Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

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By Casey Stepaniuk

Some people might insist LGBTQ+ books are only for LGBTQ+ readers, to which I would reply, no way! It’s not that I don’t love LGBTQ+ books that are written with LGBTQ+ readers in mind, but that certainly doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy them. With that in mind, here are some solid holiday book gift options for the people on your list, LGBTQ+ or not.

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Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – Nov. 30, 2016

Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos!

The photographers who have snapped these awesome shots have either tagged us, or have included the #veryvancouver hashtag in their caption.

Follow us on Instagram, tag us in your next snap, and you may see your picture featured here.

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – Nov. 30, 2016

Vancouver’s Comedy Festival, JFL NorthWest, Returns For 10 Days of Laughter February 2017

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Vancouver’s comedy festival, JFL NorthWest, presented in association with SiriusXM, returns for a second year of mid-winter laughs from Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 25, 2017 at multiple venues across Vancouver.

Tickets are on Sale Friday, December 2 at 10am at JFLNorthWest.com!

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Vancouver’s Comedy Festival, JFL NorthWest, Returns For 10 Days of Laughter February 2017

Vancouver’s Next Super Highway? Salish Sea Marine Trail

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Tired of ferry line-ups and traffic jams?  The B.C. Marine Trails Network Association (BCMTNA) has the solution!  Imagine a magnificent, 257-kilometre saltwater route connecting Vancouver’s lower mainland to Victoria.  Granted, you will need to rethink the amount of luggage you are toting as you will require a canoe, kayak or small “beachable” boat to travel along the Salish Sea Marine Trail.  This spectacular route, designed specifically for paddlers, will add an impressive water leg to the Great Trail, previously known as the Trans Canada Trail.  If all goes according to plan the trail will be complete in time for Canada’s 150 birthday celebration in July 2017.  Now that’s a birthday gift!

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Vancouver’s Next Super Highway? Salish Sea Marine Trail

Goh Ballet’s Iconic The Nutcracker Returns to the Stage Dec 15-20 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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One of British Columbia’s most iconic traditions graces the stage once again this holiday season as Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to The Centre in Vancouver for a limited run from December 15th to 20th, 2016.

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Goh Ballet’s Iconic The Nutcracker Returns to the Stage Dec 15-20 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate Christmas With Charlie Brown

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The company of A Charlie Brown Christmas | Photo: Tim Matheson

Christmas cheer is everywhere and Charlie Brown is not impressed. Sleigh bells ring, children sing, and gifts are given as passersby march merrily through the streets bursting with holiday glee. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown stands idly by muttering, “Good Grief!”

Since 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a holiday season staple, gracing the television screens of homes around the world. Based on the comic strip Peanuts, the Christmas special  follows a depressed Charlie Brown on his quest to find the true meaning of Christmas, and thanks to his festive peers, his depression is lifted as he succumbs to the festive spirit.

This year, Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre for Young People brings the animated tale to life with a fresh, modern take on the age-old holiday classic. Here’s what you can expect from this can’t-miss production.

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Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate Christmas With Charlie Brown

Robson Square Ice Rink opens for 2016 season of free ice skating

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Need a date night idea this holiday season? Or, maybe a way to keep your kids busy for a couple of hours? Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink will be opening for the season on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and will remain open until February 14, 2017.

Taking turns around the ice rink has become a favourite Vancouver winter tradition, which is best enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones. The rink is open from morning to late at night and is a magical place to enjoy the holidays. Best of all, if you have your own skates, it’s free!

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Robson Square Ice Rink opens for 2016 season of free ice skating