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Your trip has begun but now you want to know how to get from spot to spot. Lucky for you, the downtown central area is not that big in terms of land mass – think: San Francisco. So it’s easy to cover a lot of ground.Read More
Set amongst a gloriously rich landscape of ocean and mountains, this world-class city is perhaps best defined by the amalgamation of urban playground amongst its natural landscape. People flock here, both to live and to visit. And it’s easy to see why. Every street corner looks like a postcard. The fresh air. The mix of amenities. A hippy meets hipster charm, an outdoorsy paradise, and the right mix of working to live instead of living to work is what makes this city so great for the soul.Read More
What you need to know about Vancouver peeps. No matter what ‘hood you live in, Vancouverites unite on a number of different characteristics. Here are some essential things you need to know in order to blend in or just appreciate what you are getting yourself into:Read More
Peace. Tranquility. Serenity. Beauty. Hard to find it in the middle of a bustling city. But this little neighbourhood extending from downtown to the edge of Stanley Park provides a breathtaking waterfront asylum from the usual hustle and bustle only a few blocks away. The ocean breeze scent wafts throughout as you enjoy seawall walks while the natural landscape of the North Shore mountains are just across the Burrard Inlet. You don’t come to Coal Harbour for the action. But rather, if you want to be centrally located with peaceful surroundings that rejuvenate the soul, then this is it.Read More
“Gastown!!? Take a wrecking ball to this place!!” Hard to imagine that this rugged, raw, and real gem of Vancouver’s downtown was almost completely demolished in the 1960s. But the spirit of survival, rejuvenation, and perseverance presses on from its humble beginnings, throughout it’s 150 year history, and is still the calling card of today’s Gastown. That's what attracts so many people to this treasured 'hood, both tourists and locals alike, into a playground of packed pubs, delicious eateries and a unique street energy only felt in this cobblestone district.Read More
Tucked away within Vancouver’s city centre, the West End is a true neighbourhood feeling with lots of residential streets that help you escape downtown instantly. One of the highest density places that exist in North America, it unusually feels quaint despite the throngs of people that call it home. The slightly older buildings give it a certain familiar charm and tree-lined streets tuck it away. But amongst this homey ‘hood there is also an energy that bursts to life along two particular streets – Davie and Denman – that include shops, pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants. Oh and if there’s a festival happening, the borough bursts to life with more celebration than a grand fireworks finale.Read More
If y’all wanna pop some tags, better have more than twenty dollars in your pocket! The mecca of the downtown shopping scene has always been and will always be Robson Street and the few blocks that surround it. And even though boutiques and local labels are opening up in other districts, numerous brand names and familiar styles still have their presence here. But don’t think that’s all there is on this famous street. The thoroughfare that cuts through the heart of Vancouver lends itself to some high end restaurants, the Granville Entertainment district, and the venues for the local sports scene.Read More
I have a confession. I have a sick obsession with Yaletown. For years, I had this dream that I would live in one of the glass penthouse condos at the foot of the Granville Street Bridge Amongst the yachts parked in the harbour, I would pull my kayak out into False Creek and instead of battling traffic on the roads, I would glide through the waters on my way to work. Sure, last night was a school night, but us cool kids in Yaletown were out for a patio happy-hour that turned into a fantastic dinner, that turned into after dins beverages that turned into closing down the spot, drinking only the good stuff. The morning sun gleamed down on me, and with a big smile on my face, I would know that I’m ‘living the dream’.Read More
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With only weeks remaining before the Vancouver Rugby Sevens tournament takes place (Mar. 11-12), it’s time for rugby fever to hit the West Coast of Canada once again. And if the success of last year’s tournament stop at BC Place is any indication, this will be another party for the ages. Here’s the scoop on 6 other rugby nations to dress up and cheer for - besides Canada, of course.Read More
So you’ve done Sober January as an ode to making sure you can pretend to function without booze. But now that you’ve realized just how crazy that whole thing is, it’s time to get back to the good stuff. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is back and bigger than ever. Here’s what you need to know on how to Wine it up in style.
