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!

Walk in the Steps of Superheroes in Vancouver

Superheroes in the city.

You don’t need tights and a cape to enjoy a memorable time in Vancouver, but the city certainly attracts superheroes. Whether Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow or Superman, on big and small screens alike these city streets are a (Hollywood) hotbed of crime-fighting, villain-thwarting men and women of steel. Continue reading:
Walk in the Steps of Superheroes in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Spots To Snap Fall Photos Of Your Family

Falling Leaves | Photo: Sonika Arora 604 (Flickr)

Falling Leaves | Photo: Sonika Arora 604 (Flickr)

A family visit to Vancouver in the Fall isn’t complete without a colourful photo of your children tossing leaves into the air, grinning from ear to ear as they gaze at the floating foliage that falls to the ground in reds, oranges, greens and yellows. Fortunately, Vancouver is chock-full of photo-perfect spots to capture those special autumn moments. Here are just 5 of the best places to snap Fall photos of your family in and around Vancouver.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Spots To Snap Fall Photos Of Your Family

Japan in Vancouver

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

With eyes gazing up towards the azure sky, you sink your feet deep into the grass as a fine film of pink petals cascade over you like a delicate Japanese blanket. With nearly 40,000 cherry trees throughout the city, Vancouver transforms into a rose-coloured wonderland as a full spectrum of pink blossoms emerge from their wintery slumber. Further to this, a taste of Japan can also be found in an impressive selection of dining venues, cultural events and annual festivals that simutaneously serve as both transportive experiences while also paying tribute to a culture that helped to shape the city.

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Japan in Vancouver

Come to Your Senses: Touch

touch

The Tea Ceremony at Nitobe Memorial Garden

Explore Vancouver with your senses in Destination BC’s newest video. Here’s how to experience Vancouver’s natural and cultural makeup through touch.

Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Nature lovers know Vancouver has more than its share of exceptional parks and gardens, from 1,000-acre Stanley Park to the tiny .3-acre Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  But there’s one garden that even the most dedicated of outdoor buffs tend to overlook: the Nitobe Memorial Garden on the University of British Columbia campus.

The 2.5-acre garden, tucked away near a set of campus dormitories, happens to be regarded as the best traditional Japanese garden in North America, and one of the finest in the world.

Inside the gates, the garden – a circular pathway around a small lake, all set in the B.C. coastal forest – doesn’t look like much, at least at first glance.  But on closer inspection (and with a little help from the handy brochure), it becomes clear that the traditional Zen garden has been meticulously designed, right down to every leaf and stone. Continue reading:
Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

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