Chester Meets Helen at the Vancouver Aquarium

photo: Helen and Chester

Helen and Chester | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Chester, the false killer whale rescued last summer on a beach in Tofino, has a new home at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. Following weeks of periodic meetings, Chester has successfully integrated with Helen, a rescued Pacific white-sided dolphin, in his new permanent habitat in the Wild Coast. Visitors can now see him and learn more about this species that is rarely spotted off the coast of B.C.

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Chester Meets Helen at the Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium Named One of the World’s Best Aquariums

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Last week the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre was named a winner of TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards, earning the title of one of the world’s best aquariums by the travel website’s reviewers. The Vancouver Aquarium earned the same recognition in 2014.

More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since it opened in beautiful Stanley Park in 1956. Today, more than 1,500 staff and volunteers work to effect aquatic conservation by engaging visitors and supporters year-round.

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Vancouver Aquarium Named One of the World’s Best Aquariums

Celebrate Bastille Day in Vancouver on July 14 on Granville Island

bd1July 14th is a national holiday in France, and this year Vancouverites can join the French community in a special day of celebration on Granville Island. From kid-friendly fun to dancing after dark, L’association Bastille Day Society invite everyone to try a taste of France and indulge in the some of the marvellous clichés which make their country great. We spoke with Damien Hubert President of the Bastille Day Festival to find out more.

For people who don’t know, can you explain why Bastille Day is special for the French?

It’s a French  national fête day, we have to go back long ago to the 1789 revolution when the people of Paris took the Bastille -the jail– to explain why. To us it’s a symbol of a new democracy, the first step of the people making their own decisions and ever since then it’s been a celebrated French national day. Continue reading:
Celebrate Bastille Day in Vancouver on July 14 on Granville Island

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