22 Gardens to Visit This Spring in Vancouver

Entrance to Bear Creek Gardens in Surrey near Vancouver, BC

Bear Creek Gardens. Photo: Scarlet Black/Surrey.ca

Spring has officially sprung in Vancouver. There are over two dozen beautiful gardens around the Vancouver area where you can enjoy gorgeous spring flowers. Explore rose gardens, Asian gardens, botanical gardens, walled gardens, and lots more.

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22 Gardens to Visit This Spring in Vancouver

Best Places to See Fall Colours around Vancouver

Fall colours at Trout Lake in Vancouver

Fall colours at Trout Lake. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Nelson Mouellic

Autumn is a spectacular time in Vancouver as the weather cools down and the leaves change colour. The bold pockets of red, orange and yellow leaves stand out against the blanket of evergreen trees. Here are our picks for the best places to see fall colours around Vancouver.

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Best Places to See Fall Colours around Vancouver

VanDusen Festival of Lights Opens December 1

VanDusen Botanical Gardens dazzles during Festival of Lights.

The holiday season is one of my favourite times of year in Vancouver, because it means I get to experience one of my favourite Christmas traditions: the VanDusen Festival of Lights! Opening December 1, this unique annual event is a winter wonderland in the city.

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VanDusen Festival of Lights Opens December 1

Ticket Giveaway: Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens!

VanDusen Botanical Gardens dazzles during Festival of Lights.

Contest alert! It’s day five of The 12 Productions of Christmas. Enter for your chance to win today’s prize!

The production  Based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas, Christmas with the Kranks stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as a couple who decide, with their daughter away, to forego Christmas celebrations for a hot-weather holiday – that is, until she plans a last-minute surprise trip home. The comedy features a scene showing the familiar background of downtown Vancouver’s Pacific Centre.

The attraction  The Kranks had to scramble to host a last-minute, show-stopping Christmas, but VanDusen Botanical Gardens staff have spent months planning the annual Festival of Lights (December 1 to January 7). The result: a twinkling holiday postcard come to life, complete with more than one million lights, themed displays, a dancing light show on the lake, stories with Santa, a candle grotto, savoury treats and more.

Post a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of admission tickets to VanDusen Botanical Gardens’ Festival of Lights.

*The winner will be chosen in the next three days, and will be contacted via email.

UPDATE:  Thank you, everyone, for entering the contest. The winner is Magdalena – congratulations! Remember to check back weekday mornings for more holiday productions filmed in Vancouver + ticket giveaways to local holiday attractions!

5 Vancouver Parks That Used to be Something Else

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We’re pretty good at recycling and repurposing in Vancouver, so it should come as no surprise that over the years we’ve been able to turn some pretty unique (and some formerly undesirable) spaces into beautiful, lush, blossom-filled parks. Some of the city’s most popular recreation destinations used to be completely different spaces.

Looking back, it really does make you appreciate the new leases on life each of these locations received. Here are 5 Parks That Used to be Something Else:

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5 Vancouver Parks That Used to be Something Else

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy New Year! Start planning your first weekend of 2015… read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

For New Year’s Events – click here!  Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre and Tickets Tonight are closed on January 1st.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend