Neighbourhood Spotlight: Six Things to Do in Railtown, Chinatown, and Strathcona

Three of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods are rapidly becoming the hottest “new” hoods in town.

Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, the third largest in North America, is famous for attractions such as the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Millennium Gate. But Chinatown is fast becoming the city’s new hotbed of cool restaurants, cafes, boutiques and designers—all just minutes from downtown.

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Neighbourhood Spotlight: Six Things to Do in Railtown, Chinatown, and Strathcona

Bring Your Book: Three Vancouver Authors Share their Favourite Places in the City to Read

Image by Kyle Pearce | Flickr

A glass skyline that reflects vibrant summer sunsets, moody forests of damp mist after a winter rainfall, a medley of languages that pass by on city sidewalks, and neighbourhoods of coffee shops, used book stores, produce markets and theatre all just a walk away from the water’s edge; Vancouver has many places that inspire stories. And many authors who have been inspired to write here.

We asked four Vancouver authors from the Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2017 list where their favorite places in the city to read are, and here’s what they said:

 

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Bring Your Book: Three Vancouver Authors Share their Favourite Places in the City to Read

Filming in Vancouver: Charmed, Herbie the Love Bug, Van Helsing, and more

The original Charmed TV series ran from 1998 to 2006—but a new version is being filmed.

This week’s roundup of what’s shooting in Vancouver is all about TV series—including two entries that are new takes on previously popular shows.

There’s also a new sci-fi series about pizza workers who become alien hunters, a British period drama about codebreakers who become detectives, and a vampire fighter returns.

All of these shows feature female lead characters—except for one that also features a car as a lead character. And why not?

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Filming in Vancouver: Charmed, Herbie the Love Bug, Van Helsing, and more

Exploring Gastown: Cambie Street

By JP McGlynn; Gastown BIA

Cambie is a lengthy path, running from Water Street to Marine Drive.

In our little portion, one will find such an eclectic mix of inhabitants that you’ll know for sure you’re in Gastown. Here you’ll find one of the best coffee shops in the city, an organic clothing store for babies, a fetish wear shop, a community pub, a meatball speciality restaurant, another great pub, an authentic Korean kitchen, a native art gallery, designer bridal shop, eyewear store, tarot reading and spiritual shop and in a basement – a store called The Basement.

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Exploring Gastown: Cambie Street

Filming in Vancouver: The Predator’s back, Colony wraps, and four new TV pilots are coming

Sci-fi TV series Colony wraps up production on Season 3 this week.

In this week’s roundup of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene, a sci-fi TV series is wrapping up but a predatory sci-fi flick is coming back to town for more filming. Meanwhile, four TV pilots will be flying into town next month to film.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on this week and in the near future in Hollywood North.

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Filming in Vancouver: The Predator’s back, Colony wraps, and four new TV pilots are coming

Filming in Vancouver: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Salvation, Trial and Error, Valley of the Boom

Kiernan Shipka will take on the lead role of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Though it may still be winter, Vancouver’s screen scene is showing more signs of heating up, with a flock of new TV productions on the horizon.

While there isn’t anything starting or wrapping up within this coming week, let’s take a look at what’s coming to Vancouver over the next few months.

In this week’s roundup, we’ve got more details on the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series.

There’s also a new docudrama about the tech industry, and two TV series make the move from other cities to Vancouver for their second seasons.

Intrigued? Well, let’s get to it, shall we?

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Filming in Vancouver: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Salvation, Trial and Error, Valley of the Boom

Filming in Vancouver: Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Katherine Langford, and more

A hammerless Chris Hemsworth is shooting Bad Times at the El Royale in Vancouver.

Two major Hollywood films start shooting today in Vancouver and—needless to say—they’re bringing some pretty big names into town.

So when you’re heading around town, you may happen to see the God of Thunder out and about, or spot what you think is the film set of the next installation of Fifty Shades.

But before you jump to any conclusions, it’s best to read on to find out what’s really going on.

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Filming in Vancouver: Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Katherine Langford, and more