Don’t take life too seriously. In fact, if you’re looking for some chuckle therapy to lighten up your days, then we’ve got the prescription. Vancouver’s annual comedy festival is back for its second year with a partnership with internationally-acclaimed chuckle factory Just For Laughs. The JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival, taking place from February 16th to 25th, is ten days of world-class comedy at its finest.Read More
Ok Casanova. You find yourself with your sweetheart in beautiful Vancouver for Valentine’s Day and you still haven’t made those dinner plans yet. We are here to help you find the most romantic dining spot in the city in order to salvage the day and make a memorable night that you both will not forget. Here are the top 5 most romantic restaurant spots to check out in and around downtown Vancouver this Valentine’s Day.Read More
Deflated balls vs. the dirty bird. That doesn’t sound right, does it? But this year’s Super Bowl plans to be one for the ages when the perennial cheaters… er… champions New England Patriots take on the high-flying Atlanta Falcons. Trying to figure out where to catch this year’s Super Bowl action in the heart of Vancouver? Well, unlike the point spread, we have you covered with the best bars to catch the big game.Read More
Cock-a-doodle-doo! It’s time to usher in the Year of the Rooster! One of the most colourful and culturally celebrated events in Vancouver is upon us. Officially occurring on January 28th, Chinese New Year is a celebration that encompasses a whole week with various ways to usher in the Lunar New Year. Here are the top 5 ways to take in all the Rooster action.Read More
So it's been a little chilly and snowy the last little while in Vancouver. Well don’t let it freeze your winter spirits. The annual Hot Chocolate Festival is about to kick off in VanCity. And nothing warms you up on these damp winter days than a good HoCho creation from some of the best cafes around the city. Entering its 7th year, beginning January 19th to February 14th, liquid chocolate lovers will have 25 locations around the city to experience unique twists on the classic cocoa drink. And your guide to navigate the scrumptious cups of pure toasty goodness lives right here!Read More
Let's face it. Vancouver knows how to do food. Chefs from all around the city constantly compete with each other and relevance itself in order to strive for that next culinary creation to die for. The already exemplary cuisine gets an infusion of creativity and festivity every January as the annual Dine Out Vancouver takes over the city. And this year, secret dining crawls, world chef exchanges, and unique venue interplay all add up to create one of the best dining experience you’ll have this entire year. Here the top six best ways to check out this year’s festivities, taking place from January 20th to February 5th.Read More
There's no question it's winter. Usually it's the snow-dusted North Shore mountains that give it away. Yet, this year, the snow is all around and it's c-c-c-old. But fear not, this city is still a wonderful destination to travel through the chilly months. And we know how to beat the winter blues – with some tasty, locally-crafted microbrews. It’s time to offer you a six pack of Vancouver’s best winter beers:Read More
Sure, it may be some of the coldest months every year, but that’s no reason to hibernate from the city and fall into a post-holiday winter slumber. In fact, the old adage of ‘eat, drink, and be merry’ becomes an even more prevalent theme with these fun, funky, and delicious festivals in January and February. It’s the start of a New Year and there’s lots to fill your social calendar, as Vancouver has these five top-notch festivals that you must check out.Read More
Well 2016... It's been real. As we count down the final days, hours, and eventually seconds of what was a wild and whacky year none of us will soon forget, it's time to search out the best way to ring in the New Year in VanCity. From some great outdoor, family options, to fireworks and concerts blaring in the night, here are the top 5 ways to say hello to 2017!Read More
Let's face it. Vancouver knows how to do food. Chefs from all around the city constantly compete with each other and relevance itself in order to strive for that next culinary creation to die for. It's a demanding business that brings out the best in the city, and why Vancouver is known as a worldwide destination for foodies. Locals expect it and tourists crave it. No matter what time of the year, tastebuds around VanCity rejoice. And every chef’s creation deserves a fantastic ambience along with a tasty glass of vino to salute it. Check out the top 5 best spots to wine & dine in the city and celebrate – no matter what the occasion!Read More
There’s nothing more important than family. Perhaps it’s the fact that I just watched the Godfather trilogy, or I’m just getting sentimental near the holidays, but mia famiglia time is what it is all about. As the clock ticks down on 2016 and we look forward to next year’s family vacations, here are some of the top events and attractions to mark your calendar around as you plan your next Vancouver visit.Read More
Vancouver is blessed with the sheer beauty of its surroundings and the proximity to world-class winter activities. Just look at the snow dusted mountains to the north and you can see that winter does descend upon Vancouver too. We just keep our snow in the nearby mountains so that it remains a magical playground all the time, instead of a seasonal, everyday nuisance. With that in mind, and with the recently breathtaking beauty shots of the newly white-capped peaks to the north, it’s time to explore some of the winter attractions just a short drive away from Vancouver. Travellers are enticed to play in the outdoors during the day and then return to the city life afterwards, exposing the perfect balance of winter in Vancouver.
