Top 20 Halloween Activities in Vancouver for 2012

Photo courtesy of Potters House of Horrors

Our usual top 10 list just wasn’t big enough to hold all the thrills and chills on tap in Vancouver this Halloween.  Here are the top 15 ways to get up close and personal with ghosts, ghouls and zombies and put a little extra scare in your Halloween night.

  • Judge Dee and the Chinese Garden Murders:  Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is transformed into a terrifying haunted house for this unique piece of interactive theatre featuring 30 actors, dancers and musicians.  You’re hot on the heels of a cold-blooded killer in a distant Chinese village.  Can you solve the crime before it’s too late?  Oct. 24-Oct. 31 
  • Vancouver Haunted TrolleyThe quaint Vancouver Trolley shows its dark side on this 2.5 tour of the city’s grisliest and most haunted sites, including the Mountain View Cemetery.  Oct. 19-Oct. 31.
  • Stanley Park Ghost TrainAfter dark, the miniature rail line in spooky, 1,000-acre Stanley Park takes riders deep into a forest inhabited by characters from Grimm’s Fairy Tales, including Rapunzel, the fairy godmother and the Pied Piper.  Kid-friendlyOct. 5-Oct. 31.

Top 5 Free August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver

Photo credit: halfgeek | Flickr

It’s hot and sunny. The city is in party mode and beaches are packed with bronzed bodies.  August Long Weekend is finally here.

This is one of the liveliest weekends of the year in Vancouver, with dozens of festivals and events (Our blogger Taraneh picks out the best of the bunch here).  But what if you’re looking to celebrate on a budget?

Look no further.  Here are my picks for the top 5 free August Long Weekend events (Got more suggestions?  Please share ’em below). 

  • Free Wooden Roller Coaster at the PNE, Friday, Aug. 3:  Do you love roller coasters and also love to get up really early?  You’re in luck.  In honour of B.C. Day, Playland at the PNE is giving away free Wooden Roller Coaster rides this Friday from 6 a.m.-9 a.m.  If you’ve never been on their classic coaster, get ready for thrills: the rickety old monster might just be one of the scariest rides in the country.

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Top 5 Free August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 16 & 17 (Stanley Park Flag Stops)

While admittedly it’s been a very slow start to summer here in Vancouver, there are plenty of rainy day activities to keep us going through the drizzle, and enough breaks in the clouds to get us out and enjoying the nature surrounding our city.

Last weekend I hopped off the Trolley at The Teahouse in Stanley Park and enjoyed the views from their spacious outdoor patio along with some delicious Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna followed by a BC Salmon Burger.  While the building itself is beautiful, the view looking over Ferguson Point and onto the ocean is pretty amazing, too. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 16 & 17 (Stanley Park Flag Stops)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 15 Prospect Point (Red 7)

If you’ve read the 30 Stops in 30 Weeks blog previously, it’s pretty apparent that I love Stanley Park. With 1000 acres to explore, many a wonderful afternoon can be spent exploring Vancouver’s #1 attraction. What you haven’t read yet, is my love for ice cream. You can imagine my excitement when I hopped off the Trolley at Prospect Point yesterday, home of the World Famous Ice Cream. Aside from their regular ice cream flavors, the Prospect Point Cafe offers something new to the market – matcha green tea soft-serve. This is a far stretch from the twist cones we remember from McDonald’s, yet the grown-up taste is a welcomed refreshment. I of course had to get a scoop of my favorite maple walnut ice cream, too. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 15 Prospect Point (Red 7)

Saengerfest2011 – Swiss Choral Festival

Photo by Claudia Laroye

Yodeling may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re up for appreciating some new auditory sensations, check out Saengerfest 2011 – the 27th Pacific Coast Swiss Singing & Yodeling Festival this weekend.

The Festival is taking place in Vancouver from June 23rd to 26th, at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The Vancouver Swiss Choir and the Swiss Society of Vancouver are proudly hosting a wide variety of choral and yodeling performances from around North America and Switzerland throughout the Festival.

For performance details and ticketing information, check out the Festival blog.

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 14 Totem Poles (Red 6)

The weather is finally turning here in Vancouver and as I hopped off the Trolley at the Totem Poles in Stanley Park, I was greeted by a refreshing ocean breeze that indicates summer is truly right around the corner.

According to the Vancouver Park Board, the Totem Poles are the most visited attraction in British Columbia and it’s no wonder why.  The Totem Poles beautifully showcase the region’s aboriginal history and have been found in this location since the early ’60s. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 14 Totem Poles (Red 6)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 13 Vancouver Aquarium (Red 5)

Stanley Park has many things to offer, but a family favourite has always been the Vancouver Aquarium. A non-profit that focuses on conservation and providing learning tools regarding aquatic life to the public, the Vancouver Aquarium has been in operation since 1956.

When you walk towards the Aquarium from the Trolley stop, you are greeted by caricature artists, balloon entertainers and Bill Reid’s famous Killer Whale Sculpture. Erected in front of the Aquarium in ’84, the statue represents the culture of the Northwest and the aquatic mammals both in the aquarium and in the neighboring Pacific Ocean. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 13 Vancouver Aquarium (Red 5)