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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/

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/

Busy dates to look out for in Vancouver from January to August 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

2014 was quite the year for the city of Vancouver and our hotel with the tourism industry absolutely booming making it a remarkable and memorable year for us all!

We wish to thank all of our guests for creating a great year for us at The Sunset Inn and Suites hotel and we look forward to another busy year in 2015 and welcome all guests old and new to the Sunset again, we will always strive to make your stay memorable and hope that we add something special to the experience when visiting Vancouver!

We anticipate a high volume of visitors for the city in 2015 and we will like to show you what dates we feel are going to increase the traffic in and around the city, factors into the increase of traffic will likely be influenced by the Cruise ship season, the Vancouver Convention centre and regular annual festivals and events throughout the year. So if you are planning to visit us we hope that you can use this as a guide to see what is happening and help with your trip planning over the coming months.

It\'s You……….Vancouver. Video courtesy of Tourism Vancouver


JANUARY

130th Modern Language Association – 2015 Annual Convention – Jan 8th – 11th
At the Vancouver Convention centre – http://www.mla.org/convention

FEBRUARY
Family Day – Holiday in BC February 9th
Family Day is celebrated on the the 2nd Monday of February in BC, elsewhere it’s the 3rd Monday of February. http://blog.gov.bc.ca/bcfamilyday/

Valentines Day – February 14th
Originally a Christian celebration of matyrs – this date is now used for lovers all over the world as a celebration of their love for each other!

MARCH
TED Conference – Truth or Dare. Vancouver Convention Centre March 16th to 20th
As TED say themselves “Truth and Dare. We dare to think this will, in truth, be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet” https://conferences.ted.com/TED2015/
Vancouver Convention Centre website: http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com/

St Patricks Day – March 17th
This is the day when we are all of a sudden irish – and why not, its a great event that encourages us to have a wee jig, drink some yummy Guinness and dress up in Green to celebrate the emerald isle.

APRIL
Good Friday April 3rd and Easter Sunday April 5th
Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a religious holiday, observed primarily by Christians, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Institute of Scrap recycling Industries – 2015 Annual event. April 21st – April 25th
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is a United States-based private, non-profit trade association representing more than 1,600 private and public for-profit companies – ranging from small, family-owned businesses to multi-national corporations. http://www.isri.org/


MAY

Vancouver Marathon – May 3rd
The Vancouver marathon has been included in the top 10 most exotic races due to the stunning scenery that the racers will be running through! http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/runvan-marathon/

Victoria Day – Statutory holiday in Canada – May 18th
Victoria Day is celebrated in honor of the birthdays of both Queen Victoria and the current monarch of Canada. For many of us this marks the beginning of the Summer Season!

Memorial Day – May 25th
Memorial Day commemorates the brave efforts of the province’s veterans, particularly those who participated in World War I.

JUNE/JULY
FIFA Womens Soccer World Cup 2015 – June 6th – July 5th
The championship has been awarded every four years since the 1991 inaugural tournament held in China, after the first men’s tournament was held 61 years prior. The United States beat Norway 2-1 in the final, to become winners of the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup. The current title holder is Japan. http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/index.html

International league of Dermatological Societies – June 8th – 13th
The International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization. http://web.ilds.org/

JULY
Canada Day – July 1st
Oh Canada! Is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) This came about via the unity of the three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Click here to see what will be happening at Canada Place http://vancouver.fwwc2015.ca/event/canada-day-at-canada-place/

Independence Day (US Holiday) July 4th
Not a Canadian holiday of course, but usually a high volume of visitors come up from the South on their national day!

