Vancouver Mural Festival Transforms City Centre Motel into Vancouver’s Newest Creative Community Space

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Mural Festival

VMF has partnered with Nicola Wealth Real Estate and The Narrow Group to reimagine Mount Pleasant’s iconic City Centre Motel into a temporary landmark community space for art and social connection in Vancouver. The project seeks to be a model for arts-driven placemaking and a vision for how underused and transitional space can be reimagined and repurposed for community well-being.
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Vancouver Mural Festival Transforms City Centre Motel into Vancouver’s Newest Creative Community Space

Celebrating the Unique Vibrant Character of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant

Photo: Mount Pleasant BIA

While in the last decade, Mount Pleasant has become an exciting hub for restaurants, breweries, and shopping boutiques, this popular Vancouver neighbourhood has a fascinating history—one that is well worth preserving.

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Celebrating the Unique Vibrant Character of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant

Indigenous-Led Tours in Vancouver Share Knowledge on Culture and Ecology

A family enjoying a guided canoe experience with Takaya Tours at Deep Cove; Destination BC/Hubert Kang

With the arrival of spring, James Healy is excited to lead tours again in a 35-foot canoe along the spectacular coastlines of Burrard Inlet. Healy, manager at Takaya Tours, is especially excited about one aspect of the tours.

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Indigenous-Led Tours in Vancouver Share Knowledge on Culture and Ecology

Your Failsafe Plan for the Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Imaginable—No Reservations Needed

Photo: Leila Kwok

There are three stages to a blissful Valentine’s Day at home. Here they are.

You’ve got to celebrate love. We like what Mark Twain said: “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Are you dividing your joy with someone you love this Valentine’s Day? If you feel all that joy, but you’re uncertain about how to express it on this special day, we have a plan for you. And best of all: you don’t have to leave home to execute it! Continue reading:
Your Failsafe Plan for the Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Imaginable—No Reservations Needed

Dine Out Vancouver Festival: 20 Years of Supporting Local Restaurants

Twenty years ago, a group of Vancouver foodies and wine lovers got together with Destination Vancouver and had an idea to warm up a relatively cool period, just after the winter holidays, in the city’s restaurant scene. They pitched their idea of a fixed-price menu deal to run for a couple of weeks, in which restaurants could not only get bums in seats, but also feature their own take on West Coast cuisine to a whole new audience. Fifty-seven restaurants jumped at the chance that year and Dine Out Vancouver Festival was born.  Continue reading:
Dine Out Vancouver Festival: 20 Years of Supporting Local Restaurants

A Conversation with Carol Lee: Vancouver’s Landmark Chinatown Storytelling Centre

Photo: Tara Lee

For Carol Lee, the new Chinatown Storytelling Centre embodies the narratives of the Chinese Canadians who worked, played, ate, and built strong community ties in the vibrant historical neighbourhood. “Chinatown holds a place in the hearts of so many Vancouverites,” she says. Lee, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, has her own personal connections to the area. Her grandfather opened a dry goods and furnishing store there in 1921, she went to Chinese school in Chinatown as a child, and she and her family celebrated countless family occasions over delicious food at nearby restaurants.

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A Conversation with Carol Lee: Vancouver’s Landmark Chinatown Storytelling Centre

Metro Vancouver’s Undercover Christmas Activities

The Steveston Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society.

Like poinsettias and candy canes, rain is a regular feature of the Vancouver holiday season. Add in the possibility of wintry weather that can make you feel like a chilled-to-the-bone snowman, and it’s clear that we all need a handy go-to list of indoor festive attractions. Continue reading:
Metro Vancouver’s Undercover Christmas Activities