic representation of Ming Dynasty-era tradition and the first of its kind outside China. Be enchanted by the Garden’s winding paths, rocks, plants, and beautiful vistas. In the park alongside the Garden, find peace and tranquility in the unique rock forms, water lily-covered pond, pagoda, and lush plants.

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/dr-sun-yat-sen-chinese-garden.aspx

UBC BOTANICAL GARDEN & CENTRE FOR PLANT RESEARCH
Located at the historical University of British Columbia Campus these gardens are one of the oldest to be found in Vancouver. During the month of March the Magnolias are what to watch for and my oh my are they responding to the gorgeous weather that we are currently experiencing.

http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/

Cherry Blossoms are blooming 3 to 4 weeks in advance – click on the link to follow the progression of the blossoms http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/03/where-to-see-cherry-blossoms-in-vancouver/

Spring in Vancouver

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

As the rest of Canada is still locked in the deep cold of Winter, it is looking and feeling more like the end of April in Vancouver. The rains have cleared away and we anticipate that the Flowers, trees and wildlife are going to be waking up from the slumber of the long nights of Winter.

Here we want to show you what Vancouver has to offer during the Spring time – it is one of the most gorgeous seasons as the city erupts in Colour and life!

WHALE WATCHING
Wild Whales Vancouver offer great trips to watch the majestic Whales as they swim through the Georgia Strait. The Whales will be migrating sooner than April when Wild Whales begins its operations so if you travel between Vancouver and Victoria you may catch them.
Beginning in April and departing from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, the Wild Whales experience allows you to observe Killer Whales and the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime!
Board one of our three vessels at Vancouver’s unique and historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel down False Creek and into English Bay, where the views of Vancouver, the Coast Mountains and Stanley Park are unparalleled. From English Bay, we pass the Fraser River estuary into the Strait of Georgia.
Trips and Rates: http://www.whalesvancouver.com/trips-rates/

GRANVILLE ISLAND
If you visit Vancouver you must visit Granville Island – it is famous for its world renowned Public Market, Artisan Shops and entertainment that includes Theatres, Live buskers and more.
The Granville Island Public Market features a farmers’ market, day vendors, and artists offering local Vancouver goods. There are fifty permanent retailers and over one-hundred day vendors in stalls throughout the market selling a variety of artisan cottage-industry foods and handmade crafts on a rotating schedule – a true jewel in the crown of Vancouver
Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
This annual festival for us heralds the fact that Spring is well and truly here, the city looks absolutely incredible once the Blossoms are in full bloom, it is impressively bright and really tells us that the gloom of Winter becomes a distant memory.

Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
“This is why I live here!” is a phrase many Vancouverites exclaim during cherry blossom season. Each spring, as the rainy season fades, city dwellers pack their sweaters away and are rewarded with one of the world’s most cheerful sites: 40,000 cherry trees bursting with pink and white blooms.

The West End is flush with the Blossoms, Harwood St which is one block South of us becomes quite an impressive site, also, check out Bute St the architecture and the trees make this street look very romantic.
Vancouver’s many parks and gardens are ideal showcases for the beloved trees, but there are also a number of urban places to view these pink beauties.
Queen Elizabeth Park touts several varieties of cherry trees, which bloom at different intervals throughout early March and late April
Stanley Park also has rows of blossoming trees near the formal rose garden and the Japanese Canadian WWI war memorial
VanDusen Botanical Garden boasts more than 100 cherry trees, representing 24 varieties.
Vancouver international Cherry Blossom Website: http://www.vcbf.ca/

BIG BUS CITY TOURS
This is an excellent way to sight-see around the city and to take in all the major attractions. Big Bus have an excellent reputation and the Big Bus staff are incredibly knowledgeable and fun! They offer 1 day and 2 day passes where you can Hop on and Hop off at your leisure. Tickets can be purchased directly at the Hotel, ask the staff about discounts!
Website: http://bigbus.ca/home/

