Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

In 10 days time our annual street parties returns once more to the Westend where we will be entertained with the annual Celebration of Light Fireworks display at English Bay, and the colourful spectacle that is the Vancouver Pride parade and festival which we will write about in our next blog.

The Honda Celebration of Light is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer in Vancouver, Canada since 1990. Three companies representing their country perform a 25 minute fireworks display set to accompanying music. This competition is cited as being the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is broadcast over the radio station LG104.3 FM.

This years participants are China, Brazil & Canada – we are very excited to see what they will show us as these countries have traditional dazzled and wowed the crowds in the past with excellent pyrotechnics that will amaze! The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light competition begins at 10:00pm sharp each night, rain or shine.

SHOREFEST – Sunset Beach Festival – Live Music begins at 2pm at Sunset Beach & Keg Lounge at English Bay at 7.30pm
Just a little over a 5 minute walk from the hotel you will find Sunset Beach and here is where the festivities begin in the day – this is a great family orientated event and is getting bigger and better each year.

As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay. Come down early to the Sunset Beach stage for live music all afternoon. Then move on over to English Bay to catch our feature performers on the stage in The Keg Lounge. This stage plays to the beach – to you the fans – with rock and roll starting at 7:30pm.

For a complete breakdown of the full days Schedule click here:

LOOK UP ON FESTIVAL NIGHTS! 3 amazing Airshows!
At 8:00 PM lift your eyes to the skies and watch for Super Dave, The Skyhawks, and Anna Serbinenko! These three epic air shows are sure to amaze all of you on the three festival nights.
Saturday July 25 “Super” Dave Mathieson.
Wednesday July 29 Canadian Armed Forces “Skyhawks” Parachute Team.
Saturday August 1 “Skydancer” Anna Serbinenko.

FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup Final – BC Place in Vancouver on Sunday July 5th

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The FIFA Women’s Soccer world cup is soon to be reaching the grand final which will be held in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium on Sunday July 5th and what an event it has been to date.

Canada had a great run – some may not agree with this, but to make it in the quarter finals in any tournament as big as this is never an easy feat – so we have to congratulate the girls on their effort and especially their fearless Captain Christine Sinclair. Christine is a local girl and both her uncles have experience playing Soccer so it is no surprise that Christine followed in their footsteps. We feel that the current squad with Christine at the helm has put Women’s soccer in the limelight now and we feel for many years to come – and it is for the very fact that women like Christine can show the world that they are an equal to the men with their skills, technical ability and thought process that makes this game such a delight to watch.

As we type this blog it is hot off the heals of the famous USA victory over Germany which has propelled them to a record 4th Final in the world cup tournament – that is a an impressive feat in itself.
It is ironic that Germany were to lose the game in the manner they did, it was as many feel assumed that if the game was to go to penalties then germany were likely to be victors as this was undoubtedly their strengtht as they had been knocking in some accurate goals under immense pressure. So you do have to feel for the German striker Celia Sasic who missed her penalty shot. As in many games of Soccer – it takes a moment of chaos to turn a game on its head and this seems to be the case in this instant.

So the next game coming up is a huge one – England versus Japan – we will love to know who you think will be the victors? Japan has the massive task of getting through to the final knowing that there is a chance of winning back to back tournaments which is hard to do in any sport! England have made 4 appearances in this tournament in the past and have made it only as far as the quarters – so their tails will be up as they feel they have a chance to go all the way – the team had a very good run leading up to this moment with 10 straight wins on the bounce in the qualifying stages that lead to entry into the world cup.

This tournament has been a boon to the economy of Canada and especially Vancouver – we have witnessed immense interest and pleasure in this world cup and have certainly seen the benefits of all the tourism that has inflated the city this past month – the weather has been exceptional too – warm, dry and perfect for Soccer!

We are looking forward to the final and who knows it could be a very good Independence day for the USA?!?!?!

FIFA Women’s world cup soccer comes to Canada and Vancouver #Canada2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

As the hockey playoffs get closer to the final that is the Stanley Cup we will turn our attention to another very popular event that is Soccer. Vancouver and Canada welcomes the FIFA Women’s Soccer World cup in June where Vancouver will be one of 6 other cities taking part.

The Women’s world cup tournament has been running since 1991 and like the Men’s tournament returns to the world stage every 4 years, it had been 61 years that the first Men’s Soccer world cup tournament preceded the women’s – which was won by Uruguay in 1930, certainly it was long overdue for the ladies to show us their footballing skills!

