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Fresh off the Cruise ship – Welcome to Davie Village and the West End.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Cruise-ship season is now in full swing in Vancouver which means the city has a large influx of tourists coming and going from Canada Place. If you happen to be travelling to the city from a cruise we will like to tell about the local area that the Sunset Inn and Suites is situated in, we will also help you out on how you can occupy your time before checking into the room, it is likely you will be checking very very early – so let us show you around Davie Street and Davie Village.

Davie Village has a wealth of great restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from and is by far one of the most colourful districts in all of Vancouver – it is also officially designated as the Gay District of Vancouver hence the stunning array of colour and the famous Rainbow Crosswalk at the intersection of Bute and Davie.
When visiting this neighbourhood, we suggest taking time to wander and meander through the different streets as it is impressive to see how the area changes. Street by street, block by block, you will see the colours, style and shape of each building and apartment look very different from the next one. The trees and various other types of flora are absolutely stunning, especially at this time of year with the Spring colours in full bloom showing an impressive natural display.

Davie Village – our local colourful community.
Davie Village is a 3 block area of Davie Street that runs East to West from Burrard St to Jervis St that is jammed packed with amazing restaurants of all ethnicity’s to choose from, there are also plenty of cute small shops to peruse and plenty of Bars with great Patios to choose from.
As we are a full apartment hotel you do have the option to cook using our fully equipped kitchens, the village has a few grocery stores and a great Supermarket to buy excellent groceries.

Take a look at this link courtesy of the West End Business Improvement Association http://westendbia.com/ They have a great colourful website that shows you exactly what Davie street has to offer!

Roedde House Museum and Barclay Square
Coming to visit the famous Roedde House which is part of the Barclay Square complex you will immediately find yourself back in time to the late 1800s era. The house is named after the very first Bookbinder in Vancouver named Gustav Roedde and the house was built in 1893
The house is under the property of the City of Vancouver and way back in 1976 it was decided to be placed under the Heritage building list.
The most unique aspect about this museum is the fact that none of the Artifacts are behind Rope or a Glass box – the idea is that you are literally meant to realistically take a step back in time so you experience the House as it was in 1893.

Barclay Square Gardens
The Roedde House museum is one of a few properties that are built around the gorgeous Barclay Square gardens The gardens are tended by the city and are open for not only the visitors to Vancouver but West End residents alike. The park opened up in 1985 a year before the Roedde House opened for the public – the reasoning behind the park was to encourage more Green spaces in the already congested downtown core, even though there is Stanley Park which is not too far away and is pretty huge, it is still a nice surprise to find a little Oasis among the smaller older properties and the towering high rises.
The museum celebrates its 25th birthday this year. For further information please click here http://westendbia.com/the-roedde-house-museum-turns-25/

The Gabriola House
This was built for a Mr B.T. Rogers who was the founder of B.C. Sugar Refining Co. This Queen Anne style grand mansion, is located on Davie Street and Nicola Street.
This is a gorgeous building that really stands out in the neighbourhood, however unfortunately it is standing derelict at this time with rumours that it will open as a Keg restaurant. Even though the property is currently empty the stunning gardens are still maintained and certainly worth a visit on lovely Summer days.

Beaches & Seawall
Our namesake beach Sunset Beach is just a 5 minute walk down the hill from us where you will False Creek and English Bay meet and as well the Seawall.

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…

So after you have checked in and you have time to kill, leave your luggage with us and get out into the West end it is a great area to explore!

Gardens & Parks to visit in Vancouver during Spring & Summer

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring in Vancouver

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

‘The spirit of Christmas’ Vancouver city tour with Westcoast Sightseeing Tours

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Westcoast Sightseeing tours who run the very popular Hop on hop off Big bus tours are offering a great city tour around Vancouver that will embrace the Christmas spirit while taking in popular attractions.

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS TOUR VANCOUVER – Dec 11th to Jan 4th
Tour Length – 4 hours
Prices Starting at
$70 per adult
$60 per senior
$50 per child (3-12)
Website: http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/vancouver-christmas/

This tour looks to be quite spectacular as it takes in all the dazzling christmas lights that will be transforming areas of Stanley Park, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens and the city itself.

