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STANLEY PARK is 125 years old in AUGUST!

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STANLEY PARK!

Stanley park truly is the Jewel in the crown of Vancouver and a beautiful reminder of what Vancouver used to look like before the city itself was born and developed.
2013 is the official 125th birthday of the park and we want to tell you what is happening for this special occasion and what you should see when you get to the park itself.

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Stanley Park is Vancouver’s largest and very first urban park – it is nestled as a green oasis between the downtown peninsula of Vancouver and is connected via the famous and iconic Lions Gate Bridge that forms the artery between the cities of North & West Vancouver and the park over the Burrard Inlet waterway.

Aside from Granville Island the Park is one of the main attractions when visitors come to Vancouver, easily up to 8 million people take their time to experience the Sea Wall, lake, cafes and trails.

CELEBRATE! STANLEY PARK
Bring your family and friends to Celebrate! Stanley Park, on the weekend of August 24 & 25, to celebrate Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary. This event will feature live music and performances, ecological and historical talks and tours and more!

Like the official FACEBOOK page and keep up to date with what will be happening in Stanley Park during August so you are more than ready to join in with the festivities.
https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateStanleyPark?fref=ts

PLACES OF INTEREST IN STANLEY PARK
Here is our best of pick of what to see in the park.

SEAWALL
One of the most stunning seawalls around and its pretty big 8.8km around the park itself – it is ideal for a gentle stroll as there are no hills, or for a good hearty run and bike ride- which we highly recommend. BIKE RENTALS see English Bay Bike Rentals - http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM
A fantastic Aquarium that has various rotating exhibitions throughout the year, the current exhibition is showcasing the world of Jellyfish. The most popular exhibits are the performing Beluga Whales and Otters. You will also be educated about the local ecology of the surrounding waters here.

WEBSITE http://www.vanaqua.org/
FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/vanaqua?fref=ts

SECOND BEACH POOL
One of the most popular and pretty large open air swimming pools, it is heated and has fantastic views of English Bay.

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/second-beach-pool.aspx

THE BROCKTON POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Located at the North east end of the Park, the lighthouse is close to the location of the 9 o clock Gun that is fired everyday at…you guessed it 9pm!

GIRL IN THE WETSUIT – Located close to Brockton point, this is a quirky gem, a cute statue located on one of the boulders at the beach, at high tide it looks like she is floating on the rock.

TOTEM POLES
Located at the North East of the Park – the totem poles are a colourful reminder of the history of the Coast Salish First Nations and the lands that Stanley Park is located upon.

As the summer progresses and we get ever closer to the birthday of this stunning Park, we will be blogging about various other sites of interest in the park, this should enable you to really get stuck in and really discover where all these sites are, there is a lot to see in Stanley Park and all have their special place and story to be told.

DIRECTIONS TO STANLEY PARK
http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/directions-to-stanley-park.aspx

Events happening in June

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

June is shaping up to be quite a busy season, please take a look at the events that are going to rock your socks off in Vancouver…and the best part – many of them are FREE!!!!

TD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – JUNE 21st to JULY 1st
A community based non for profit festival that has been wowing audiences and locals alike since its inception in 1986. Closely connected with other great festivals in the Vancouver calender, this one in particular has grown to be one of the biggest and best! Not only is there Jazz but there will be Blues, World, Creative and improvised music to delight your ears!

http://www.coastaljazz.ca/

RIO TINTO ALCAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL – JUNE 21-JUNE 23
Another very popular Festival – check out the Dragon Boaters as they compete in this wonderful and colourful event, you will likely see them train down by Granville Island and False Creek

http://dragonboatbc.ca/

WEST END FARMERS MARKET – Every Saturday!
Buy locally grown Vegetables and more at the every popular Farmers Market located at the local Nelson Park near the Mole Hill Heritage Houses.