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is recognized as the most important international competition in women’s football and is played amongst women’s national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body. The current format of the tournament involves 24 teams competing for the title at venues across the host nations country over a period of about three weeks. The grand final game of this tournament will be held in Vancouver at BC place on Sunday July 5th 2015.

Full countrywide schedule of the tournament:

To date only a couple of teams have won the tournament twice – these were Germany in 2003 & 2007, and the USA in 1991 & 1999.

The event in Vancouver will be staged at The BC Place stadium which is the home of the Vancouver Whitecaps (Who incidentally are playing not a bad game these days considering how young the squad is) and the BC Lions CFL team. During June it will be turned into a Soccer haven for probably the best sport of all time.

Just outside BC Place there will be a Fanzone section to enjoy the festivities that this tournament will bring, read the excerpt below taken from the FIFA website.

Fanzone Vancouver at BC Place.
In celebration of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, the City of Vancouver is hosting FIFA Fan Zone in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The FIFA Fan Zone is just steps from BC Place Stadium and will serve as the main gathering place for fans outside of the stadium.

The Vancouver FIFA Fan Zone will feature talented Canadian bands, a large viewing tent, sponsor activations, and a wide selection of food and drink! It will provide fun and enjoyment for people of all ages, and give the public a chance to experience the excitement of Canada 2015!

FIFA Fan Zone Schedule*:
Saturday June 6 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monday June 8 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday June 11 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday June 12 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday June 15 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday June 16 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday June 21 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday June 23 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday June 27 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday July 1 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday July 4 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday July 5 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
* Schedule subject to change


Craft Breweries of Vancouver Tour with West Coast Sightseeing.

Friday, 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


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

They have a great Sampler you can try if you are undecided for $8
Beer List:

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.
Christopher Gaze – Director of Bard on the Beach

Poppy Fund:

The Legion – Poppy Campaign:

Veterans Affairs Canada:

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Over in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh the original and biggest International Fringe Festival is drawing to a close and will end with a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the gorgeous castle and night sky. This is by far one of the biggest performing theatre/comedy Arts festival in the world and if you are a person that is quirky and likes anything that is alternative, then you will enjoy everything that is the Fringe – this is the crowd for you!

Short History
Vancouver also has its own fringe Festival that comes to Granville Island every September – it is modeled after the Edmonton International Fringe Festival which came to Canada in 1982 (which in turn was modeled and influenced by the Edinburgh Fringe Fest).

The first Vancouver Fringe Festival was held in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. In 1995, the festival relocated to Commercial Drive. At that time, the festival introduced “bring your own venue”, in which performers stage performances at places other than those provided by the festival organizers. As of 2013, the Vancouver Fringe Festival runs 11 days in 25 venues, centred on Granville Island, with other performances around the city.

So what to expect at the Fringe, well in all honesty a little bit of everything – there will be no shortage of Theatre that is full of comedy routines, lots of Music and dance that is quintessentially all in the flair and style that is to be expected from the Fringe.

When will the Festival occur?
The Festival runs from September 4 – 14. Tickets are already on sale – Over 80 shows will be performing in just 11 days – so plenty to see all day everyday day. For Ticket information click here –

Where is the Festival held?
Predominantly at Granville Island which is huge culural hub in Vancouver and is home to many performing Arts locations, there is no shortage of theatre and comedy at any given time of year – but of course this is when it really all comes together and is really a great time of year to see out the final few weeks of Summer!

For a full guide on the Full Festival Program click here

Shop with style courtesy of Posh Shopping Tours.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Vancouver has a fantastic shopping scene and it is quite noticeable with the different styles of fashion that the locals choose to wear. The one thing that is very obvious about the fashion in Vancity is that if you find yourself in a different neighbourhood not only is the scenery different but so is the dress sense of the people, fashion seems to dictate the area in quite a remarkable way, and what with Vancouver being known as the City of neighbourhoods it makes sense that each area has an individual style and striking identity. If you are visiting the city and want to treat yourself to a good dose of shopping but do not know where to go or you are simply just at a loose end with ideas, well, help is at hand…

Posh Shopping Tours
Posh Shopping Tours have it all figured out, not only will they help you with your Shopping needs but you will also get to visit the best shopping districts that Vancouver has to offer, we feel this is a great concept as the majority of visitors that come to the city do not get to explore these districts which is a shame. Vancouver is actually a surprisingly small city considering its stature and status in Canada and the world stage, however, many visitors tend to stay put in the ‘bubble’ of the downtown area and like many that live here we tend to stay where we are. Posh Shopping tours will actually take you a that little bit farther afield to some very special districts such as the eclectic and bohemian areas like Commercial Drive (which is in the East Vancouver area), Main St and of course the older and very trendy downtown area that is Gastown and the downtown shopping district that is of course Robson St.

