Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport are Back for 2015

Take-Off Fridays YVR 2015

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If you thought the Vancouver airport (commonly known as “YVR”) was just a place to catch your flight, eat some Tim Hortons donuts, and buy some duty-free treats, you’d be half right. But this summer, the airport will also be the coolest place to hang out on Friday afternoons for some fun before your flight.

These popular summer celebrations, known as YVR Take-Off Fridays will be held every Friday from July 3rd to August 28th from 9:00am to 3:00pm and will feature treats, music, and spectacular entertainment that will travelers and staycationers alike eager to get to the airport.

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Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport are Back for 2015

Wife-carrying contest adds to Scandinavian Midsummer Fest fun

Photo Credit: Scandinavian Centre on Flickr |Norm Eyford

Photo Credit: Scandinavian Centre on Flickr |Norm Eyford

It’s almost the longest day of the year…and that means it’s time for some good old-fashioned Scandinavian fun. (While northern countries may be dark in winter, their people know how to celebrate the summer light!)

One of Metro Vancouver’s quirkiest festivals is happening this weekend (June 20 and 21). It involves a troll forest, a Viking Village, and men running away with their wives on their backs.

And that’s just the start.

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Wife-carrying contest adds to Scandinavian Midsummer Fest fun

Playland Opens this Weekend with a Thrilling New Ride for 2015

vancouver playland 2015

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Playland at the PNE, Vancouver’s only amusement park, will be kicking off its 2015 season this Saturday, May 16th at 10:00am and will be open every weekend until June 21st, when it will remain open every day of the week for the rest of the summer.

This year, Playland will be introducing a new ride into their lineup of lovable favourites that include the famous Coaster, Corkscrew, Crazy Beach Party, and the Hellavator (full list of rides is here). New for 2015, thrill-seekers can check out “The Beast” a stomach-churning, high-flying monster of a ride!

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Playland Opens this Weekend with a Thrilling New Ride for 2015

How About a Movie Marathon this Mother’s Day in Vancouver?

Studio Ghibli Marathon Vancouver

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Aside from Disney, there is no other collection of animated films loved as widely as Studio Ghibli’s anime feature films that come straight from Tokyo, Japan. The award winning films are beautifully constructed works of art that highlight imaginary worlds full witches, giant rabbit-beasts, robots, and dust balls with eyes.

To celebrate the animated masterpieces, Commercial Drive’s Rio Theatre will be hosting two movie marathons celebrating some of the most popular films to come out of the Studio Ghibli collection. Tonight (May 6th) is the first night of the Studio Ghibli celebration, but after selling out almost instantly, the Rio opted to offer another night dedicated to the beloved movies on Sunday, May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day!).

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How About a Movie Marathon this Mother’s Day in Vancouver?

Hot ice action coming to Vancouver!

Olympic Gold Medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will perform with Stars On Ice at Rogers Arena for the 25th anniversary tour.

Olympic Gold Medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will perform with Stars On Ice at Rogers Arena for the 25th anniversary tour.

For the remaining fans of the Vancouver Canucks, this spring sees a decided lack of hot action on ice.

However, figure-skating fans have a reason to rejoice. The traveling ice show Stars On Ice is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a tour that features an all-star roster. And the tour is making a stop in Vancouver at Rogers Arena May 21.

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Hot ice action coming to Vancouver!