Vancouver International Auto Show Weekend Getaway (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: The world's only 100% electric Bigfoot monster truck

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All auto buffs should take note that not only is the Vancouver International Auto Show starting on March 24th in all its gleam and glory, but several hotels in the proximity are offering packages so you can attend the show and make a mini-getaway out of it. Once you check-in to your hotel with the great package price, you get your admission passes for the whole family as part of the experience.

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Vancouver International Auto Show Weekend Getaway (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

“Body Worlds for Fish”: See preserved sharks and giant squid (from the inside) at Vancouver Aquarium

Photo sourced from Vancouver Aquarium

Silky Shark. Photo sourced from Vancouver Aquarium

Remember Body Worlds? Back in 2010, the exhibit – which displays preserved human bodies in lifelike poses – made waves when it appeared at Vancouver’s Science World. Well, the same technology is now at the forefront of a brand new exhibition at the Vancouver Aquarium featuring sharks, giant squid and other fish.

Sea Monsters Revealed, on through Sept. 7, shows the internal anatomy of various sea creatures in vivid detail.  Through the miracle of plastination – which replaces water and fat in tissues with a special plastics to halt decay – viewers can get a glimpse inside the kind of fearsome predators of the deep you normally want to admire only at a distance.   Continue reading:
“Body Worlds for Fish”: See preserved sharks and giant squid (from the inside) at Vancouver Aquarium

Snow Battle Comes to Vancouver’s Robson Square on Saturday

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Photo Credit: Yukigassen Japan

On Saturday from 10am till 4pm Robson Square will transform into a Winter Wonderland to host Vancouver’s Canadian Cancer Society Yukigassen Snow Battle 2015. Not heard of Yukigassen? It’s a Japanese sport which involves an epic three period snow battle with snow balls and flag capturing – and you’re invited to take part this weekend. Nathania Lo, Manager of Asian Giving at the CCS told us more.

Why bring this event to Vancouver?

This is our second year, we first heard about from a colleague who had a connection with Yukigassen, it’s a kind of snowball fight but it’s an actual sport with an international federation, created in Japan in the 1980s. They have huge tournaments there. The Canadian chapter was formed about five years ago and they hold a national championship in Jasper, and the winner goes to compete in Japan. We thought it was a good fit for our programme and a good opportunity to introduce a a new sport into our community. Continue reading:
Snow Battle Comes to Vancouver’s Robson Square on Saturday

4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

Image courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Frequent-flyers: Do you love travelling, but hate jet-lag? We hear you!

With so much to see and do in our fabulous city, we want you to be able to experience it all — without the unwanted effects of jet-lag.

These 4 superb spa treatments are guaranteed to rejuvenate tired travellers, melt away stress, and relieve feet and body aches. Continue reading:
4 Vancouver spa treatments that will soothe your body and soles

Vancouver’s hidden factory outlet mall revealed

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Go ahead, ask ‘em. Most Vancouverites couldn’t tell you that there’s an outlet mall mere minutes from the city. In fact, many of the locals who drive across the U.S. border hunting for deals don’t even know about it.

But now you do.

I stumbled across Queensborough Landing a few years ago and have been shopping there periodically ever since. It’s located in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster, which is about a half hour’s drive from Downtown Vancouver in good traffic. (That’s 45 minutes or more during rush hour.)

A strip mall over 400,000 square feet, the shopping centre has plenty of stores to comb for bargains. So what brands will you find?

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Vancouver’s hidden factory outlet mall revealed