4 Spots in Vancouver to Pamper Your Pooch

WOOF! Dog Shoppe

Image by Tanya King Photography; Image courtesy of WOOF! Dog Shoppe

Did you know that Vancouver is one of the most dog-friendly cities in North America? It is, and we’re proud of it! No matter where you go in this city, you’re bound to bump into at least one pooch out for a stroll with its owner.

Travelling to our city with your four-legged fur-friend is never an issue as we have plenty of top-notch hotels that welcome canine companions with open arms. And when those pups need to let off some steam, Vancouver has numerous dog-friendly parks, trails, and off-leash areas for fun and frolicking.

For those dogs that enjoy being spoiled — whether it be with a special snackie, a nifty outfit, or some pampering — we have many pet stores and spas in Vancouver. Here are four that we recommend you check out. Continue reading:
4 Spots in Vancouver to Pamper Your Pooch

Robson Street to be Transformed into Vancouver’s “Back Porch”

Sourced from City of Vancouver

Sourced from City of Vancouver

There’s nothing like hanging out on your back porch, especially when it’s in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The 800-block of Robson Street, just behind the Vancouver Art Gallery, will be lined with a series of colourful porches this summer for Viva Vancouver’s annual Robson Redux project. The project, now in its fifth year, closes the one-block stretch of Robson Street to traffic and fills it with lively public art. Architects from around the world are invited to submit designs, and the winner receives $40,000 to implement their vision.

This year’s winner, dubbed Porch Parade, beat out 81 other proposals. Continue reading:
Robson Street to be Transformed into Vancouver’s “Back Porch”

“Vancouver Special” Home Exhibit Reflects on City’s Real Estate Boom

Photo sourced from yourvancouverrealestate.ca

Photo sourced from yourvancouverrealestate.ca

The term “Vancouver Special” refers to a style of home design in the city popular from the ’60s through the ’80s.  These two-storey houses, often with brick and stucco facades, aren’t much to look at, architecturally speaking.  But they were designed to be affordable and to maximize square footage on small lots, important features for the influx of immigrants and other buyers who snatched them up.

Now, a new exhibit by artist Ken Lum – best known locally for designing the iconic East Van cross – is looking back at the heyday of the Vancouver Special, with a bit of nostalgia for a bygone era of affordability in the city.  Titled Vancouver Especially, the exhibit consists of a scale model of a Vancouver Special-style home, built on a vacant plot of land on the edge of Vancouver’s Chinatown.   Continue reading:
“Vancouver Special” Home Exhibit Reflects on City’s Real Estate Boom

4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

Image courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Frequent-flyers: Do you love travelling, but hate jet-lag? We hear you!

With so much to see and do in our fabulous city, we want you to be able to experience it all — without the unwanted effects of jet-lag.

These 4 superb spa treatments are guaranteed to rejuvenate tired travellers, melt away stress, and relieve feet and body aches. Continue reading:
4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Fifty Shades Steams up Vancouver

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Fifty Shades of Grey hit theatres in February, though by now Mr. Grey’s saucy antics are old hat to Vancouverites. Much of the innuendo-packed production was shot in downtown Vancouver – though the story is set in Vancouver, WA and Seattle – and half the fun of watching the flick is identifying familiar attractions (The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver! Gastown!). Rub up against these sensual spots on your next trip to the city.

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: Fifty Shades Steams up Vancouver