SEAWALL, STANLEY PARK AND VANCOUVER WILDLIFE
The Vancouver Seawall is absolutely breathtaking and circles the majority of the Downtown Peninsula and encircles Stanley Park. This area is great to walk around during the Spring as there is no shortage of incredible Trees, Flowers and wildlife to stun your senses. We recommend that you look all around you as there will be Racoons, Geese, Herons that nest in the Spring in the Park and plenty of Birds of Prey and more. We are very lucky to have such stunning nature within this busy metropolis.
Stanley Park Ecological Society Website: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/

We also recommend Cycling around the Seawall and Stanley Park, you can get a great deal with a selection of Bikes to choose from using English Bay Bike Rentals – we have discount vouchers at the Front Desk.
English Bay Bike Rentals: http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/

SHOPPING FOR THE SPRING SEASON ON ROBSON ST
Robson Street is Vancouver’s main shopping district that connects the West End to the downtown area and is a little over a 10 minutes walk north of the Sunset Inn Hotel.
If you are really up for a good old fashioned spending spree why don’t you go on a Shopping tour? Posh Shopping Tours will help out you out with exactly that, taking you to some great brand named stores and other major Shopping areas that Vancouver has to offer.
Robson St Website: http://www.robsonstreet.ca/
Posh Shopping Tours: http://www.poshshoppingtours.com/

For further tourism information click here Tourism Vancouver: http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

Romance and Vancouver – Make your Valentines Day extra special.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Valentines day is fast approaching, so let us help you with ideas on how to make your Valentines day that bit more magical and memorable in Vancouver.

Valentine’s Day Snowshoe Fondue 2015 – Grouse Mountain
Friday, Feb. 13
8:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 14
3:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-8:00pm or 8:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday, Feb. 15
3:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-8:00pm or 8:30pm-10:30pm
Pricing
$65 (includes admission to Grouse Mountain)
$55 (passholders)

This Valentine’s Day, Grouse Mountain is pleased to offer an option for nature lovers – a special edition of our Snowshoe Fondue.
Enjoy an hour long guided group snowshoe tour followed by a delicious chocolate fondue in the Alpine Timber Room

Website: www.grousemountain.com

Harbour Air Seaplanes- Seaplane tours and excursions – Valentines Special Deals.
Enjoy one of our Vancouver Tours today. Choose from a brief 20 minute panorama tour of the city to an Alpine tour exploring the breathtaking views of Mount Mamquam. Several options and activities are available to customize your adventure.
Harbour Air are also running special prices especially for the Valentines weekend – this will definitely be a memorable treat for you and your loved one!

Valentines special and more: http://www.harbourair.com/media/news-and-events/2015/01/we-love-vancouver,-and-you-will-too!/


Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise with Spirit Cruises – Pride of Vancouver

Enjoy the romance of the sea in the true Valentine’s Day dinner and dance cruise tradition aboard our luxurious Spirit of Vancouver. You will be impressed by our gourmet buffet and ever-changing spectacular waterfront views. On Valentine’s Day enjoy your romantic candle lit table for two, we’ll treat you to a complimentary glass of champagne. Dance the night away on this memorable Valentine’s evening.

Website: http://vancouvercharters.com/public-event-cruises/valentines-day-cruise/


Queen Elizabeth Park – Seasons in the Park Restaurant.

Vancouver’s beautiful parks connect the urban setting with nature’s glory. Queen Elizabeth Park is renowned for its picturesque seasonal gardens and begs for a romantic picnic. Pack a delicious basket with a flask of hot chocolate, and then explore the park for the ideal spot to savour the spread. Alternately, share a delightful meal at Seasons in the Park, a panoramic restaurant that overlooks the gardens and beyond.

Queen Elizabeth Park: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx
Seasons in the Park: https://www.vancouverdine.com/seasons-park

Vancouver Events February 2015

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Here are some great events to watch out for this month.

2015 CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Thursday, February 19, 2015
Venue: River Rock Casino Resort
Time: 7:00PM

2015 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations Join us for our 11th Annual Grand Lion Dance performance on Lunar New Year Day February 19th, 2015 at 7:00PM! River Rock is bringing in this special Year of the Goat with a spectacular FREE EVENT with an 80 member performance team of 9 lions and a dragon to ring in the New Year!