Institute of Internal Auditors – International Conference July 5th – 8th
Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. The IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security. https://na.theiia.org/Pages/IIAHome.aspx

International AIDS Society – 2015 IAS Conference on HIV July 19th – 22nd
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is an association of HIV professionals, with 16,000 members from 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. http://www.iasociety.org/

JULY – AUGUST
HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks Display- July 25th, July 29th & August 1st
The Honda Celebration of Light is BC’s biggest event. It is not only the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, but it also attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

AUGUST
PRIDE – August 2nd
Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status last year in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world. – See more at: http://vancouverpride.ca/events/pride-parade/#sthash.GOTsWcNe.dpuf

BC DAY – Civic Holiday of BC – August 3rd
British Columbia Day is observed on the first Monday in August similar to civic holidays in other provinces.

Polar Bear Swim & Dine Out Vancouver

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Here is another New Year – and that means a new year full of great events for you to enjoy in Vancouver….

POLAR BEAR SWIM – JANUARY 1st ENGLISH BAY 2pm
Start New years day off with a well earned dip in the Ocean – but wait, its January 1st! This can mean only one thing and that it is the annual Polar Bear swim down at English Bay.
This tradition has been occuring since 1920 and has grown and grown over the years, now it is so popular it has become a staple for vancouverites and tourists alike and now has become so popular that people get into Fancy Dress mode just for the occasion.

Please remember that the waters are extremely chilly at this time of year, they can get to a bone numbing 3c – and if the forecast is correct, it is due to be Sunny but but cold with the air temperature dropping as low as 0c – so make sure that you have warm clothing on hand and ready to bring the temperature back up after you have taken your dip!

Further information regarding the Polar Bear Swim: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/polar-bear-swim.aspx

DINE OUT VANCOUVER JANUARY 16th to FEBRUARY 1st 2015
Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.

Dine Out Vancouver Website: http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/

For further details of any other further events please keep checking out our website as we will be updating the site for any new events in the city!

Christmas Events during December in Vancouver

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Here are the major events that will be happening throughout December and beyond in Vancouver.

The 11TH annual Rogers Santa Clause Parade Vancouver
This annual event really gets you into the spirit of things and marks the time that Christmas is indeed getting very very close now. Here Santa takes centre stage as he and his helpers guide his sleigh through the city streets for all those wanting to meet him at this very special time of year. There will be plenty of things to do for the whole family, from Arts and Crafts, Face painting, Letters to Santa, live music and much much more – this is one event not to be missed!

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 PARADE STARTS AT 1:00PM
Website: http://rogerssantaclausparade.com/

St Pauls Hospital – Lights of Hope
Lights of Hope is an annual fundraising campaign to support St. Paul’s Hospital. The public play an important role because Lights of Hope donations support the greatest needs as they arise throughout St. Paul’s, ensuring that the hospital has the funding to meet them.
Every year, St Pauls recognize donors to the campaign and inspire the community to show their support through a spectacular display of lights on St. Paul’s Hospital, which is built by volunteers using donated materials.

November 27, 2014 to January 12, 2015
Website: http://www.helpstpauls.com/lights-of-hope/

Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights.
Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($4.00 suggested).

From November 27 2014 to January 4 2015
Website: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park – North Vancouver
Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park is one of the most popular attractions for any visitor who comes to Vancouver. An all year round attraction that has events to suit all seasons. Winter is an extra special time as the bridge and the surrounding areas are decked out in gorgeous lights to dazzle your senses – a definite must see attraction if you are visiting with the family you will get to witness the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights.

Canyon Lights is on from November 29, 2014 through to Saturday, January 3, 2015. (Closed Christmas Day – December 25th)
Website: http://www.capbridge.com/explore/canyon-lights/

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain – North Vancouver
Just a few minutes further up the hill from Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park you will find yourself at the gateway gondola to Grouse Mountain.
As always there are always some great festivities to enjoy at the top of this gorgeous setting that has incredible views of the whole city of Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the dominant Mount Baker volcano in the US state of Washington.
At the peak of Christmas you will get to meet Santa Claus, his reindeers, watch some great movies of a festive nature in the Theatre in the sky. You will also be greeted with Christmas carollers, have fun sleigh rides and enjoy Ice skating on their outdoor Ice-rink.

