Waterfront Sightseeing Adventures with Sea Vancouver (Free Tour Giveaway!)

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Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Whether you’re a first-time zodiac adventurer or a seasoned veteran, we guarantee you’ll have a blast!

Launching from the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Sea Vancouver’s fleet of open-air, purpose-built, zodiac-style vessels are Vancouver’s fastest and safest way to view the city from the sea.

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Waterfront Sightseeing Adventures with Sea Vancouver (Free Tour Giveaway!)

Things to do at Fort Langley this spring

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Over a century and a half ago, a fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia. The location of that original trading post is now known as the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

Taking advantage of history, Fort Langley NHS now boasts numerous family-friendly activities. Here’s a rundown of some of the activities offered at Fort Langley.

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Things to do at Fort Langley this spring

Free, Behind-The-Scenes Tours of 20 Quirky Vancouver Landmarks: This Weekend Only

Photo sourced from doorsopenvan.ca

Photo sourced from doorsopenvan.ca

Ever wondered what those big smokestacks on the south end of the Cambie Street Bridge are for … the ones that spew lots of steam and even light up from time to time? They’re actually attached to the False Creek Energy Centre, the first facility in North America to capture heat from sewage and waste water.  The heat is then returned to local buildings, cutting emissions by up to 60 percent.

If that kind of stuff fascinates you, then you’re in for a treat.  The False Creek Energy Centre and 19 other iconic and sometimes mysterious local buildings will be opened to the public this weekend as part of the inaugural Doors Open Vancouver. On Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (some times vary), you can swing by for free, behind-the-scenes tours that look at the architecture, engineering and history of some real Vancouver landmarks.

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Free, Behind-The-Scenes Tours of 20 Quirky Vancouver Landmarks: This Weekend Only

New All-Access Tour Goes Inside Vancouver’s Historic Orpheum Theatre

Photo credit: MichaelThoeny | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: MichaelThoeny | Wikimedia Commons

You may have seen the big neon sign on Granville Street, but how much do you really know about Vancouver’s historic Orpheum Theatre?

Special walking tours are now giving visitors an inside look at the nearly century-old theatre, which started its life as a vaudeville house.  The 90-minute tours (for the bargain price of $10) shed light on the long, sometimes troubled history of one of Vancouver’s most iconic landmarks.

When it opened its doors in 1927, the Orpheum was the biggest theatre in Canada, built with 3,000 seats at the astronomical cost of $1.25 million.   Continue reading:
New All-Access Tour Goes Inside Vancouver’s Historic Orpheum Theatre

‘Made in Strathcona’ tours focus on Strathcona’s hidden gems

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Strathcona has long been Vancouver’s creative and cultural beating heart. It’s home to many of the founding Eastside Culture Crawl art studios. Strathcona’s numerous multicultural community halls, temples, churches and benevolent houses, not to mention yummy indie eateries, gorgeous heritage homes and a gigantic gellateria – La Casa Gelato – make Strathcona one of Vancouver’s most eclectic areas.

Traditionally bound by Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street, Strathcona is recognized as one of Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhoods (other than millenia-old local First Nations villages).

Today, this east side hood is booming. On May 31 and June 7, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association is hosting two tours where you can explore a few reasons why Strathcona is such a a sweet part of our city. Dubbed ‘Made in Strathcona’ the tours focus on two different streams: manufacturing and hidden gems (May 31) and Strathcona’s creative and food scene (June 7).  Continue reading:
‘Made in Strathcona’ tours focus on Strathcona’s hidden gems

New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

Fort Langley is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia.
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New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop April 12

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Broken City Lab, Make This Better, (2010-ongoing) Ripper’s Vallery, Windsor, Ontario. Courtesy of the artists.

The Canadian Art Foundation presents a gallery hop April 12. Art fiends and fairweather fans alike can take in a variety of exhibits, talks and tours – all free.

Stops along the way include the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as smaller locations like the Contemporary Art Gallery, Gallery Gachet and more. We have more details after the jump.  Continue reading:
Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop April 12