Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

You always knew there was something special about all those jellyfish, otters, wolf eels and Arctic char.  Now the world knows, too.

Vancouver Aquarium has been voted one of the ten best in the world by readers of USA Today.  The aquarium nabbed the seventh spot overall in the newspaper’s 10Best survey, just behind Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and ahead of Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

The survey notes that the aquarium has just completed the biggest expansion in its history, nearly doubling its gallery space.  It now houses some 50,000 animals, with special new exhibits highlighting Red Sea coral reefs and Africa’s Lake Malawi.

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Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Vancouver Ranked Top 10 in the World for Skyscrapers

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Photo credit: MagnusL3D | Flickr

It turns out downtown Vancouver really is a concrete jungle.

Vancouver reached lofty new heights this week, when it was ranked one of the world’s top 10 cities by number of skyscrapers.  With 663 highrises, Vancouver ranks ninth on the list prepared by skyscraperpage.com, between Mexico City and Montreal (full list below).

The top city overall on the list is New York, with 5,894 highrises.  The highest ranking Canadian city is Toronto (2nd overall) with 2,005 highrises. (A highrise is defined as having at least 12 storeys.)

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Vancouver Ranked Top 10 in the World for Skyscrapers

The Best of Vancouver Shopping: A Top 10 List

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This post is an updated version of an article originally written by Dana Lynch.  

Vancouver offers some of the best shopping in the world. For visitors, shopping is always near the top of the to-do list, and that’s doubly true at the holidays.

The great thing about Vancouver shopping is its diversity, with different Vancouver neighbourhoods offering different wares, from the hip and fashionable to the inexpensive and eclectic.

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Top Halloween Activities in Vancouver for 2012

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The days are getting shorter.  There’s a chill in the air.  A suspicious amount of zombies can be found walking Granville Street.  It must be time for Halloween in Vancouver.

As usual, there’s no shortage of Halloween spooks and thrills on tap in Vancouver this year.  Here’s a top 10 list of activities and events to put a little scare in your October.

Anything missing? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.

  • Stanley Park Ghost TrainAfter dark, the miniature rail line in spooky, 1,000-acre Stanley Park takes riders deep into a forest inhabited by characters from Grimm’s Fairy Tales, including Rapunzel, the fairy godmother and the Pied Piper.  Kid-friendlyOct. 5-Oct. 31.
  • Zombie Combat Paintball: Gear up and hunt down marauding bands of zombies in the forests of Surrey.  It’s your team’s mission to rescue a trapped scientist and save the planet from flesh-eating monsters.  Sept. 14-Nov. 15.

Top 10 Things to Do for Spring Break in Vancouver

Vancouver’s schools get out for a two-week spring break starting Monday, March 21, 2011, which means many families will be wondering what to do with the time. Never fear, though—if you’re in Vancouver for spring break, there are lots of fun, cheap, and educational things to do for just the kids or for the whole family.

1. Learn about Stanley Park’s biodiversity at the free Stanley Park Nature House.
2. Take a Shakespeare 101 acting workshop at Vancouver’s Place des Arts (for kids grade 6 – 8).
3. Go CSI at the Forensics for Kids workshops at the Vancouver Police Museum.
4. See the towering totems at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.
5. Spend the day in Steveston, strolling the waterfront and visiting the Gulf of Georgia Cannery salmon museum.

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