Iconic Hard Rock brand returns to Vancouver

The Hard Rock brand is coming back to Vancouver. Photo courtesy Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

The Hard Rock brand is coming back to Vancouver. Photo courtesy Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

The Hard Rock brand has already invaded Vancouver once before. In 1995, a Hard Rock Café opened up on W. Hastings. The music memorabilia-filled restaurant lasted five years before closing up shop. (Something called a “Pop Opera Nightclub” is there now.)

But come December of this year, the iconic brand will return when Coquitlam’s Boulevard Casino is transformed into the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Boulevard).

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Iconic Hard Rock brand returns to Vancouver

Vegas of the North? Inside Richmond’s River Rock Casino

RiverRock_-64It’s at about this time of year – after five months or so of steady clouds and rain – when Vancouverites thoughts turn to . . . Vegas.  Who couldn’t use a few days in the sun, enjoying the slots and sights of Sin City?

There is, however, the little issue of cost.  Flights to Vegas aren’t exactly cheap.  Neither are hotels.  For frugal Vancouverites looking for a cheaper alternative, however, there is another option: a staycation at River Rock Casino Resort in good old Richmond, B.C.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that River Rock isn’t exactly a “Bellagio of the North” and that Richmond might not boast all the allures of Las Vegas Strip.   But – since I needed a break from the rain this weekend – I decided to give it a shot.

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Vegas of the North? Inside Richmond’s River Rock Casino