Give Back and Win Big at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre

Coal Harbour seawall at sunset

Photo: Claude Schneider | Flickr

The Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre’s inaugural food drive is in full swing!

Throughout the month of December, locals and visitors are invited to bring in non-perishable items for donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Anyone who donates will be entered to win an entertainment prize package including:

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Give Back and Win Big at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre

Featured Vancouverite: Danielle Duggan

Hometown: Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
My whole life — this place will always be my home. Despite some time away travelling, I don’t think I could ever permanently move away from this spectacular city.

Occupation:
I am currently a Visitor Counsellor at Tourism Vancouver and a student at Capilano University in the Tourism Management Degree Program. I love the tourism industry — it’s so exciting, especially when you live in such a beautiful city, with so many activities to choose from. I’m very passionate about saying that we live in the most amazing place on earth, and I love sharing this with visitors that come into the centre.

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Featured Vancouverite: Danielle Duggan

Featured Vancouverite: Mikala Taylor

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
5 years. I moved here from London, England, where I lived for 7 years. I used to come visit friends and see bands here when I was in my early 20s, and had a real soft spot for Vancouver, so when we decided to leave London, here’s where we came. I wanted less stress, more fresh air, and a new scene. My husband immigrated with me sight-unseen because I kept raving about how West was best, and how he could just cross a bridge to snowboard.

Occupation:
Passion or paycheque? The passion job is that I’m the creator/writer of BackstageRider.com, a quirky music website with tons of unique features and photos focusing on US/UK/Canadian alt/indie/rock/electro music. It’s the culmination of my life’s work in and around the music industry and I kind of have a crush on it.

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Featured Vancouverite: Mikala Taylor

Vancouver in a Day: The PNE and Celebration of Light

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

While we were filming during the Celebration of Light festival earlier this month, we had a visitor from Germany ask us what time of year was busiest for the city: the month of August or the beginning of the ski season later in the fall?

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Vancouver in a Day: The PNE and Celebration of Light

Spend 2 Nights in Vancouver and Family Fun is Free! $125 gift card giveaway

Photo Credit: Remy Scalza

In 1886, the tiny coastal city of Vancouver, home to fewer than 5,000 hardy settlers, was incorporated.  Fast-forward exactly 125 years and Vancouver is now a bustling cosmopolitan centre, with more than two million inhabitants, a world-class dining scene and one of the most stunning natural settings of any city in the world.

To celebrate the city’s 125th birthday, an innovative promotion is underway.  Visitors booking two-night stays at participating hotels between now and September 30 will automatically receive a $125 gift card.

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Spend 2 Nights in Vancouver and Family Fun is Free! $125 gift card giveaway

Free Money: Tourism Vancouver’s $125 Giveaway

Anyone who showed up at Vancouver’s 125th birthday bash earlier this week was treated to free cake, free music and lots of great free performances.  On the heels of that party, the city is rolling out another birthday-themed initiative.  And this one promises the best gift of all:  free money.

Here’s how it works.  Anyone booking a two-night stay at one of 28 participating Vancouver hotels gets a free $125 gift card.  That’s it.  No strings attached.  The gift cards are redeemable at the Tourism Vancouver visitor centre, located  downtown at 200 Burrard Street.  A list of hotels is available at TourismVancouver.com/125.

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Free Money: Tourism Vancouver’s $125 Giveaway

30,000 Free Tickets (really) to Vancouver Attractions: Starting May 2

Photo credit: Remy Scalza

Here’s a question for the Vancouverites out there.  When’s the last time you took a horse-drawn carriage around Stanley Park; or went on a lunchtime cruise down the Burrard Inlet and into Indian Arm; or – Heaven forbid – lined up to dash across the Capilano Suspension Bridge?

A year ago?  10 years ago?  Never?  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Those things are so touristy.  And they’re not exactly cheap, either.   Good points.  But – be honest – isn’t there still a little part of you that would love to experience all that again – to see the wonders of Vancouver through the eyes of a first-time visitor?

If so, you may be in luck.  During the month of May, Tourism Vancouver is running a pretty unique initiative called Be a Tourist in Your Own Town.  The basic idea is to get Vancouverites to fall in love with their city all over again.  And the incentive?  Lots and lots of free tickets – 30,000 in total – to some of the classic experiences around the city.

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30,000 Free Tickets (really) to Vancouver Attractions: Starting May 2