Holy crap, it’s already December! As all of us begin to panic about how much we have to do between now and Christmas, it’s important to take the time to get into the spirit of the holidays. With tons of great things to do around Vancouver, it’s only natural that we provide you with the top 7 different activities over the next few weeks to throw some yule into your tide.Read More
So you find yourself in Vancouver in November and are looking for something unique to hit up. Whether your searching for some Holiday gifts that are distinctly local, want to get inspired by some famous people, catch a concert, or push yourself into a running race, Vancouver has a number of diverse options to satisfy whatever your heart desires. Here’s a snapshot of some of the top things to check out in the coming weeks in VanCity.Read More
Time to take the biscuit, split the D with a little dangle, give the goalie a little ‘how’s she doin?’ and then put it top cheese. You all know what the ‘puck’ I’m talking about? It’s hockey season of course! And it’s time to cheer on the Vancouver Canucks as they’re back on the ice to begin their quest to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.Read More
Ah, the age-old question of Trick or Treat? I mean, has anybody actually ever willingly picked trick instead of a diabetic sugar rush? Halloween is just around the corner and as you get into the 'spirit' of dressing up in your favourite ghost, goblin, or US reality-show politician costumes, you obviously need a bit of frightful inspiration. Well, isn't this a spooktakular treat: From the PNE Fright Nights to zombie’s walking the streets and everything in between, we give you the scariest Halloween events happening in Vancouver this fall.Read More
We’ve all been there, so don’t feel bad. While visiting another city, we wanted to order that trendy, local microbrew beer, but we simply had no idea where to even begin. If only there was a trustworthy guide – a source – to go to in desperate times that will allow the privilege of enjoying that pint, and show off a bit in the process. Well, you are in luck, friend. BeVancouver has you covered. This city specifically has a history of craft beer goodness and we are going to get you up to speed on the latest and greatest autumn beers to hit the taps around the city from some of the best breweries in the area.Read More
Spring. Fall. Summer. Winter. Every season is “Beer Saison”. As the microbrewery trend continues to spread like barley wildfire across North American cities, Vancouver has always found itself on the forefront of craft brewing. One area in particular, just a beer bottles throw from downtown, has some serious history when it comes to its microbrewery roots. And after a huge resurgence, has become the west coast city mecca of microbrews. Here’s the best way to stumble your way through the trail known as Brewery Creek, and tour some of the finest craft beers in the city, one flight at a time.Read More
Summer is more than over, but that doesn’t mean that this beautiful city loses its charm. In fact, some would argue that autumn and leading into the holiday season is the best time to take in this gorgeous city and ‘fall’ in love with it again. Don’t believe us? Well, just listen to the locals give their best tips.Read More
The big screen and Vancouver go hand in hand. With a moniker like Hollywood North, and the numerous films that have set up their production here over the years, movies have just become a way of life in this coastal city. So when the annual Vancouver International Film Festival rolls into town every autumn, Vancouverites flock to the screens to support blockbusters and basement films just the same. Film is just a way of life for us, and with VIFF celebrating its 35th year and the countless titles that are being screened over two weeks, beVancouver directs you to the top 3 selections you need to check out at this year’s festival as well as a couple of other fun facts about VIFF 2016.Read More
“We’ll never be royals. It don’t run in our blood. That kind of luxe just ain’t for us….but let me live that fantasy” Kate & William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be coming to Vancouver on Sunday, September 25th and have a full-day that will see them experience this city like…well… royalty. So, as Lorde has already put it, you probably won’t be able to live like you belong on a throne (at least one that doesn’t flush). But why should that stop you from creating your own Bucking-ham awesome version of a day in Vancouver fit for a monarch. Here’s a list of their noble stops, and how to do your own serf interpretation.Read More
