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

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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

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

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

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


130th Modern Language Association – 2015 Annual Convention – Jan 8th – 11th
At the Vancouver Convention centre –

Family Day – Holiday in BC February 9th
Family Day is celebrated on the the 2nd Monday of February in BC, elsewhere it’s the 3rd Monday of February.

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

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

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

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

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


Vancouver Marathon – May 3rd
The Vancouver marathon has been included in the top 10 most exotic races due to the stunning scenery that the racers will be running through!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

Celebration of light website:

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… 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.

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!

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:

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Davie Village and The West End Gay District.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The Sunset Inn and Suites is located in the gorgeous West End Community of Vancouver – this area fills the void between the Downtown core of the city and Stanley Park.

Our location is situated in an area called Davie Village which is in the heart of the Vancouver Gay District of Vancouver. The Village spans over 3 blocks along Davie St beginning from the Eastern Side at Burrard St and ending around Jervis Street to the West.

In 1999 The Davie Street Business Association decided to phrase the area as ‘Davie Village’ and in the process they decided to give the neighbourhoood an uplift by installing colourful Rainbow flags (the official symbolic flag for Gay Pride)on one side of the post, with the other side showing artwork from a local artist called ‘Joe Average’.

We will like to highlight the very best of the Davie Village area so you know where to go for good food and entertainment right on your door step.

Davie Village is absolutely teeming with fantastic restaurants, so much so that it is very difficult not to find anything that you won’t like.
Here we will recommend some of the Staff best picks that we hope you will enjoy! We will begin with the High end right down to the cheap and cheerful!

High end/Fine Dining
A fantastic experience of Tapas in style with a Canadian twist accompanied with an extensive Wine List and local Craft Beers.
A great alternative to BIN 941, this has is Franco/German comfort food in style!
If you like Italian Food and specifically Pasta, then Cafe Luxy is the place for you! Excellent Daily Specials.
A very busy restaurant and an excellent choice if you have a preferance for Latin American style foods, and like the others it has an excellent choice in Fine Wines and Craft Beers.

Mid Range/Affordable
This place is a huge hit among the staff here, if you like Thai, Indonesian style foods, you will love this!
Vancouver Sushi is world renowned and EVERYWHERE! The Staff do gravitate to this establishment, excellent portions!
There are 2 Greek Restaurants in the area, this is great for a dining out experience and directly behind the hotel on Davie St.

Cheap and Cheerful!
Very very busy restaurant for a good reasons, excellent price and huge portions…there is a very long line up, we suggest that you order for pick to skip the line.
PHO GOODNESS (VIETNEMESE) They sell excellent Subs here at the price of $4.75 including Tax, so cheap yet so so good.
MONGOLI GRILL (MONGOLIAN) This is great, you just pick your food and watch it get cooked Ghengis Khan style, suitable for Vegetarians.

THE SCORE – A popular Sports bar with excellent food Specials, even if you are not a sports fan this place will still do the job! Great staff and great atmosphere.
THE SPEAKEASY – A dark and moody setting which is a great place to watch sports with friends and it also boasts a fantastic balcony that can get busy in the summer
1181 Trendy Bar on Davie
THE FOUNTAINHEAD – One of the more popular Gay bars in the area, with a fantastic patio and pool table. This is in institution on Davie Village.
OASIS – Recently renovated this is a gem, it has a club vibe to it and excellent theme nights, Sundays are a great day, with Karaoke on Tuesdays – great fun and great patio space in the summer months too that double the size of the venue.

CELEBRITIES – One of the most popular night clubs in the district and recently renovated, a big hit among the younger crowd.
NUMBERS – Boasting 3 floors, the dancefloor on the main level and more of a pub vibe at the top, it also has a fantastic Karaoke Box where you can scream like a banshee and not annoy the rest of the bar!
THE JUNCTION – A quiet pub in the day and night club after nightfall, hosts quiz nights and drag shows.

JOES GRILL &HAMBURGER MARYS, NEIGHBOURHOOD DINER People tend to like one over the other, both are very very good at breakfast. Hamburger Marys has been a staple in the Davie Village area and in many Gay Districts along the West Coast of North America (it was orginally a Drag Bar diner).
MELRICHES COFFEE HOUSE A local Community Coffee house right in the heart of the village.
BLENZ & STARBUCKS Canadian Vs USA you choose!

This is an institution that has been in the West End for the past 20 years, it sells books, DVD’s Toys and more, certainly for someone with an open mind on books regarding Gender, sexuality and more…

Qmunity is an excellent resource centre for the LGBT community…

Pride Festival