“Experience the multi-cultural holiday cheer of Vancouver with a festive tour though the city’s most impressive Christmas sights. Begin in charming Gastown with a hot chocolate treat. Visit the historically significant Steam Clock, backlit by Christmas lights.
Continue to Canada Place for the exciting FlyOver Canada flight simulation experience. Gaze upon the beautiful Christmas tree display in Jack Pool Plaza, at the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Childhood wonder comes alive at the Bright Nights Christmas Plaza in Stanley Park with over 3 million Twinkling Lights.
Continue along English Bay for a quick tour through Vancouver’s holiday decoration hotspots. Top off this enchanting winter night with the Van Dusen Gardens Botanical’s Festival of Lights. This sparkling tour of Vancouver’s finest light displays is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.”

You can purchase the tickets directly with us at the Front Desk.

Flyover Canada Christmas: http://www.flyovercanada.com/christmas
Canada Place: http://www.canadaplace.ca/
Vancouver Convention Centre – Jack Poole Plaza http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com/jack-poole-plaza-gallery/
Bright lights at Stanley Park: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx
Fesitval of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens: http://vandusengarden.org/visit/whats-happening/featured-events

Visit Victoria, Whistler and more with Westcoast Sightseeing.

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Westcoast Sightseeing offer some amazing tours that will directly pick you up at the hotel and will guide you to your destination such as Victoria on Vancouver Island, Whistler and the North shore area of the North Vancouver city district including Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. Westcoast Sightseeing work in conjunction with Big Bus City tours who we feel are one of the best in the sightseeing business.

VANCOUVER CITY TOUR AND LOOKOUT
Explore Vancouver’s downtown landmarks including Canada Place, the Olympic Cauldron, and bustling Robson Street on your way to the 40-hectare wonderland of Stanley Park. The journey continues through panoramic English Bay, vibrant Granville Island, historic Chinatown and Gastown. Then, board a glass elevator and whisk skyward to a 360-degree observation deck atop the Vancouver Lookout for another perspective on the city’s attractions, history and fascinating facts.

8:30am (May 1 – Sept 30) – 10:00am (Year Round, Daily) 1:30pm (May 1 – Sept 30)

Tour Length: 4 hours
Price Starting at $74 per adult $45 per child (3-11)

VANCOUVER CITY AND CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
If the combination of city sights and a forest escape is your idea of an ideal day-trip, this is the tour for you. Relax and learn with our unique, guided commentary through Vancouver’s vibrant downtown. See spectacular waterfront landmarks including the sails of Canada Place and the bustling Robson Street shopping strip. Then soak in the view over Lions Gate Bridge as we venture to the adrenaline-pumping Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Next up are the sandy shores of English Bay on the west side of Stanley Park, then Granville Island, and a cruise though Chinatown and Gastown.

11:30am (Apr 1 – Oct 31)

Tour Length: 5 to 5.5 hours
Prices starting at $99 per adult $54 per child (3-11)

VICTORIA AND THE BUTCHART GARDENS TOUR
It starts with 90 cruising minutes aboard BC Ferries, and just gets better. With scenery so jaw-dropping you won’t want to blink, relax and enjoy the voyage through Juan de Fuca Straight and the Gulf Islands. From exploring the inner harbour of BC’s capital city Victoria–named after British monarch Queen Victoria–to Butchart Gardens 22 breathtaking hectares of meticulously manicured beauty, this tour delivers a royally spectacular day-trip experience.

7:00am (May 1 – Sep 30) - 8:00am (May 17 – Sep 15) - 9:00am (Apr 1– May 16, Sep 16 – Nov 3, Dec 6 – Dec 29)

Tour Length: 12 to 14 hours

Price Starting at $195 per adult and $99 per child (3-11)

WHISTLER AND SHANNON FALLS TOUR
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.

8:00am (Year Round, Daily)

Tour length: 10 hours

Price Starting at $135 per adult – $75 per child (3-11)

There are more tours to look at and of you go to their website you can find more information on the details of each and every tour that they offer.

Westcoast Sightseeing Website: http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/

Big Bus Hop on Hop off City Tours Website: http://bigbus.ca/home/

2014 Pride Festival and Parade returns to Davie Village and Fireworks!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

It is that time of year once again when over the next couple of weeks our own Davie Village becomes the main focus for the festivities in Vancouver, its our time of the Summer season where the West End comes alive with the fantastic and colourful Pride Parade, Street party and Fireworks display – ending with a bang over the August long weekend.