Website: http://www.riverrock.com/

CHUTZPAH! FESTIVAL
Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Sunday, March 15, 2015 (Recurring daily)
Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
Location: The Norman Rothstein Theatre

2015 Chutzpah! February 19 to March 15 Music-Dance-Theatre-Interdisciplinary Tickets: chutzpahfestival.com 604-257-5145 (pronounced: ho’ots-pä) Chutzpah! is the quality of impudence.

Website: http://chutzpahfestival.com/

37TH VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Friday, February 20, 2015 – Sunday, March 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
Venue: Vancouver International Wine Festival
Time: Varied
Location: Select restaurants and other venues across the Lower Mainland

The 37th Vancouver International Wine Festival 1,750+ wines • 14 countries • 170 wineries • 53 events • 8 days Canada’s Premier Wine Show Engaging, Educational, Entertaining The Vancouver International Wine Festival welcomes the world’s greatest wine producers and wine drinkers to an annual weeklong celebration of wine and food.

Website: http://vanwinefest.ca/

AFTER HOURS AT THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM
Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Thursday, February 26, 2015
Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
Time: 6:00PM -10:00PM
Location: Vancouver Aquarium

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium Escape the winter chill for an evening and tour the tropics as the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre opens its doors on Feb. 26 for its next adults-only* After Hours event. Explore the galleries with a beer or glass of wine in-hand, and learn about the fascinating, colourful animals that call the warm waters of the tropics home.

Website: http://www.vanaqua.org/experience/events/annual-and-upcoming-events/after-hours

WINTERRUPTION 2015
From: February 19, 2015 – February 22, 2015
Location: Granville Island
Address: 1661 Duranleau St., Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3

Welcome to Winterruption on Granville Island, our 10th annual, truly unique Vancouver winter festival! It’s been a decade since the first ever Winterruption Festival on Granville Island, when Vancouverites and visitors alike take a February break from the cold, grey winter for a burst of colourful art, music and dance! Art is at the heart of Winterruption, and this year, it’s bigger than ever – literally!

Website: http://granvilleisland.com/winterruption

YUK YUK’S PRESENTS JUST FOR LAUGHS SHOWCASE
From: February 12, 2015 (Recurring every 7 days)
Address: 2837 Cambie St, Vancouver, V5Z 383

Yuk Yuk’s presents Top Talent Showcase Check out Vancouver’s next top comics as they develop their craft. Thursday Night is a Showcase of talented comics vying for the coveted weekend spots and a development ground for new material for the already seasoned comics. Most Thursdays at 8pm. Just $10, tax incl

Website: http://www.yukyuks.com/

VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN: VALENTINE’S PICNIC
VanDusen Botanical Garden: Valentine’s Picnic Treat your Valentine to a Picnic at VanDusen Garden! Take a romantic stroll through the beautiful 55 acres at VanDusen Botanical Garden, enjoy classic tunes, snap a sweet selfie and dine al fresco amongst the trees or overlooking one of our picturesque lakes.

Website: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/vandusen-garden-valentine-s-picnic.aspx

COME SOAR OVER CHINA – FlyoverCanada
From: February 2015 – March 05, 2015 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Address: 201 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1

COME SOAR OVER CHINA SEE BOTH FLIGHT OF THE DRAGON AND FLYOVER CANADA BACK-TO-BACK FlyOver Canada is proud to bring back the popular flight ride experience “Flight of the Dragon” for a second season! After the success of the first season of Flight of the Dragon in 2014

Website: http://www.flyovercanada.com/

FAMILY DAY AT THE BLOEDEL CONSERVATORY
February 09, 2015 – February 09, 2015
Location: The Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park
Address: 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Family Day at the Bloedel Conservatory Enjoy a fun-filled day with family and friends at the lush paradise inside the dome of Bloedel Conservatory! Discover exotic plants and tropical birds on our guided tours, get your own specialty herbs to plant at home, watch a release of butterflies and ladybugs, challenge yourself to a scavenger hunt and check out our birds and botany tattoo station! All activities are free with regular admission. Monday, February 9, 2015 @ 10:00am to 5:00pm

Website: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/family-day-at-the-bloedel-conservatory.aspx

List compiled courtesy of Tourism Vancouver http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

Tips on what to do in Vancouver if you are visiting on an Alaskan Cruise.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

It maybe the middle of Winter but we can see that the reservations are coming in thick and fast for the upcoming Cruise ship season to Alaska. Once the Cruise ships arrive the city gets pretty busy and of course that means we generally have full occupancy.

