Gastown BBQ and Chili Fest returns!

2012 Gastown BBQ, outside the Irish Heather.

2012 Gastown BBQ, outside the Irish Heather.

If you like barbecue, chili, live music and outdoor fun in an urban setting, you’ll want to trek over to Gastown Aug. 30 & 31 for the third annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival. Over 12 area restaurants and bars will participate in an outdoor cookout during the weekend event, which includes celebrity judges, live music and even a beer stand.

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Gastown BBQ and Chili Fest returns!

48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on off-the-beaten path shopping destinations to show savvy consumers that there is more to see beyond Robson St.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Shopping Discovery Adventure:
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Good quality walking shoes (you’ll be doing a lot of walking)
• A good quality tote bag (to hold all your purchases in)
• A camera with a good zoom function (For when you want photos of the different neighborhoods)

Day 1

Morning to Early Afternoon-10 am to 1 pm

After an early breakfast in the downtown core, take a 15 to 20 minute walk to the eclectic neighborhood of Gastown.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

Vancouverites Encouraged to Hug for Hunger, Mar. 20

photo: Hugs for Hunger

photo: Hugs for Hunger

First day of spring sees furry mascots hugging to support the Food Bank!

WHAT:
On the first day of spring, cute, furry, and gregarious animals will be waking up from hibernation and giving out hugs to Vancouverites. Spring Advertising will be unleashing the animals/mascots at various locations across the city as part of Hugs for Hunger, a fundraiser to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

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Vancouverites Encouraged to Hug for Hunger, Mar. 20

Microbrew Crawl: 5 Places to Enjoy Craft Beer and Spirits in Vancouver

Yaletown Brewing

Yaletown Brewing

The microbrew revolution may have started in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, but it’s reaching a peak north of the border in Vancouver.

Across the city, dozens of brewpubs and distillers offer visitors a chance to sip and savor artisan suds and spirits. Meanwhile, a new city bylaw allowing onsite lounges at breweries is opening up even more possibilities.

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Microbrew Crawl: 5 Places to Enjoy Craft Beer and Spirits in Vancouver

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

gastown

Founded by a saloon owner and entrepreneur named ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton in the 1860s long before there even was a Vancouver, Gastown is the city’s original neighbourhood.

A statue of Gassy Jack marks the spot where the city was founded and along with the Gastown Steam Clock, is a favourite spot for visitors to grab a photo. Gassy Jack’s legacy lives on today as Gastown is now one of the hippest and trendiest dining and nightlife destinations in Vancouver.

It’s hard to imagine today, but in the 1970s, the city was planning on demolishing the neighbourhood to make room for a 12-lane freeway along the waterfront. Unlike the waterfront in Toronto, Chicago and New York, Vancouver decided to preserve the neighbourhood. It’s now a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown