January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver

A view of the lighthouse from West Beach. Photo credit: Djordje Cicovic on the Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Does your New Year’s resolution involve more outdoor time? Kick-off 2020 with a hike. The low elevation trail network at West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park is usually snow-free all year so it’s a great hiking destination for January. Plus the views of the ocean and downtown Vancouver are incredible.

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January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Lighthouse Park

Annual Jewish Book Festival hosts acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart, daughter of Leonard Bernstein and more

Acclaimed author Gary Shteyngart is one of the headliners at the 35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival. The festival takes place Feb. 8-13 at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver and other Lower Mainland venues.

The roster includes writers from across Canada, the US, Israel, and South Africa. Events include meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, children’s and youth authors, wellness subjects and two onsite bookstores new and used, open throughout the week. See below for highlights.

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Annual Jewish Book Festival hosts acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart, daughter of Leonard Bernstein and more

French-Inspired Cooking and a Seafood Boil: A Preview of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2020

Hot smoked hon shimeji mushroom and lentil cassoulet at Bacchus Restaurant

With Dine Out Vancouver Festival (DOVF) set to start on Friday (January 17, 2020), it’s time to get booking restaurants in order to experience amazing prix-fixe menus. With options for breakfast/brunch, lunch, dinner, a range of price points ($15, $25, $35, $45), as well as an impressive diversity of types of establishments and cuisines, there is certainly no shortage of options.

I had the chance to try two different restaurant menus for DOVF. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect.

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French-Inspired Cooking and a Seafood Boil: A Preview of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2020

Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Photo by Clint Trahan/clinttrahan.com.

When Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink rolls around, you can bet that the city’s food-obsessed Instagrammers will be out in full force.

The start of Dine Out Vancouver Festival (Jan 17-Feb 2) is just a few days away. Over 300 restaurants are taking part, with special set menus in different price ranges ($15, $35, $25 or $45 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. There are also several events/experiences ranging from secret locales to beer, wine, and distillery tours and, on Jan. 16, the Grand Tasting at Rocky Mountaineer Station. Tickets are now on sale and reservations available at dineoutvancouver.com.

You can find out more about some of the events below. Meanwhile, as we get closer to Dine Out Vancouver, here are five local foodiegrammers to follow.

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Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish officially re-opening on February 14, 2020

Sea to Sky gondola re-opening

Image courtesy of Sea to Sky Gondolas | Photo by Paul Bride

Just in time for a romantic date night on Valentine’s Day or for a fun day trip for the Family Day long weekend, the Sea to Sky Gondola has just announced that it will be officially re-opening on Friday, February 14, 2020.

The re-opening date comes after months of being shut down because of a confirmed act of vandalism that forced the closure of the incredibly popular tourist attraction on the Sea to Sky highway.

In the coming weeks, thirty brand new cabins will be re-installed on the main cable that recently arrived from Switzerland.

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Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish officially re-opening on February 14, 2020

Filming in Vancouver: Woke, Another Life, The Mighty Ducks, and Pieces of Her

Katee Sackhoff stars in the sci-fi drama Another Life.

Now that TV and film productions in Vancouver have all settled back into their work groove after returning from holiday hiatuses, it’s time to look at what’s new and upcoming in the local screen scene.

This week, there’s a live-action and animation hybrid TV series, based upon a cartoonist’s life, that starts shooting today.

In a few weeks, there’s also a sci-fi drama, about a space mission launched to track down the origin of a strange alien object that came to Earth, that’ll be coming back for a second season.

Next month, there’ll be two new TV series that’ll be starting up—and they couldn’t be more different if they tried.

One is based upon a ‘90s sports comedy movie while the other is a thriller based upon a novel about a daughter whose life is radically changed after witnessing how her mother responds to an act of violence.

So with all of this on our plate, let’s haul out our crystal ball and take a look into the near-future to see what’s coming our way.

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Filming in Vancouver: Woke, Another Life, The Mighty Ducks, and Pieces of Her

Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival is Back with 100+ Flavours

The 10th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is set to make your taste buds dance with over 100+ scrumptious and unique flavours from 44 vendors around Vancouver. Mark your calendars for January 18–February 14 and get ready to ward off winter with some hot cocoa!

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Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival is Back with 100+ Flavours