Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Island

The entire family will adore Granville Island! (Tourism Vancouver/Hubert Kang)

Once home to factories, plants and sawmills, Granville Island has evolved into a culinary and artisan hub. Equally appealing to locals and visitors, the neighbourhood – technically a peninsula – is situated along False Creek, right underneath the Granville Bridge. More than 300 retailers, artists, theatres, craft studios, tour companies and other businesses make their home here, anchored by the bustling Granville Island Public Market. So what are you waiting for? Let’s hop aboard a rainbow-coloured Aquabus or False Creek Ferry and zoom over to Granville Island!

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Island

First Impressions, Part 4: Vancouver’s Beer

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Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: Stanley Park, the SkyTrain, Science World, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

Case in point? Your beer.

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First Impressions, Part 4: Vancouver’s Beer

The Edible Bucket List: 5 Things You Have to Taste in Vancouver

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No less an authority than The New York Times declared that “the number of truly outstanding restaurants in Vancouver is astounding.” But with so many incredible eateries and mouthwatering dishes, where do you start? Here’s a cheat sheet: Taste these and you’re well on your way to discovering the culinary soul of the city.
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The Edible Bucket List: 5 Things You Have to Taste in Vancouver

Brewmasters Dinner at Seasons in the Park – March 6, 2012

Photo: Seasons in the Park Restaurant

Seasons in the Park, one of the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View (and one that has been re-vamping its image from “traditional fine dining” to the more youthful, vital “enjoy wine on our rustic patio or grab an informal lunch while atop Queen Elizabeth Park“) is hosting a Brewmasters Dinner with Granville Island Brewery on March 6.

The first event of its kind at Seasons, the Brewmasters Dinner showcases award-winning beers from Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewery paired with seasonal, signature dishes from Seasons in the Park.  Granville Island Brewmaster Vern Lambourne will also be on hand to entertain guests with his oral “history of brewing.”

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Brewmasters Dinner at Seasons in the Park – March 6, 2012

Rainy Day Romance in Vancouver

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The following article was contributed by Lena White, passionate Vancouverite.

As usual, Valentine’s Day this year was a drizzly one for Vancouverites. But for me, rain can be the most romantic weather of all, especially under an umbrella built for two! Let me tell you about some of my favourite places to walk with that special someone on a rainy Saturday…

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Rainy Day Romance in Vancouver

Really Cheap Brewery Tour (and Beer!)

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From its modest beginnings, Vancouver’s microbrew scene has exploded in recent years, with dozens of craft brewers now operating in and around the city.  For fans of Vancouver beers, there’s nothing more exhilarating than a brewery tour – getting an up close look at how our local brews are lovingly crafted and – ideally – trying a few afterward.

The only problem is that brewery tours are few and far between in Vancouver.  Information on tours is hard to find and often sketchy.  With that in mind, I’m issuing a call to to local beer fanatics out there:  Do you know of any microbrewery tours being offered in Vancouver? If so, please share the wealth by leaving a comment below.

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Really Cheap Brewery Tour (and Beer!)

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