http://met.bcfarmersmarket.org/market/west-end-farmers-market

Restaurants – Staff Picks!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

MALAYSIAN
Banana Leaf
This is a huge hit on the street and they have quite a few locations dotted all over the city. If you like Thai and Indonesian foods then you will surely enjoy this, so many flavours and a massive hit among staff and guests alike.
Hours of operation
Monday – Thursday
Lunch: 11:30am – 02:30pm
Dinner: 05:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday
All Day: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday
All Day: 11:30am – 10:00pm

1043 Davie Street · 604-669-3389

Website:http://www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Banana-Leaf-On-Davie/217808018242157?fref=ts

JAPANESE – “IZAKAYA”
Guu
Located just a 10 to 15 minute walk away from the Hotel on Thurlow St – this is an awesome experience. It is Japanese style Tapas with an electric, authentic and very welcoming friendly atmosphere.

838 Thurlow St/Robson St Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2
(604) 685-8817

http://guu-izakaya.com/robson/

THAI PHO
It is divided 50/50 between 2 very similar places if you are interested in Pho…so we shall let you decide between the two!
Both are Vietnamese Noodle Shops, Excellent Pho Soup and great Thai style Sub sandwiches at an incredibly cheap price.

Pho Central
Hours of operration:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
1118 Davie St.
Vancouver, BC V6E1N2

(604) 669-8638

Pho Goodness
Hours of operation
Sun – Thurs 11am to 10pm
Fri – Sat 11am to 11pm
1183 Davie St Vancouver, BC V6E 4L7

(604) 568-3253

HIGH END FINE DINING (A la carte)
If you interested in fine dining and fancy dressing up for the occasion then following couple of suggestions will be for you. They are great if you are treating someone for a romantic occasion, a birthday treat, or you just quite simply love the fine dining scene…

La Brasserie (French/Alsatian)
Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday–Thursday, 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Friday–Saturday, 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm.
Brunch served Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

1091 Davie St Vancouver, BC V6E 4L2
(604) 568-6499

http://www.labrasserievancouver.com/

Bin 941 – Tapas Parlour
Fantastic Tapas food with an excellent wine list to accompany these delicious dishes.
Hours of operation:
Mon – Sun 5pm to 1.30am

941 Davie Street
Vancouver British Columbia, V6Z 1B9
Telephone Number: (604) 683 1246

http://www.bin941.com/

SUSHI
Sushi Bella
One of the latest additions to the ever growing restaurant scene – this is a place to check out if you love Sushi!

Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat 12 pm – 11 pm.
Sun 12 pm – 10 pm

1175 Davie St
Vancouver BC, V6E 1N2

(604) 559-7707

http://www.sushibella.com/

GRANVILLE ISLAND
Granville Island is a great place for dining out when you are heading down there with the family.

The Sandbar
Next door to the Granville Island Public Market, it is a one of the most popular restaurants in the city and very Pacific Northwest.
They have an amazing balcony with excellent views of the city from Granville Island…
Hours of operation:
Sunday – Thursday | 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday | 11:30am – 11:30pm

1535 Johnston St Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
(604) 669-9030

Website: http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandbarrestaurant?sk=app_190322544333196

Beaches and outdoor Swimming Pools.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The city of Vancouver is surrounded by many gorgeous beaches for you to enjoy, as the season starts to heat up we want to share with you the very best of Vancouver Beaches, swimming pools (Indoor and Out) and other aquatic related centers for all the family to enjoy.

VANCOUVER BEACHES

Downtown Vancouver/Stanley Park
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!

Also close are:
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

Events this May

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here are some exciting events to look out for this month of May.

BMO VANCOUVER MARATHON
SUNDAY MAY 6th
The Vancouver Marathon has to be one of the stunning courses around. Starting off at the gorgeous Queen Elizabeth Park which has 360 degree views of the city and its mountains, and then winding around the South and West of the City along the UBC Campus grounds through to downtown and around Stanley Park and back to the downtown core again, not only do the participants get to stretch their legs but they also will heighten their senses with the spectacular scenery that this city has to offer!
What is even better this year is that it looks likely the Weather is going to be on our side, with the thermometer quite possibly reaching the low 20s C (Mid to high 60s if you work with Farenheit).
So whether or not you are a participant or a spectator, get out there and enjoy the day and make sure to grab the Sunscreen!

