France in Vancouver

Photo from the Pied-à-Terre website

Photo from the Pied-à-Terre website

From Vincent Cassel to tea and pastries at Ladurée, the reasons to embrace life as a Francophile are plentiful. While feeding this love may typically involve a flight to Charles de Gaulle, satiation of this desire does not have to involve a stamp in your passport as Vancouver boasts an impressive array of all things French.

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An Inside Look: Vancouver’s Acclaimed Museum of Anthropology

photo: Anthony Maw / Flickr

photo: Anthony Maw / Flickr

On the outskirts of Vancouver, in a quiet stretch of Pacific coastal rainforest, is an architectural marvel that’s just as impressive inside as out. Rising like a monumental post-and-beam hut – but made of stark concrete instead of wood – the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is home to one of the world’s finest collections of First Nations art and artifacts.

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An Inside Look: Vancouver’s Acclaimed Museum of Anthropology

Japan in Vancouver

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

With eyes gazing up towards the azure sky, you sink your feet deep into the grass as a fine film of pink petals cascade over you like a delicate Japanese blanket. With nearly 40,000 cherry trees throughout the city, Vancouver transforms into a rose-coloured wonderland as a full spectrum of pink blossoms emerge from their wintery slumber. Further to this, a taste of Japan can also be found in an impressive selection of dining venues, cultural events and annual festivals that simutaneously serve as both transportive experiences while also paying tribute to a culture that helped to shape the city.

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“Beautiful B.C.” is a fact, according to a new poll

English_Bay,_Vancouver,_BCBritish Columbia is “beautiful.” Alberta is “oil.”

A newly released poll from Insights West asked 815 residents of B.C. to choose one word to describe the province.  The overwhelming first choice was beautiful, followed by nature, diverse, scenery and geography.

When residents of B.C. were asked to describe Alberta in one word, the most popular choice was oil, followed by flat, cold, cowboy and barren.  (Interestingly, when Albertans were asked to describe B.C. in a similar poll, their first choice was beautiful, as well. For themselves, they chose hard-working.)

Of course, B.C. is beautiful. With snowcapped mountains, ocean and rugged coasts, dizzying canyons and brooding forests, what’s not to love?  But some creative branding might also have something to do with the responses.  Continue reading:
“Beautiful B.C.” is a fact, according to a new poll

Vancouver Gets a Virtual Reality Studio

unnamedWant to visit the Tuscan seaside without ever leaving Vancouver?

A new virtual reality studio tucked away in Vancouver’s industrial south side is making that – and lots of other virtual experiences – possible. Sawmill studio is bringing high-end virtual technology to the masses, all inside a former sawmill perched on the edge of the Fraser River.

The heart of the unique space is its motion-capture capabilities – i.e. the ability to turn actual people and objects into digital equivalents. For instance, thanks to an iPad equipped with a special sensor at the studio, virtually any object can be scanned in 3D and dropped into a virtual environment (even lifelike avatars of people can be made in a flash).  Users experience this virtual world by putting on a special headset.

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