You Otter Know that Saturday Kicks Off Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

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Whether they are diving, playing, splashing about, or holding paws while they sleep, sea otters are undeniably charming . . . some may even say they are “otterly” adorable. More than just a fuzzy face, sea otters play a vital role in coastal ecosystems, keeping kelp forests — which provide a home to marine animals and protect our shorelines from wind and waves — in balance. Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, invites you to celebrate sea otters during Sea Otter Awareness Week. From Saturday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 1, visitors can learn more about sea otters, the challenges they face in the wild, and how to help conserve this cute and crucial species.

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You Otter Know that Saturday Kicks Off Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

Idris Elba hit the Toronto International Film Festival’s red carpets with his new girlfriend from Vancouver, Sabrina Dhowre.

While, inexplicably, egg nog has already hit Vancouver store shelves prior to Halloween, if you happen to see elaborate Christmas decorations around town, they may not necessarily be companies trying to push the Noel season upon us prematurely.

What you might be witnessing are the numerous Christmas TV movies being shot around town.

In fact, there are so many seasonal TV specials being shot here, Vancouver might as well be renamed Hollywood North Pole.

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Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – September 15, 2017

Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos from @Inside_Vancouver!

The talented photographers who snapped these shots have either tagged us in their post or have included the #veryvancouver hashtag in their caption.

Follow us on Instagram, tag us in your next snap, and you may see your picture featured here.

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – September 15, 2017

Vancouver’s Newest Hotel to Debut This Month

Downtown Vancouver’s ever-changing skyline will evolve once again when the city’s newest entertainment destination, Parq Vancouver, opens its doors on Friday, September 29, 2017. A celebratory roll of the dice on the casino floor will mark the occasion at 11 p.m. PST.

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Vancouver’s Newest Hotel to Debut This Month

Vancouver’s Gay Nuns: Get Close and Personal on Sept. 30, 2017

Vancouver’s Gay Nuns | Image via whatsonqueerbc.com

By Casey Stepaniuk

Have you ever heard of Vancouver’s gay nuns? Maybe you’ve seen them marching in one of the Lower Mainland’s Pride parades. Maybe you’ve seen folks dressed up in beautiful elaborate costumes and make-up roaming Davie St in the heart of the gay village at any time of year. Maybe you’ve caught a glimpse of them at an LGBTQ2+ fundraiser. This September 30th, you can have a chance to find out what Vancouver’s gay nuns (also known as the Vancouver Joyful Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) are all about and who they are.

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Vancouver’s Gay Nuns: Get Close and Personal on Sept. 30, 2017

Filming in Vancouver: Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Parker Posey, and more

Parker Posey will be shooting Elsewhere nearby on Vancouver Island.

A number of Hollywood stars have gathered on Vancouver Island to shoot a new feature film, but who knows if they’ll make appearances here in nearby Vancouver? Meanwhile, a Hollywood thriller is wrapping up this week.

We also take a look at some special messages from stars shooting in town.

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Filming in Vancouver: Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Parker Posey, and more

Five Ways to Experience Vancouver’s Local History

The following article was written by Carly Whetter, Communications Assistant at Tourism Vancouver.

As a large port city on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver has a long and curious history. Luckily, locals and visitors alike can immerse themselves in the gritty underbelly of downtown Vancouver with Forbidden Vancouver tours; learn more about First Nations history and cultures with Talaysay Tours; read up on the life of one of the city’s first bookbinders at Roedde House Museum; learn about Canada’s long fishing history at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery; and explore Vancouver’s immigration history at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

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Five Ways to Experience Vancouver’s Local History