Win Your Own “Fifty Shades of Romance in Vancouver” Trip!

Fifty Shades Fever!

Fifty Shades Freed will be released in theatres on February 9, and Tourism Vancouver is celebrating the film’s Vancouver presence with a sizzling sweepstakes that’s sure to spice up your Love Day.

Part One of our three-day “Fifty Shades of Romance in Vancouver” campaign features 16 playful activities sure to impress your Valentine’s Day date – whether boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, best friend or favourite family member.

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Win Your Own “Fifty Shades of Romance in Vancouver” Trip!

The 7 Best Ways to See Vancouver


populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

Visiting this fine city of ours for the first time?  Take in all Vancouver has to offer and more by using a few (or all) of the following modes of transportation:

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The 7 Best Ways to See Vancouver

Exploring Vancouver: The Stanley Park Seawall and Beyond

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Dima Sergiyenko visited Vancouver back in July and put together an awesome video showcasing what it’s like for visitors to make their way around Vancouver by bike and public transport.

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Exploring Vancouver: The Stanley Park Seawall and Beyond

Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

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Aquabus tour of False Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think about cruising?  Cocktails on the Lido deck, gourmet meals, shipboard entertainment and exotic destinations?  Well, reimagine cruising and conjure up the image of a little engine that could chugging through the waters of False Creek.  Now add a Canadian flag, a rainbow coloured exterior and voila – Aquabus.  These ferries have been plying Vancouver’s waters since 1983, transporting passengers between stops located along the banks of False Creek.  I decided it was time to discover my inner mariner and spend a day with Aquabus, a staycation so to speak.

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Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

Granville Island Date Itinerary: From Cake Doughnuts to Live Theatre

Flickr: Natty K

Flickr: Natty K

It was around this time of year that I had a stellar date on Granville Island. Warm, sunny days were back in the city, and suddenly, indoor dates in coffee shops and bars seemed less than appealing. I had met this cute guy on-line (again), we had gone on the obligatory first date where we mutually ascertained that neither of us was crazy (I hid my quirks well), and then agreed to meet up again.

Granville Island really is one of my favourite places in Vancouver. I worked at a (now closed) bookstore there one summer, regularly do yoga classes there at Semperviva, and often shop there for groceries and gifts for friends. So, when my date made an impromptu suggestion that we hang out at Granville Island, I gave him an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Our meeting gave me the template for the perfect Granville Island date.

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Granville Island Date Itinerary: From Cake Doughnuts to Live Theatre

Best Metro Vancouver Day Trips to Do Without a Car

aquabusNo need to let the lack of a vehicle prevent you from exploring the multiple attractions in and around Vancouver. Below are a handful of adventures with easy transit options.

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Best Metro Vancouver Day Trips to Do Without a Car

FOUR WATERBORNE WAYS TO BEAT THE SUMMER SIZZLE

Photo:  James Wheeler | Flickr

Photo: James Wheeler | Flickr

There’s no better way to spend a hot day than exploring Vancouver’s Instagram-worthy waterfront, savouring gelato while strolling the seawall, or lounging at Kits Beach. But when the waterways surrounding the city sparkle like diamonds under the summer sun, you’ll feel the irresistible urge to dive headlong into the surf. Here are four ways to get wet in Vancouver:

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FOUR WATERBORNE WAYS TO BEAT THE SUMMER SIZZLE