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!

Featured Attraction of the Week: Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a natural history museum in Vancouver, BC.

Explore UBC’s spectacular biological collections, with over 500 exhibits on display. Among the two million specimens housed in the museum, a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium, the third-largest fish collection in Canada, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around BC and across the world. Through a combination of exhibits, hands-on activities, the museum is working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth.
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Back to School for a UBC Day Out

Photo: John Lee

The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

It’s one of Canada’s largest campuses – with dozens of faculties serving 48,000 full-time students – but the University of British Columbia is also among Vancouver’s best day out destinations, combining a surprisingly diverse array of attractions and activities.

Most start at the Museum of Anthropology. Perhaps B.C.’s best cultural attraction, it showcases a kaleidoscopic array of Northwest Coast First Nations artifacts, including a forest of totem poles and a menagerie of bright-painted carvings.

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Back to School for a UBC Day Out

Featured Attraction of the Week: Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Free Tickets!)

photo: Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Welcome to Inside Vancouver’s new “Featured Attraction” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction, and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible you just need to post a comment.

Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore 20,000 square feet of exhibits, visit their teaching lab, and stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth—the blue whale, at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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Featured Attraction of the Week: Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Free Tickets!)

A Vancouver Experience

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The following article was submitted by Charles Duncombe, Director of UK holiday company Holidaysplease. Having heard so much about Vancouver he was determined to try and experience as much of it as possible…

I hate missing out on things. Whether it’s a party, a wedding…anything. You could probably trick me into doing the washing up just by saying that lots of other people have great fun doing it.

I was therefore determined not to miss out on anything that Vancouver had to offer.

I planned my trip with military precision. I chose to stay at the Fairmont Waterfront so I was near attractions in the North of the city such as Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I even planned the direction of our driving to be against the flow of rush hour traffic!

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A Vancouver Experience

Spring Break at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Photo Credit: Derek Tan

What’s better than getting the kids out to do something educational? Getting to do it for free!

Thanks to Year of Science, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is offering free admission to kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult from March 19-April 3. Yes, the accompanying parent does have to buy a ticket ($12), but there are great bargains for seniors, UBC staff, students, and alumni. The museum is open Wednesday-Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and closed for research on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Spring Break at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Chance to See Another Whale in Vancouver (July 17)

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Back in May, a 10-meter-long grey whale swam right into downtown Vancouver, following the curves of False Creek into the heart of the city.  Tourists and locals alike lined up to take photos of the massive animal, whose appearance made headlines in Vancouver and around the world.

But if you missed that whale sighting, don’t worry.  There’s another coming up, and this one even has a time and date.   Just one hitch: This particular whale’s been dead for 23 years.

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Chance to See Another Whale in Vancouver (July 17)