Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

The first aboriginal boutique hotel in a Canadian city has officially opened in downtown Vancouver.

Skwachays Lodge, located at 29/31 West Pender St. in Chinatown, features 18 unique suites each decorated with a different aboriginal theme. The suites were designed collaboratively by aboriginal artists and interior designers and combine original artwork with high-end furnishings.

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Best Pizza in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

It’s said that in polite conversation, you never talk about two things: politics and religion.  To those taboos, I might add a third: pizza.

Few topics stir up as much passion and animosity as the great debate over where to find the best pizza in Vancouver.  Everyone has an opinion and it’s rare to find two pizza fanatics who see eye to eye on the matter (Inside Vancouver’s Tom Taylor recently offered up a newcomer’s take here.)

But I’m hoping to get to the bottom of the great pizza debate right here.  Do you have a favourite pizza restaurant in Vancouver? Let us know by leaving a comment below.  

And, yes, I do realize that this is actually a ridiculously difficult – maybe even unanswerable – question.

For starters, pizza comes in many manifestations.   Continue reading:
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Vancouver’s Best Pumpkin Patch? You Make the Call!

untitled-7For the next two weeks or so, you’re going to be seeing a lot of pumpkins for sale.

They’re in every grocery store, usually not far from the check-out counter so you can make an impulse buy on the way out.  They come in all shapes and sizes – from 20-pound monsters to petite little gourds meant for centrepieces.

But true Halloween fans know there’s only one real way to pick out a pumpkin: by wandering through an honest-to-goodness pumpkin patch.

Now, you’re unlikely to find many pumpkin patches in downtown Vancouver.  In fact, you have to expand your search radius quite a bit before you get to pumpkin country. Head east to Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, even Surrey – These are all prime pumpkin towns, with plenty of farmland and open spaces.  To the south, Richmond, Delta and Ladner aren’t slouches either in the pumpkin department.  (This handy list of corn mazes is a good indication of where the pumpkin hotspots are.)

In fact, when you get down to it, the Lower Mainland offers a veritable cornucopia of pumpkin patch options, which is why I need your help: Do you have a favourite pumpkin patch in or around Vancouver? If so, let us know by leaving a comment below. 

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Hundreds of Zombies Dancing to Thriller: Thrill Vancouver Returns, Oct. 25

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Are you ready to let out your inner zombie?

Thrill Vancouver, the event where people dress up in gruesome costumes and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, returns Saturday, Oct. 25.  This year, the dance – which has attracted hundreds of participants in the past – is being held at Olympic Village Plaza, on False Creek in downtown Vancouver, at 4 p.m.

Thrill Vancouver is actually part of the international Thrill the World event, which sees thousands of participants in dozens of different countries simultaneously emulate the signature dance moves from Jackson’s epic 1983 music video Thriller, which famously featured walking corpses thrusting and gyrating to the beat.

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Free Movies at All Cineplex Theatres in Vancouver, Oct 18

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Movie tickets at Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver are regularly priced at $12.99.  But on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18, they’re absolutely free.

Scotiabank Theatre, along with nearly a dozen other Cineplex theatres in the Lower Mainland, will be showing free movies that morning as part of the annual Cineplex Community Day.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and movie start times range from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Apart from a free flick, you can also get cheap snacks: Regular popcorn, regular fountain drinks and selected candies are all $2. (Now that’s a “breakfast of champions.”) All proceeds are donated to the Free the Children Foundation.

So what’s showing?

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