Daily from November 28, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Website: http://www.grousemountain.com

Vancouver Christmas Market – Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
This annual German styled Christmas market is back once again – here you can walk around this alpine themed market that sells great Arts and Craft, you can buy festive themed food and drinks and enjoy all the sparkly decorations and entertainment you can come to expect at this time of year!

Daily from November 22, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Website: http://vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

Carol Ships Parade Of Lights Festival at Harbour Cruises – Vancouver Harbour
50 years ago someone decided it would be a great idea to adorn their boat with bright and sparkly christmas decorations – and thankfully they did as fast forward to this year and over 50 boats now take part in what has become a fantastic Chrstmas tradition in Vancouver.

Daily from December 5, 2014 to December 23, 2014
Website: http://www.boatcruises.com

Christmas at FlyOver Canada – Vancouver
One of the most successful attractions for tourists in Vancouver FLYover Canada has wowed visitors with this fun interactive movie that gets you to see Canada from a stunning birds-eye view perspective – Here you will join Santa as he heads up and over towards the North Pole – which of course as we all know resides in Canada right!?!?!

Daily from December 5, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Website: http://www.flyovercanada.com

102nd Grey Cup festival

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC, Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 03:00 PM
So the time has come for the 102nd Gray Cup final, of course many people who love Football will know that the BC Lions will not be playing this year – however, the show must go on and this Sunday will be the ultimate showdown between The Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus The Calgary Stampeders at BC Place Stadium with the championship of the Canuck Football League and the iconic Gray Cup trophy at stake.

This is the grand final of the CFL hosted at BC Place in Vancouver which is the home to the the BC LIONS Check out all the festivities leading up to the main event beginning on November 26th and ending with the main event at 3pm on Sunday November 30th – Tickets – http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11004C89DA01220A.

GREY CUP PARADE AND FESTIVAL – Saturday November 29th
Statring at Smithe Street and Hornby Street at 10am and finishing by 12:00pm at Dunsmuir Street and Granville Street in downtown Vancouver, the parade will be a celebration of Canuck football, spirit, and the coveted Gray Cup will be on display The parade promises to be an event filled with floats, marching bands and much much more.

FAN MARCH – Beginning prior to the Game at 11.30am march begins at 12.30pm
Join with the fans and march along with them with the Cup through the streets of Vancouver from Jack Poole Plaza to the Festival party outside BC Place.

Website: http://www.102greycupfestival.ca/

BC PLACE STADIUM: https://www.bcplacestadium.com/

CFL Website: http://cfl.ca/article/102gc

BC Lions: http://www.bclions.com/

North Shore mountains have opened early for Ski Season in Vancouver

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Ski season has come exceptionally early to Vancouver all thanks to an early colder snap of weather that is more akin to December and January. After a very soggy October November came by and started to dry out with gorgeous clear and sunny skies to grace the city – this does come at a price at this time of year as it generally means it will be cold. Although not as cool as some of the other provinces were experiencing, it did drop to -4c in Vancouver.

As the rains were beginning to taper off it did manage to get cold enough on the North Shore mountains for the precipitation to fall as Snow. After the skies cleared the temperatures at the top stayed below freezing, this enabled the Snow makers to come out and maximise the colder weather so they could fast track the process and open early!

We encourage you to go and ski or Snowboard over the coming few weeks before the word is well and truly out, not all the Ski tourists have arrived so you can get a chance of riding some great runs without the hills being too crowded! Fingers crossed the skies stay relatively clear as the views from the top of the North Shore mountains is truly stunning!

Vancouver has 3 local ski hills in the area and all have differing routes that will suit your skill levels – there are also some free shuttle buses to Cypress Mountain that you can pick up close to the hotel.