http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/

DOXA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 3rd till MAY 12th
Presented by The Documentary Media Society which is a non for profit organization….DOXA returns to wow audiences with the most groundbreaking and innovative and independent Documentary films for you to enjoy.
The Participating theaters are as follows:
VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street
Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway

http://www.doxafestival.ca/festival/program

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BURLESQUE FESTIVAL
We are slightly late on this one, as it started on MAY 2nd and ends MAY 4th.
Burlesque is everywhere, and if you haven’t managed to catch a show then head to this!
Now in its 8th year and growing fast in popularity this is a must see festival!

http://www.vanburlesquefest.com/

RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET Featuring Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Asian cultural foods and more
MAY 17th to OCTOBER 14th
After successfully restarting in 2012 after a 4 year hiatus The Richmond Night Market is back!
Many will say that this night market is the one to see if you want to visit a Chinese market – as the summer season shows signs of its return, the night markets are a great place to visit for some excellent Asian food and cheap goods, it is well worth a visit and we are sure you will come back with your hand full and a satisfied belly!

Click here on how to get there…http://www.richmondnightmarket.com/transit.html

http://www.richmondnightmarket.com/

SPOT PRAWN FESTIVAL
The Festival is a culmination of various events that welcome in the Spot Prawn Season. This is a very popular event especially among the Foodie community that just can’t get enough of their Crustaceans.
Head down to Granville Island from around May 7th and look out for the fun festivities!

http://chefstablesociety.com/spotprawnfestival/

http://www.wildbcspotprawns.com/events/34-wild-bc-spot-prawn-festivals-in-bc

Your guide to get too and from the Sunset Inn/Major attractions…

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Although we may not be in the actual ‘Downtown core’ – we are part of the downtown peninsula that sets the downtown area apart from the suburbs of the greater Vancouver districts.

This blog will explain how far it is to the major attractions and other popular tourist destinations that you may have to travel through, hopefully this will help with answering any of the questions that are required to help towards planing your trip.

To and from VANCOUVER AIRPORT (YVR)
DRIVING – Upon leaving the terminal, you will be on Grant McConachie Way. Travel over the Arthur Laing Bridge. Stay in the far right lane at the end of the bridge onto Granville Street. Continue on Granville Street. After traveling over the Granville St. Bridge into downtown Vancouver, take the second left at Davie Street. Go four blocks up Davie and turn left onto Thurlow Street. Then take the first right at Burnaby Street. The second building from the corner on the right is Sunset Inn & Suites.

JOURNEY TIME -Around 30 mins

CANADA LINE (SKY TRAIN) YVR
Canada Line: First Train YVR/Airport to Waterfront – First Train 5:07am/ Last Train 1:05am
Canada Line: Frequency
Canada Line schedules provided are estimates only and are subject to change based on operational requirements.
Time of day Canada Line

YVR/Airport – Waterfront Canada Line
Peak Hours 6-7 min. 6-7 min. 3-4 min.
Midday 6-7 min. 6-7 min. 3-4 min.
Evening 12 min. 12 min. 6 min.
Late Night 20 min. 20 min. 10 min.
Early Sat, Sun 12 min. 12 min. 6 min.
Sat, Sun & Hol. 7-20 min. 7-20 min. 4-10 min.
*Please note: prior to 5:30 am, the Cordova Street entrance to Waterfront Station is closed. During that time, Canada Line customers should enter Waterfront via the entrance on Granville at Hastings.
Richmond-Brighouse | YVR/Airport | Waterfront
7 days a week First Train Last Train
Waterfront to YVR/Airport 4:48am 1:05am
Waterfront to Richmond-Brighouse 5:30am 1:15am
YVR/Airport to Waterfront 5:07am 12:56am
Richmond-Brighouse to Waterfront 5:02am 12:47am

