#VirtuallyVancouver – Travel-Worthy Experiences from Our City to Wherever You May Be

When the world is ready to travel again, you can count on Vancouver to be ready to welcome travel enthusiasts and adventurers from near and far! We know that right now is not the time to travel and we must all do our part to stay home to keep yourself and others safe. While you can’t be here today, we have created  #VirtuallyVancouver to bring travel-worthy experiences from our city to wherever you may be. We hope that you enjoy exploring our destination virtually and that you discover inspiration for your future travels! Continue reading:
#VirtuallyVancouver – Travel-Worthy Experiences from Our City to Wherever You May Be

ENTER TO WIN Four Tickets to National Geographic Live’s “Birds of Paradise”!

A red bird of paradise adult male performing a practice display.

In a few short weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the lush wilderness of New Guinea to meet 39 species of birds of paradise – one of the world’s most astonishing avian creatures, whose secret lives, bizarre displays and sultry courtship antics are explored at National Geographic Live’s “Birds of Paradise”, presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres. Continue reading:
ENTER TO WIN Four Tickets to National Geographic Live’s “Birds of Paradise”!

Eagle-watching in Squamish at its peak now through mid-February

 

It’s December, and that means it’s prime eagle-viewing time in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

From mid-November to mid-February every year, thousands of eagles come to the area to prey on salmon following the fall spawning. Day-trip floats down the Cheakamus River near Squamish offer a chance to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitat, in some of the largest gatherings of bald eagles in the world.

Your friendly neighbourhood Inside Vancouver correspondent went on one of these day-trips courtesy of Squamish Rafting Company. This is what we experienced.

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Eagle-watching in Squamish at its peak now through mid-February

5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

Watching the Jellies // Photo: Neil Fisher

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Vancouver Aquarium team has been busy getting ready for spring break fun! From March 11 to 26, we’re extending our hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and adding more programs and shows (view the schedule). Here are some not-to-be-missed experiences at the Aquarium this spring break.

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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

James Wheeler | Flickr

James Wheeler | Flickr

Vancouver’s best nature show is better than ever! The Vancouver Park Board Heron Cam—installed last year—has now been improved to provide better and clearer close-up views of the Pacific great blue herons.

The heron cam at vancouver.ca/HeronCam takes viewers inside the nests of one of North America’s largest urban great blue heron colonies until the end of the summer breeding season. These herons are a species at risk in Canada and the Stanley Park colony is a vital part of the south coast population. One-third of great blue herons worldwide live around the Salish Sea.

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And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

Featured Attraction of the Week: Victoria Butterfly Gardens (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!

Come and experience what the holidays are like in the Jungle at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Their gardens will take on a holiday feel with their evening lights display. Come and explore. Let them reveal to you a side of the jungle you have not seen before. Take your picture under an umbrella of resting butterflies, visit with the nocturnal creatures and drink in the warmth and beauty of the tropics lit up with the magic of Christmas. Happy Holidays!
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Victoria Butterfly Gardens (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Top 5 Urban Wildlife Sightings in Vancouver Ever

Photo credit: frosty_white_raven | Flickr

It’s no secret that Vancouver has one wild backyard.   Eagles are a relatively common sight in the city and, if you’re lucky, you might even see an orca swimming in the waters of English Bay.

But every so often a truly exceptional visitor from mother nature wanders into our urban jungle.  Here’s a list of the top 5 wildlife sightings in downtown Vancouver in recent memory.

  • Coyote devours Stanley Park’s squirrels: Open the Vancouver Sun today and on page A3 you’ll find a photo of a coyote with a squirrel in its mouth.  This picture wasn’t taken in the remote backcountry – It was taken at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.  While coyotes are normally nocturnal, this one apparently enjoys the spotlight.  Experts encourage anyone who spots the animal to yell and frighten it away.
  • Snowy owl spotted on West End balcony:  Earlier this week, someone snapped an iPad picture of a rare snowy owl perched on the edge of her balcony in Vancouver’s West End.  The giant owls with downy white feathers live in the arctic tundra and occasionally winter in the Lower Mainland, but normally in more remote areas near Boundary Bay.