The Tours are run by the wonderful Brandy Kawulka who is a self made entrepreneur – Brandy is no stranger to running a successful business as she and her husband Paul Keller set up their first venture called Wood be Art which specializes in custom made wood furniture and has been a success for quite some time now, they both met in school while studying woodwork so you are seriously talking to the real deal professionals in Wood work.

Brandy’s latest venture Posh Shopping Tours looks set to just grow and grow – Brandy has an obvious eye for detail and is attentive to what people need, it is such a good idea to fuse sightseeing and shopping in one package with someone who is knowledgeable of the surroundings and obviously cares for Vancouver and fashion.

Not only will you be able to shop for what you desire, the tour will also help you get to know the areas you are in while you are at it, so your group will be able to get some sightseeing around the district that has been specifically chosen to suit your needs, and, when you are ready you can shop shop shop to your hearts content.
The tours will completely cater to the fashion and style that you are looking for, so if you are a complete Fashionista that
cannot get enough of the variation of styles such as Vintage, high end expensive brands or something that is cheap and comfy this will be no challenge at all!

So take a look at their website and if you have a group of people that want to shop in style and also see the sights then this will definitely be a great tour for you.


Exploring Vancouver’s West End. Part 3. Beaches and Seawall.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

On Sunday evening the skies were clear and you could feel the warmth of Spring in the air, the breeze had a slight chill to it but nothing to make you uncomfortable or ruin the moment. It was the perfect evening to catch the Sunset at one of the beaches that hug the Seawall around the West End.

Beaches of the West End
Walk westbound for around 10 to 15 minutes down the hill on Davie Street and you will reach the western boundary of the West End district – here you will be greeted by the very popular English Bay Beach and the entrance to Stanley Park with the gorgeous Lost Lagoon dividing suburbia and nature – read our next Blog installment on the West End and we have more to say about the Lagoon.

As the Sun was setting on Sunday April 14th there were many many people who were gathering at the English Bay to see it, we were at the peninsula where the stunning Inukshuk is standing – which is an excellent area to watch the Sun set. The waters of English bay were quite calm and had a stunning metallic gold shimmer with dashes of blue reflecting from the stunning blue skies above. As the Sun was setting the crowds had swollen in size and there were lots of cheering and drumming as the spectacle came to its finale!

Photo courtesy of Kyle Pearce at Unifiedstream – visit their site at

Inukshuk Monument at English Bay
Standing by the Inukshuk you really get to see the beauty that this city has to offer and also the realisation of what a wonderfully cute area that the West End is, the location of the Sunset Inn and Suites hotel is indeed a prime spot for us and our guests.
The Inukshuk itself looks very majestic overlooking the ocean and the North Shore mountains as a great backdrop, it is a great opportunity for some incredible photographic shots and memories of your stay in Vancity. It is also one of the most recognised landmarks in this part of the world and is a symbolic representation for the First Nations peoples and adopted for the Winter Olympic Games of 2010. Traditionally the Inukshuk were used as markers for a point of reference when navigating the land especially during hunting in the more northern climes of Canada- they were also used as Sign posts for settlements in the area.

Click Inukshuk and you will see a great video on the meaning of this symbolic monument is.

Looking at the map, you will find the Inukshuk is located at the South Side of English Bay at the mouth of False Creek – our Hotel is at the same spot marked where the HI Hostel is..

The Seawall
The Seawall is one of the most walked, run and biked paths in Vancouver and at 22km long it encompasses Stanley Park, and much of the Downtown peninsula with a plethora of sights to absorb and photograph- one things for sure you will certainly remember this part of your visit.

Balancing Rocks
We suggest that you walk from English Bay back South to South East where you start to follow the seawall along the opening of False Creek towards Burrard Bridge and Granville Island, along this path you will come across some really cool Rock structures balanced on the large boulders and rocks embedded among the pebbles and sand.
Everywhere you go along the beaches in Vancouver, if there are rocks, there are likely to be plenty that are balancing on top of each other, and as much as you may believe that they are glued on, well, you will be wrong, the glue that is holding them together is quite literally the natural force of gravity and the awesome art of balance!

