Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

One of the best deals for holiday fun in Vancouver is back.

The Robson Square Ice Rink reopens for its 2014-2015 season on Dec. 1. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the covered rink offers free iceskating and $4 skate rentals (If you don’t skate, you can also rent special ice cleats for just $2).

So just how good of a deal is that? Let’s compare Vancouver’s Robson Square with another world-famous inner city ice rink, New York’s Rockefeller Plaza.

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Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

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

Exploration of Nairobi portrait culture opens today

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A first-of-its-kind exhibition reveals the transformation of Kenya’s urban culture through portrait photography.

Opening tonight (Nov. 25) at the Museum of Anthropology, Piga Picha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi includes more than 180 photographs. Many of the images are carefully staged portraits, although some were taken quickly on the streets of Nairobi.

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Exploration of Nairobi portrait culture opens today

Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

Photo:  cellphotography | Flickr

Photo: cellphotography | Flickr

Everybody loves a fancy breakfast—hollandaise sauce, maple syrup, diced fruit, freshly-squeezed orange juice, espresso— all the fixings. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too. That said, there’s also a place in most of our hearts for the classic, greasy spoon breakfast.  You know the kind I mean: two eggs, sausage or bacon, home fries, and weak coffee that you drink by the litre. Does this kind of breakfast pack the same taste or nutritional punch as its more elaborate counterparts? Of course not. But that doesn’t diminish our love for it. There’s a beauty in the simplicity of this classic meal: the no frills, no nonsense, hot-off –the-stove breakfast you find at diners all across North America.

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Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-22 (VIP Prize Package Giveaway!)

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A heart-warming journey into a magical world, the Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker production is the perfect holiday treat for your family. Since the production began six years ago, critics have called it “an outstanding production” (the Vancouver Sun), “a gleaming ornament” (the Georgia Straight) and “the one to see” (the Province). The production quickly became a holiday tradition for Vancouver families and is the only Nutcracker in Vancouver that features live music and a cast composed of more than 200 dancers, including ballet superstar Paloma Herrera from American Ballet Theatre (New York) as the Sugar Plum Fairy. This ballet interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s adored fairy tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is set to the Vancouver Opera Orchestra’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, The Nutcracker Suite.

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Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-22 (VIP Prize Package Giveaway!)