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

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours

Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours foraging on the beach

Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours. Photo: Angela Fama Photography

Many of us are familiar with the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. But how many of us know what it tastes like? That’s where Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours comes in. She offers foraging classes and tours both online and in-person to help us connect with wild foods.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours

Two Local Indigenous Wellness Brands Promote Self-Care, Education, and Sustainability

Lynn-Marie Angus of Sisters Sage; Photo credit: Iulia Agnew

Sisters Sage is the inspiring story of two sisters, Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus, who empowered themselves by launching their own company devoted to wellness products in 2018. The two took a thoughtful look at their lives and came to a decision. “We knew we had to do better for ourselves. We knew it had to be Indigenous. We knew we wanted to be our own bosses. We wanted to promote our health and wellbeing in many different facets of our life, financially for one, culturally, spiritually, socially – all aspects we weren’t getting at that time of our lives,” says Lynn-Marie Angus.

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Two Local Indigenous Wellness Brands Promote Self-Care, Education, and Sustainability

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails

Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails on the Stawamus Chief. Photo: Pavel Boiko

Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails on the Stawamus Chief. Photo: Pavel Boiko

With our proximity to nature, Vancouver has a thriving community of outdoor lovers who help make nature accessible. Judy Kasiama is working to expand that community through the organization she founded, Colour the Trails. They host outdoor events and workshops for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Judy Kasiama of Colour the Trails

Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

In 1993, the Punjabi Market featured the first Punjabi street signs beyond Asia. Photo Source: Pabla Family

Gulzar Nanda has a deep and enduring love for the Punjabi Market. The area, located on Main Street, from roughly East 48th to East 51st Avenue, represents the historical heart of Vancouver’s South Asian community. Nanda’s parents immigrated to Canada from India, and opened Hi-Class Jewellers in the neighbourhood in 1989. During his lunchtime break from school, Nanda would run down with his friends to the Punjabi Market, buying chips and candy from Punjab Food Centre, owned by Harinder Toor. Because many of his friends also had parents who owned businesses in the area, they quickly established camaraderie. “The Punjabi Market was like a playground for us. We’d come after school to our parents’ shops, and we’d hang out together while our parents worked,” he says.

Nanda, now co-manager of his family’s jewelry shop, is on a mission to rejuvenate this important neighbourhood through his work as chair of the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective (PMRC).

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Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

Send a free postcard to your friends and relatives telling them how much you miss them!

Canadians have long been known for coming together but this past year things have been different. Though much has changed, one thing remains the same — our desire to see each other again.

To help us all reconnect with friends and family across the country, Destination Canada has created postcards for you to send to your loved ones, inspired by some of our country’s great destinations. Now is the time to tell those in Canada you miss them and to start planning your reunion when restrictions ease.

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Send a free postcard to your friends and relatives telling them how much you miss them!

Five Vancouver Studios Offering Online Yoga and Fitness Classes

Woman meditating at home. Vancouver studios offering online yoga classes.

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Temporary studio closures in Vancouver mean we can’t go to class, but that doesn’t mean class is cancelled. Many Vancouver yoga and wellness studios are bringing class to us… online! So roll out your mat to flow, tone and meditate from home with these digital class offerings.

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Five Vancouver Studios Offering Online Yoga and Fitness Classes