The Cruise Ships dock very very early at Canada Place http://www.canadaplace.ca/ so we find that the majority of our Cruise Ship guests will arrive at the hotel between the hours of 7 and 8am. Our check in time at the hotel is guranteed at 4pm as our guests are allowed to stay in their rooms until 11am which is the Sunset Inn and Suites regular check out time, this of course means there is still the majority of the day to occupy your time, so follow our lead and we will help you maximise your stay if you are here for just a day or two, we will make sure you get to see the major sights even if the stay seems short. We will strive to get the rooms ready earlier but that is dependent on the volume of occupancy at the hotel.

Getting to the Sunset Inn and Suites Hotel from Canada Place
The cruise ships usually dock around 6am and we get many people asking us what is the best way to get to the hotel and how much does it cost?
We do not have a shuttle that connects us to Canada Place, however, there are plenty of Taxis ready and waiting to get you to your destination, and if you feel a little lost there will be lots of Agents from Tourism Vancouver http://www.tourismvancouver.com/ on hand to help guide you to the nearest Taxi, these guys and girls will be wearing Sky blue jackets so you know who they are and will be extremely helpful!

Taxis in Vancouver
A taxi ride between Canada Place should cost around $12 and will take around 10 minutes or so to reach the Sunset Inn and Suites hotel. Within Vancouver, the taxis are only allowed a maximum of 4 persons per Car and you can pay by Debit, Credit Card or Cash. Any taxi can be picked up anywhere on the streets if the yellow light is on, this signals that it is unoccupied and ready to take you to your desired destination.

Checking in and Luggage storage
Once you arrive at the hotel – we will make sure that we complete the check in process and will be ready to answer any questions you have on the city, we will then help formulate a plan on what to do to occupy your time in Vancouver that day, you are more than welcome to enjoy our Light Continental Breakfast even if you are are unable to check into the room, so grab some fruits, croissants and yogurts which we sell for 50c and you can start the day fed, energised and happy.

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF City Sightseeing tours.
The Big Bus city tour is a great way to to see all the major sights of the city and will give you excellent information and insight of the city, they are fun, informative and have plenty of experience, all the while you will see the very best attractions within the city of Vancouver and can Hop On Hop Off at anytime so you can take your time to enjoy the sights.

Big Bus Video Clip Hop on Hop Off city Tour

The Big Bus stop is literally a 30 second walk away from the hotel on Thurlow Street and you can purchase your ticket directly with us at the front desk, we do encourage this as there are plenty of hotel deals for you to enjoy. http://bigbus.ca/home/

BIG BUS TOUR Highlights include:
Granville Island http://granvilleisland.com/
Stanley Park http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/explore/stanley-park-complete-guide/
Gastown http://www.gastown.org/
Chinatown http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/
Robson St – Shopping District http://www.robsonstreet.ca/

Davie Street and Davie Village
We are situated one block South of Davie Village which is one of the gems of the West end, here there is a wealth of restaurants, bars and cafes for you to enjoy and it is located right in the heart of Gay District of Vancouver – so naturally it is awash with colour and a vibrant atmosphere. West End Business Association – Davie Village http://westendbia.com/neighbourhood/davie-street/

We hope that this advice is helpful and will go to some length on being able to plan what to do when you arrive!

We look forward to seeing you all in the Summer.

Whistler Day Tours, plus Squamish & the Sea to Sky Gondola

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Now that we are in the thick of Winter we are seeing many tourists donning winter outfits with their Ski’s and Snowboards ready to hit the slopes and ride the fluffy powder!

