Vancouver to Get Uber Alternative – New App Works with Existing Taxis

Photo credit: public domain | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: public domain | Wikimedia Commons

Uber may or may not return to Vancouver one day. The taxi alternative with the nifty app operated briefly in 2012 before being forced to withdraw by provincial regulators (who imposed a $75 minimum charge on all rides).

In the meantime, however, a new option has emerged. Four existing Vancouver taxi companies have joined forces and are offering passengers an Uber-style app meant to take the pain out of booking and paying for a cab.

The new eCab system, scheduled to launch some time in May, has a lot in common with the Uber app. Passengers tap the app to summon a nearby cab from Blacktop, Vancouver Taxi, MacLure’s or Yellow Cab. They can track the taxi’s approach in real time on their smartphone to see how close it is.  Payment is all handled through the app so no money changes hands, and you can even rate drivers after your ride.  Continue reading:
Vancouver to Get Uber Alternative – New App Works with Existing Taxis

How to Have a House Party in Vancouver

At The Party

 By Amy Watkins for Inside Vancouver

If you want to have a house party in Vancouver but you don’t actually have a house to hold one in, check out these karaoke joints, supper clubs and cozy bars that have a homely vibe. Just add friends and you’ve got yourself some instant house party fun…
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How to Have a House Party in Vancouver

#VeryVancouver Fridays

View of #Vancouver from #GrouseMountain #NorthVancouver – #VancouverIsland in the distance (Pic taken July 2014)

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Every Friday we feature an Instagram photo that’s been tagged #VeryVancouver. Want to have yours featured? Be sure to follow us @inside_vancouver and tag your photos #VeryVancouver.

Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

IMG_1566Downtown Vancouver has never seen a traffic jam quite like this one.

Five full-size cars have been stacked on top of one another, then perched atop a 20-foot-high cedar stump, all part of a brand new sculpture called Trans Am Totem on the edge of False Creek. Located not far from Science World, the monumental work of art is the latest installation for the Vancouver Biennale, the city’s biannual public art exhibition.

The provocative sculpture is the work of local artist Marcus Bowcott, who spent part of his career towing logs along the Fraser River and around False Creek. For Bowcott, the installation is a commentary on the evolution of the area and the ascendance of consumer, throwaway culture in Vancouver.   Continue reading:
Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show brightens up Museum of Vancouver

Image courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh

Image courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh

You may have already pondered it while bopping along to the infectious tune by Pharrell Williams. But what really makes us happy? It’s time to find out.

On April 23, the Museum of Vancouver premieres a new exhibition, one of the largest in its 120-year history. It focuses squarely on happiness–with the understanding that it’s not so easy to just “get happy”.

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Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show brightens up Museum of Vancouver