YVR Airport Launches Dog Therapy Program to Help Make Travel a Little Less… Ruff

YVR Airport Therapy Dogs

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Feeling anxious about your next flight? Perhaps spending a few minutes gushing over a dog would do you good? To the delight of everyone with aviophobiaYVR Airport has just announced a new dog therapy program!

The program, aptly named “LASI” (Less Airport Stress Initiative) brings Ambassador Dogs from St. John Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Program into the YVR terminal to help manage anxiety associated with travelling, work and general stress.

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YVR Airport Launches Dog Therapy Program to Help Make Travel a Little Less… Ruff

YVR named best airport in North America, for the 8th year in a row!

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It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the YVR Vancouver International Airport is known as being one of the best airports in the world. In fact, YVR was named ‘Best Airport in North America’ in a vote by 13.8 million airline passengers worldwide!

Officially, Vancouver has been ranked the #13 top airport in the world, listed closely behind airports in Singapore, Tokyo, Zurich, and England. But, YVR easily tops the list of North American airports – it isn’t until #26 (Cincinnati/Kentucky) that we see another North American airport listed in the awards.

Best of all, YVR has made the remarkable distinction of receiving this top accolade for eight consecutive years! An amazing feat when you consider the competition.

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YVR named best airport in North America, for the 8th year in a row!

Downward dog in the departures: Yoga at YVR Airport

yoga at yvr airport

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Vancouver loves its yoga, so it has always been pretty surprising that there isn’t already a YYoga studio at the YVR Airport. Flying can be an anxious and somewhat uncomfortable experience (especially when you’re sitting for more than 4 hours!) so getting a little bit of stretching or meditation in before a flight can be very valuable.

This summer, YVR will be trying out a new dedicated yoga room as part of the Take-off Fridays Festival, the airport’s popular summer event series that features music, entertainment, and family-friendly activities in the terminal. The yoga room will be open each Friday until August 26 from 10am – 2pm.

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Downward dog in the departures: Yoga at YVR Airport

YVR Take-Off Fridays Offer Free Family Fun at the Airport

YVR Airport Take Off Fridays 2016

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With a soggy forecast for the next few days, indoor events are all the rage! Luckily, the very popular YVR Take-Off Fridays event is back for the 7th annual summer celebration starting tomorrow, July 8, 2016.

Recently voted the best airport in all of North America, you don’t need any other excuse to spend an afternoon at the airport! Each Friday, from July 8 to August 26, the terminal will be transformed to a family-friendly fun zone with music, entertainment, and lots of free activities.

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YVR Take-Off Fridays Offer Free Family Fun at the Airport

Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport are Back for 2015

Take-Off Fridays YVR 2015

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If you thought the Vancouver airport (commonly known as “YVR”) was just a place to catch your flight, eat some Tim Hortons donuts, and buy some duty-free treats, you’d be half right. But this summer, the airport will also be the coolest place to hang out on Friday afternoons for some fun before your flight.

These popular summer celebrations, known as YVR Take-Off Fridays will be held every Friday from July 3rd to August 28th from 9:00am to 3:00pm and will feature treats, music, and spectacular entertainment that will travelers and staycationers alike eager to get to the airport.

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Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport are Back for 2015

Five ways to treat yourself at Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Photo credit: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Photo credit: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and also the busiest at Vancouver International Airport. Over the holiday period, about 60,000 travellers will be arriving and departing YVR each day—about 30 percent more than on average.

It goes without saying that you should arrive at the airport with plenty of time to catch your flight. But there’s another benefit to getting to there early: more time to indulge. It is the holidays, after all!

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Five ways to treat yourself at Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Yes, the days are getting shorter–but that just means more bright lights at the Richmond Night Market, which continues until October 13. And keep in mind that sunset (around 7:15 p.m.) is a great time at the market to watch the jets descending into nearby YVR Airport.

While you may have already tried some of the market’s awesome food options, there are plenty more good eats to explore. Here are five that caught my eye on my recent visit.

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Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market