Enter to Win a Celebration Season Adventure in Vancouver

Photo credit: The Nickersons Photography

This year we are celebrating Canada, and the 150 years we threw a party for on July 1st are just a short part of a history that goes much farther back, through oral traditions, visual art, and even further, carved in the landscapes of the Cascade and Rocky Mountains of BC.

To experience a piece of the rugged far-past and the glass-towered present of our western coast, we would like to send someone on an adventure that’ll take you through the Cascades and to the Rocky Mountains with West Trek Tours and then back to the city to unwind in luxury downtown at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver! While you’re exploring Vancouver, take a stroll through Gastown to galleries and restaurants on your way to choose a pair of limited edition sneakers adorned by local artists at Six Hundred Four so Vancouver walks with you wherever your travels take you next.

Enter to win here!

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Enter to Win a Celebration Season Adventure in Vancouver

Waterfall Encounters – Kayaking to Granite Falls

Silver Falls – Indian Arm – Photo: Rob Weiss

Drawn by the sound of cascading water I could feel my heart beat quicken as I paddled harder through the early morning fog. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by waterfalls. Mesmerizing and inspirational, I often feel humbled by their beauty. A symbol of nature’s power, waterfalls captivate us and stimulate our senses.  Fortunately, you do not need to venture far from Vancouver for a high quality, waterfall encounter.

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Waterfall Encounters – Kayaking to Granite Falls

Acclaimed one-woman coming-of-age story coming to this year’s Monsoon Arts Festival

Nadia Manzoor stars in the one-woman play Burq Off!

Now in its second year, the Monsoon Arts Festival runs from Aug. 6-13 in Vancouver and Surrey. A presentation of the South Asian Arts Society, the festival is bringing to town a critically-acclaimed one-woman play from New York and an Indian classical dance drama performed in Hindi.

See below for more details.

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Acclaimed one-woman coming-of-age story coming to this year’s Monsoon Arts Festival

Life’s a Beach with Chair and Umbrella Rentals at English Bay

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Beach Company

With the amazing weather in Vancouver lately, the best place to spend these long, hot days is next to the water. Beach bums in Vancouver know that one of the hottest spots in town is English Bay Beach.

A water slide and huge raft, beachside fish n’ chips, and non-stop people watching entertainment, English Bay Beach is the place to be in the summer. But, when you’re spending a day at the beach – usually you have to lug down a bunch of chairs, an umbrella, and a huge cooler with you.

Until now! There’s a new crew in Vancouver that’s working to upgrade your beach game in a big way… The Vancouver Beach Company has partnered with the Vancouver Parks Board to provide rental options for chairs/loungers and beach umbrellas for those who want to park themselves at the beach without having to deal with the extra baggage that usually comes with it.

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Life’s a Beach with Chair and Umbrella Rentals at English Bay

Filming in Vancouver: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Eric McCormack, The Arrangement, and more

Johnny Depp

In this week’s roundup of what’s shooting in Vancouver, a bunch of TV series that shot their pilots here a few months back are now kicking off production on their inaugural seasons.

But first up, there’s a big-name Hollywood star shooting a feature film in town—and this city is where he first began his rapid ascent to fame.

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Filming in Vancouver: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Eric McCormack, The Arrangement, and more

War for the Planet of the Apes is the Blockbuster of the Summer, and Vancouver Plays a Starring Role – Win a Trip for 2!

Anticipated to be a box office smash and one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, War for the Planet of the Apes combines a morally complex storyline with eye-popping special effects and stunning scenery – and the latter will be familiar to those who have ever visited Canada’s West Coast. Vancouver and Vancouver Island serve as a stunning backdrop with much of the film showcasing the region’s lush parks, forests and waterfront. Keen to check out the home of the apes firsthand? Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Economic Commission and Vancouver Island North Film Commission have partnered to give away a trip for two to Vancouver and Vancouver Island so you can explore the #HomeOfTheApes firsthand.

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War for the Planet of the Apes is the Blockbuster of the Summer, and Vancouver Plays a Starring Role – Win a Trip for 2!

Five fun things to do at this year’s Powell Street Festival

George and Nariko

George and Nariko, from Australia, perform two sets at this year’s Powell Street Festival.

Each year, the Powell Street Festival celebrates Japanese culture and Vancouver’s Japanese community. Back for its 41st year, the festival has some fan favourites along with some new acts and events. There’s plenty of opportunity for participation, including walking tours, an amateur sumo wrestling competition, and suika wara (where blindfolded contestants try to hit a watermelon). There are also film, music, theatre and literary events; and just about everything, outside of the food, is free.

Here are a few suggestions of what to check out at the Aug. 5 & 6 Powell Street Festival, which takes place in and near the 400 block of Powell, including Oppenheimer Park.

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Five fun things to do at this year’s Powell Street Festival