Rock Pools and Sandy Beaches at Sunset Beach.
Further along the Sea Wall you will notice that there are more options to hang out at the waters edge, here the rocks make way for Sandy beaches and large Logs that have been lined up for you to hang out and have a picnic. This is called Sunset Beach the hotels namesake and is the quieter option in comparison to the popular English Bay.
As the Rockier beaches transition to more Sandy style beaches you can easily explore the area with your family, just be mindful of the tides of course. Along the beaches you can come across some cool Rock Pools and see some smaller fish, crabs and all varieties of colour from the Seaweed and Algae that adorn the rocks and pebbles. It is also a great area to watch all the local Birds such as Geese, Gulls, Crows and the majestic Herons, if you have a really keen eye, you may even catch a glimpse of a Seal popping its head up from the water…

Events that are best seen from Sunset Beach and English Bay during the Summer
There are lots of events that happen in Vancouver throughout the year, here we will highlight a couple of the major events that come to our neck of the woods.

Celebration of Light Fireworks Display.
These Fireworks come to Vancouver every single year and draw in very large crowds of locals and tourists alike every year, the display is a competition that travels the world each year and our turn comes at the end of July and the beginning of August – the masses love to get their prime seat down at English Bay, but for us, we feel that Sunset Beach will do the job and is quieter too, so if you do not like the crowds – Sunset Beach it is!
Celebration of Light:

Pride Parade and Festival.
Davie Village which is adjacent to the Hotel is home to the Gay District of Vancouver so naturally that means we have fun with the annual Gay Pride Parade. This event always happens on the final weekend of the Celebration of Light fireworks.
The Parade winds it way from Robson St through to Denman where the procession ends at Sunset Beach and then the party truly begins!
Vancouver Pride Parade:

For further information on other Vancouver Top Attractions – click here:

In just a matter of weeks the Bears begin to wake up from their hibernation.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

When you come to visit British Columbia you are not only visiting some incredible terrain that encompasses impressive mountains, deserts and a stunning coastline, you are also visiting Bear country.

BC is home to the most populous of bears in all of Canada, roughly half of all Black Bears and Grizzly Bears that are in Canada actually reside in BC, in fact, the majority of the world’s Grizzlies live in Russia and this corner of Canada and of course neighbouring Alaska.
If you are thinking of coming to visit this part of the world at the end of Spring and into Summer, than there is a very good chance you will get to see some of these stunning creatures as they forage for food after their long slumber. These bears will be mighty hungry and probably looking a little thin due to their long period of inactivity.

The bears typically are in deep hibernation during the dark winter months of November and April, it is not the same sleeping time for all the bears as this depends on their location and habitat, that will dictate the length of rest they need to undertake, for example, the bears that live on Vancouver Island and the more southerly coasts of BC will likely have a shorter hibernation period, this is due to the weather not being half as cold or severe and therefore food is more accessible for a longer period of time.

The Hibernation process for the bears is quite an incredible feat. The bears generally make Dens within or close to trees, leading up to the hibernating time the bears will eat as much food as they can so they can pack on the weight so they are able to shut down for the winter. Many of the bears will not even eat, drink, urinate or defecate for a few months and their heart rate can even drop as much as 50 beats a minute to as little as just 10 beats, (which seems pretty crazy), so of course their oxygen intake will drop dramatically and they will likely lose around at least a quarter of their weight due to abstinence of eating and drinking, which again seems crazy, but that is how these creatures roll!!!!

So come May and certainly June and July the bears will likely be out in force ready to fill their hungry bellies on Berries, Salmon and whatever else they can get to sustain themselves. As these are quite cute looking we must also take due care as these creatures as cute as they maybe are an apex predator and all due respect must be given to them, so we advise that if you want to witness the bears in their natural habitat, there are some tours that will specifically help you out with that.

Watching Bears in the wild – Tour Operators
The habitats of the bears in the wild is actually surprisingly close to us, from the North shore mountains of North and West Vancouver you are beginning to live in bear country. If anything, we have been imposing ourselves to their homes hence the reason we see them wandering around the north shore suburbs! So there are a few ways that you can see the bears in person….

Grouse Mountain – Vancouver
A popular destination just a 45 minute journey from downtown Vancouver – in the summer months this is a great place to visit for incredible scenery, hikes and more……they are also home to a couple of bears in their long term home, the poor things are not fit to live in the wild, so they now reside at the top of Grouse mountain quite literally living the high life!

Ocean Adventures Charter Co – North Vancouver
These guys will get you to see the very best that the wilderness has to offer in this part of the world, from Bears to Whales and awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC’s most spectacular landscapes.

Whistler Discovery Tours – Whistler
‘Exclusive Land Rover Excursions’. Our year-round scenic private/semi-private eco-tours will take you to areas rarely seen by most Whistler visitors: Morning/Evening with the Bears, Ancient Rainforest/Eagle Viewing Experience, Hidden Glacier Lake Hike/Snowshoe.