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

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.

Currently, the aquarium receives more than 1 million visitors every year.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Another gorgeous forecast ahead!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

New and Improved Vancouver Aquarium Opens its Doors

An artist's conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

An artist’s conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

The largest aquarium in Canada just got a whole lot bigger.

On Friday, June 13, the newly expanded Vancouver Aquarium opens its doors to the public for the first time.  The opening marks the completion of the first, ambitious phase of an update slated to continue over the next several years.  The addition nearly doubles the aquarium’s gallery space and includes a number of high-tech upgrades.

The first thing visitors will notice is the dramatic new entryway (along with Bill Reid’s iconic orca statue, now back after two years in storage).  The facade’s new iridescent cladding changes colour from blue to green, much like the scales of a fish.  In addition, the entrance features 2.4-square-meter LED video displays glowing behind a film of tumbling water.

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New and Improved Vancouver Aquarium Opens its Doors