Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It feels like winter, so let’s celebrate! With one month to go, Vancouver is kicking off it’s Christmas festivities! There is lots in store this weekend – theatre, dance, comedy, markets, festivals, skating, soccer, and more! Enjoy the sunshine and snowy mountain-tops and read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Massive “Urban Resort” Proposed for Downtown Vancouver

Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Flickr

Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Flickr

It looks like downtown Vancouver may be getting an injection of L.A.-style glitz.

A gleaming new “entertainment-focused urban resort,” roughly modelled after the L.A. Live complex around Los Angeles’ Staples Center, has been proposed for the area surrounding B.C. Place stadium, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.

Occupying several city blocks, the $535-million, 675,000-square-foot complex proposed by Paragon Gaming Corp. will feature two new hotels, conference space and stores and will be the new home of the Edgewater Casino, currently housed in the Plaza of Nations building. Continue reading:
Massive “Urban Resort” Proposed for Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Family Day Events Roundup Feb 9 – 11

Photo courtesy of photon_de via Flickr.

Photo courtesy of photon_de via Flickr.

The people spoke and the B.C. answered. The province’s inaugural Family Day will take place this Monday, bridging the holiday gap between New Years Day and Easter. To commemorate this special occasion, many Vancouver attractions will be catering to families wishing to make the most of their time off together. We’ve put together a roundup of things to do around town on B.C.’s first Family Day. Continue reading:
Vancouver Family Day Events Roundup Feb 9 – 11

New Organic Farm Sprouts Next to BC Place

British Columbia is famous as the birthplace of the 100-mile diet.  But residents of downtown Vancouver might be enjoying a one-mile diet later this summer thanks to an urban farm sprouting up right next to BC Place.

Earlier this month, I started noticing empty wooden boxes – first hundreds, then thousands of them – neatly spread out on the parking lot next to the stadium.  Then one day a mountain of top soil appeared at the site.

It turns out that the dusty old lot – which has been sitting empty since Expo 86 – is about to become Vancouver’s largest urban farm.

Forty varieties of organic fruits and vegetables are currently being planted on the two-acre site, everything from strawberries and melons to salad greens and daikon radishes, according to a recent Vancouver Sun article.  The farm is is completely portable – with everything grown in above-ground containers – since the land is on a three-year lease from its owner.

Interested in sampling some of that tasty, hyper-local produce come harvest time?

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New Organic Farm Sprouts Next to BC Place

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, June 1 – 3 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza at the newly refurbished BC Place Stadium. EAT! Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities.

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EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, June 1 – 3 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)