We will break down how the events will transpire and what you can expect – we hope that you will join us in all the fun!

Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks July 26th July 30th & August 2nd
As we have written previously at the end of July and the very first weekend of August is dominated by the incredible Celebration of Light Fireworks display that lights up all of English Bay – as well as the Fireworks there is also a huge Music Festival called Shorefest that is located down at our namesake Beach Sunset Beach which is little over a 5 minute walk away from us.

Important Information:
Please click on this link for further details as it explains where the festival is located and any Road closures you may need to be concerned about: http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=5642

Pride Festival, Davie Street Party and Pride Parade July 28th to August 4th.
On July 28th Vancouver City Hall will proudly hoist up the familiar Pride rainbow flag to commemorate the beginning of the main festivities – it is a proud reminder of how important this Parade and festival is and how far it has come with recognition and support since the first parade occurred way back in 1978.

Davie Street Block Party – Friday August 1st
Davie Street once again kicks off the long weekend in style with a street party to remember, the 3 main blocks of Davie Village from Burrard Street to Jervis St closes down for the evening for lots of dancing, singing, live music and more – the main event is ticket only and will have booths where you can buy alcoholic drinks, there are also designated areas that are family friendly where there will be plenty of stalls to visit, live music, karaoke and more…..

Tickets for the Beer Garden can be found here – this area is for ages 19 and over only – $10 and available at Little Sisters (1238 Davie Street, Top Drawers (Davie St) – See more at: http://vancouverpride.ca/events/davie-street-block-party-presented-by-barefoot/#sthash.edor7f1a.dpuf

Davie Village Block Party Map:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Davie+St+%26+Bute+St,+Vancouver,+BC/Burrard+St+%26+Davie+St,+Vancouver,+BC/@49.2804426,-123.1334252,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5486722b790e17b9:0x7e5dfa6f45592272!2m2!1d-123.1333493!2d49.2817893!1m5!1m1!1s0x548673d497d96575:0xa77311b3ff332f42!2m2!1d-123.1291853!2d49.2790867!3e2
You can see our location on this map so you can clearly see where we are in relation to all the events.

Pride Festival, Market and Sunset Beach
Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful Waterfront parks that is Sunset Beach! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, community supporters and non-proft organizations. This is a pedestrian event for the general public to come and enjoy the day, watch live performances on the main stage, sample great food at the food zone and dance to DJ’s in the 19+ Beer garden area. After a hot afternoon cheering on the fabulous parade entries, stroll on down to the Pride Festival Family Picnic zone at Jervis and Beach for some delicious street food and cool beverages. The new family fun zone has all kind of kid friendly events.

The Main event – The Pride Parade and Beach Party Finale.
Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s largest flagship events.
Attracting crowds of more than 650,000 the Pride Parade is renowned in the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world. Find your place along one of the most beautiful and diverse parade routes* in the world!

* The parade begins at Robson Street (Shopping district) and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman St and to Pacific then Beach Avenue and finishes at Sunset Beach where the Pride Festival and markets join forces for a spectacular finale.

For full details on the Pride Parade and more click here: http://vancouverpride.ca/events/pride-parade/

Vancouver Pride Parade 2014 Live Stream.
If for some reason you cannot make it to the Parade or just cannot handle the crowds but still want to see the parade there will be a live stream of the Parade as it happens - Click on the clink to enjoy Pride 2014 in real time! http://vancouverpride.ca/live-stream-2014-pride-parade/

Celebration of Light Fireworks and Shorefest at Sunset Beach

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The Sunset Inn hotel and the West End is getting ready for the return of the annual Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks display.
The first of 3 displays begins on Saturday July 26th with two more following on Wednesday July 30th and Saturday August 2nd which is also Pride Weekend in the district, this spectacular pyrotechnic display that is a staple in the Vancouver Festival calender lights up the sky at English Bay.
The fireworks displays are an actual competition and each year a different country is chosen to create an impressive display all in sync to the music of their choice. Previous participants have used creative ideas such as James Bond theme and The Wizard of Oz film which was fantastic.
This is an event that is by far one of the most popular in Vancouver, and for all those who live in the West End we see this as the true beginning of summer and its time for the West End to show off and party in the gorgeous Summer weather.

