Wedding Bells? Top 5 Places to Propose in Vancouver

Mention the world’s most romantic cities and thoughts usually turn to Paris, Venice and picturesque capitals perched above turquoise waters.  But Vancouver is certainly no slouch in the romance department.  Between the soaring Coast Mountains, the gray-green waters of the Pacific and the vibrant downtown, there are plenty of sights in the city to set hearts throbbing.  With the long, warm days of summer ahead, Vancouver makes a perfect setting for romance.

To inspire would-be Romeos out there seeking that sought-after “I do” from their partners, here’s a list of five great places in the city to pop the question.

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Wedding Bells? Top 5 Places to Propose in Vancouver

Top 5 Restaurants on South Granville – Where to Eat in South Granville’s Shopping District

Preparing dinners at West Restaurant

Now that my family has expanded to include our son (born in March), my partner and I are making that typical Vancouver move out of our awesomely-located, westside two-bedroom into a house of our own in East Van. In our case, the beloved neighbourhood we’re leaving is South Granville, the trendy, bustling shopping district that stretches from Granville Street Bridge to 16th Avenue, just south of downtown Vancouver.

So, in honour of my neighbourhood—which I will sorely miss and which will always be one of my very favourite spots in Vancouver—I thought I’d do a series of posts on all things South Granville, starting with the absolutely fabulous food.

South Granville is packed with high-quality restaurants, including two of the city’s most acclaimed eateries—West Restaurant and Vij’s—making it a must-visit for foodies.

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Top 5 Restaurants on South Granville – Where to Eat in South Granville’s Shopping District

Top 5 June Festivals 2010 – Jazz, Car-Free, Multicultural, & More

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival outdoor venue

June kicks off Vancouver’s summer festival season in a major way, with free street festivals, unique multicultural events, and—of course—B.C.’s biggest music and arts event, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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Top 5 June Festivals 2010 – Jazz, Car-Free, Multicultural, & More

The Vancouver Sun Run: Top 5 Reasons to Lace Up

This Sunday is the 26th installment of the Vancouver Sun Run, the 10-kilometer race that winds its way through the city’s downtown.  Races in recent years have drawn nearly 60,000 runners, making the Sun Run Canada’s largest 10K and one of the biggest timed racing events in the world.  If you haven’t signed up but are still thinking about it, here are five reasons to lace up.

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The Vancouver Sun Run: Top 5 Reasons to Lace Up

Vancouver’s Top 5 Easter Brunch Spots

Cafe Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver

Some holidays just beg for a lavish brunch. Mother’s Day is a brunch holiday, and so is Easter—coming up Sunday, April 4—and there are plenty of fabulous places around Vancouver to indulge in a decadent holiday meal.

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Vancouver’s Top 5 Easter Brunch Spots

Top 5 Things to Do Before the Paralympics End on March 21

After six years of preparation and anticipation and a month of some of the best sports and celebrations Vancouver and the world have ever seen, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games are ending: The climactic Closing Ceremonies for the Paralympics happen this Sunday, March 21.

The end is nigh.

But it’s not over yet. There’s still time to cram in the last-minute experience you don’t want to miss before the close of the Games.

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Top 5 Things to Do Before the Paralympics End on March 21

Top 5: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Vancouver’s Top 5 Irish Pubs

Vancouverites celebrating at the The Blarney Stone in 2009; photo from the Blarney Stone

As a person of Irish heritage (there’s actually a Lynch Castle in Ireland; it’s now a bank), I have to admit to a special soft spot for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. How can anyone not love all the green and shamrocks and crazy leprechaun hats?

Which is one reason I was truly disappointed when the 2010 Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade was cancelled because of the Paralympic Games. (CelticFest, the Parade’s organizers, feared a scarcity of resources.) The Parade will be back in 2011, but its absence this year doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of St. Patrick’s Day partying around town!

And where better to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at one of Vancouver’s best Irish pubs?

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Top 5: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Vancouver’s Top 5 Irish Pubs