Here's the scoop: Every day is a great day for ice cream. And when you're in Vancouver, there is a tasty trend that is licking its way through the downtown neighbourhoods. Trendy dessert shops full of artisans crafting the perfect frozen treats has become a craze in the city. And whether it's a gorgeous sunny day, or a miserable rainy one - it doesn't matter. In Vancouver, it's always ice cream o'clock! Here's the five local spots you have to check out in order to get your lick on.Read More
A visit to Vancouver screams getting out into nature. Even the most cosmopolitan soul feels the gravitational pull towards the stunning beauty that surrounds. And some of the best ways to de-stress while soaking up the local surroundings is to climb a mountain. It’s one of those must-do lists for all Vancouverites when you live here and if you want to conquer the best hikes like a local, then here is your guide to getting high in VanCity. I meant altitude…come on!Read More
They came, they ran, they stretched, and oh man - did they party. The 2016 Lululemon is in the books for another year, and with thousands upon thousands of Lulu warriors that took to the streets of Vancouver in the annual half marathon, it was a resounding yogi success. Just check out the VIDEO for the evidence.Read More
As the Olympic torch in Rio burns, and the Summer Olympics get into full swing, the world is watching. Inspiration is easy to find as heroes emerge, representing their nation as they compete for gold. Ok, so you aren’t going to get to the Olympics any time soon. But why should that stop you from competing for a medal? Lucky for you, Vancouver is hosting the first-ever Americas Masters Games and it’s your turn!Read More
One of the most colourful and festive weekends is upon us. The Annual LGBT Pride Week celebrations that take over the city’s West End neighbourhood has become one of the most joyous, must-see events on the calendar. The Davie Village, an already eclectic hub buzzing with life explodes into rainbow colours as hundreds of thousands of people come together for festivities that celebrate tolerance, human rights, and just plain fun in the sun. Here’s what you need to know in order to take it all in.Read More
Lights. Camera. And a movie experience like no other. A summer tradition is making its way back to downtown Vancouver with the EVO Summer Cinema Series bringing free outdoor movies to Stanley Park. The line up has been announced and beginning July 5th until August 23rd, Tuesday nights under the stars becomes the best movie venue on the planet.Read More
We all have witnessed the terrifying images of the wildfires that hit Fort McMurray, Alberta recently. And as residents take stock of the devastation, the nation’s hearts continue to bleed for the victims in what will be a long road of recovery ahead. An entire city, threatened to be made extinct in a matter of moments, and the painstaking reality of lives built up in a town all of a sudden go up in smoke. As we reflect, another fire that destroyed our very own city comes into focus as the 130th Anniversary of the Great Vancouver Fire is upon us.Read More
The gorgeous weather, perfect scenery and oh yes, the Long Weekends. Summer is here and the fun in the sun needs some suds to accompany it. As we all know, the plethora of microbrewery options in Vancouver can make your head spin. So we dropped all our priorities, put on our lab coats, and like any scientific humanitarian would do, we taste-tested some brew-ha-has to bring you the best local flavours to try in the sun.Read More
When the sun sets on another week, a summer tradition takes shape. Start with a traditional farmer’s market, throw in some exotic food vendors, insert carnival games, and sprinkle in some live entertainment. The outdoor markets come alive in Vancouver with the annual Night Markets hitting the city and surrounding areas. It’s an unique experience you have to try. And as you navigate which style you want to check out, beVancouver has you covered with the info you need to know to get your Night Market on.Read More
It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and like the good person you are, you have had plans for months now to show Mom how much you appreciate her. So this article is clearly not for you. But for all the others out there, here is your cheat sheet to some of the best places to take Mom for brunch in Vancouver and show the woman that gave birth to you that you haven’t forgotten about her. Oh, and these spots work for Mom any time of the year as well.Read More
Slap on the sombrero! In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, the margaritas are flowing and everybody seems to be Mexican today – except Donald Trump of course. With Vancouver’s killer cuisine and international flavour, there is no shortage of taquerias to get into the spirit with. So, inspired by Cinco de Mayo, it’s time to share the top five best taco joints in Vancouver. Arriba!Read More