Shorefest at Sunset Beach
Not only are we treated to a late evening display there is a live music festival that begins at 2pm down at Sunset Beach which is only a five minute walk away from us. This is a great day out and best of all it is free and runs up until the fireworks display.
The bands are really really good and in the past we have been treated to great live music from well known bands such as The Trews and The Barenaked Ladies to name but a few.
Please click the following link to know what to expect:
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/artists/shorefest-2014

Celebration of light website:http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Sunset Suggestion and tips!
We always suggest that you head straight down to the Beach via the seawall on Thurlow Street to Sunset Beach and towards English Bay…..you do not have to be right at English Bay to see the display, it will be pretty crazy and crowded and if anything Sunset Beach will be quieter with an amazing vantage point, try and go early as there will be plenty of entertainment to occupy you before the big show shoots into the sky at 10pm.

Road Closures at 4pm
This is a major event in the city, and with any huge event such as this you will have to expect road closures, so, we do strongly suggest that if you do have a vehicle this will be the best day to leave it at the hotel, the West End completely shuts down for traffic at around 4pm, so the streets can let around half a million people migrate through the West End towards English Bay.
Click on this link to see the Map of the event road closures – you will see that we are in the closure zone at Burnaby St and Thurlow St. https://www.dropbox.com/s/b6qx1bwbpgwhpoq/HCOL2014%20FINAL%20Site%20map%20with%20flags.pdf

Natural display rivals the fireworks!
In 2009 during the South African display at the celebration of light, a very rare strong thunderstorm moved over the city and very nearly upstaged the event itself, I believe the footage will speak for itself…..the first is a timelapse of the day which is pretty breathtaking, the second video is the full display itself…enjoy!

Swimming Pools and Beaches that you must visit!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Summer officially began on June 21st up here in the Northern Hemisphere – so its a good time to tell you about the excellent beaches and swimming pools you can enjoy!

SUNSET BEACH
Our namesake Beach is just a short 5 minute walk down the hill from the hotel. At Sunset Beach you get to experience some very good views of the The Burrard St Bridge, Granville Island, False Creek and the mouth of English Bay….it is one of our favorite beaches due to its location and the fact that it does not get as busy as the others…and of course you do get to experience some spectacular Sunsets from this vantage point.

ENGLISH BAY (FIRST BEACH)
English Bay is the most popular beach of them all due to its location at the Western side of the city – this is where the West End meets Stanley Park. You can reach English Bay by heading west from the hotel, we feel the best and most scenic route is to walk South to Sunset Beach and then head West along the seawall towards the Iconic Inukshuk
To many locals this is also known as First Beach as it is the first beach you reach as you make your way along Stanley Park.

SECOND BEACH

Heading West along the Seawall from English Bay and after about a 10 minute or so walk you will reach the beginnings of Stanley Park and Second Beach. Not as crowded as English Bay but it can get pretty busy when there are some events happening such as the Outdoor Movies at the height of Summer.
Close by to Second Beach are the Tennis Courts where the Herons annually congregate to raise their young high above the courts. Take the family along where you can enjoy a BBQ and Picnic at Ceperley Meadows and the famous outdoor Second Beach Pool – read further down to the Swimming Pool section for further details.

THIRD BEACH
Keep walking West along the Sea wall and as you start to turn towards the North West you reach the third and largest of the Stanley Park Beaches Third Beach.
Very popular among the locals who are willing to walk a little way around the park, here you will get to see unobstructed views of English Bay, Bowen Island, North Vancouver, The Spanish Banks and UBC towards the Southwest.
At the height of Summer, the beach is very popular among the drumming crowds – its well worth a visit to see the crowds congregate with their drums, especially as the Sun is beginning to set you hear the drummers increase the beat and volume which ultimately ends on a voracious high just as the Sun Sets, its quite the spiritual experience and a great sense of community as another day ends in Vancouver.

Greater Vancouver Beaches
KITSILANO BEACH

Some say this is out little version of California….so check it and lets us know what you think. Its a stunning vantage point of Downtown Vancouver, the North Shore and Bowen Island. There are also some great restaurants here to dine in that overlook the beach. If you like dogs, walk north towards The Maritime Museum and there is the smaller Dog Beach, this place will put a smile on your face!

