The Most Adorable Week of the Year: Sea Otter Awareness Week

Two otters floating in water on their backs, holding hands, one is asleep

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium is about to give us the warm and fuzzies just in time for fall. From September 21 – 29, Vancouver Aquarium will celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week with a special otter themed program.

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The Most Adorable Week of the Year: Sea Otter Awareness Week

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: West End

Welcome to the tranquil West End. (Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic)

Tucked up against Vancouver’s downtown core, the West End is a gateway to Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Street and Robson Street. The district is also home to the city’s gay community, centred around Davie Village; as well as character-filled heritage homes, high-rise apartments and plenty of green spaces. Parks and beaches are the main attractions here, though the sheer variety of multicultural cuisine, and excellent people-watching, come in close behind.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: West End

Five Family-Friendly Easter Egg Hunts in Metro Vancouver

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Easter is a few short weeks away, and that means it’s time to stockpile pastel-coloured jellybeans, load up on chocolate eggs, fashion yourself a fancy bonnet – and, of course, find an Easter Egg Hunt that will tickle the entire family. We’ve done the hunting for you, so scroll through our five picks below and prepare to show the Easter Bunny who’s boss!

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Five Family-Friendly Easter Egg Hunts in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium Hosts Launch for Children’s Book Starring Rialto the Otter

Rialto the Otter has a truly inspiring and heart-wrenching story. Three years ago, the tiny pup was discovered injured and alone on the shores of remote Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park. After he was rehabilitated at the Seattle Aquarium – capturing hearts around the world in the process – Rialto was moved North where he found a permanent home at the Vancouver Aquarium. The otter’s journey was captured by reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Alan Berner, who have now transformed their notes into Rescuing Rialto, a children’s book that dives into the world of otters and explores conservation efforts surrounding this essential species.

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Vancouver Aquarium Hosts Launch for Children’s Book Starring Rialto the Otter

Feast on Ocean Wise Chowders at the Vancouver Aquarium

One of the upsides to all of this snow is the justification to eat rich, belly warming chowder until the wintry chill subsides.

In the spirit of this February soup love, the Vancouver Aquarium is holding their annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown. Tickets are almost gone so don’t delay!

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Feast on Ocean Wise Chowders at the Vancouver Aquarium

5 Fun and (almost) Free Things to do this Family Day Weekend in Vancouver

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Image courtesy of the Vancouver Art Gallery

It’s hard to believe now, but when it was first introduced, Family Day was considered controversial. Many were against the idea of introducing a new holiday and called it a “frill” and “extravagant waste.” Nearly three decades later, Family Day is now celebrated across many provinces in Canada. This year, Family Day is celebrated in BC on Monday, February 18, 2019.

For most, Family Day is the perfect time for people to take a much-needed break and enjoy each other’s company over a long weekend. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to celebrating this special day in Vancouver.

Here’s a look at some of the free and (almost) free activities you can enjoy this Family Day long weekend in Vancouver:

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5 Fun and (almost) Free Things to do this Family Day Weekend in Vancouver

Experience Ocean Wise Romance at the Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium’s After Hours events are a fabulous way to enjoy its many galleries in a much more intimate, kid-free way.

If you’re still in the midst of Valentine’s Day planning and want something that goes beyond the usual candlelit dinner, the Aquarium has a love themed event that may be the perfect romantic outing.

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Experience Ocean Wise Romance at the Vancouver Aquarium