TRANSLINK WEBSITE http://www.translink.ca/

TAXI-CAB
You can easily hail a cab at the Airport, the price to get from the Airport is roughly around $35 including Tip. (There are plenty of cabs to be found, just look for the signs to tell you where the pick up station is, any cab will be sufficient for your journey).
CAUTION! A MAXIMUM of 4 PERSONS only are allowed to travel in a Taxi Cab when boarding within the City of Vancouver, even if you were able to fit more than 4 when you were travelling from the Airport. This is a city by law.
PRICE $35 (with tip) TIME 30mins

CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
It is always best to order a Taxi-Cab at the hotel if you are heading to the terminal – specify that you may want a Van Taxi if you wish to transport lots of luggage.
You can also hail a cab at the terminal as it is in an area where there are lots of hotels and shops etc, so it is a heavy traffic for Taxi Cabs too.
COST & TIME It will take around 10 mins to get too and from the Hotel and Cruise Ship terminal at Coal Harbour/Canada Place and should cost around $12.

TSAWWASSEN FERRY TERMINAL – VICTORIA (Swartz Bay)
The easiest and most efficient way to get to Victoria from the hotel will be to use the PACIFIC COACH LINES at MAIN ST STATION. Order a Cab at the hotel, then it is a short 10 minute Cab ride to the Station costing roughly $12.
Proceed to the Pacific Coachline desk and here you can purchase your ticket and jump on the Bus. The Bus will transport you directly to Victoria town centre. The trip combines the Ferry Journey, read below to see the breakdown of the cost of travel.

ONE WAY FARES (Not Including Ferry prices)
http://www.pacificcoach.com/Bus-Coach-Travel/Crosswater/Vancouver-to-Victoria

And additional Ferry Cost
http://www.pacificcoach.com/About-Us/Travelling-with-Pacific-Coach

GRANVILLE ISLAND
Driving is an option, although we do strongly advise that you get the False Creek Ferry to and from the Island.
BY CAR – The Following link has the directions and map written out so you can print this if you wish to go by yourself https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&authuser=0

Or you can catch the Cute False Creek Ferry – Just walk South down Thurlow Street and continue along the hill until you reach the SEAWALL
Turn Left on the Seawall and you will walk towards the Burrard Bridge, a few minutes on and you will walk down the path to the Pick up terminal just before you reach the Bridge.

Click on the following link for a Map and Directions – https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&authuser=0

This is the link to the False Creek Ferries – Your destination is The Vancouver Aquatic Centre – http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/fares_schedule.htm

GASTOWN/CHINATOWN
The best way as it is the most direct route is by catching the NUMBER 6 Bus, you can pick this up outside Denny’s on Davie and get off at the Last Stop outside Water-Front Station at the mouth of the Gastown District.

The schedule for the No 6 bus route can be found here….http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire?.a=iScheduleLookup

SHOPPING DISTRICTS (ROBSON ST & METROTOWN)
Robson St is very very close, just a walk Northbound up Thurlow St and in about 10 minutes you will be in the main shopping district of Vancouver!

METROTOWN MALL
This is the Vancouver/Burnaby area largest Mall and can be easily reached via the Number 6 Bus and then change at the GRANVILLE ST SKYTRAIN (Next to The Bay) Use the King George or VCC Clark trains to get to the Mall.

Metrotown Mall Website – http://www.metropolisatmetrotown.com/

To see the Schedules for the Expo/Millenium Lines – click on the following links. http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire?.a=iScheduleLookupSearch&LineName=999&LineAbbr=999

This link is a detailed map on how to get to the Coal Harbour Cruise Ship terminal
https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=vancouver%20cruise%20ship%20terminal&rlz=1C1LENP_enCA521CA521&aq=f&um=1&hl=en&authuser=0&biw=1360&bih=643&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=il

CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE!!!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

At the Sunset Inn we really really do love chocolate and we are pretty sure that many of you love the Chocolate too! So we are going to recommend some of the best little Chocolate shops in town.

If you are unsure about these little sweet treats, why not buy a box and use the Sunset Inn Staff as Guinea Pigs – we are all about the customer service and if we need to take the fall and test your chocolate just come to us at the front desk and we will taste test the product…

There are a few Chocolate makers in the area worth mentioning as they are not only at the top of their game, but, they are also world renowned and proudly Canadian – they have truly stuck to their methods and their roots.

