Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

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Lara Barlow, country manager for Travelzoo Canada, tells us that 83% of Canadians are traveling this year, and a survey says 51% of those who are travelling within Canada plan to visit BC and 32% plan to visit Vancouver specifically. Continue reading:
Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Nothing says Spring like strolling through rainbow-coloured rows upon rows of perfectly-pruned perennials, and the Abbotsford Tulip Festival is the perfect spot to do just that.

No longer a drive-through destination, Abbotsford has grown and flourished into a bustling community of its own, worth the hour-long drive from downtown Vancouver to experience the plentiful perks that the Fraser Valley town has to offer. Here’s how to have the perfect Spring day, just an hour away.

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Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

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The following is a guest post by Expedia Canada.

Vancouver is one of the best cities in North America, and proudly so. Here at Expedia Canada, we have a soft spot for the glittering city by the shore, which is why we’ve partnered with Inside Vancouver to present you the top five reasons to visit Vancouver this year (and why you’ll never want to leave).

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5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s the weekend before Hallowe’en but not everything in town is spook-related!  Don’t miss this weekend’s opera, literature, culinary, sport, and music related events.  Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Top 5 August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver for 2013

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Photo credit: refreshment_66 | Flickr

Ready to celebrate the 2013 August Long Weekend in Vancouver?  Here are five activities for making the most of the weekend and B.C. Day holiday, Aug. 3-Aug. 5.

Celebration of Light Fireworks, Saturday, Aug. 3The final instalment of this year’s Celebration of Light sees Thailand lighting up the night sky above English Bay for an estimated 400,000 spectators.  The party starts around 5 p.m. with Shorefest, free concerts at two stages at English Bay and Sunset Beach.  Crowds are treated to a special Red Bull Airshow at 8:10 p.m., followed by the fireworks at 10 p.m.  There are also plenty of Vancouver’s award-winning food trucks on site, as well as Jamcouver, a pro skateboarding expo.  Fireworks start at 10 p.m. on Aug. 3 at English Bay.  Details.

Powell Street Festival, Saturday, Aug. 3-Sunday, Aug. 4This annual celebration of Japanese-Canadian culture is held in the heart of edgy East Vancouver, at Oppenheimer Park.  Get ready for taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, tea ceremonies and, of course, a fantastic spread of authentic Japanese food.  There are also historical walking tours of the neighbourhood, which has long been a stronghold of Vancouver’s Japanese community.  The Festival runs 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 3-Aug. 4, at Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell St.).  Details. Continue reading:
Top 5 August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver for 2013

Vancouver’s Best Churches for Visitors

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The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

In a city where buildings from the early days are vastly outnumbered by modern glass towers, Vancouver has plenty of historic churches for visitors who love popping into places of worship on their travels.

The first stop for many is downtown’s Christ Church Cathedral, a beautiful heritage structure that looks like it could have been transported straight from a 19th-century English parish. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Best Churches for Visitors

Top 20 Halloween Activities in Vancouver for 2012

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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.