Gardens & Parks to visit in Vancouver during Spring & Summer

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

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.

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

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.

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

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/

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

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

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!

A story of Hope – Jenna’s story with Hope Air

December 17th, 2014

We are proud to write this particular Blog on some very good friends of ours at the Sunset Inn hotel. For many years now staff members of Hope Air have been staying with us at the hotel as and when a stop over is required in Vancouver.

Hope Air was founded in 1986 and was then originally known as Mission Air Transportation Network Hope Air’s purpose is to arrange free flights for Canadians of all ages who are in need of medical help, financial support and much needed assistance to help them travel to their appointments for their medical needs. The charity arranges free flights for low income Canadians who have to travel long distances to receive health care that is not available in their home community, without the help and support that this charitable organization offers it is unlikely these Canadians will ever get the help they need – so we understand here the enormity of the task in hand.

Flights are arranged in various ways, some flights are flown voluntarily, while seats can be donated by the charity and this includes the charity covering a vast amount of the costs such as taxes and fees – in some cases the seats are purchased completely.

THIS IS JENNA’S STORY – courtesy of Doug Keller-Hobson Executive Director of Hope Air
With the generous support of our national flights partner Sun Life Financial, Hope Air is proud to present this video entitled: Jenna\'s Story – LIFE is brighter with HOPE

An 8 year old girl living in Northern British Columbia who needs vita diabetes care in Vancouver- and how the distance to that care was shortened by Hope Air.
But then Jenna and her family were suprised to have an adventure that they never imagined!
Together with Hope Air, Sun Life gives one little girl and her family the chance to forget what it’s like to live diabetes, if only for one day.
Enjoy this story of HOPE as we approach the Holiday Season.

Website: http://hopeair.ca/

Craft Breweries of Vancouver Tour with West Coast Sightseeing.

December 5th, 2014

The Craft Beer business in Vancouver is booming and at this time of year we get treated to some extra special recipes to suit the Winter season, from tasty Beers such as Winter and Pumpkin Ales to scintillate the taste buds for your pleasure!

Vancouver may not have as many Craft Beers as the city of Portland does – this may be partly to do with the difference in Liquor laws over the border, but, none the less there has certainly been an explosion in the micro-breweries cropping up in Vancouver as people are looking towards this kind of style, here you will come across Beers with more daring recipes and flavours than ever before, also as the market widens there is now an increase in demand for Organic beers, Gluten Free and kosher beers such is the popularity of this business.

Enjoy a Craft Beer brewery tour in Vancouver
WestCoast Sightseeing tours who also operate the popular Hop on and Hop off Big Bus tours are getting in on the game and have created a new tour that will be a hit for any craft beer lover.

Craft Breweries of Vancouver Tour
Vancouver has the largest concentration of Craft Breweries in Canada and is becoming famous worldwide as a Craft Beer lovers must visit destination. This four hour tour will take you to as many as 4 different craft breweries where people with a passion for their craft will showcase their fare.

Tour will pick-up at downtown Vancouver hotels.
Dec 19 – Oct 15, 2015 : Fri, Sat, Sun
Tour Length – 4 hours
Price Starting at $80 per adult

Tour Highlights
Beer Tasting: samplers of each brewery’s specialties and classics
Meet a Brew Master: Learn about their creations and inspiration for new beers
Beer History: Learn about brewing in Vancouver and what takes to make Craft Beer
Vancouver: See and hear about Vancouver from a different perspective

Website: http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/craft-breweries-vancouver/

If you wish to enjoy some beers nearby here is a great bar that has an extensive selection of Craft beers, they also have great food which includes Gluten free options!
UpperDeck Kitchen and Taphouse
1239 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4
(604) 685-5761


Website: http://www.upperdeckondavie.com/
They have a great Sampler you can try if you are undecided for $8
Beer List: http://www.upperdeckondavie.com/beer.php