The water under Chinatown

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Today’s Chinatown was settled by early Chinese immigrants between 1890-1920, and its history is as long as the city’s as a whole (Vancouver was established in 1886).

The water mains that run below Pender Street were installed in these early years of Chinatown, and are now nearly 100 years old and are some of the oldest pipes in the city. Over time, underground pipes deteriorate, and each year around 6,500 metres of water main are replaced in Vancouver to ensure that places like Chinatown’s great restaurants and businesses can continue to enjoy Vancouver’s great quality water.

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The water under Chinatown

A 16 Year-Old Composer Makes Music in Vancouver

photo: Fraser Jones in False Creek

photo: Fraser Jones in False Creek

Check out 16 year-old composer, Fraser Jones, playing his original piano cover “Once in a Lifetime” at various public pianos throughout Vancouver.

From Compton to Vancouver – here comes the N.W.A. Pop-Up Store

The cast of Straight Outta Compton.

The cast of Straight Outta Compton.

With the release this summer of the biopic Straight Outta Compton, interest in pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A. has never been higher. Because of this interest, as well as a Vancouver connection, the city is getting an exclusive, one-day N.W.A. Pop-Up Store on Saturday, Aug. 29.

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From Compton to Vancouver – here comes the N.W.A. Pop-Up Store

Vancouver Ranked as the #3 Most Livable City in the World

Vancouver is most livable city

Image courtesy of MagnusL3D | Flickr.com

The Economist has just released the 2015 version of their annual list that ranks the most livable (and unlivable) cities in the world and Vancouver has secured the #3 spot for most livable city in the world!

Melbourne, Australia took top honours in first place for the fifth consecutive year, with Vienna, Austria following closely behind. Vancouver placed third, just above Toronto and Calgary. Is it our fabulous scenery? Our world-class food and dining options? The craft beer? Chances are, it’s all of the above.

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NEW VIDEO SHOWS HOW YOU CAN “BE A HOST” IN VANCOUVER

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Question: What do bird-watching, video games and dermatology have in common?

Answer: All were major conventions held in Vancouver recently, and all took place thanks to the energy and passion of local Vancouverites who worked with the Be A Host program to make them happen.

You can “Be a Host”, too, by bringing your organization’s meeting or event to Vancouver. Whether you’re planning a board meeting for 12 people, or a convention for 12,000, the Be A Host program is ready to help.

Intrigued? Check out this new video produced by Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre that features local folks who worked with the Be A Host program to bring their meeting to Vancouver. You could be next!

The Be A Host program is an initiative designed to support local business, academic or cultural leaders in bringing their association, corporate, national or international meeting to Vancouver, thereby supporting Vancouver’s $302-million-dollar meetings industry. Click here to learn more and to contact the team.