Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver: Robson Square Rink Opens Dec 1

Photo credit: JWPhotowerks | Flickr

Photo credit: JWPhotowerks | Flickr

Time to lace up those skates. The Robson Square Ice Rink reopens for its 2015-2016 season on Dec. 1. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the rink offers covered ice skating, complete with holiday music and a concession stand with hot chocolate and other warm drinks.

The best part: It’s free if you bring your own skates. Skate rentals will set you back just $4. How’s that for a holiday entertainment deal.

Just how much of a bargain is that? Consider that rates at New York’s famous Rockefeller Plaza ice rink start at $25 a person, plus another $12 for skate rentals.  Continue reading:
Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver: Robson Square Rink Opens Dec 1

Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

11234657Vancouver’s Olympic Village is about to get a big kick of culture.

The neighbourhood on False Creek, which sprouted up during the 2010 Olympics and is now filled with condo towers, restaurants, pubs and shops, is getting ready to open the doors on a new $20.4-million theatre complex – instantly transforming the area into one of Vancouver’s arts hubs.

The 48,000-square-foot BMO Theatre Centre is scheduled to open this fall at 162 W. 1st Ave., next to a new Wall Financial condo tower. The space features a 250-seat theatre, as well as four rehearsal theatres.

The venue has already lined up one of Vancouver’s performing arts powerhouses as a tenant. The Arts Club, the largest theatre company in Western Canada, will close its Revue Stage on Granville Island and move into the new space in early fall. Bard on the Beach, the yearly Shakespeare Festival, will also have its offices at the theatre.  Continue reading:
Got Culture? New $20.4-Million Theatre Set to Open in Vancouver’s Olympic Village

New Luxury Outlet Mall Set to Open Near Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Artist rendering sourced from YVR.ca

Artist rendering of the outlet mall

The Templeton station on Vancouver’s Canada Line is about to get a lot more popular.

Just two stops from Vancouver International Airport, the SkyTrain station currently sees little traffic. But – in just a few weeks time – it will begin welcoming visitors to Canada’s newest luxury outlet mall.

The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport – 240,000 square feet of premium shopping and restaurants in its initial phase – is set to open its doors on schedule later this spring. (The exact date is a tightly kept secret.) The unique outlet mall, which has a “European” sensibility, complete with cobblestone streets and sweeping piazzas, will ultimately be home to 80 high-end and designer stores and occupy 380,000 square feet.  Continue reading:
New Luxury Outlet Mall Set to Open Near Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

One of the best deals for holiday fun in Vancouver is back.

The Robson Square Ice Rink reopens for its 2014-2015 season on Dec. 1. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the covered rink offers free iceskating and $4 skate rentals (If you don’t skate, you can also rent special ice cleats for just $2).

So just how good of a deal is that? Let’s compare Vancouver’s Robson Square with another world-famous inner city ice rink, New York’s Rockefeller Plaza.

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Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

The first aboriginal boutique hotel in a Canadian city has officially opened in downtown Vancouver.

Skwachays Lodge, located at 29/31 West Pender St. in Chinatown, features 18 unique suites each decorated with a different aboriginal theme. The suites were designed collaboratively by aboriginal artists and interior designers and combine original artwork with high-end furnishings.

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Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

The long-awaited Sea to Sky Gondola is finally set to take its first passengers.

Situated in Squamish, about one hour north of Vancouver, the gondola will begin whisking visitors from sea level to a height of more than 885 metres on May 16.

The $22-million facility is situated on a strip of land between the famous Stawamus Chief Provincial Park (better known as “the Chief”) and Shannon Falls.  After a 10-minute ride in plush, eight-person gondola cars, passengers disembark on a mountain peak situated high above Howe Sound.

Up top, there’s an entire adventure centre tucked away high in the Coast Mountains.   Continue reading:
New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Swanky Blast from the Past: Roof Bar at Hotel Vancouver Reopens

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Photo credit: vancityhotshots | Flickr

Even after 75 years, it’s still one of the best views in Vancouver.

The Roof bar and restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which goes back to 1939 but has been closed since the 1980s, is officially open for business once again. Situated on the upper floors of the hotel, beneath the iconic green copper roof, the revamped venue opened its doors on Valentine’s Day.

Inside, visitors have a chance to step back into Vancouver’s swanky – and steamy – past. Originally dubbed the Panorama Roof, the bar and restaurant was once the hottest spot in town for getting down with big-band music and seriously boozy cocktails. Legendary Vancouver band leader Dal Richards got his start there back in 1940 and helmed the house band for the next 25 straight years.

The new Roof pays homage to those glory days, with a few twists.   Continue reading:
Swanky Blast from the Past: Roof Bar at Hotel Vancouver Reopens