First up is our Manager of the Inn Michael’s pick – he mentioned this place without hesitation – so his choice of chocolate is at Thierrys.

THIERRY | CHOCOLATE PATISSERIE CAFE
Located not too far away on ROBSON ST in the heart of the Vancouver Shopping district. This cute Patasserie will delight your taste buds with their incredible selection of sweets and other delightful delicacies….it will just be like dining at a wonderful Parisian cafe.

1059 Alberni Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1A1

http://www.thierrychocolates.com

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory is the place to be if you want to see how the yummy sweet chocolate is made. You can take the family there to see how the chocolate process is made from scratch…this is quite a Canadian affair too, so get there and enjoy!

1017 Robson St
Vancouver
(604) 688-4100

https://rockymountainchocolatefactory.com

ROGERS CHOCOLATE – GRANVILLE ISLAND
Rogers were founded in Victoria on Vancouver Island way back in 1885 when Charles ‘Candy’ Rogers would make Candies and sell them from the back of his shop in Victoria…he then went onto become a successfull choclate maker and the rest as they say is history….

1571 Johnston St Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
(778) 371-7314

http://www.rogerschocolates.com

Happy Easter everyone!

Explore the Georgia Strait and beyond as Whale watching Season is coming soon!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

In a little under a month the volume of Orca Whales will hopefully start to dramatically increase in numbers, and this can mean only one thing….Whale Watching Season has truly begun!

http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/activities-attractions/whale-watching/

As has been mentioned before, this area of the world is enriched with some amazing nature and wildlife out there, and along with the mass migration of birds in the air, beneath those chilly waters of the Pacific North West we have another type of mass movement happening below.

The most common Whales that many wish to see out on the ocean are the stunning Orca (Killer Whales). If you are out there on a good day you may witness a handful of Whales, however, if you are extremely lucky, you can be the few who will witness Pods of up to 100 whales at a given time….crazy!

Not only are there Orca’s, but you may even get the chance to see Humpback Whales, Mink Whales, Grey Whales and Dolphins…also, where there are these creatures, there will be birds too…you may even catch a swooping Bald Eagle.

Many will know about the Whale Watching industry in the area – and if this is your thing, you will not be let down. The Vancouver area is ideally situated for this industry to thrive so you will have a variety of options to get out onto the seas, so you too can witness this spectacular passing migration of many sea-faring species.

Some tours do operate all year round, while others are just more seasonal, please check out the links below for tours that may suit your needs – and remember, you can always just come to the Front Desk where the staff will be able to assist in booking a suitable tour for you.

PRINCE OF WHALES
Operating all year round and located not only in Vancouver but Victoria too.

http://www.princeofwhales.com/

WILD WHALES VANCOUVER
Wild Whales are based down on Granville Island, so not a million miles from us and definitely an area to visit while you are down there….you can reserve your spot with us at the Front Desk.

http://www.whalesvancouver.com/

STEVESTON SEABREEZE ADVENTURES
Steveston is a very cute fishing village that is close to the US border, this place is quaint cute and cool and is somewhere unique to explore as it has character that looks nothing like Vancouver, so if you are more adventurous than others and want to explore some pretty neat areas and fancy a bit of Whale Watching, this will be ideal for you!

http://www.seabreezeadventures.ca/whale-watching-vancouver/

Here are a couple of cool little tidbits…a couple of years ago, a lone Grey Whale decided to be a Tourist for a couple of days and wanted to go for a wee swim through English Bay and all the way up through False Creek to its furthest end by Science World…it came by for a couple of days – much to the delight of the visitors that were in the area that day. A very rare occurance but it is not the first time. It is thought that this particular Whale may have not found enough food for its own fat reserves and may have decided to take a drastic turn in its ongoing search for sustenance.

