Celebrate the Season at the 2014 Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014

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Step into the Vancouver Christmas Market and it will feel like you’re stepping into a whole new world. One with colourful decorations, family entertainment, tasty authentic food, and the spicy aroma of mulled wine.

Open daily from November 22 to December 24, the 5th annual Vancouver Christmas Market is bringing its authentic European market charm to help celebrate the holiday season at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza on 650 Hamilton Street in Downtown Vancouver.

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Celebrate the Season at the 2014 Vancouver Christmas Market

Giant Shiny Cylinder to Replace Gastown Street Clock (temporarily)

Photo sourced from the Make It Rain Kickstarter page

Photo sourced from the Make It Rain Kickstarter page

Feeling a little steam clock withdrawal? There may be a solution.

A pair of Vancouver architects has proposed a temporary fill-in for the famous Gastown steam clock, which has been out for repairs since October.  They want to install a shiny, 27-foot-high cylinder at the site of the existing steam vent.

Dubbed “Make It Rain – A Reflective Cloud Chamber,” the cylinder – to be made of soft, reflective material – will pulse and sway as it fills with steam, creating a living, breathing work of art that reflects, literally, the surrounding buildings, trees and people.

It sure beats the plywood box that’s currently covering the steam vent, and the mock-ups look gorgeous.  Just one problem: It’s going to take $19,500 to make the project happen.

So the architects have turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter.  The project has attracted a groundswell of support, but they still need help to reach their goal.

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Giant Shiny Cylinder to Replace Gastown Street Clock (temporarily)

Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

The first aboriginal boutique hotel in a Canadian city has officially opened in downtown Vancouver.

Skwachays Lodge, located at 29/31 West Pender St. in Chinatown, features 18 unique suites each decorated with a different aboriginal theme. The suites were designed collaboratively by aboriginal artists and interior designers and combine original artwork with high-end furnishings.

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Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

First Impressions, Part 5: Vancouver’s Mountains

High View Lookout Morning Photo Credit: Anders Falk via Flickr

High View Lookout Morning Photo Credit: Anders Falk via Flickr

Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: great sports teams, delicious restaurants, beautiful parks, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

A perfect example? Vancouver’s mountains.

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First Impressions, Part 5: Vancouver’s Mountains

First Impressions, Part 4: Vancouver’s Beer

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Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: Stanley Park, the SkyTrain, Science World, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

Case in point? Your beer.

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First Impressions, Part 4: Vancouver’s Beer