Close by attractions:
Museum of Vancouver http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/
Bard on the Beach http://www.bardonthebeach.org/
H.R Macmillan Space Centre http://www.spacecentre.ca/

JERICHO BEACH/SPANISH BANKS
Located further West along Kitsilano – Jericho Beach and its parks is a stunning place indeed, with the city of Vancouver out East in the distance and towards the north you have Cypress Mountain dominating the sky line, this is an awesome area to see the Sun set over Vancouver Island at the height of summer.
Check out the Jericho Beach Webcam http://www.jericho.ca/webcam/webcam.html

WRECK BEACH
Wreck Beach is famous really for one thing….and thats the nudists! A world famous nudist beach that is a popular destination in the summer….clothing is optional so you have been warned.
Located at the Western end of the University of British Columbia and flanked by some steep cliffs here you will enjoy stunning views of the Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island.

OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
SECOND BEACH POOL

A very popular outdoor pool for all the family to enjoy – its locations is close to English Bay and by Stanley Park, at the height of Summer the near by Ceperley Meadows is the location for late evening after dark movies, so bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy!
The Pool is heated and has a cafe located nearby if you fancy an Icecream, Hotdog or a Burger.
http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/p/secondbeachpool.htm

KITSILANO POOL

The most popular Outdoor beach of them all, located just to the West of Kits beach, this pool is huge – it is 3 times longer than an Olympic sized pool…pretty impressive!
http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/p/kitspool.htm

NEW BRIGHTON POOL
Located out in East Vancouver on the Burrard Inlet, it is the 3rd open air pool to enjoy.

For further information on Pools and recreation – http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/tp/outdoorpools.htm

INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
AQUATIC CENTER

Just a few minutes walk down Thurlow St from the hotel and at the Foot of Sunset Beach and The Burrard Bridge – The Aquatic Centre is a great all year round facility for Water related activities.
http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vancouver-aquatic-centre.aspx

HILLCREST POOL
The jewel in the crown for Aquatic facilities, Hillcrest is a state of the Art Sports centre than not only boasts a swimming pool, but much more for Sports and recreation.
Located next to the Stunning Queen Elizabeth Park, Hillcrest was the former curling venue for the 2010 Winter Games.
http://www.hillcrestcentre.ca/

Queen Elizabeth Park.. http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx
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Kayaking at the gorgeous Deep Cove

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Vancouver has already enjoyed a glimpse of what Summer may be like, the majority of last week we were graced with some pretty stunning Weather that was certainly more like Summer than mid Spring with gorgeous clear skies and very comfortable temperatures. This is great news for anyone who wants to explore a little further afield and are thinking of taking a dip in the water.

Kayaking in Deep Cove.
In the height of Summer you will see plenty of people head out to the open waters from False Creek to English Bay, some will be canoeing, swimming or paddling along, of all the water sports that are really popular in Vancouver renting a Kayak is by far one of the most popular in and around the area.
You can find places to Kayak close by at Granville Island and English Bay, however, we would love for you to get out and explore just that little bit further to a gorgeous small town that is called Deep Cove.

Deep Cove is a located to the East of the city of North Vancouver and is nestled on the Indian Arm waterway between the mountains of Grouse and Seymour. Deep Cove is named as such as the village is located on a natural cove, the geography and location makes the small town seem like a very secluded spot (with North Vancouver just around the corner), there are some stunning views of the Indian Arm Fjord where you can Kayak along the gentle waters – it is a breathtaking spot.

Kayaks are a great way to get around and enjoy yourself in the water, it doesn’t have to be the most strenuous work and is ideal to just paddle around with friends and family on a sunny Summers day.

Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak
These guys are celebrating their 30th year in business and a thriving business it has been! You will be in very good hands with the Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak team The business has grown exponentially over the last few decades with a starting point of just 16 canoes, 3 rowboats and a few paddleboats, as of 2014 they currently have 150 kayaks and canoes, so you can see how much they have grown in popularity.
These guys are probably the most professional in this business and provide classes, tours and more, they also have a retail store too so you can buy plenty of gear associated with the Kayaking.

Check out their website here:
http://www.deepcovekayak.com/

If you wish to try Kayaking out, just come to Front Desk and we can call these guys for availability and make your reservation with us at the Sunset Inn and Suites.