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN
The ski resort is a 30-minute drive north of downtown Vancouver, and has 53 named alpine ski runs (many accessible for night skiing) and 19 km of cross country trails. Snowshoeing tours are also popular. Snow schools and rentals, Cypress Creek Grill, Gold Medal Cafe and Crazy Raven Bar and Grill and a Big Bear Sports retail shop are also located on the premises in the Cypress Creek Lodge.
Cypress Mountain hosted the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Website: http://cypressmountain.com/
Cypress Coach lines (Westend Pickup) this is the closest location to the Sunset Inn & Suites Hotel just a 5 minute walk away- ask staff for details and guidance) http://cypresscoachlines.com/

GROUSE MOUNTAIN
This is the site of an alpine ski area in the winter season overlooking Greater Vancouver with four chairlifts facilitating 26 runs. In the summer, the mountain features lumberjack shows, a birds of prey wildlife demonstration, a scenic chairlift ride, and a 2.9 km (1.8 mi.) hiking trail known as the Grouse Grind. Year-round operations include a 100-seat mountaintop theatre and a wildlife refuge. Public access to the mountain top is by a Swiss Garaventa aerial tramway, or the Grouse Grind hiking trail. They also have ‘The eye in the sky’ Wind turbine located at the top of the mountain which makes this ski hill easy to spot and a fantastic viewing point over looking Vancouver.
Website: https://www.grousemountain.com/

MOUNT SEYMOUR
Mount Seymour is probably your best bet if you are a beginner as some of the runs are not as challenging as the ones to be found on Cypress and Grouse. Seymour is a popular Snow shoeing destination.
Located in North Vancouver, within Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Mt. Seymour has been the choice of outdoor enthusiasts for over 60 years. An easy drive from anywhere in Greater Vancouver, Mt. Seymour draws you out of the city and into a spectacular winter playground. Like the other hills you will experience the breathtaking views of Vancouver, the ocean, Mt. Baker, Washington state, and Vancouver Island.
Website: http://www.mountseymour.com/

Nasa is about to take a trip of a lifetime on a Comet!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

For all the Geeks and Nerds out there this is something that will be incredibly exciting to watch and follow. On November 12th Nasa will be attempting to place a probe on a Comet that is currently buzzing through Space at speeds roughly around a staggering 40,500Mph! The Comet is called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and is classed as short period Comet meaning that its Orbit is small and lasts around 6 years or so to complete its full orbit around the Sun.

This is an incredibly exciting moment for anyone who is interested in Science and Technology as this is a first – it really shows how the Space race has come an incredibly long way from where it all began in the 1950s, and of course the momentous moment when the images of man stepping on the Moon were witnessed for the very first time – this has to be up there in the enormity of this project.

It is a very important project as it is widely believed that Comets quite possibly have an influence as to why there is life on Earth, this is because they hold many properties that are some of the many important ingredients for life, if this is a real possibilty then tentatively it may propel the Science forward to getting ever closer to truly understanding the building blocks of life in the Universe as well as Earth. As the Comet is currently making its way towards the Sun and the lander is successful we may be able to watch live what it is like to be on a speeding Comet that is about to come alive – this is because the materials turn from a Solid state into a Gas from the Suns intense heat creating a large Atmosphere and sometimes the famous Comet tail- also the Comet will be racing through the Asteroid belt which will help Nasa take a look at this neighbourhood that is situated between Mars and Jupiter – exciting times indeed!

This picture show the Comet 67P+(Churyumov-Gerasimenko) from close range and the Jets are beginning to spew into Space.

Fun Facts about Comets – They well and truly stink, due to the fabric of what they are made up of, many of the chemical elements that make up the Comet are Ammonia and Sulfur, down here on Earth we know how smelly they are so it is already now known from this mission that Comets stink like Rotten eggs and urine – gross! Also looking at pictures of Comets it looks like these so called ‘Dirty Snowballs’ are as bright as snow, well that is a trick of the eye due to the intense brightness of the Sun, the colour of Comets (and in fact the Moon) are actually pretty dark more likely the colour of Coal and Asphalt that we use to make Roads.