The particular Whale is shown in the picture in the top right hand corner of this page! And check out what the media at CTV News had to say about this…

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/grey-whale-wanders-into-downtown-vancouver-1.509376

And some Surfers in Tofino had a close shave with some Orca’s last week….maybe they wanted to join in the surfing fun, or fancied some fit surfers….we will never know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOtntDW0KnM

PuSh Festival @Granville Island…1 more week left

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you are visiting Vancouver this week be sure to visit Granville Island as the PuSh Festival is in its final week (ending on February 3rd).

This is the first major festival of the season and a very good excuse to check out what Granville Island has to offer – and it does offer a lot. From the famous Granville Island market, to artisan bakeries, stylish boutique shops. There is also no shortage of entertainment for all the family, the famous Granville Island Buskers which are a staple for entertainment and they are really really good, you will be very entertained.

For further reading and more in depth information on Granville Island…please take a look at this older blog entry…it should help navigate you as to what is on offer there… http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=64

www.granvilleislandbuskers.com

The Island is also a good spot for dining, you have plenty to choose from most notably The Sandbar which boasts a great balcony area where you can enjoy your meal with an excellent view…and check out Edible Canada too, they have a sweet location right in the hub of Granville Island…perfect to watch the people and the day go by…to reach Granville Island is very easy, roughly a 20 minute journey, you head down Thurlow St and catch the False Creek Ferry, its easy, its cute and its cash only! Ask the Front desk at the Sunset Inn & Suites for further details there…

SAD SACK @ PuSh FESTIVAL
We want to highlight this particular show as it involves Kris Elgstrand who is the husband of our very own Sunset Inn Front desk extraordinaire Arabella Bushnell!!!

The show is a pretty quirky melancholy take on living in Vancouver, it explores the city via the medium of drawings, writings, thoughts and libertations, it was conceived during Vancouver’s darkest and dreary months of fall and winter…hence the title of Sad Sack.

http://sadsack.ca/events/push-festival-sad-sack-by-night

If you like to look at further works from Kris Elgstrand, be sure to check out his own show call ‘Social Anxiety Hour’ which also features our very own Arabella!!! so please come out and support these guys – you will not be disappointed. http://www.legstand.com

Look at some of the reviews from the Georgia Straight

http://www.straight.com/arts/push-festival

Must see events during February 2013

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

It may be low season in the city as we write this blog, but the Vancouver is slowly waking up from its slumber for 2013, please see below some of the events that we feel you should be aware of…Spring is coming and so are the fun festivities…

FAMILY DAY in BC!
As promised by Christy Clark – BC will get an extra long weekend coming their way this coming February. Known as Family Day. This is not a Statutory Holiday, so there should be very little disruption in Vancouver, apart from an extra lay in bed and more time to visit Vancouver…cannot be bad!?!?!

When? Feb 11th Where? Throughout BC

http://www.statutoryholidays.com/family-day.php

ROBSON SQUARE ICE RINK
This is the final few weeks to get your Ice Skates on and enjoy the rink for free…@Robson Square just by the VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery). So make a day of it, have a wee skate and check out some amazing Art, you can even squeeze in a little shopping if the enthusiasm takes you…as Robson St is the Shopping district after all.

Come on down to Robson Square Ice Rink every Friday and Saturday evening for live entertainment from 6 to 9 pm.

When? right through Feb Where? Robson Square (close to VAG under Robson St) Cost? Free (Skate Rentals) $4

http://www.robsonsquare.com/

http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

WINTERRUPTION 2013 FESTIVAL ON GRANVILLE ISLAND
An all ages festival that is now in its 8th year. This is an excellent and fun festival for all the family to enjoy down at the famous Granville Island…here the family can enjoy Theater, Food and Live Music, showcasing some fine local artists and talents.

When? February 22 – February 24 Where? Granville Island

http://granvilleisland.com/winterruption

EVIL DEAD – THE MUSICAL
Get ready to be scared out of your socks and be prepared for a an alternative musical of blood and gore….it will be the perfect treat for your loved one this Valentines Day Weekend….seems an obvious choice for a romantic night out at the Theater.

When? Feb 14th – 16th Where? Waterfront Theater, 1412 Cartwright Street

http://www.evildeadtour.com/vancouver/buytickets/