Vancouver’s Classiest Hotel Bars

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photo: Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Yes, comfy beds, great service and an immaculate spa are important. But discerning travelers know that what really makes a great hotel is a great hotel bar.

Fortunately, Vancouver has more than its share of classy, sassy and unforgettable hotel bars. Check out these watering holes on your next stay for a memorable drink and fantastic atmosphere:

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Vancouver’s Classiest Hotel Bars

Rain Blossom Project

Photo: Instagram user @where4

Photo: Instagram user @where4

Located at Spanish Banks, this art installation, called the “Rainblossom Project,” was put up by an anonymous group to celebrate the rain the city receives.

Giant Floating Ferris Wheel Planned for North Vancouver

An artist's rendering of the new Central Waterfront area in North Vancouver

An artist’s rendering of the new Central Waterfront area in North Vancouver

Developers are hoping to give visitors a big new reason to take the SeaBus to North Vancouver.

A massive Ferris wheel built on a pier adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay is among major changes envisioned for a piece of North Vancouver waterfront at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue.

The $25-million development plan, unveiled this week at a council meeting, aims to transform a little-used, industrial shipyard into a tourist mecca and nighttime hot spot, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Work could begin on the project in as little as 18 months.

Apart from the giant Ferris wheel, the “Central Waterfront” area will feature a 21,000-square-foot, multi-use amphitheatre.   Continue reading:
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Giant 227-Metre Aerial Sculpture Coming to Vancouver Waterfront

An artist's rendering of what the new sculpture will look like.

An artist’s rendering of what the new sculpture will look like.

Ready for a new addition to the Vancouver waterfront?

A massive, 227-metre sculpture – longer than two football fields – is set to be installed on the edge of Coal Harbour, between the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, later this month.

Consisting of soft, billowing fabric and other materials, the aerial sculpture is the work of internationally famous artist Janet Echelman, who has installed similar monumental works of art in San Francisco Airport’s new Terminal Two, above the Denver Art Museum and elsewhere.

The sculpture is set to be completed by March 17, timed to coincide with the start of the TED2014 conference in Vancouver (where, incidentally, Echelman is one of the speakers). Continue reading:
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Angry Birds Movie to be Filmed in Vancouver

Vancouver background graphic: www.exclusivevancouverproperties.com

Vancouver background graphic: www.exclusivevancouverproperties.com

Rovio Entertainment has chosen Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver as its primary animation house for the production of the Angry Birds movie, the upcoming animated film based on Rovio’s globally beloved brand.

The film is being produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel. The movie is being directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis; the screenplay is by Jon Vitti. Angry Birds is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.