Featured Attraction of the Week: Royal BC Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Photo: Paul Nicklen (Canada) / Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The featured attraction for this week is the Royal BC Museum, and its wildly popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 feature exhibition, on from November 30, 2012 to April 1, 2013.
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Royal BC Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouver in a Day – Flightseeing

When it comes to Vancouver flightseeing, the sky’s literally the limit.

So what’s the best, flight plan for your Vancouver and West Coast travels? Really, it all comes down to personal preference, though here are some pointers to keep in mind.

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Vancouver in a Day – Flightseeing

BC’s Sexiest Reality Show: The Bachelor Canada Premieres Oct 3

Photo credit: Citytv

Much fuss was raised three years ago when Canadian Jillian Harris played the starring role in The Bachelorette, the reality series where dozens of men compete for the heart of one lucky lady.  When Jillian and co. swung by Vancouver for a romantic trip, it was the talk of the town and nearly front-page news.

Now we’ve really got something to talk about.  Next week, The Bachelor Canada premieres – and it was all filmed right next door on Vancouver Island.

The Bachelor Canada is the new Canadian equivalent of the hit American reality show.  The nine-episode series – featuring an all-Canadian cast – kicks off next Monday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. on Citytv.

The show is set on Vancouver Island’s Bear Mountain, outside of Victoria.  For six weeks the bachelor and his female suitors will inhabit a 13,500-square-foot mansion once owned by ex-NHL star Len Barrie.  Continue reading:
BC’s Sexiest Reality Show: The Bachelor Canada Premieres Oct 3

Give Victoria Day the Royal Treatment in Victoria, May 21

Photo credit: Tourism Victoria

Victoria Day, May 21, is approaching swiftly and where better to do it up than Victoria? Just a few hours away via BC Ferries, and only 30 minutes by plane, Victoria is Vancouver’s simultaneously quirky and elegant island neighbour.

Named after British Monarch Queen Victoria, BC’s capital boasts a massive parade and a number of Brit-themed activities to that allow celebrants to give Victoria Day the royal treatment it deserves.

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Give Victoria Day the Royal Treatment in Victoria, May 21

Best May Long Weekend Ferry Trips From Vancouver

Photo credit: BC Ferries

The May long weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. While the standard, two-day weekend trip leaves me feeling like I packed all my gear only to unpack it again, three days transforms into a glorious escape.

May 19-21 is the ideal opportunity to take advantage of Vancouver’s proximity to a maze of stunning islands, all accessible by ferry. With many BC Ferry trips in the 40 minute to 2-hour range, all you have to do is choose an activity, let it determine your destination and head out.

Victoria Day parade viewing. Hiking. Kayaking. Camping. Beach lounging. Locavore lunching. Wine tasting. Art crawling.

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Best May Long Weekend Ferry Trips From Vancouver

Royal Wedding Events in Vancouver

With Kate and William set to tie the knot in less than a month, royal wedding fever hasn’t exactly gripped Vancouver.  In fact, depending on whom you talk to, reactions range from mild interest to complete indifference.

Nonetheless, Vancouver’s British roots do run deep.   Some 36 percent of Vancouverites trace their roots to the British Isles.  Fish-and-chips joints abound.  And, on certain stretches of West Vancouver seawall, especially from Ambleside to Dundrave, you’ll likely hear plenty of British accents as UK expats and retirees take their morning constitutionals.

With that in mind, I thought I’d try to round-up royal wedding events taking place in and around Vancouver.  There’s just one problem – I wasn’t able to find a whole lot.  So I need some help.

What are you doing for the royal wedding on April 29?  If you know of activities going on around town, please leave a comment below.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Royal Wedding Events in Vancouver