Hangin’ with Friends via Transit

You’ve combed through your directory, made your short-lists and weighed the pros and cons. You’ve chosen your bubble carefully. Now, you can safely venture out on TransLink for a full day of frolicking through Metro Vancouver with your closest friends.

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Hangin’ with Friends via Transit

Unearth Stanley Park’s Dark Secrets on Forbidden Vancouver’s New Adventure

Courtesy Forbidden Vancouver/Kyle Pearce

We all know Stanley Park as a lush oasis offering a leafy respite from the urban landscape surrounding it – a thriving rainforest whose sprawling 400 hectares contains scenic trails, sandy beaches, historic landmarks and the world-renowned Vancouver Aquarium. But underneath the beauty and splendor of this national historic site lies a complex, exciting past filled with famous crimes, secret cemeteries and truly bizarre public art – and local walking tour company Forbidden Vancouver is sharing these secrets with the public through a new experience that brings to light the park’s lesser-known stories and attributes.

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Unearth Stanley Park’s Dark Secrets on Forbidden Vancouver’s New Adventure

Get in on a secret spy mission in downtown Vancouver

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Following the success of Crime in Downtown, Vancouver Mysteries is launching a new urban game this spring.

In Secret Mission, participants meet near the Waterfront Skytrain Station. After being divided up into teams, they’re visited by a mysterious stranger who gives them instructions for their mission. Then the game’s afoot as gameplayers seek to save the city.

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Get in on a secret spy mission in downtown Vancouver

Solve a Murder Mystery on the Streets of Vancouver on a New Tour

Image sourced from Vancouver Mysteries

Image sourced from Vancouver Mysteries

Ready to solve a murder mystery on the streets of downtown Vancouver?

A  newly updated tour is offering guests a chance to collect clues, track down suspects, decode secret messages and track down a fictional killer – all while getting to know one of the city’s iconic neighbourhoods.

Dubbed Crime in Downtown, the tour is the first offering from the revamped Vancouver Mysteries, now run by Forbidden Vancouver (the company that specializes in “scandalous” historical tours of the city’s dark side). It’s a bit like the board game Clue, but played out on a real-life scale. Tour goers assemble into squads of two-five “detectives” and rendezvous in a secret downtown location for a debriefing.

The premise: Local journalist Jimmy Capello has been found murdered. He had plenty of enemies. Now it’s your job to find out who did it and why. And the clock is ticking.  Continue reading:
Solve a Murder Mystery on the Streets of Vancouver on a New Tour

Walking Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver’s Prohibition City Tour

Prohibition City walking tour

Prohibition City tour; Photo credit: Suzanne Rushton

One of the best ways to really get to know a city is by getting outside and walking. And in Vancouver, due to its fabulous “walkability,” you don’t need a car to explore some of the best sights our beautiful city has to offer.

Whether you’re hoping to gain a sense of our rich history, spot our stunning architecture, learn more about a particular topic, or discover where the best grub is, we highly recommend taking a guided walking tour — and there are lots of great ones to choose from.

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Walking Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver’s Prohibition City Tour

48 Hours in Vancouver for Adventurous Families

Richmond Go Karts. Photo Credit: Richmond Go-Karts

Richmond Go Karts. Photo Credit: Richmond Go-Karts

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on unique adventures designed for families who want to step outside the typical box for their vacations.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Family Adventure:
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Sunglasses & sunscreen (for when you’re on the water)
• Appropriate water shoes
• Good quality walking shoes
• A good quality camera (For when you want photos of the scenery and of key stops on the activities)
• A backpack to carry all your items in

Day 1

Morning to Early Afternoon- 10 am-1:45 pm

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Adventurous Families

Top 5 Quirky Vancouver Tours

Photo credit: kandyjaxx | Flickr

Photo credit: kandyjaxx | Flickr

Plenty of tours show off Vancouver’s charms, from the West Coast scenery to the city’s daring fusion cuisine.

But these five quirky tours add a little something extra to the mix, going above and beyond standard sightseeing to reveal an unexpected side of the city:

Vice, Dice and Opium PipesThis tour offered by the Vancouver Police Museum takes guests along the “mean streets” of Gastown and Chinatown.  With a guide, you’ll peek into the former opium dens along famous Shanghai Alley, learn about the daylight murders that defined Vancouver during its rough-and-tumble prohibition days and get the inside scoop on police corruption. $20. Learn more.

Railtown Urban Eats TourThe Railtown district, in the heart of the city’s gritty Downtown Eastside, is hardly the first stop on most travellers’ itineraries.  But the low-income neighbourhood is fast becoming a hotspot for foodies looking for under-the-radar eats.  This tour from Off the Eaten Track stops in at a culinary academy where recovering addicts and others serve incredible comfort food, a unique urban winery, an old-fashioned butcher shop where almost everyone has a handlebar moustache and more.  $55. Learn more. Continue reading:
Top 5 Quirky Vancouver Tours