It was 30 years ago this week, and it almost never was. Expo ’86 had a ton of opposition, including Vancouver’s Mayor at the time. The grounds of the exhibitions were an industrial wasteland, and the whole thing just seemed to be a waste of money. But luckily for everyone, a few stubborn people prevailed and put on the show of a lifetime. The event welcomed the world and put Vancouver on the map. Over 20 million tourists flooded into the city to experience it, and as the joke goes, they never left. A spotlight was put on this sleepy town in the northwest, and had now been discovered, spurring growth, revitalization, and legacies that still to this day are found making an imprint in Vancouver. Here’s a look at some of the great pieces of legacy that came out of Expo ’86.Read More
It's the final weekend for the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. And if you looked at the forecast, the weather is perfect for a celebration of colourful, floral explosions. If you are wondering whether it's worth the trek to capture the spring symphony of flowers, then you need only watch this spectacular video that captures the beauty.Read More
Race season is upon us. With the Sun Run kicking off this weekend, and only weeks to go until the BMO Vancouver Marathon (May 1st), people are getting the run bug in the city. Whether you are hitting up one of these races, or thinking of signing up for one later on in the summer – perhaps Lululemon SeaWheeze (Aug. 13th) or the Americas Masters Games (Aug. 31st), you want to be able to hit the pavement and get inspired. Or if you want the best way to see the spectacular city that is Vancouver, while getting a bit of a health kick along the way, then these routes are for you. Here are the top five running routes to hit up in downtown Vancouver. Do you agree?Read More
Hockey season comes to an end in what may be the most abysmal year in recent Canadian memory: none of the seven teams in this nation qualified! A support group is forming to help those in denial. The bandwagon is empty. Probably broken down and in the repair shop. Jerseys are being put away deep in the closet, an autopsy of the 2015-16 season is taking place and the official mourning has begun. What the heck do we do to get our entertainment fix now that there will be no playoff hockey to be seen? Hey Vancouver, we’ve got five other things you need to do to help you pass the playoff blues.Read More
So, this time of year, there’s always one news story that is fabricated but stumps even the least gullible people out there, until they look at their calendars and realize it’s April 1st. It’s a day dedicated to pranksters, and we thought we would attempt to pull a fast one on some unsuspecting Vancouverites. But that took too much effort, and quite frankly, we don’t want to deal with any backlash (or lawsuits). So instead, here are four April Fool’s stories that the great citizens of Vancouver wish were true:Read More
The clocks have sprung forward, and the floral smells are in the air. Now that it is officially spring, here are the top 5 things you need to do to in Vancouver to celebrate the longer days, sunshine, and the fact the rest of Canada is probably going to get a huge snowstorm!Read More
Calling all car enthusiasts. The annual Vancouver International Auto Show takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre this week (March 23-27). beVancouver has the top 5 things you need to check out at this year’s show and a little inside scoop on the personal touch of one Vancouver car family’s pursuit to bring a little personal touch to everybody in attendance.Read More
If there is any doubt that spring has spring in Vancouver, just look up at the trees. The annual explosion of cherry blossoms has hit Vancouver and the breathtaking sight has once again awed us all of the sheer beauty this city has to offer. The only question remains: Where is the most picturesque cherry blossom spot in the city? Well, we have our top five listed below. What’s yours?
The pools are drawn, the stage is set, and now all eyes shift towards Vancouver for the next round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. No matter what matches you decide to catch, history will be made with the largest crowd to ever watch live rugby in Canada, as face-painted, patriotic clad fans funnel into BC Place stadium. Two days of back to back, jam=packed rugby action awaits. But let’s face it, there are some match-ups that will bring out the best atmosphere, as rivalries are rekindled and powerhouses collide. Here are the top 5(ish) matches that you better scrum your way in to on Saturday.