Vancouver has its own Space Museum called the H.R Macmillan Space Centre – this is not too far away from us, just on the South side of False Creek, you can see it from our 05 rooms, it looks like a giant Wine decanter! Check this place out, no doubt they will be closely following the event as it unfolds and will be able to provide you with some great information.
Website: http://www.spacecentre.ca/

For further information please click on the following links:
European Space Agency – Rosetta Mission http://www.livecometdata.com/comets/67p-churyumov-gerasimenko/

Remembrance Day Vancouver

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

November marks the annual observing of Remembrance Day which falls on November 11th each year. During the week there will be various events happening to mark this moment of commemoration, not just throughout Canada but also other countries from the commonwealth all united in marking their respects to the fallen. These dates are also observed in other non commonwealth countries, this day is also known to many as Poppy day and Armistice day.

Remembrance Day was created after World War 1 to never forget the memory of the many who lost their lives in this most devastating conflict and of course all the others who have lost they lives in other armed conflicts to date.

The Red Poppy is probably one of the most symbolic emblems that has arisen from this day due to the ‘In Flanders field’ poem. The battle at Flanders is widely known to be one of the most deadliest and brutal of all battles, this battlefield among many was where the Red Poppy bloomed and became an appropriate symbol for the lives lost and the colour of the blood that was spilled during those dark days.

The Poem ‘In Flanders Field’. Was written by the Canuck poet John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This is an inscription of the complete poem in a bronze “book” at the John McCrae memorial at his birthplace in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

John McCrae Biography: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/mccrae

This years ceremony’s will no doubt be a very highly charged and emotional event considering the recent killings of 3 men who served in the armed forces in Canada, so we understand that this year will strike a chord with many within Canada as the gravity and significance of what this day means will surely not be lost on us when November 11th comes around.

Remembrance day events in Vancouver.

Remembering Day Service, Remembering Peace
Memorial Service – Sunday November 9, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm
Canuck Memorial United Church
1806 W. 15th Ave, Vancouver
Honouring Remembrance Day and this church’s legacy as a memorial to peace. Rev Beth Hayward reflects on how we come together in communities of hope and collaboration to communicate and bring alive peace in this time. Further than just an absence of war, peace is an active and deliberate call to bring about change within our relationships, within ourselves, and within all creation. In this complex world today, with fear and factions growing, more than ever we are called to bring peace into all our dealings in ways that contribute to bringing about equality and justice for peace on earth. Featuring music from Vancouver’s celebrated Universal Gospel Choir! Free and open to all.

Remembering with Gratitude
Sunday November 9, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm
Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel
838 Hamilton St. Vancouver

Urban Community Baptist Church would like to extend an invitation to all who have served or are currently serving in the Canuck Forces with their family and friends to join us for a special service being held in their honour on Sunday November 9, 2014 at 11:00 am. A free continental breakfast will be served at 10:30 am and all veterans and military personnel will be given a gift.
Website: http://urbancommunity.ca/

Books of Remembrance – Open House, Canuck Memorial United Church
Sunday November 9 13:00 – 15:30
Canuck Memorial United Church
1806 W. 15th Ave Vancouver

A Reflection on War and Peace Join us for music, memories, and reflection in our unique chapel built for peace in honour of those who gave their lives in war. View the only copies of the Books of Remembrance outside of Ottawa and perhaps find family members who gave their lives in hope of peace. Reflect with wonderful instrumentalists as musical accompaniment in this sanctuary for peace. All welcome, all free, refreshments served.
Website: http://canadianmemorial.org/event/books-of-remembrance-open-house-sunday-november-9/

Tuesday November 11th – Victory Square – Vancouver
Here at Victory square will be the main gathering for the memorial of Remembrance day, there will be a strong presence from members of the Armed Forces young and old who will gather and unite with the general public to mark their respects at The Cenotaph. Here we will hold our traditional 2 minute silence to mark the end of the 1st world war. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November) marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when the armistice came into effect. The familiar Bugle call of ‘The Last Post’ will be played as customary at this event, it is a very haunting tune that is familiar to all who serve and attend this memorial.
Vancouver’s Nov. 11 ceremony will be Victory Square’s 90th anniversary. The monument was dedicated in April 1924.