In Vancouver it is quite the green city however, just a couple of hours north of Vancouver you will be in the heart of the Winter wonderland at Whistler, which is one of the many Ski resorts that BC has to offer and of course was the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics alongside Vancouver. If you are planning a trip up to Whistler we will offer you some great tours that will help make a day trip to these snowy destinations one to remember – and along the way we will help you check out some other gems before you reach Whistler.

SEA TO SKY GONDOLA
Located high above the scenic town of Squamish and the gorgeous Howe Sound fjord (this is the most southernly fjord in the Northern Hemisphere).
Located along the stunning Sea to Sky highway that connects Vancouver though to Whistler via Squamish this brand new attraction which opened in 2014 has been a major hit for scenic lovers all over the world.

The highway is a major attraction in itself – “Ranked as the number 10 attraction in British Columbia, and the number 3 attraction in Vancouver by Trip Advisor, driving the Sea to Sky Highway is a must for anyone who is visiting the region. The winding highway snakes along the rugged terrain of the coastal mountains. It takes you from downtown Vancouver through Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge, and along the upper levels of West Vancouver into the Sea to Sky Corridor, which starts at Horseshoe Bay. The section of highway 99 in between Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton was named Sea to Sky Highway due to it’s dramatic change from a coastal highway at sea level to quickly being a full-on mountain highway with an elevation of over 700 metres.” Notes courtesy of The Sea to Sky Gondola Website.
Sea to Sky Gondola Virtual tour: http://www.seatoskygondola.com/visit/virtual-tour

DAY TOURS TO WHISTLER
There are a couple of very good tours to take if you wish to have an enjoyable and memorable day trip up to Whistler. Both tours can be booked via an Agent at the hotel who will be ready to help assist you with any questions and advice. If one tour happens to be sold out, we recommend you try the other as both have similar itineraries, routes and hours. Both tours will pick you up at the hotel and and give you time to explore Whistler Village and will safely bring you back home right to the hotel again!

Vantage Whistler
Vantage Whistler operates daily. The tour starts at approximately 8:00 am in Vancouver picking you up at the hotel and returns by 7:00 pm dropping you back safely at the hotel.
PRICING
Adult / Senior: $125
Youth (13-19): $115
Child (4-12): $75
Toddler (0-3): Free
Need more time in Whistler? We can arrange to bring you back to Vancouver on a different day. Additional $25 per person.
All prices include tax, round trip sightseeing from Vancouver to Whistler, pickup and drop off at your hotel.

About: “Vantage Whistler is a locally owned and operated tour company offering multiple stop sightseeing service from Vancouver to Whistler. In Whistler, our guests have over 4 hours of free time to explore the Village. In Whistler Village, there is an abundance of great restaurants, shops, and attractions. If you are feeling extra adventurous, try the new Peak-To-Peak Gondola.
Vantage Whistler operates tours of maximum 11 guests per van in order to provide you with more comfort and enjoyment. Vantage Whistler operates tours using new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. Why take a bus when you can ride in a Mercedes! Travel in style, comfort, and safety.”
Website:http://www.vantagewhistler.com/

Whistler and Shannon Falls with WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING
Pick up times are 8am – 10 hour tour
Price Starting at $135 per adult – $75 per child (3-12)

Home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and award winning for a reason, Whistler is an internationally renowned, year-round resort nestled in the Central Mountain range. The journey up the Sea-to-Sky Highway is just like it sounds–a winding spectacle of ocean and mountain scenery including the roaring Shannon Falls and cultural Squamish Adventure Centre. As the majestic backdrop of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain unveils before your very eyes, the adventure at Whistler Village is yours to create.

Tour Highlights
Shannon Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in BC
An authentic First Nations experience at the Squamish Adventure Centre
Four-hours of exploring, dining and shopping in the charming, pedestrian-style Whistler Village
Optional activity – Experience the PEAK2PEAK Gondola – the longest and highest lift in the world. (Additional cost)
Website: http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/whistler-and-shannon-falls/