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

Celebrate the end of December darkness at the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, Dec 21

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

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On these rainy, cold and dark days, it seems like the darkness will never end. We wake up in the dark and leave work or school in the dark. It’s no coincidence, the days have been growing shorter until December 21, the shortest day of the year.

If all that darkness is starting to get you down, the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is a warm, glowing light at the end of this seemingly endless dark tunnel. This unique event, coinciding with the shortest day of the year on December 21st, celebrates the return of light and warmth as we move away from darkness and towards the brighter days of spring.

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Celebrate the end of December darkness at the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, Dec 21

Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Tommy Orange’s There There, about the Native American experience in the U.S., is one of the year’s hot books. He’s coming to the Vancouver Writers Festival Oct. 15-21.

The Vancouver Writers Festival runs Oct. 15-21. During the festival, more than 100 others from here and around the world will talk about their books, topics of the day, and how rainy (or not) it is in Vancouver. In all, these author types will take part in over 80 events (almost all on Granville Island). Tickets are still available for many of them. Here’s a look at a few.

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Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Cast ages from 13-18 in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Atticus Cseh (Bottom), Piper Trounce (Puck), Lucy Layton (Puck) in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jenny McDonald photo.

Sure, you can go to Bard on the Beach and see adults perform Shakespeare (MacBeth and As You Like It, to be sure).

But for those of who want to see one of the English scribe’s masterpieces interpreted by those not yet old enough to drive, we have Teen Shakespeare. This year the group brings, to an outdoor stage on Granville Island, A Mdisummer Night’s Dream (aka “The One With Puck”).

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Cast ages from 13-18 in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Vancouver’s Expressions Theatre Festival Spotlights Young Theatrical Talent

Outside In; Photo Credit: Tim Matheson

Vancouver’s Granville Island, with its bustle of activity and vibrancy, is the perfect setting for the 2018 Expressions Theatre Festival.

The Festival, just over a week long, is a showcasing of young and emerging theatre artists in a variety of classic, as well as original productions. Be prepared to be dazzled by their talent and energy on stage!

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Vancouver’s Expressions Theatre Festival Spotlights Young Theatrical Talent

The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

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If the days are feeling shorter than usual, that’s because we’re slowly inching towards the shortest day of the year – winter solstice. Thursday, December 21 marks the start of the winter – the day with the smallest amount of daylight. Luckily, this just means that we’re getting closer and closer to summer!

To celebrate the winter solstice, Vancouver is hosting the 24th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, a series of community events on Thursday, December 21, 2017, that feature food, music and fire performances at night. The festival helps to make the ‘darkest day of the year’ a bit more bright.

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The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

Ticket Giveaway: Christmas Classics Market Tour with Vancouver Foodie Tours!

Cheers to delicious holiday donuts on the Christmas Classics Market Tour.

Contest alert! It’s day eight of The 12 Productions of Christmas. Enter to win today’s prize!

The production  One of the coziest parts of Christmas is curling up in front of a roaring fire with a hot beverage and a Christmas TV movie. Just in Time for Christmas tells the tale of a young psychology professor who must make a difficult choice – and on a spooky night in December, she receives assistance from a corporeal stranger who shows her what her life could be like three years in the future. The movie filmed in Vancouver, Victoria and New Westminster, transforming each into scenes out of small-town America.

The attraction  It wouldn’t be Christmas without seasonal treats, and the best place to indulge in holiday deliciousness is local culinary haven Granville Island. Vancouver Foodie Tours is hosting a special Christmas Classics Market Tour (December 15 to 30) that leads food lovers throughout the island with opportunities to taste plenty of holiday goodness (think gingerbread donuts, cranberry bread and spiced chai lattes) along the way.

Post a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to Vancouver Foodie Tours’ Christmas Classics Market Tour.

*The winner will be chosen in the next three days, and will be contacted via email.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Andrea, who won this prize! Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win our final prize: tickets to Holiday Traditions Start at Vancouver Aquarium!