A Great Service – Chor Leoni’s 22nd Annual Remembrance Day Concerts
Tuesday November 11 19:30 – 21:30 St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard Vancouver

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir’s 22rd annual Remembrance Day concerts. With special guest reader Christopher Gaze, O.B.C. Amidst the chaos and brutality of war, soldiers also consoled and cared for each other. Robert Service witnessed these unsung acts of compassion as a WWI volunteer ambulance driver. A Great Service places his harrowing stories alongside musical selections by Gustav Holst, Vaughan Williams, Paul Mealor, and Rupert Lang in this beloved Chor Leoni Remembrance Day tradition. This concert is supported by a major gift from Rob McAllister and James Emery, in loving memory of Shirley McAllister.
Website: https://chorleoni.org/concerts-events/events/great-service/
Christopher Gaze – Director of Bard on the Beach http://www.bardonthebeach.org/artistic-director

Poppy Fund: http://www.poppyfund.ca/

The Legion – Poppy Campaign: http://www.legion.ca/honour-remember/the-poppy-campaign/

Veterans Affairs Canada: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/

November 2014 Events Vancouver

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Take a look at the current and upcoming events in Vancouver during November

STICKBOY – VANCOUVER OPERA – Running until Friday, November 7th
This is one Opera not to be missed and has been receiving some incredible reviews. The subject matter is tough, gritty and is real life true story of Shane Koyczan experiences of being Bullied and being the Bully.

Website: http://www.vancouveropera.ca/whats_on/2014-2015_season/stickboy

Tickets: https://www.vancouveropera.ca/tickets/

REMEMBRANCE DAY – November 11th
This annual public holiday is to commemorate the lives lost during the World Wars 1 and 2 and of course the veterans that we have lost in battle in more recent conflicts. The remembrance day service is traditionally held at Victory Square in Vancouver.

Victory Square
Originally this was the site for Vancouver’s first court house which was built in 1891. It was torn down in 1912 and later was filled with recruiting marquees for World War I soldiers. In 1917 an Evangelistic Tabernacle covering half the site was erected.
In March of 1918 the Provincial Government leased the property to Vancouver for 99 years and it was known as Government Square. Returning soldiers used the site to demonstrate conditions in the dugouts and trenches of the war and carried out military displays firing rockets into the air, all to raise money for charity.
In 1922 the park was given the name Victory Square and in 1924 the Cenotaph was built through public subscription. The cenotaph was designed by G.L. Sharp, architect, town planner and Park Commissioner (1936-1937)

OCEAN WISE CHOWDER CHOWDOWN – November 19th
Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion: Vancouver. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
All proceeds directly support Ocean Wise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.
Please note: This is a 19+ event

Tickets: http://www.vanaqua.org/experience/events/annual-and-upcoming-events/ocean-wise-seafood-chowder-chowdown/vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium: http://www.vanaqua.org/

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE 102nd GREY CUP FINAL – Festival November 26th to the Final on November 30th
BC Place , Vancouver, BC
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 03:00 PM

This is the grand final of the CFL hosted at BC Place in Vancouver which is the home to the the BC LIONS Check out all the festivities leading up to the main event beginning on November 26th and ending with the main event at 3pm on Sunday November 30th – Tickets – http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11004C89DA01220A.

Website: http://www.102greycupfestival.ca/

BC Lions: http://www.bclions.com/

BC PLACE STADIUM: https://www.bcplacestadium.com/