Long Weekend and Long Nights: Vancouver Aquarium Starts August With a Splash

The dog days of summer have arrived in Vancouver and what better way to spend them than diving deep into the ocean blue? Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, invites locals and visitors alike to discover the incredible and diverse habitats and animals found below the water’s surface, making the most of these long summer nights and weekends. For the first time ever, Vancouver Aquarium is offering extended hours into the evening. Each Wednesday during the month of August, the Aquarium will keep its doors open for ocean lovers of all ages to explore the Aquarium’s 50,000+ aquatic creatures.

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Long Weekend and Long Nights: Vancouver Aquarium Starts August With a Splash

5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

Watching the Jellies // Photo: Neil Fisher

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Vancouver Aquarium team has been busy getting ready for spring break fun! From March 11 to 26, we’re extending our hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and adding more programs and shows (view the schedule). Here are some not-to-be-missed experiences at the Aquarium this spring break.

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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

Seafood lovers hooked on new Granville Street restaurant

Photo credit: RickChung.com | Flickr

Fish ‘n’ chips and oyster lovers have a new mecca in downtown Vancouver.

The Fish Shack opened its doors last week on Granville Street, in the space formerly occupied by Middle-Eastern eatery Sanafir (It’s another Glowbal creation, like Coast, Italian Kitchen, et al, for those keeping track).  And judging by the crowds over the weekend chowing down on oysters, prawns, clams and – of course – fish ‘n’ chips, it’s an early hit.

The interior is made up to look like a rustic seafood shack (which is quite a shocking transformation, considering how elegant Sanafir aspired to be).  Wooden pallets line the walls of the 100-seat space, a nod to the hardscrabble fishing life.  Chalkboards are scrawled with fish facts and trivia (like “swordfish use their sword as a lance, not a spear”), while seats are upholstered to look like vintage lifejackets.

The atmosphere, too, is downhome and unpretentious.  Rock and blues from Creedence, ZZ Top and Eric Clapton blast from the sound system.  The bar area is full and rowdy – a noisy bell clangs each time someone leaves a tip.  And the dress code is nonexistent, with diners in everything from tailored suit jackets to grungy flannels.

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Fresh, Wild and Local: Where to find Vancouver’s best seafood

Emperor Scallop Burger w/ Lime Mayo & Crispy Onion Ring @ Go Fish

Every day during the summer months, downtown Vancouver’s Fishermen’s Wharf is crowded with boats unloading tuna, salmon, crabs, prawns and more: almost all of it caught locally.  So where does the catch of the day end up?  Continue reading:
Fresh, Wild and Local: Where to find Vancouver’s best seafood