Vancouver in a Day: The PNE and Celebration of Light

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

While we were filming during the Celebration of Light festival earlier this month, we had a visitor from Germany ask us what time of year was busiest for the city: the month of August or the beginning of the ski season later in the fall?

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Vancouver in a Day: The PNE and Celebration of Light

Vancouver In A Day: Whale Watching & Nightlife

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

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Vancouver In A Day: Whale Watching & Nightlife

April in Bloom – Top 5 Vancouver Spring Gardens

Stanley Park Rose Garden. Photo: Dana Lynch

You can be forgiven for thinking that spring hasn’t really arrived yet; our frequent gray-and-rainy weather can sometimes make late-March and April seem like just an extension of winter. But there are places in Vancouver where the seasonal change is beautifully apparent: Vancouver’s public gardens.

Vancouver’s public gardens—many of which are free—are gorgeous year-round, but spring is a special time for many of our top gardens.  April is traditionally the peak bloom time for seasonal tulips and bulbs—Minter Gardens has 10,000!—as well as magnolias, camellias, Japanese cherries, and early rhododendrons.

Top 5 Vancouver Spring Gardens

1. Stanley Park Rose Garden – Free
Late March – April is one of Stanley Park’s peak bloom times, and that extends to the famous Rose Garden. The Rose Garden’s combination of early bloomers and spring bulbs makes it well worth a spring trip. Plus, you can explore Stanley Park’s other gardens while you’re there!

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April in Bloom – Top 5 Vancouver Spring Gardens

Vancouver in a Day – Chinatown and Cypress Mountain

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

Lunar New Year is celebrated by a number of Asian cultures around the world. Of Vancouver’s 2 million or so residents, over 800,000 are of Asian descent. Every spring, tens of thousands of people pack the streets of Vancouver’s Chinatown for one of the biggest and most colourful festivals of the year.

If you’re already planning on coming to Vancouver to ski or ride, try to time your vacation to coincide with this festival. Make sure to research and plan in advance though because the exact dates for Lunar New Year change every year. The festival takes place according to the phase of the moon.

Cypress Mountain is Vancouver’s largest ski area. With 53 ski runs, six lifts and 2010 vertical feet, it’s obvious why this is such a popular destination for visitors to Vancouver. In addition to the alpine skiing and riding area, there is also a Nordic area for snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snow tubing, making Cypress a great family destination. For more information, visit: http://www.cypressmountain.com.

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 2 Marriott Pinnacle & Renaissance Vancouver

This is the second of a series of blog posts, detailing some of the many things to do along the Vancouver Trolley line. This article is cross-posted on the Vancouver Trolley blog.

What a beautiful day to be a tourist! Today I hopped off the Trolley at Stop 2, home of the Marriott Pinnacle and Renaissance Vancouver Hotels. After a quick visit to the Pinnacle’s Show Case Restaurant & Bar and a view from one of their recently renovated harbour view rooms, I walked the 77 paces across the street to sister hotel, the Renaissance Vancouver.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 2 Marriott Pinnacle & Renaissance Vancouver