See Santa Swim Underwater in Full Scuba Gear at Vancouver Aquarium

Photo from Vancouver Aquarium

Photo from Vancouver Aquarium

Bored with all the standard holiday happenings in Vancouver?

Maybe an underwater Santa Claus – swimming amid giant halibut and sea stars in full Santa gear – will cheer you up.

Scuba Claus is back at the Vancouver Aquarium.  The uniquely amphibious Santa dons scuba gear and takes the plunge into the aquarium’s massive Georgia Strait tank once a day at 11:30 a.m. through Dec. 24.  With his long white beard trailing behind, the big man in red does a few laps with the exhibit’s resident rockfishes, giant sturgeon, crabs and other denizens of the deep.

It’s all part of the aquarium’s holiday celebrations, which seem to get bigger and fishier every year.   Continue reading:
See Santa Swim Underwater in Full Scuba Gear at Vancouver Aquarium

Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol Dec. 21.

Vancouver movie theatres are opening up their screens once again this holiday season. This year’s crop of special Christmas-y type screenings include a selection of free movies at the Vogue Theatre, a tussle between Vancity and Scotiabank to lure in people who can’t get enough of It’s a Wonderful Life, and perhaps the most faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ever attempted – by Muppets. But what we want to know is – who’s screening Bad Santa?

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Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
  The forecast calls for a weekend of beautiful sunshine!  Get out there and enjoy all our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

14 Chowders + Craft Beer: Tickets on Sale for 2014 Vancouver Chowder Chowdown

Photo credit: Leszek Leszczynski | Flickr

Photo credit: Leszek Leszczynski | Flickr

For all of its great seafood, Vancouver’s not really a chowder town. We prefer our fish in filets and steaks, expertly plated alongside 100-mile sides, or else sliced and diced and rolled with rice into maki and other sushi.

But Vancouver Aquarium is doing it’s best to change that. The annual Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown returns, Nov. 19.  Fourteen finalists from top local restaurants will be facing off for the title of Vancouver’s chowder king (or queen) inside the Vancouver Aquarium. (Yes, there’s something a tiny bit odd about gorging on fish in an aquarium, but we’ll leave that for another time …)

The event, which attracts huge crowds every year, pairs the chowders with local craft beers. Continue reading:
14 Chowders + Craft Beer: Tickets on Sale for 2014 Vancouver Chowder Chowdown

Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th

photo: Takaya Tours

photo: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a city shaped by its over 58 kilometers of waterfront. From the industrial Port lands in the Burrard inlet to the Fraser River there is an abundant variety of activities. The Seawall that snakes around downtown and Stanley Park connecting all of our beautiful beaches, the log booms, marinas and small streams that punctuate the shoreline  display how much our city is linked to the waterfront in some form.

This weekend, expect to see crowds celebrating the waterfront at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Expect a full day of great activities that will explore the waterfront, including guided boat tours, cycle tours, kayaking and First Nations canoe tours, bird walks and art workshops.

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Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th