Even though this is Canada’s first opportunity to host the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Vancouver and British Columbia have a strong history and tradition when it comes to the great game. Here are some key snapshots on how the game of rugby has been an influential part of our locale.
The HSBC Canada Sevens organizers announced that the two-day event taking place at BC Place on March 12-13 is a sellout. The announcement guarantees that this will be the largest crowd to ever watch a live rugby game in Canada, breaking the previous record of 22,566 in 2013 at Toronto’s BMO Field. A total of 56,000 people plan to attend over the two day event, creating a raucous environment of international ‘fandemonium’.
Just a few weeks away from the Canada Rugby Sevens in Vancouver, the overall standings are tight at the top. Las Vegas is the next stop on the tour on March 4-6, and then it’s Vancouver’s show. So with the anticipation building and the stakes getting higher as the series moves along, here’s a look at each of the 16 teams, their current standings, and some of the key players you need to know about as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series heads to North America.
With only four weeks remaining before the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver takes place (Mar. 12-13), it’s time for rugby fever to hit the West Coast. Set to make its Olympic debut in Rio De Janeiro this summer, the hype surrounding Rugby Sevens has never been greater in the world. But just what is this game, and tournament, all about. And more importantly, why the heck should we care about it? Well, when you dig a bit deeper into the Olympic proportions, worldwide powerhouses, and the historical aspects of the first-ever tournament played in Canada, it’ll quickly become clear why you need to be there!Read More
Three, Two, One…. You’ve spent another New Year’s Eve sipping a glass (or seven) of champagne, toasting 2015 goodbye and the promise of a 2016 that will change your life. This. Yes, THIS will be the year where you stick to them and turn it into a fulfilling year filled with new experiences, fresh outlooks, and a better you. So now that you’ve polar bear plunged your way into the first week of January, you are ready to make that list that will serve as mantra for the next twelve months. As the calendar turns over to yet another year, we touch on some of the must-do events – big or small – that every traveler should put on their 2016 Vancouver resolution list to make it an unforgettable travel year, while sticking to the resolutions you’ve made.
Ho-Ho-Holy crap! Christmas is only days away. You still haven’t crossed off that list yet (or started, perhaps?). Like most of us, the calendar seems to sneak up EVERY year and we get into the habit of scrambling around in the few days leading into Stressmas, to pull off a Christmas miracle. Well lucky for you, we have some great last minute holiday gift ideas to get that special somebody. Check out these fantastic Vancouver shops as a terrific spot to get gifts worthy of Santa’s Pacific workshop.
Holy crap, it’s already December! As all of us begin to panic about how much we have to do between now and Christmas, it’s important to take the time to get into the spirit of the holidays. With tons of great things to do around Vancouver, it’s only natural that we provide you with 12 different activities over the next few weeks to throw some yule into your tide.Read More
It was perhaps the perfect ending to the regular season for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Dubbed ‘Decision Day’ by Major League Soccer due to the many payoff ramifications that would ensue, many of the teams in the West, including the ‘Caps were taking to the various pitches at the same time to determine the final season standings. As luck would have it, the somewhat struggling Whitecaps would burst in the final 34 minutes of their game against Houston and win 3-0 (or nil as they call it in the soccer world).
Heart. It’s usually not the ingredient you think about in your favourite brunch dish. But as cheesy as it sounds, it’s an essential ingredient of what has made Café Medina such an incredible success. Easily the best breakfast joint in the city (if you don’t trust me, the line-ups speak for themselves), Café Medina’s built the perfect recipe that keeps locals and tourists coming back again and again. And it all starts with the heart of owner Robbie Kane.Read More
The leaves have begun to change colour. The morning air is crisp and cool. Autumn is upon us. And like many world-class cities, the foliage is not the only colour change people are obsessed with in Vancouver. Fashion is also top of mind as many of us flock to the stores to refresh our duds with a stylish flare. Lucky for all of us, there are some new (cool) kids in town to spice up the wardrobe this fall.Read More